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  1. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I'm really surprised how well the Caps are doing against the Bolts. Didn't think they'd be this dominating. As to your second point, this is true. This could be like when we finally beat the Avs, then went on to win back to back Cups. Sometimes, its just one team blocking you from greatness.
  2. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    My son picked Tampa and LV at the beginning of the season to play in the Finals and I was like "No dude, you don't understand. Expansion teams never do well in their first year. They'll be lucky if they don't have the worst record in the league." Well... here we are. I feel like the Jets are a better team, but LV made it this far with everyone doubting them. I feel pretty confident that the Bolts will beat the Caps and go on to win the Cup no matter who they play.
  3. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Seeing as how they were a team on the rise and we were on the decline, that really doesn't bother me. Bringing our shortcomings into focus is, I think, a good thing. We could be like some franchise that are clueless, keep doing the same dumb things over and over again and fail. Maybe its just me, but I can turn my hatred on and off like a switch. If the Bolts aren't playing us, I'm cheering for Stevie's team. I want him to get his name on the Cup again. However, when they do play us... eff those guys!
  4. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    In the regular season the Bolts had some bad games on defense, but the playoffs, they've really fixed it up. Boston was one of the highest scoring teams in the league and they held them to 2 goals or less in 3 of the 5 games. Their ability to keep Boston's top line in check was really the difference. I would imagine they'd be able to do the same to the Caps especially if Backstrom doesn't come back soon.
  5. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Glad the Pens are gone, but at the same time, it would have been more satisfying, for me anyways, to see Stevie's team beat them. Oh well, done is done, now I don't have to listen to anymore of this "3elieve" non-sense and I can enjoy watching the Bolts beat on the Caps.
  6. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Sure hope so, but knocking out the defending champs on their home ice... I have a feeling this will go 7. I hope I'm wrong. On the plus side, I don't think it'll matter who wins this series, TB is rolling and they'll beat either of these teams.
  7. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    The cap is kind of the problem. Because of the cap, you can't really build a team through trades or free agency anymore. You have to draft well. Seeing as how the Pens were the worst team in the league for a number of years and acquired several high draft picks going into the cap era, it played out perfectly in their favor. Chicago experienced success the same way. Meanwhile, the rest of the league is stuck half way between trying to be competitive and drafting for the future. You basically need to tank at the right time aka when generational talent like Crosby and Ovechkin come into the league, do that for a few years and then ride that out for 10-15 years. Edmonton would have had the same success as Pittsburgh except they didn't have good players to choose from until McDavid came along.
  8. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I hope whomever takes his place in the lineup, scores the GWG tonight.
  9. Official 2018 NHL Amateur Entry Draft Discussion Thread

    Those two are on the top of my list as well. Wahlstrom has been a goal scoring machine and it'd be really nice to have a good right handed shooter on the left circle for the PP. The trick, obviously, is who, in the top 10, would trade their pick. If I were Chicago, I'd look to trade that pick for something that can help the team now before Kane and Toews window closes. By the time that pick makes it to the NHL, those two will be on their way out or close to.
  10. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    What an ignorant thing to say. Especially since history has shown that the Pens can win (and usually do against the Caps) and Washington usually chokes in the playoffs. Sorry if people basing their prediction on historical facts offends you. The Pens have played way more hockey than anyone over the past few years and with Malkin and Hagelin out, Ovechkin being on fire, the revenge factor for the Caps coming into play, this is as good as it'll get for the Caps.
  11. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    Well they faced their beatdown toys in the first round. In the second round, they'll play someone they beat last year and apparently have been beating down during the regular season this year. Holtby - 3.60 GAA, .897 SV Bobrovsky - 3.82 GAA, .889 SV Pens will be in the final four, I just hope to God Boston or TB is one of the other teams to make it and be healthy.
  12. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    They "dominated" the series? Let me guess, the Caps had the Pens right where they wanted them when they were down 3 games to 1. Seriously? The Caps rallied back in that series but ultimately did what they do best in the postseason and choke. This team hasn't made it beyond the 2nd round since we beat them in the Finals despite winning numerous Presidents Trophies. Yes, because its the playoffs they do become average and I have history to back that up.
  13. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    The Caps aren't a good playoff team. They've proven this year after year. The Presidents Trophy means nothing because playoff hockey is different kind of game and the Caps are average at best, not a typical Presidents Trophy caliber team. The Pens have almost always beaten the Caps in the playoffs, dating back to Lemieux. They have no fear facing a team that always finds a way to lose in the playoffs.
  14. 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thread

    I can't ever remember a team getting so many easy matchups in a playoff run as the Pens have these past couple years. Last year was especially easy. First round this year, they have the team that they've pretty much owned since they drafted Crosby. They'll likely end up facing the Caps again and we all know how that'll go. The Caps just aren't built for the playoffs. Its incredible how easy their path is for the third straight year. Whomever would give them a problem always gets knocked out by someone else. That was even the case back in 2009 when Boston and NJ (both teams did really well against the Pens that year in the regular season) were both knocked out by Carolina and then the Pens just swept them. Remember back in the day when we'd have to beat a heavily stacked Colorado and Dallas teams just to make it to the Finals? Sorry, ranting here, its not the Pens fault, they can't control who they play, but its just maddening to see them get these kinds of breaks over and over again. Boston or TB could give them a tough matchup, but I just know NJ will knock both of them out after two long brutal 7 games series with several multiple OT games and the Pens will just tear right through them to the Finals again and face a 6,7 or 8 seed from the West.
  15. Official 2018 Off Season *Rebuild* Thread

    He was a bit of a letdown for me this year. Holding out, wanting to prove himself and his stats were about the same as last year. At times, he looked very dominant on the ice, but unfortunately, most of the time, he was anything but dominant. Having said that though, he's only 23, has shown that, at times, can be a very good player and I'd hate to trade him and see him gain that consistency to his game with another team. I just remember the Penguins giving up on Markus Naslund back in 1996 and he was about the same age as AA and was posting very similar stats. Pens traded him to Vancouver for junk and he excelled into a superstar there. I'm not saying the same thing will happen here, but I remember watching Naslund play, sometimes even alongside Mario and I can tell you right now, AA shows more promise now than Naslund did then.