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Old 05-05-2008, 12:43 AM   #526
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We'll soon find out! I'm watching the Dallas/SJ series for the first time. Holy intensity, those guys are really fighting for it. I'm thinking Dallas will prevail. If Detroit ends up winning the cup, Dan Cleary will be the first person from our province to get his name engraved.

I'm still in Montreal withdrawal...can't get one image out of my mind: A distraught little kid in the stands wearing a Habs sweater and a big red light on his head. He looked so sad.
I am listening to nhl radio for almost 4 hours now,...
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Nothing like playoff OT when you don't have a horse in the race and can just enjoy it. Ridiculous save on Richards by Nabby, and just unconscious goaltending throughout by Turco. Sharks really outplayed Dallas in most of the OT (4th OT was Dallas' best IMO), but Morrow and Richards really played well. Too bad for San Jose and my man JR but that's what happens when you put yourself in a hole; no margin for error. I like Detroit in the WCF but if Turco plays like he has been it could be a longer series than you'd expect. Wings in 7.

As for the Flyers series...I hope the Habs fans in here aren't too down about this. It's a very young team up there and watching the playoffs it really seems like the balance of power is shifting/has shifted to the East and young improving clubs in Montreal, Washington, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. The Habs do have some things to address though. They're a bit one-dimensional with speed and skill but not enough grit in their best players. Basically for you old-schoolers I think they have too many Stephane Richer/Gilbert Dionne types, and they need to balance that out with some Claude Lemieux/Kirk Muller type of players, guys that are a real pain in the ass to play against. Ditto on defense, they need to get more physical. Offseason priority has to be bringing in some gritty guys and a solid (not necessarily spectacular) power forward type, somebody who's good enough to play on one of the top 2 lines, and bringing in a more punishing presence on the blueline (maybe replacing the aging Brisebois). With the type of guys on that staff (Carbonneau, Jarvis, Muller, and Gainey upstairs) I think they probably agree. Which brings us to the big question...will Price be the guy? It's plainly obvious that the guy has world-class talent for a keeper, not even including his puckhandling skill. But his nonchalant "aw shucks" demeanor between the pipes might be a problem if it continues. There's very few guys who can project that type of attitude and succeed, the guy I think of immediately is Grant Fuhr, but there's other guys (Mike Liut, Bill Ranford). But for every keeper who wins that way there's a Dan Cloutier, and goalies like that just kill morale. He's very young though, and I think he'll be OK, but it will be interesting to watch.

OK now that I've babbled on about the Habs what about Flyers-Pens? Biron again is going to be the key, if he plays like he did against the Habs the Flyers can win this. The potential power play disparity concerns me though...the Habs had twice as many PP's as the Flyers did, and I'd expect the same in the Pittsburgh series. A parade of Flyers to the box will end up killing them, but if they can manage to stay out of the box the matchup is OK...Sid & Malkin notwithstanding I think overall the Habs are a faster club than the Pens, so if the Flyers dealt with Montreal's speed they should be able to cope with Pitt's. What the hell, homer picking again...Flyers in 6
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This thread is going to sink fast....
Well, I hope not. Despite the fact that the Canadiens have been eliminated, there is still plenty of great playoff hockey to watch.
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I think there are enough hockey fans on this forum who'll keep this thread alive to the end.
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If I remember correctly, I said "To The Bitter End" at the beginning of the season and I'm still here and more bitter than ever

As a side note I think "To The Bitter End" should be the Leaf's motto... that or "Better Luck Next Year"...
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As a side note I think "To The Bitter End" should be the Leaf's motto... that or "Better Luck Next Year"...
What about "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, [...] try, try again"?
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What about "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, [...] try, try again"?
so they would need 60+ "try"s then?
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I am listening to nhl radio for almost 4 hours now,...
I was thinking about you last night when it was about 2:15am EST, trying to figure if you would be listening and what time it is in the Netherlands!

I stayed awake for the whole game! UNBELIEVABLE goalie play.
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I still can't believe Nabby made that save on Richards...one of the best stops I've seen maybe ever if you factor in that it's in an OT elimination game. If Turco doesn't stand on his head for 60 minutes or so how huge does that save look today?

If you don't have a rooting interest in the WCF the Stars are a good pick, you could do worse than cheer for Dave Tippett, a pretty good coach and a very nice guy.
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Oh, I'll still be watching hockey.

Going for Pittsburgh, for now.
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Downright incredible:

In terms of the next series, I think that Detroit will beat Dallas, ultimately, but they've got their hands full.



I think it ended around 4:30 my time. Definitely a game for the ages.

Pretty cool that you were listening in, Rono, and so dedicated! Some of my greatest memories are connected with staying up into the early morning hours while watching Gretzky and the Kings from Los Angeles. Those moments seemed so magical, like the entire town was asleep, except for me, my dog, and the glow of the TV. I always felt like I was being so bad...my room was in the basement, and everyone thought I was asleep...memories.
It is a lot of fun listening ( or looking through sopcast ) in combination with the stars board. Only the time difference breaks me down lol. A 7 hours difference with Dallas. It is also a good way to meet people in Dallas. I already have seen 14 games in the american airlines center i met some fans for a beer and learning them dutch swear words . And they help to get me Stars pucks

Every time when they play i think about the practice of the stars, how easy it is to talk to them,.get a picture ore a signature. They realy take their time for the fans ( even when there are 300 plus people in line.)

I never make predictions because it is hockey,..and every thing can happen.

I think the wings are smarter and the stars are working harder so it will be a even match,....
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Some of my greatest memories are connected with staying up into the early morning hours while watching Gretzky and the Kings from Los Angeles. Those moments seemed so magical, like the entire town was asleep, except for me, my dog, and the glow of the TV. I always felt like I was being so bad...my room was in the basement, and everyone thought I was asleep...memories.
Totally agree. And in particular with the Kings...I remember that OT goal against Calgary in the scramble and the puck went in just over Mike Vernon's outstretched glove, if he was more than 5'5" or so he'd have had it. But I always watch the OT games, I can't help it...starting with the epic Isles/Caps one where LaFontaine ended it on a slapper through legs that poor Bob Mason never saw. Games like that, I have to watch because you could see something magical...either a historically long game or an amazing ending. Nothing like NHL playoff OT, nothing even close IMO.
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