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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
Zetterberg is already determined to be out for tomorrow night's opener, and is uncertain for Game 2 on Saturday. I certainly hope they can take care of the Coytoes without him.


You have nothing to worry about...the Coyotes NEVER win a playoff series. You and T-Dub should be pretty happy in about a week...

Frown
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Originally posted by steve8:
Paging Grossie. Wager on the Bruins-Habs series??? Actually I think it would be double or nothing after the last one. Your bro owes Bman.


Did we have anything going last year, because if I recall correctly the Habs went slightly farther than the Bruins...

What do you want to do for this year? I'm game.
Doh!

Vancouver came out absolutely on fire the first period and completely owned the opening 20 minutes. If only half of the Blackhawks' goal post hits could have gone in! We still have to learn how to clear the puck, and giving out some hits would be nice as well. Chicago was much better in the 2nd, but couldn't get it in the net. As much as I hate to say it, Luongo was also quite awesome. Game on!
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Originally posted by billhike:
Doh!

Vancouver came out absolutely on fire the first period and completely owned the opening 20 minutes. If only half of the Blackhawks' goal post hits could have gone in! We still have to learn how to clear the puck, and giving out some hits would be nice as well. Chicago was much better in the 2nd, but couldn't get it in the net. As much as I hate to say it, Luongo was also quite awesome. Game on!
The first period was about as dominant a period of hockey as I've ever seen, both sides of the rink and physically. That first period toe save on Campbell was criminal. The second period when the Hawks were riding Toews/Kane/Sharp like mules, it got scary. Even though the Hawks have lost a lot of depth, that's still as good a top line as any team in the league can put together. But Lou stood on his head and the Canucks looked solid again in the 3rd. All in all a good start, but as we were reminded right after the game by I think Bieksa, we won game 1 the last 2 years too. The Hawks will not have a first period like that again. This is going to be a great series.
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Originally posted by Dunder:
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Originally posted by billhike:
Doh!

Vancouver came out absolutely on fire the first period and completely owned the opening 20 minutes. If only half of the Blackhawks' goal post hits could have gone in! We still have to learn how to clear the puck, and giving out some hits would be nice as well. Chicago was much better in the 2nd, but couldn't get it in the net. As much as I hate to say it, Luongo was also quite awesome. Game on!
The first period was about as dominant a period of hockey as I've ever seen, both sides of the rink and physically. That first period toe save on Campbell was criminal. The second period when the Hawks were riding Toews/Kane/Sharp like mules, it got scary. Even though the Hawks have lost a lot of depth, that's still as good a top line as any team in the league can put together. But Lou stood on his head and the Canucks looked solid again in the 3rd. All in all a good start, but as we were reminded right after the game by I think Bieksa Luongo, in response to the troll Scott Oake, we won game 1 the last 2 years too. The Hawks will not have a first period like that again. This is going to be a great series.
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
Zetterberg is already determined to be out for tomorrow night's opener, and is uncertain for Game 2 on Saturday. I certainly hope they can take care of the Coytoes without him.


You have nothing to worry about...the Coyotes NEVER win a playoff series. You and T-Dub should be pretty happy in about a week...

Frown


Smile 1 down 15 to go. You know the easiest way to make it to the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs?

Easy, play the coyotes in the first round. Big Grin
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
Sluggish first period for the Wings, but it's amazing how much they turned it around after that. Datsyuk was brilliant. Howard made some nice saves as well, which is very good to see.


Did you see the between the legs short side shot Datysuk attempted? Sick and wrong. Thats just not fair.
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
Sluggish first period for the Wings, but it's amazing how much they turned it around after that. Datsyuk was brilliant. Howard made some nice saves as well, which is very good to see.


Did you see the between the legs short side shot Datysuk attempted? Sick and wrong. Thats just not fair.

Missed that one - had daughter duty for part of the game. But, Datsyuk seems to come up with some moves every so often that are just crazy. Glad to see him stepping up with Z out of the lineup.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Seeing bits and pieces of other games is pissing me off. Almost everyone is willing to fling bodies at each other with agression, but the Hawks were very passive yesterday. For Kane's salary, we could have Eager, Byfuglien and Ladd back!


Agreed; they were the soul of last year's Stanley Cup champs and without them...
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Originally posted by Captain Cancun:
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Originally posted by billhike:
Seeing bits and pieces of other games is pissing me off. Almost everyone is willing to fling bodies at each other with agression, but the Hawks were very passive yesterday. For Kane's salary, we could have Eager, Byfuglien and Ladd back!


Agreed; they were the soul of last year's Stanley Cup champs and without them...


Eager sure stood up last night! Very glad to have him.

And as I said in the other thread, the fact that Stoll only got one game for that hit is just ludicrous.
Sounds like you guys miss it. Enjoy! Smile

Here Come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Blackhawks
You're flyin' high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Hawks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Hawks,
Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here come the Hawks

Here they come movin', weavin', flyin' high and throwin' spray,
Blades flashin' sticks crashin' tryin' for the play,
And the Blackhawks, take control,
There's a shot, AND A GOAL!

Here Come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Blackhawks
You're flying high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Hawks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Hawks
Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here come the Hawks

Here Come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Blackhawks
You're flying high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Hawks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks.

May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love bring us love ...
[QUOTE]Originally posted by billhike:
Sounds like you guys miss it. Enjoy! Smile

Here Come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Blackhawks
You're flyin' high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Hawks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Hawks,
Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here come the Hawks

Here they come movin', weavin', flyin' high and throwin' spray,
Blades flashin' sticks crashin' tryin' for the play,
And the Blackhawks, take control,
There's a shot, AND A GOAL!

Here Come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Blackhawks
You're flying high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Hawks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Hawks
Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here come the Hawks

Here Come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Blackhawks
You're flying high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Hawks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks, Here Come the Hawks.

Kudos to your sincerity but this is a year of destiny... For the Sharks!! Razz
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
Wings took care of business at home, althought it got a bit scary at the end of today's game. I unfortunately didn't get to see the game until about halfway through the 2nd period, so I missed all the Wings' goals. Now we have to deal with the late starts out in Phoenix next week. Hopefully they can pick up at least 1 win out there.


Datsyuk is a one-man wrecking crew against the 'Yotes. IIRC he did the same thing to us last year in the playoffs. I'm officially getting tired of him...
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Originally posted by grossie:
Wings-Coyotes was over long ago. They're just going through the motions right now.

I hope you're right, but I'm sure you can understand why I might want to wait before considering it a done deal.

AZCat - what's interesting is that a few years back Datsyuk had a reputation for not really coming up big in the playoffs. He has certainly changed that image, and is a treat. Too bad he doesn't get the recognition that some of the other big names in the league do.
History could be made again ..........

In the 2010 NHL playoffs the Flyers became the third NHL team to win a seven game series after being down 3–0 (the others being the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders). The Canadiens became the first eighth-seeded team in NHL history to win a series against the first-seeded team after being down 3–1 in a series, when they beat the Washington Capitals in the first round.


BLACKHAWK KARMA . . . HERE COME THE HAWKS

RESPECT THE INDIAN . . . FEAR THE INDIAN
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
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Originally posted by grossie:
Wings-Coyotes was over long ago. They're just going through the motions right now.

I hope you're right, but I'm sure you can understand why I might want to wait before considering it a done deal.

AZCat - what's interesting is that a few years back Datsyuk had a reputation for not really coming up big in the playoffs. He has certainly changed that image, and is a treat. Too bad he doesn't get the recognition that some of the other big names in the league do.


Datsyuk doesn't put up the big numbers like some of the huge names do to get the recognition they do. Most likely due to the fact that he actually plays D. I'll take that anytime, he's such an unselfish player that he makes those around him better.

I'll be at the game tomorrow rooting our Wings on to hopefully a 3-0 lead. Maybe one of those Datsyuk between the legs shots will actually go in tomorrow. Big Grin

Is Zetterberg going to be back?
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by grossie:
Very nice! Enjoy. I'll be eating Matzah with some family and friends, following on my phone but not watching (unless I'm very lucky).

Are you in town, grossie?


No, here in chicago. If I was there I'd have watched the whole thing. I had to rush home to catch the last 10 minutes when the habs actually looked good.
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
Is Zetterberg going to be back?


I don't know...does it matter? Eek

Enjoy yourself...but I hope you go home disappointed!



Zetterberg is out again tonight. Heading out in a bit. Big Grin

Go Wings!


I guess the Wings didn't miss him (again). So many players on the Redwings are stepping up--Helm knocking Jovanovski off the puck for the first goal was sweet. Filpula had a great game. Franzenstein is unstoppable. Datsyuk was his usual incredible self, but neither he nor Holmstrom were even on the score sheet. Abdelkader is just so much fun to watch. Great game by Howard in net.

Go Wings !!
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Originally posted by grossie:
I had to rush home to catch the last 10 minutes when the habs actually looked good.

True. They just weren't into it the first period. Detrimental. They picked it up in the Second and played very well in the Third. Too little, too late.

Great game to attend though. My voice is a bit strained this morning. Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by Redhawk:
Great game by Howard in net.

I think this was key - he really made some nice stops to keep their comfortable lead in the first half or so of the game. A team effort last night for sure. It would be great if they could close it out on Wednesday night, but I still think this Phoenix team will come out strong.

And is it just me, or did Tippett look completely dejected whenever they showed him? I kept wondering what was going through his mind.
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:

And is it just me, or did Tippett look completely dejected whenever they showed him? I kept wondering what was going through his mind.



He's bumming because he knows that as soon as this series is over, the Yotes are moving back to Winnipeg. No more going to the rink in shorts and flip flops. No more golf year round.
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Originally posted by Redhawk:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
Is Zetterberg going to be back?


I don't know...does it matter? Eek

Enjoy yourself...but I hope you go home disappointed!



Zetterberg is out again tonight. Heading out in a bit. Big Grin

Go Wings!


I guess the Wings didn't miss him (again). So many players on the Redwings are stepping up--Helm knocking Jovanovski off the puck for the first goal was sweet. Filpula had a great game. Franzenstein is unstoppable. Datsyuk was his usual incredible self, but neither he nor Holmstrom were even on the score sheet. Abdelkader is just so much fun to watch. Great game by Howard in net.

Go Wings !!


Yeah, the Wings are killing the Coyotes with their depth, just like last year. They keep coming at them in waves... Wonder if tomorrow's game will be their last in Phoenix. I hope not... Frown
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:

And is it just me, or did Tippett look completely dejected whenever they showed him? I kept wondering what was going through his mind.



He's bumming because he knows that as soon as this series is over, the Yotes are moving back to Winnipeg. No more going to the rink in shorts and flip flops. No more golf year round.


You have to wonder if the uncertainty over their future is starting to take its toll. The Wings are clearly the better team but the Coyotes haven't shown much fight in this series, which hasn't been the case for most of the past two years under Tippett.
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Originally posted by Redhawk:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
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Originally posted by AZCat:
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Originally posted by T Dub:
Is Zetterberg going to be back?


I don't know...does it matter? Eek

Enjoy yourself...but I hope you go home disappointed!



Zetterberg is out again tonight. Heading out in a bit. Big Grin

Go Wings!


I guess the Wings didn't miss him (again). So many players on the Redwings are stepping up--Helm knocking Jovanovski off the puck for the first goal was sweet. Filpula had a great game. Franzenstein is unstoppable. Datsyuk was his usual incredible self, but neither he nor Holmstrom were even on the score sheet. Abdelkader is just so much fun to watch. Great game by Howard in net.

Go Wings !!


Ok so last nights game was fun to be at but such a somber place last night, lol. It was almost boring being there and I almost wished I was at home sipping a nice bottle while watching instead of paying for $11.00 beers.

Anyways, being as unbiased as I can be I'll say this. In person Franzen looked AWFUL except for his one shining breakaway(which he had due to the fact that he didn't get back and was out of position anyways)

The refs called two Horific penalties on the Coyotes last night. I mean c'mon guys its the playoffs.

Howard saved our asses last night literally. He made some huge saves early on that were keys to us keeping a comfortable lead the whole game.

Someone was saying we were beating them with depth. I totally disagree. Our 3rd and 4th lines were totally exposed last night other than a shift here or there. Watching in person gives you a much better perspective of the whole game.

The really bright spots for the Wings I thought were Howard and the power play was just utter perfection in getting it set up and moving the puck around even though they didn't score.

Overall I am honestly scared about the next round and playing teams with more depth as I think we are weak past our first two lines. I hope I'm wrong and those guys pick it up; or perhaps they were just shlupping last night as they had a two or three goal lead the whole game.

Go Wings!
I don't think the Torres hit deserved a suspension. It was an interference penalty for sure, but he didn't go to Seabrook's head and there was no elbowing or high sticking involved. The guy just got caught with his head down.

As for the Coyotes, I think that the NHL is using the threat of a move to Winnipeg as it's last piece of leverage to keep the team in the desert. Apparently they're going to start a season ticket drive this week or next in Winnipeg and the rumor is if they can get committments from 10,000 season tickets for 3 years, the Coyotes are gone. I'll believe it when it happens as I have a hard time believing that Bettman is willing to admit making that big a mistake. I really feel for the players and coaches. Imagine having to move from the desert to Winnipeg Eek
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Originally posted by Dunder:
Hopefully the Canucks can show some killer instinct and complete the sweep tonight. To be frank I was almost hoping that the league would suspend Torres for a game or two so it wouldn't be a distraction for tonight's game.


If he's a distraction for anyone, it'll be for the Blackhawks. Let's see how many stupid penalties they take trying to get a "payback" hit on Torres.

It's not like they're going to drop the gloves. Who's the enforcer? John Scott?

"When a guy 6-8 challenges you that can't skate? Usually you say no and you go around him and score," Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.
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Originally posted by WEc:
No kidding. If we can get the first two goals in the game, the hawks won't be trying to score (except Toews). I have a feeling Bolland won't stay for the whole game though.


Nice projection there, WEc. Bolland had 4 points last night in the win. I'm pretty sure he played the whole game.

I'm not unrealistic- I think the Hawks probably won't come home for game 6, but at least they didn't get swept. Vancouver is a good team, better than the Hawks for sure. They'll need to show consistent effort at every position to get farther than the 2nd round.
Who says athletes don't like to be recognized out in public?

Take the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, who — in Vancouver to play the Canucks in the NHL playoffs — were crossing the street from the team hotel en route to grabbing a little sushi.

"An elderly lady was in a car," Kane told the Chicago Tribune, "and she had the oxygen tubes up her nose and she rolled down the window and gave us a certain gesture. It was awesome."
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Originally posted by flop:
Who says athletes don't like to be recognized out in public?

Take the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, who — in Vancouver to play the Canucks in the NHL playoffs — were crossing the street from the team hotel en route to grabbing a little sushi.

"An elderly lady was in a car," Kane told the Chicago Tribune, "and she had the oxygen tubes up her nose and she rolled down the window and gave us a certain gesture. It was awesome."


Big Grin
That's awesome - gotta love hockey fans!
Wings finish the sweep. Hopefully that will buy some time for Franzen and Zetterberg to get healthy. I have a feeling they will be needed in the next round.

Wierd game tonight. 3 goals came from pucks deflecting off the the defenseman's skate in a way where the goalie had no chance--2 for Howard and one for Bryzgala (or however you spell his name).

Cameras kept zooming in on the Phoenix coach and commentators asking "what is he thinking?". I know what he was thinking--"I hope they have good enchilladas in Winnipeg."
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Originally posted by grossie:
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Originally posted by WEc:
No kidding. If we can get the first two goals in the game, the hawks won't be trying to score (except Toews). I have a feeling Bolland won't stay for the whole game though.


Nice projection there, WEc. Bolland had 4 points last night in the win. I'm pretty sure he played the whole game.

I'm not unrealistic- I think the Hawks probably won't come home for game 6, but at least they didn't get swept. Vancouver is a good team, better than the Hawks for sure. They'll need to show consistent effort at every position to get farther than the 2nd round.


Well, they did bench Bolland/Kane/Toews/Sharp the last 10 minutes of the game.
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Originally posted by Icewino:
Wow what a game! Obviously this is from a Bruins fan but does hockey get any better than that tonight?!


Great game. The habs became sloppy and a bit careless after their lead. Price was not at his best, nor were other players on the team. Bruins deserved the win. Hopefully, it is a wake up session for the Habs.

Whoever wins the series, I think I can confidently say will not go one to the finals.
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Originally posted by steve8:
Neither team is going far unless they tighten their games up a lot.

I haven't watched much of that series at all, but I find it interesting how many people are making this kind of comment about their teams and/or the opposing teams. Every team has shortcomings, so teams will be able to advance despite them.

That said...sloppy around the net and giveaways are usually a pretty big issue if you want to win multiple series!
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Originally posted by steve8:
That aside, to the Montreal group...what did I tell you about home ice and the Bruins this year? Meaningless. They play better on the road.


According to your theory, with one game in Montreal and two in Boston left to play, the Canadiens have the advantage to win the series !!

I'll go with that !!!
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Originally posted by flop:
Who the F is the one seed and the eight seed this series?

My god the Canucks are looking like a frickin' WHL team. Do they even want this series? I can't believe how this team can play so crappy.

I think my wife is contemplating moving out...

The West was so tight. Had the Hawks won their last game, (and a couple other teams lost theirs) they could've been in 5-6th place.
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Originally posted by Berno:
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Originally posted by flop:
Who the F is the one seed and the eight seed this series?

My god the Canucks are looking like a frickin' WHL team. Do they even want this series? I can't believe how this team can play so crappy.

I think my wife is contemplating moving out...

The West was so tight. Had the Hawks won their last game, (and a couple other teams lost theirs) they could've been in 5-6th place.


Had they won a few more games during the season, they would've been the president's trophy winner too.
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Originally posted by Vinaigre:
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Originally posted by steve8:
That aside, to the Montreal group...what did I tell you about home ice and the Bruins this year? Meaningless. They play better on the road.


According to your theory, with one game in Montreal and two in Boston left to play, the Canadiens have the advantage to win the series !!

I'll go with that !!!


Happily my theory fell apart last night, but should be back on track for the next game. Big Grin
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by Vinaigre:
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Originally posted by steve8:
That aside, to the Montreal group...what did I tell you about home ice and the Bruins this year? Meaningless. They play better on the road.


According to your theory, with one game in Montreal and two in Boston left to play, the Canadiens have the advantage to win the series !!

I'll go with that !!!


Happily my theory fell apart last night, but should be back on track for the next game. Big Grin


Oh how I hate writing posts that give you the chance to gloat...

They both had a fair chance to win the game last night. It was close and well played by both teams... The Bruins just got the last goal !!
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Cause Vancouver is the dirtiest team in the league right?

MTL - 42 PIM
BOS - 44 PIM (Difference of 2)

WSH - 48 PIM
NYR - 62 PIM (Difference of 14)

PIT - 68 PIM
TBL - 72 PIM (Difference of 4)

BUF - 87 PIM
PHI - 82 PIM (Difference of 5)

PHX - 41 PIM
DET - 47 PIM (Difference of 6)

SJS - 69 PIM
LAK - 79 PIM (Difference of 10)

NSH - 77 PIM
ANA - 100 PIM (Difference of 23)

CHI - 72 PIM
VAN - 124 PIM (Difference of 52)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXuJp2EiJYA&hd=1
The penalty discrepancy in the series is a joke. With that said, if the Nucks played like they did in Game 6 in either Games 4 or 5 the series would be over by now. A loss tonight would be devastating to the team and fan base, I can't imagine tonight's game could possibly mean more to the Hawks than it does to this franchise. Nothing to do now but cross our fingers.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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Originally posted by Dunder:
The penalty discrepancy in the series is a joke.



The Hawks are the 2nd least penalized team in the league this year.
The Canucks are 13th. The discrepancy in this series is huge, obvious non-calls last game were the head shot to Bieksa in OT and the two handed tomahawk slash rom Bolland that shattered one of the Sedin's sticks. Regardless, penalty calls didn't lose the Canucks games 4 and 5, the Hawks just wanted it way more. Hopefully the refs call it fairly today and let the teams decide the outcome. If the Hawks take it then we may as well sign the team over to the city of Chicago, as they will officially own us.
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Originally posted by Dunder:
The penalty discrepancy in the series is a joke. With that said, if the Nucks played like they did in Game 6 in either Games 4 or 5 the series would be over by now. A loss tonight would be devastating to the team and fan base, I can't imagine tonight's game could possibly mean more to the Hawks than it does to this franchise. Nothing to do now but cross our fingers.


I did some checking and it looks like Vancouver has 50 minutes worth of misconduct penalties versus 10 for Chicago if I'm not mistaken. There is most of the difference right there. 40 of those came in one of the blowouts. It appears to me that the "penalty discrepancy" might be because one team doesn't handle pressure as well as the other. In game 1, each team only had two minors if I recall correctly. The Hawks got completely owned and outworked in that game, but they kept their cool. We lost a top-notch defenseman for a couple of games because Torres got away with a head shot. If Chicago got away with one as some think, then too damn bad, it evened out. In fact, us without Seabrook put it more in favor of the Canucks but other Hawk players stepped up to pick up some slack.

Gillis is a complete tool. I like how he also complains about John Scott, who hasn't dropped the gloves (yet) in the series. His shove was nothing worse than the hacking happening to Toews. The difference is, Chicago doesn't cry about it. Also, it's funny how some Canuck players talk a lot of crap about Scott to the Media, but none of them want to get in his face when they have the opportunity. Clowns. Shut your yaps and play the game.

Regardless of the outcome, hopefully there are some gynecologist visits for that locker room and front office full of vaginas up there.
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Originally posted by Dunder:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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Originally posted by Dunder:
The penalty discrepancy in the series is a joke.



The Hawks are the 2nd least penalized team in the league this year.
The Canucks are 13th. The discrepancy in this series is huge, obvious non-calls last game were the head shot to Bieksa in OT and the two handed tomahawk slash rom Bolland that shattered one of the Sedin's sticks. Regardless, penalty calls didn't lose the Canucks games 4 and 5, the Hawks just wanted it way more. Hopefully the refs call it fairly today and let the teams decide the outcome. If the Hawks take it then we may as well sign the team over to the city of Chicago, as they will officially own us.

To make matters worse, Bickell actually left his feet on the hit (as did Bolland on Hamhuis earlier).... where's the soundclip of Q's comment on this hit?
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Originally posted by Captain Cancun:
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Originally posted by billhike:
I don't suppose you guys care any longer about having a goalie who can play a whole game or twin superstars contributing, eh? Rolling over and ready to blame a possible choke solely on officiating? Sad. You have a freaking game 7 at home. Beautiful city with scenery. Life is good, guys! Razz


+1 1/2.


I'll give you that handicap for -110
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Originally posted by billhike:
I don't suppose you guys care any longer about having a goalie who can play a whole game or twin superstars contributing, eh? Rolling over and ready to blame a possible choke solely on officiating? Sad. You have a freaking game 7 at home. Beautiful city with scenery. Life is good, guys! Razz


You can draw your own conclusions. All we're saying is the officiating has been rather one sided.
CANUCK KARMA . . . HERE COME THE CANUCKS

RESPECT THE CANUCK . . FEAR THE CANUCK


Here Come the Canucks, the mighty Canucks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Canucks
You're flyin' high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Canucks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Canucks,
Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here come the Canucks

Here they come movin', weavin', flyin' high and throwin' spray,
Blades flashin' sticks crashin' tryin' for the play,
And the Canucks, take control,
There's a shot, AND A GOAL!

Here Come the Canucks, the mighty Canucks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Canucks
You're flying high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Canucks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Canucks
Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here come the Canucks

Here Come the Canucks, the mighty Canucks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Canucks
You're flying high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Canucks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks.

Big Grin
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Originally posted by Mimik:
CANUCK KARMA . . . HERE COME THE CANUCKS

RESPECT THE CANUCK . . FEAR THE CANUCK


Here Come the Canucks, the mighty Canucks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Canucks
You're flyin' high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Canucks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Canucks,
Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here come the Canucks

Here they come movin', weavin', flyin' high and throwin' spray,
Blades flashin' sticks crashin' tryin' for the play,
And the Canucks, take control,
There's a shot, AND A GOAL!

Here Come the Canucks, the mighty Canucks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Canucks
You're flying high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Canucks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Canucks
Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here come the Canucks

Here Come the Canucks, the mighty Canucks
Take the attack, Yeah, and we'll back you Canucks
You're flying high now, so let's wrap it up
Let's go you Canucks, move off
Now all look out, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks, Here Come the Canucks.

Big Grin



Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin


Great series Blackhawks fans, great series.

Bring on the Preds!

(are there even any Pred fans on the boards to talk trash with us?)
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Originally posted by Mimik:
Montreal 2 Boston 1-on to game 7 in Boston!!

Speaking of one sided officiating. But that's always the way it is at the flop center. Hard to win when you're playing 5 on 3. Should be a good game tonight though since the officiating will be more even handed, hopefully they just let them play with a few penalties as possible.
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Originally posted by Wine Sparty:
Playing another West Coast team is too bad for the Wings - would've much rather played against Nashville to ease the travel strains. Plus, San Jose is really good!



If the Sharks' goaltending does not improve from the first round, the Redwings will make short work of them.

The Canucks/Preds series should be interesting. I think the Preds are without a doubt the most frustrating team to play in the West. Will the Canucks be satisfied with exorcising the Blackhaws demons? They will either have a huge letdown after the drain of the first round, or they will roll easily on their way to the Cup. Time will tell.

Congrats to the Canucks, and I hope the semi's are as compelling as the quarters. Bring on more game sevens. There is nothing better in sports in my personal opinion.
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Originally posted by Icewino:
quote:
Originally posted by Mimik:
Montreal 2 Boston 1-on to game 7 in Boston!!

Speaking of one sided officiating. But that's always the way it is at the flop center. Hard to win when you're playing 5 on 3. Should be a good game tonight though since the officiating will be more even handed, hopefully they just let them play with a few penalties as possible.


Not too sure about one sided in last nights game...I recall a quick whistle in the 1st period that took Gionta's goal away, not sure how that benefits the Habs Wink

Regardless, its the way it should be when Boston plays Montreal, game 7, doesnt get any better does it?
Great Game 7. Toews SH goal was an incredible effort, and Crawford stood on his head the whole game otherwise we could very wel have had 3 or 4 goals. He's going to be a good goalie in this league for a long time. We eked out the win, and for our reward we get to play the most boring team in the NHL. Hopefully we learned not to take our foot off the gas for this series.
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Originally posted by Captain Cancun:
When I think of the likes of Pavelski, Clowe, Marleau, Thornton, Boyle, Setoguchi, on and on and on finishing with another Niemi moment in progress I feel real good about my bet on SJ. Boston is a sideshow for the real fait accomplis as noted earlier. But I like them! For now at least, 9:54PM EDT.


Better now !
Congrats to Bruins fans, 3 OT wins is pretty incredible. Unfortunately, Im not sure they will have the same "fire" or "gas in the tank" against a pretty solid philly team.

As far as officiating, last night I will say was aweful, Montreal was on the better end of some really terrible calls, otherwise that game would never of went to OT. I have to say, Chara taking 2 dives last night was quite funny. Cant say I blame him however.

Ice, how do you like the 2 guys that commentate the game on NESN. Im not sure of there names because I typically mute it, but the guy that does most of the talking is terrible IMO, the other guy that seems to know a bit about hockey is actually pretty good.
While I'm pleased with the result of the Bruins/Canadians series, that was disgraceful hockey. Rarely have I seen such sloppy play from both teams at the NHL level. Giveaway after giveaway from both sides, which resulted in exciting end to end action, but it was like watching Slapshot...without the laugh track.

Boston turns out to be the least inept of the two, but they make up for it with indiscipline. Montreal couldn't score a goal at even strength, but the Bruins just kept taking stupid penalties to allow Montreal back in it. IF Boston gets by the Flyers, the Caps will kill them.
Good hockey, not great.
In context, they played a playoff game 24 hrs after the last one, I believe it is the 9 or 10th time in history it ahs happened.
All the player were spent, Boston has a healthy team VS Montreal. Looking at that I saw more scoring opertunities set up by Montreal that Boston, with less stupid blunders also.
Boston went with the idea that if you can get it on their side of the blue line we might get one in.
It worked, but it won't take them far.

I liked the game because it was entertaning.
It sucked because Montreal lost and as such you know have the chance to gloat.
That pisses me off more that the loss !!
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Originally posted by steve8:
quote:
Originally posted by Vinaigre:
As far as I'm concerned, that was some good hockey last night (MTL-Bruins).


Did we watch the same game? Game 7 was slightly better than game 6, but both sucked. Any team in the west would clean up against either one of them. OK, maybe not the Winnipeg Coyotes. Wink


I agree. It had its moments but both Boston and Montreal did not play very well as a team. The smartest thing you've said all year. Big Grin Wink
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Originally posted by Captain Cancun:
When I think of the likes of Pavelski, Clowe, Marleau, Thornton, Boyle, Setoguchi, on and on and on finishing with another Niemi moment in progress I feel real good about my bet on SJ. Boston is a sideshow for the real fait accomplis as noted earlier. But I like them! For now at least, 9:54PM EDT.


Looking forward to Friday night. Smile
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Originally posted by marcb7:
Congrats to Bruins fans, 3 OT wins is pretty incredible. Unfortunately, Im not sure they will have the same "fire" or "gas in the tank" against a pretty solid philly team.

As far as officiating, last night I will say was aweful, Montreal was on the better end of some really terrible calls, otherwise that game would never of went to OT. I have to say, Chara taking 2 dives last night was quite funny. Cant say I blame him however.

Ice, how do you like the 2 guys that commentate the game on NESN. Im not sure of there names because I typically mute it, but the guy that does most of the talking is terrible IMO, the other guy that seems to know a bit about hockey is actually pretty good.

Jack Edwards is the homer/yahoo who does all the talking and long winded history lesson analysis and I can't stand his style. He's got passion for the team but he's horrible to listen to. Supposed to be doing the play by play but adds way too much color and too many stupid one liners for my taste. I did like when he yelled at Hammerlik to "Get up!" after one of his flops but he does little for me overall. I like Andy Brickley, he played for 15 years or so and definitely knows the game, but he doesn't get nearly enough air time. He should be the lead guy but maybe he doesn't have it in him.
quote:
Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
quote:
Originally posted by Captain Cancun:
When I think of the likes of Pavelski, Clowe, Marleau, Thornton, Boyle, Setoguchi, on and on and on finishing with another Niemi moment in progress I feel real good about my bet on SJ. Boston is a sideshow for the real fait accomplis as noted earlier. But I like them! For now at least, 9:54PM EDT.



Looking forward to Friday night. Smile


Tambien, amigo! Me too, damn sure! Cool
quote:
Originally posted by Icewino:
quote:
Originally posted by marcb7:
Congrats to Bruins fans, 3 OT wins is pretty incredible. Unfortunately, Im not sure they will have the same "fire" or "gas in the tank" against a pretty solid philly team.

As far as officiating, last night I will say was aweful, Montreal was on the better end of some really terrible calls, otherwise that game would never of went to OT. I have to say, Chara taking 2 dives last night was quite funny. Cant say I blame him however.

Ice, how do you like the 2 guys that commentate the game on NESN. Im not sure of there names because I typically mute it, but the guy that does most of the talking is terrible IMO, the other guy that seems to know a bit about hockey is actually pretty good.

Jack Edwards is the homer/yahoo who does all the talking and long winded history lesson analysis and I can't stand his style. He's got passion for the team but he's horrible to listen to. Supposed to be doing the play by play but adds way too much color and too many stupid one liners for my taste. I did like when he yelled at Hammerlik to "Get up!" after one of his flops but he does little for me overall. I like Andy Brickley, he played for 15 years or so and definitely knows the game, but he doesn't get nearly enough air time. He should be the lead guy but maybe he doesn't have it in him.



Passion is a perfect word, he certainly bleeds black and yellow. I actually didnt have the TV muted when he said "Get Up" and I laughed as well, best thing he has said all year.

Anyways, good luck against Philly, Im afraid they will need it.
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Originally posted by marcb7:
quote:
Originally posted by Icewino:
quote:
Originally posted by marcb7:
Congrats to Bruins fans, 3 OT wins is pretty incredible. Unfortunately, Im not sure they will have the same "fire" or "gas in the tank" against a pretty solid philly team.

As far as officiating, last night I will say was aweful, Montreal was on the better end of some really terrible calls, otherwise that game would never of went to OT. I have to say, Chara taking 2 dives last night was quite funny. Cant say I blame him however.

Ice, how do you like the 2 guys that commentate the game on NESN. Im not sure of there names because I typically mute it, but the guy that does most of the talking is terrible IMO, the other guy that seems to know a bit about hockey is actually pretty good.

Jack Edwards is the homer/yahoo who does all the talking and long winded history lesson analysis and I can't stand his style. He's got passion for the team but he's horrible to listen to. Supposed to be doing the play by play but adds way too much color and too many stupid one liners for my taste. I did like when he yelled at Hammerlik to "Get up!" after one of his flops but he does little for me overall. I like Andy Brickley, he played for 15 years or so and definitely knows the game, but he doesn't get nearly enough air time. He should be the lead guy but maybe he doesn't have it in him.



Passion is a perfect word, he certainly bleeds black and yellow. I actually didnt have the TV muted when he said "Get Up" and I laughed as well, best thing he has said all year.

Anyways, good luck against Philly, Im afraid they will need it.

I'm afraid they'll need a bit of luck too. At least they shouldn't have any trouble getting motivated after last years disaster for whatever that's worth.
quote:
Originally posted by thelostverse:
Just heard a stat that no team has ever gone on to win the Stanley Cup after having to win a game 7 in the first round.

I guess that means we can eliminate Vancouver, Philly, Montreal/Boston and Tampa/Pittsburgh.

That only leaves Detroit, Nashville, San Jose and Washington.


That can't be right... off the top of my head, 89 Flames were taken to game 7 OT by the Canucks in round 1.

In fact, I think there has only been three times in the past where a team leading a series 3-0 had to play a game 7 and win. In all three cases, the team eventually went on to win the cup.