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Postby hawkmp4 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

So, the playoffs are coming up. Who's your team? How're they doing? Got a chance?
Anyone going to get tickets?
I'm a Sabres fan. Lived outside of Rochester most my life, moved to Colorado before high school. I'm hopeful. Though I'm worried about pulling the Senators first round, they've owned us in the regular season.
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Postby Lithium33 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:17 am UTC

hawkmp4 wrote:So, the playoffs are coming up. Who's your team? How're they doing? Got a chance?
Anyone going to get tickets?
I'm a Sabres fan. Lived outside of Rochester most my life, moved to Colorado before high school. I'm hopeful. Though I'm worried about pulling the Senators first round, they've owned us in the regular season.


I love you so goddamn much for starting this thread. Buffalonian here. Fuck the Senators. I've asked around and given a choice of facing the Sens in the playoffs or the Caps, most say they'd take their chances with the Caps. Myers is a beast and Ennis looks like he could become one.
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Postby hawkmp4 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:24 am UTC

The Caps' style doesn't seem too suited for playoffs. They're too aggressive, I think. So I'd take my chances with them too. Watching the game?
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Postby Lithium33 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:28 am UTC

Yep actually. 4-1 now, woo. Just need Miller to play lights out like he normally does, the Sabres got a chance to win the whole damn thing. *crosses fingers*

You've never seen Myers live have you? He is HUGE. Like Chara-tall. If he fills out, jeez.
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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby Rysto » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:28 am UTC

If the NHL seeded their teams properly we would have a very good chance of drawing you in the first round. But they don't, so Ottawa's going to be stuck with either Pittsburgh or New Jersey.

I just love the way that the NHL punishes the 5th seed for finishing ahead of the 6th seed.

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Postby Lithium33 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:30 am UTC

It's not really punishing. The Sabres can beat anyone except the Senators. Sens should drop some games to get Buffalo in the 1st round. :P
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Postby Rysto » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:36 am UTC

Lithium33 wrote:It's not really punishing. The Sabres can beat anyone except the Senators. Sens should drop some games to get Buffalo in the 1st round. :P

In many seasons, the fifth ranked team must play a better team in the first round than the sixth ranked team.

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Postby hawkmp4 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:53 am UTC

Lithium33 wrote:Yep actually. 4-1 now, woo. Just need Miller to play lights out like he normally does, the Sabres got a chance to win the whole damn thing. *crosses fingers*

You've never seen Myers live have you? He is HUGE. Like Chara-tall. If he fills out, jeez.

No, I haven't been able to see them this season at all live. I only get to see them the every other year or so that they play the Avs here in Denver. A shame...

Honestly, I don't know how the seeding system works. I know division winners get the top three spots. Don't know exactly how the other 5 are sorted out.
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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby SilentPoet » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:34 am UTC

Detroit.

From "Oh ****, we're going to miss the playoffs for the first time in two decades" to "it's ours, baby" in two weeks.

Thankfully, we won't have to play Edmonton. We're not so good at that this year.

Only been to a couple of games this season. Finances being what they are, I'm probably going to be watching the playoffs from my couch.

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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby rheakith » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:22 am UTC

Being from northern Ohio and playing hockey since well before Columbus had a team, I'm a Detroit fan. After a dismal start, they're starting to look like their usual playoff selves, likely to be taken out in the first few rounds. As such, I hate Pittsburgh with a passion, especially after last year. Also, Crosby is a douche who doesn't like to sign autographs.

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Postby Cane » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:44 pm UTC

The Hurricanes have been playing really well, but there was this pesky little 14 game losing streak a few months ago that pretty much destroyed any chance. If that had just been a generally shitty 11-3 run, they would be right on the bubble.

Oh well, at least all the minor leagues that have been skating since all the salary dump trades have been doing well. I'm going to the game on Saturday night. Could be the night they are mathematically eliminated (rather then about two weeks ago when they really got eliminated).
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Postby KimmieA » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:44 pm UTC

Hawkmp4 - I usually get my tickets at sportevents.com. I haven't had a chance to get into hockeyas much as i want to because this year has been a busy one (first time home owner and just married). I hope the industry doesn't leave me too far behind... hockey was my first word, afterall!

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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby Aardvarki » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:58 pm UTC

rheakith wrote:Also, Crosby is a douche who doesn't like to sign autographs.

What leads you to think this? From watching them practice skate, he signs more autographs than any other player on the team. However, he also gets ASKED to sign more autographs than any other hockey player IN THE WORLD - so while maybe he declines more autographs than anyone else, he also signs more autographs than anyone else.

You saying Crosby doesn't sign autographs because he turns a lot of people down would be like me saying Ovechkin doesn't score goals because he's got the most MISSED shots on goal. Ovie's got 360 SOG this season, 48 goals - not a great shot/goal ratio, but he's still a better goal scorer than anyone else in hockey right now (yes, even Crosby - though they are tied for #1, I think Ovie's a better goal scorer).

I've seen Crosby gesture adults aside so that he can get to the little kids to sign their shirts first - so maybe whoever you heard this from had just knocked over a five year old trying to get Crosby's autograph to sell on eBay and got snubbed in return.

Crosby is a stand-up guy. If you want to hate a penguin for being a douche, hate on Dupuis or Cooke. If you insist on hating on Crosby, at least just admit that it's because you hate seeing him scoring or setting up goals against your team - I know that's why I hate Ovechkin! =P

(Yes, of course, I'm a Pittsburgh native and a hardcore Pens fan, so I'm biased. This year, I just hope we get lucky and the Devils and Caps get knocked out before we have to play them! My hopes aren't terribly high for the playoffs this year, but then again, the Pens have always been pretty good at defying the odds)
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Postby rheakith » Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:16 pm UTC

Oh, I'm definitely biased since I've been a hardcore Detroit forever, and I'm only basing it on one experience when he blatantly ignored not only the adults, but all of the little kids in the front of the group waiting for the Pens to come out after practice, while a bunch of other players came up and at least signed a few. Maybe he's gotten better since last year, or maybe he had an off practice or something, but it at least gives me a reason other than he beats Detroit to not like him.

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Postby emceng » Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:35 pm UTC

I dislike Crosby because he seems like 1) a whiny baby and 2) a prima donna. I much prefer Ovechkin, because every time he is on the ice you see his passion for the game. He LOVES playing and LOVES competing - the Brett Favre of hockey. Crosby acts like you should be privileged to be on the ice with him. You are 100% right though - Cooke is a major league asshole, and deserves a skate to the groin.

That said my team of choice is the Wild. No playoffs this year. We were close(not in points this year). Really there were three big things that hurt us - starting the season 0-8 on the road, a godawful number of injuries(200+ man games, and that may be ignoring Pierre-Marc Bouchard being out all season after being our #2 point getter last season), and our road record. We were 2nd to last in the league in road points - a few games ago we had something like 25 road points. That is pathetic. 25+ wins at home is great, but you are not going to the playoffs with a road record like ours. WTF is wrong with them? Oh, and leading the league in SHG against(13) certainly didn't help the season.

As for playoff teams this year: I would like to see Buffalo or the Caps do well. I am hoping the Rangers don't make it. In the west I am rooting for Chicago, and against whoever plays Detroit or Vancouver. I think San Jose has a good chance, but they always, always seem to melt down in the playoffs. I am on the fence as to whether I want Colorado or Calgary to snag that 8th place seed.
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Postby Aardvarki » Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:02 pm UTC

I feel that the "prissy prima donna" opinion of Crosby is mostly due to the fact that he's both young and small compared to most hockey players (22yo, 5'11" 200lb compared to Ovie's 24yo 6'2" 235lb) - he has to rely on speed and finesse rather than grit and strength. I haven't heard any good evidence of why people have that opinion of him aside from "he gets knocked around and acts like it hurts so much" and "he tries to draw penalties so often" - well all players are trying to draw penalties (and a LOT of teams gun for Crosby so he has more opportunities to do it), and he's small compared to most players, of course when he gets levelled by someone bigger than him it's going to hurt! I just feel like that stereotype is stuck on him because he's a pretty boy and not a he-man like most hockey players.

Regarding Ovie's "passion" for hockey, I agree, watching Ovie play he definitely looks like he's trying a lot harder than anyone else out there. He powers his way through the other team and gets the puck to the net more than any other player out there. However, I think Crosby has just as much "passion", he just shows it differently, he dodges players, fakes out goalies, and makes tricky plays, preferring to pass when he doesn't have a solid shot (Crosby's shots:goals ratio is like 3.5:1, Ovie's is over 7:1 but they're both tied for first in the league for goals scored) - if Sid was going to try to show his passion by brute forcing his way through the other team's defense, they'd knock him on his ass and laugh at him.

What it comes down to is that I just don't really understand the Crosby-hate. Everything I hear just seems to me like it's deflecting the hate so that they don't have to say "I hate him because he scores on my team". I hear Pittsburghers do it ALL THE TIME with Ovie - they hate him for everything under the sun, but no one here will admit that the REAL reason they hate him is because he scores on the Pens. (I've already admitted that is the only reason I hate him - he's a damn fine hockey player otherwise, he'd be one of my favorites if he would stop scoring on us!)

(Also an acceptable reason to hate Crosby: "My girlfriend has a crush on him and WON'T SHUT UP ABOUT HOW CUTE HE IS")
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Postby emceng » Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:26 pm UTC

Well I know my dislike of Crosby is not due to him scoring against my team. He's played the Wild maybe 10 games? I doubt he has more than 3-4 goals against us. It's just a combination of many things and impressions of him I have gotten from watching hockey and hockey news.
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Postby el_loco_avs » Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:05 pm UTC

A HOCKEY THREAD YAY!


I'm soooo happy the Avs clinched the 8th spot! :mrgreen:
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Postby emceng » Mon May 03, 2010 2:15 am UTC

So playoff update:

How are your teams doing? Is anyone else going insane when watching NBC's coverage. For those that have missed it, let me do a replay of today's Pens-Habs game.

"Crosby is really dominating. Look at Crosby. Crosby took a shot. Crosby Crodby'd the Crosby. Should they change the name of the game to Crosby? Did Crosby Crosby on the Crosby? What about Crosby? Crosby crosby croby in the crosby crosby crosby?"


It made me want to scream.
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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby ginadagny » Mon May 03, 2010 4:39 am UTC

I want Montreal to kick some Penguin ass. I <3 Halak

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Postby DNA » Mon May 03, 2010 6:17 am UTC

I'm one of those loud Habs fans that you see drinking beer on St-Catherine's street high-fiveing cops after game 7s, so I don't feel like I need to be loud on these forums.
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Postby SilentPoet » Mon May 03, 2010 1:39 pm UTC

emceng wrote:So playoff update: How are your teams doing?


Disappointly on-again, off-again for the Wings. I've no doubt we'll pull it off...but why do we have to keep digging ourselves into such a hole first?

I'm hoping Montreal can run the tables in the east at this point.

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Postby Aardvarki » Mon May 03, 2010 3:40 pm UTC

ginadagny wrote:(Paraphrased): I'm rooting for Montreal

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SilentPoet wrote:(Paraphrased): I'm rooting for Montreal


.... Go Pens?
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Postby Armadillo Al » Tue May 04, 2010 2:13 pm UTC

...ze Blackhawks! Zey are alive! Alive, I teel you! Mwahahaha!!!
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Postby HiddenCounter » Tue May 04, 2010 4:42 pm UTC

The Sharks are going to win, not because I am some Hockey guru but because I said so. They have flopped too many times and I am a Sharks fan.
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Postby Aardvarki » Wed May 12, 2010 4:04 pm UTC

Game 7, Habs and Pens tonight. This is going to be intense! I'll be watching on my projector screen (which means my neighbors across the street will be out on their porch watching my screen, hahaha). Can't wait!

Good luck to both teams, may the better team win (honestly, watching the other six games, I'm rather afraid the Habs might be the better team - they're more consistent, that's for sure, and both teams have the grit to handle a game 7, but the Pens are great at snatching victory from the jaws of defeat).

If the Habs win, tonight's game will be the last professional hockey game ever played in the Igloo (Mellon Arena/Civic Arena).
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Postby Swordfish » Thu May 13, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

So, my picks from the beginning of the playoffs seem to have gone horribly awry. The Capitals were originally my Eastern Conference Champions, and they were supposed to lose to the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

On the bright side, my Philadelphia Flyers are on the verge of making history. The Bruins seem to have forgotten they needed to win four games, not three. Not looking forward to playing the Habs, though.
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Postby Armadillo Al » Fri May 14, 2010 1:29 pm UTC

Don't worry, with the Eastern Conference down to the #6 playing the #7 in an elimination game for the right to take on the #8 in the finals, I'm pretty sure everyone's picks have gone completely awry.
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Postby Chen » Fri May 14, 2010 3:14 pm UTC

Just need Boston to beat Phili now. Montreal seems to be doing well against Boston this year. And a bit of revenge for last year would be nice. I can't imagine what St-Catherine's street is going to look like when this next series starts. When I left the bar after game 6 in this last series I counted 19 police officers at one intersection...

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Postby emceng » Fri May 14, 2010 3:28 pm UTC

I was really hoping for a Caps-Hawks final. It would have been epic scoring and great hockey. I'm not sure who to cheer for in the east. I absolutely do not want to see Philly win. Boston would be ok. I would cheer for them, if the freaking Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots wouldn't have won about 20 championships in the past 5 years. That leaves Montreal. I am cheering for them now, but not for the Cup. I want to see the Hawks take them on - and not just see a hot goalie.
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Postby Gorm » Fri May 14, 2010 3:29 pm UTC

Armadillo Al wrote:Don't worry, with the Eastern Conference down to the #6 playing the #7 in an elimination game for the right to take on the #8 in the finals, I'm pretty sure everyone's picks have gone completely awry.


You've gotta love the commentary on the sports radio stations....either this is the BEST PLAYOFFS EVAR!!! in that it's so unpredictable or it just proves that the Hockey regular season is meaningless and they should just throw away the whole sport and start over.

I think it's just that the margin between the teams in the east this season has been so thin that the difference between #8 and #1 really wasn't that dramatic...The Capitals just had a really good streak that pulled them away from the pack, and streaks are as much luck and momentum as they are superior skill.

Me, personally, I'm hoping the Bruins from games 1-3 show up tonight, not the stinkers from the last week's games. Bruins - Canadians for the Wales Conference Trophy would be epic (and yes, it is still the Wales Conference Trophy, even if it's the Eastern Conference championship...you don't rename Trophies, that's just lame...like making it the TD Garden rather than the Boston gard...oh...crud...

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Postby emceng » Fri May 14, 2010 4:21 pm UTC

Just as bad as what happened in Tampa Bay. The St. Petersburg Times Forum is a terrible name for an arena, especially when it used to be the Ice Palace.

Oh, and on the rankings - a few years ago(I think it was the year the Oil went to the Finals) the East seeds 1-4 all made it out of the first round, and in the West it was 5-8. Kinda crazy.

Also, no sweeps yet this year. And I think almost all went to 6 games. The Pitt-Ott series may not have, but I think the rest did.
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Postby Swordfish » Sat May 15, 2010 2:56 am UTC

WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

The Flyers make history in a game that was a microcosm of the series! And now we're off to... wait... home ice, for the 7th seed?
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Postby emceng » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:23 pm UTC

Hockey! Fuck Yeah!

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Postby Armadillo Al » Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:16 pm UTC

Woo!

...so you're the good luck that got Chicago to score seven goals last night? Now we just need to get you out to Philly for Game 6 so they can score seven goals again! :)
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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby gurfunklebunker » Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:20 pm UTC

I am (unfortunately) a Leafs fan.
Only year I remember that was great for the Leafs was 2002, when they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but lost to Carolina. ): And now they are trying to rebuild.
But last night's game in Chicago was EPIC. Them breaking their 49-year Stanley Cup drought would probably make the Leafs work a bit more since they would become the last Original Six team to break their long drought.

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Postby Cane » Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:19 pm UTC

I was at a couple of those Carolina vs. Toronto games that year. Great series, lots of OT, tons of Toronto fans drove down because it is easier to get Canes tickets than Leafs tickets. I actually really like Toronto fans; always really nice people. Very different from Buffalo, Detroit, and New Jersey!
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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby gurfunklebunker » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:31 pm UTC

Cane wrote:I was at a couple of those Carolina vs. Toronto games that year. Great series, lots of OT, tons of Toronto fans drove down because it is easier to get Canes tickets than Leafs tickets. I actually really like Toronto fans; always really nice people. Very different from Buffalo, Detroit, and New Jersey!

I was like 9 years-old (turning 10 in a couple months afterwards), so as a little kid, it was sort of a HUGE deal for me that the Leafs made it even that far.
So huge, that I cried when they lost their last game in overtime. i remember that game actually. It was almost over for the Leafs in regulation, but someone (I believe it was Alexander Mogilny?) scored with less than a second left. I remember this because everyone in the ACC started cheering wildly. Hell, I am pretty certain that the Leafs almost won the game at the beginning of overtime, but Arturs Irbe stopped the shot.

I am honestly surprised I remember all of this information on the players involved. O:

Also, yes, Leafs ticket prices are horrendously expensive, especially for the way they played this season. Though I don't blame Gustavsson for most of the games he played in, the defense in front of him was incredibly shitty. I sort of gave up on watching them play around February because I realized I had much better things to do with my time. All I know for now is that I am for Chicago to break their Stanley Cup drought so that it might give the Leafs some motivation to break theirs (Even if it takes a few years to rebuild, that is fine).

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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby Francisoe » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:24 am UTC

:evil: :arrow: YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! EPIC EPIC EPIC FORUM... can just say Chicago all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :idea: :evil:
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Re: NHL Hockey

Postby Cleverbeans » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:35 am UTC

Screw the playoffs - lets talk draft picks. Does anyone else miss the riots on Whyte in 2006? Those were good times.
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