Pittsburg and Vancouver, can't go down 3-0. Although I'd love to see them both get swept out.
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I think that the Canucks really need to get a win today, otherwise they down three games to none and more than likely are one and done. This would make a lot of sense though, they play in the Northwest, they are the only team from their division to make the playoffs. I have been saying this is similar to the Wings teams of the mid 2000's. They were both able to beat up on their division and then when it comes to playoffs they just aren't as good as their record shows.
Of course, i think if Pittsburgh is able to just get one on the road against the Flyers they should win their series.
So if they're down 3-1 you're picking them to win the series?
To be honest, I think if anyone in the playoffs can blow a 3-0 series lead, let alone 3-1, it's the Flyers. It's combination of the Penguins being probably the most talented team from top to bottom in the league and my feeling that if the Penguins win one game, the Flyers could melt down very quickly.
Like Trebor said, i think Philly losing on home ice while be the end of them. Pittsburgh can be an offensive powerhouse if they all get clicking.
I'd say missing Daniel Sedin is a huge blow to the Canucks. When they have both the Sedins, that line is one of the best in the NHL. It gives them more balance between the top two lines as well. They've struggled on the PP and they've also given up a couple shorties. Last year, their power play was unstoppable. They scored 19 goals on the power play last playoffs. This year, they've yet to score (I know, two games and SSS).
I'm not sure you can blame their division because this is a team that was one game away from winning the Stanley Cup. Many of their players have been battle tested and know what it takes to get to the finals. I'll tell you somethnig though, Vancouver is a team people want to play harder against the way they play. I feel like the Kings have elevated their plays and the Canucks don't know what hit them.
I personally think Vancouver is done.
Playoff hockey. Have had two TVs setup in the living room since game 2 (I learned my mistake game 1 after too much channel switching between Pens/Flyers and Wings game).
I think the Wings will win by two today. I also hope the Flyers can practically seal their series, but the Pens aren't going to back down easy.
Vancouver will probably hack, slash and cheap shot their way to a narrow victory. But I really hope they get swept out of the playoffs.
I concur with everything you just said. I'm less confident about the Wings, but I do see them pulling it off today to take the series lead.
Instead of having to put with that boring and always predictable playoff hockey, here in Cleveland I get to watch the Indians vs the Royals on our NBC affliate. Talk about an embarrassment of riches, The Indians own Umbaldo Jimenez squares off against the always tough Luis Mendoza in a early battle for 4th place in the AL Central. Man am i lucky!
And because deep down I am a selfish prick I am NOT going to post the video feed to this exciting game nor am i going to give you guys the scoring updates I know you crave. I'm going to just enjoy this thriller on my own and leave you guys to that silly old hocky game.......
In nearly all tv markets, hockey is going to come in behind any other major sport. Even playoff hockey. Add in the fact that it is a local baseball competing with non local hockey and it is pretty much a no brainer for the tv station.
I'm not so sure David. The Indians drew a whopping 4k paid attendance for their game last week against the White Sox and actual fannies in the seat were much, much less than that.
Shitty team + unknown players = fan apathy.
I'll bet you if the Wings game....hell ANY playoff game...was up against the tribe right now the hockey game would win. This Indians SUCK.
I understand that you like hockey and would prefer to watch that. That doesn't mean everyone in your tv market would behave that way.
Does anyone know what station it is on in Cleveland? NBC is not airing it here because of the Indians game at 2.
I'm stuck at school all day anyone have a link for Live Stream ?
I'm in Cleveland right now and I can't get the game... it's the the Indians. NBCSports?!
It's not on NBCSports or the NBCSports alternates (at least not on DirecTV)
Looks like nbc is streaming the game though. For those of us in Cleveland, this may be our only option...
Hopefully it is free. I never got a login prompt or anything...
For some reason I'm having trouble with the audio
It took about 2 mins of streaming before it kicked in for me.
The Joe will be loud everytime Weber touches the puck today
Let's go Red Wings!
Less that 1:00 into the game. 2 brad Stuart turnovers
Nashville is comin out balls to the wall and we are all starry eyed
2 years. Nyquist will be a major asset to us within the next 2 years
He would be on the verge, if not already, a top 6 on almost every other team in the league
LOL @ the troll, negging posts.
So much talent on this team, even some of the young guys. I don't know why we have such a hard time scoring goals.
WIngs were losing faceoffs 3-12 at one point?
These big contract guys need to do something. Same shit the last 2-3 years.
I'll be interested after this season to see the top 5 salary skaters on our team, an then I'd like to see their stat lines.
I just went to make a sandwich when the Wings were on the PP. Did Nashville get a shortie?
Franzen and Quincey were sitting in the bin looking like they seriously didn't give a fuck that they just did something detrimental to their team...
What is wrong with this team? Gawd.
I don't know who's missing more.... Referees missing calls or our D men completely an totally missing the goal from the point. I'm legitimately getting upset
The power plays for games 2 & 3 (so far) are 11-4 in the Preds favor. Ridiculous.
10-4, this is a 4-on-4.
Dats must have been reading this thread on the bench.
Datsyuk! Great steal!
OMG Datsyuk getting us back in it!
Keep talking shit about Franzen...
Edit. Dammit. So close.
Damn, so close...
So close. Damnit.
So close. Still on the PP to start the next period.
The NHL is fucked up. In other sports the ball is still live if it is within time as it leaves your hand. In the NHL sure as shit no. Makes no sense.
Put the puck in the net before the clock hits zero.
So in the NBA when a guy shoots a half court buzzer beater it has to go through the net before the buzzer?? No... because that would be fucking retarded.
The duration of a shot in basketball is limited by gravity—you can only keep it in the air so long. On the other hand, a puck can leave a stick continue for a much longer time than any possible NBA shot.
I never understood that either. If you get a shot off before the horn sounds it should still be live.
It's a pretty arbitrary rule decision if you have the ability to easily discern if the ball/puck is in the net as time expires.
Close. Datsyuk should have moved it quicker there.
Dammit dammit dammit!
So close on that 2 on 1 chance.
Datsyuks goal has really woken everybody up
at a level worthy of a cup. We may not be winning, but this is awesome hockey.
This game should not be close. we should be up by at least 2 3 goals. Unbelievable luck on Nashvilles side.
HOW MANY MORE MOTHERFUCKING CROSS CHECKS UNTIL THEY CALL ONE?
Reading the comments from earlier in this game you'd think we're a bunch of Blue Jackets fans.
Fuck this game.
Damn, they score.
Shitballs. I think this one's over.
Just wish it didn't take 33 minutes of game time for this team to decide to get it going.
It ain't over yet
Maybe not...lets go!
Just think if our second period goal had snuck across, or if we started playing before in the first period
Wings give up about 2 shots in the 3rd and still give up a goal. Unbelievable. Disappointing loss after completely dominating the game starting half way through the second.
I'm not so sure about Tuesday...if Rinne stands on his head again (and he does that often against Detroit) we are just banging our heads against a wall. The shots in this game were 41-19, and we lost. A hot goalie is a dangerous thing in hockey. UM v. Air Force, anyone?
It's not really just a case of Rinne getting hot. He's probably one of the top 5 goalies in the league. Plus Nashville does a good job defensively making sure the Wings don't get too many high-quality chances. How many times this game did the Wings have what looked like a fantastic opportunity only to have a Nashville player block the shot or knock the puck away? It's really the settling 40-foot wrist shots and expecting to score on a goalie as good as Rinne is that's banging your head against a wall.
Lawl at Fluery
Bring in Farmington HS alumnus Brent Johnson
It's really more mostly the defense's fault than MAF or Bryz. Both team defenders have no fucking idea what they're doing. Whoever wins this series (almost assured to be Philly now) is going to get their asses kicked in the second round.
What a hit by Schenn. Dirty retaliation from Ashum, probably gone for the game.
As a Devil's fan I hate both of these teams, however I probably hate the Flyers more. That said, this series has been great from a neutral standpoint. Neither goalie has been good and it is by far the most physical series in the playoffs. The skill being shown has been great as well. The Pens look done, but I hope this one goes 7 just so I can watch.
Well Neal just made those guys look silly.
You have to pull FLeury at this point, right?
What a wierd game, Pitt/Philly. The dynamice here is amazing...But as a Pens fan, not looking good.
The Penguins must really hate their backup goalie. If for no other reason, the Pens need a jolt.
I think they just hate him. The first goal Johnson let in, the dense just stood there watching the puck go by.
This game is crazy. Sweet shot by Neal, but Ilya has got to keep his stick on the ice when he goes down.
We want...moooooooooooooore goals...
This game...this series...is ridiculous. I don't think I have I seen results so lopsided, but games so fun to watch.
This game has to be really tough to watch if you are a fan of either of the teams. The combination of offensive skill and momentary goaltender incompetence on both sides is mind boggling.
Corey Schneider is getting the nod in game 3 over Luongo.
This HAS to be the beginning of the end of that relationship between Vancouver and Luongo. He's a great goalie, but I don't know what it is about him and the playoffs sometimes.
Wow. Just wow. This has to end any talk of Luongo being one of the best ever right? Can you imagine Roy not getting a start in the playoffs? Personally speaking, I know Brodeur has had his ups and downs in the playoffs recently, but I sure as hell want him starting every playoff game. And it's not like Luongo has been awful this year. Nothing he could do about most of those goals.
Maybe it's just me, but I feel like when you have a future Hall of Famer in your net, you ride him out. Give him a chance to carry the team.
Is it just me or are some/quite a few, not all, the goals he's allowing really not on him. I feel like the Pens team has given Philly many opportunities and they're cashing in on them. Meaning, Fleury on many of these goals hasn't had a choice but to "flail" and pray some of the shots miss, and they haven't (for 3 games now). I'm not defending Fleury 100%, he's definitely not on his game, but the rest of the Pens haven't been helping much, in my mind anyway.
Annnnnnnd Johnson gives one up...not great to be a Pens fan, right about now. Though again, not reallllly his fault...
I agree that the Flyers are doing some pretty nasty things out there, but Fleury has given up several goals that had absolutely no business going in. The last two he let in were perfect shots. But a couple in the first period were pretty soft. In the context of the game I would have pulled him in the first intermission to try to spark the team.
Thoughts on James Neal? He's playing like a pissed off 12 year old right now.
He palyed great until he made those two hits toward the end of the game. Just put a sour note on his otherwise great game.
Nobody loves this brand of "hockey" more than Philly fans.
Game 4 is going to get out of hand, especially if the Flyers geta lead. The refs are not controlling this like they should. I realize I don't hate Crosby like almost everyone else here, but I have been a little impressed by him stepping into the middle of the fray a couple times today. I was under the impression he avoided that stuff.
He picks fights knowing his whole team will swarm when the other guy goes after him.
That's how any of the scrums he was in tonight happened. I don't want to be "all homer-like", being a Pens fan, but he held his own, on his own, today. I personally think most of it was frustration garbage and I wasn't a fan of much of the fighting and bickering that happened today; so by saying he held his own, I didn't condone or agree with how much of it went down. But to say he started something and just waited for the cavlary to arrive and bow out, isn't true. I think if the guy really wanted to go at someone, he could probably hold his own. He may be portrayed as a pu**y, but I don't think he is; more-so clever and "beneficial".
Edit: By saying much of that it sounds like I dissapprove of fighting in hockey. Not the case. But when your team is down, and about to be down 3-0 in a series, to see a bunch of harmful frustration like that when the team is in the game, it's hard to "like" or enjoy...even though it was entertaining as hell.
This is Pens series is absolutely crazy. Any bets on whether the refs just start ejecting everyone for penalties?
Happening now, one guy at a time.
Well I've seen him fight once today and saw the refs break up another fight he was going to get into. And teammates have always swarmed to protect the skill players.
THUGS! CRIMINALS! ALL NHL PLAYERS!!
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How does Mr. Fuller feel about the NHL games today?
Final count: 133 penalty minutes. Over/Under for game 4, anyone?
Fun fact: Not a single minute was credited to Matt Cooke. Simply amazing.
Seriously though the NBA is for criminals
The refs let that get way out of control. That was terrible hockey. I hope Philly wins game 4 just so I don't have to watch that WWF bullshit anymore. Fights are fine but constant chirping and shoving after every whistle is just annoying.
Can Fleyrs fans really be happy about this? Yes,m they're killing the Penguins, who obviously have some goalie issues. What happens if they go end up going against Henrik Lundqvist who won't be so easily rattled. Bryzgalov has given up 12 goals and probably has a SV% in the mid 80's right now. Can he really do it?
Double Post, neg away
Alright, so who is ready for the most exciting game of the day?! Just me? I'd like a chance to finally grow a playoff beard. I was incapable of growing one back in 2003, which was the last time the Devils went deep.
That was quick.
Jesus. How do you go from being the best penalty killing team in the league to giving up two power goals to the Panthers in just over a game? Panthers sure came out with motivation blown up their ass.
Probably pretty much the same way that the number three penalty killing team in the league has let their opponent score on 6 out of 10 powerplays through three games.
Well that was one of the worst power plays I've ever seen. At least they didn't give up a short-handed goal.
but the Devils are back in this thing.
It would be awesome to see the Devils put this together for 60 minutes someday. Or even 40.
Well that was disappointing. Reminded me of the Wings game a little. The tying goal seemed inevitable in the third period, but never came. Can't win by only playing one period.
I was very happen to see the Panthers' fans bomb the ice with rubber rats after the final horn sounded.