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    2016 SCF: San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

    In one respect, the comparison between the 08 Wings and 16 Pens is correct -- not on paper or matchups -- the 08 Wings were probably the strongest roster in recent memory. But the 16 Pens won in very similar fashion in the series: held serve at home, split on the road, were unable to win the Cup at home but did win it on the road in game 6. The Sharks also reminded me of the 08 Pens in terms of lack of experience showing, especially in the first 2 games. You guys know as well as anyone -- there is hockey, then there is playoffs hockey, and then there is Cup Finals hockey. By the time SJ found their legs it was too late and probably not enough anyway. I was pulling for Phil to win the Smythe, just because the guy really put up with a lot of crap and got snubbed by USA hockey, and I liked the idea of him getting the last laugh. But I don't think the media was willing to buy into that, though I doubt he cares about that at this point. In many respects, an often overlooked dark horse in my book, at least how valuable he is to the team -- is Letang. He really is like a rudder for the team and the Pens often follow suit with how he does in a game, and they struggle a great deal when he's not in the lineup.
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    Gordie Howe has passed away. 1928-2016.

    My condolences to Wings fans and the Wings organization on such a huge loss. Rest in Peace, Mr. Hockey.
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    2016 SCF: San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

    For some reason being back in the finals brought back the memories of 08 and 09 and thought I'd stop by and say hello. Surprised so far the Sharks haven't really brought it the way you guys did back in the day. The first couple of games, the Sharks reminded me of the way the Pens were the first couple of games in 08 where they were a bit stunned by the experience of being in the finals and forgot what to do... But it ain't over until Bruce Boudreau sings. "You are making an ass of yourself for all eternity! You are going and handing them the 2x4 to beat you with!" Never forget.
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    Pens or Bruins

    Meh. Good luck guys. My expectations are almost nil. We'll play...somebody, lose composure, and Bylsma will stand there with this blank look on his face and just parrot the same old "We didn't get to our game" s***. Please beat the Bruins if you play them. Thanks.
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    12/14 GDT : Penguins 4 at Red Wings 1

    He got injured in the last game, not really sure what happened. There was a play where he was tripped up, went into the boards got up pretty slow. He's scratched with an unspecified upper body injury. Bylsma is supposed to address it after the game, which basically means we won't learn anything new. hahaha
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    12/14 GDT : Penguins 4 at Red Wings 1

    Our Top 4 D are out...I expect an enjoyable game for you guys, have fun
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    ECSF : (7) Ottawa Senators vs (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

    Toby I think you make some good points, to be honest. From his perspective as a veteran in his last days who has just lost a critical playoff game, he was likely feeling really disappointed and probably didn't feel like blowing sunshine up everyone's butt. I guess it is what it is. But I expect the Sens won't just roll over and die. The Pens haven't been all that great at closing a series at home in recent years, for what it's worth. But then again they have been playing a much calmer and more focused game with Vokoun in net as opposed to Fleury and reducing some (but not all) stupid habits, maybe that trend for us will change this year. I guess we'll see.
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    ECSF : (7) Ottawa Senators vs (1) Pittsburgh Penguins You guys should see MacLean's presser. It was about 20 seconds long and really something else. I like him though. And he did seem to show more fight and resolve than Alfie did. Jeez..
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    ECSF : (7) Ottawa Senators vs (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

    Probably just me as your friendly neighborhood Pens fan... but I just check in here and other team forums from time to time to get other fans perspectives on the league and game so I don't know if I count.
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    Crosby left the game after puck to the face

    That Tocchet fight is a classic. Jaw, what jaw? Crosby was in good spirits. Not having to wire it shut is good news for him. I personally don't believe in karma, not in this life anyway. If it existed, somehow a guy like Lafontaine would have had more luck than he did and his name on the cup several times, because as far as players go, he is as good of a person as they come. Sometimes s*** just happens. Like when Orpik tries to shoot the puck. If he aimed for Sid's head he'd probably put up Norris numbers.
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    Crosby left the game after puck to the face

    Probably one of those Rick Tocchet do dads when he gets back.
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    Crosby left the game after puck to the face

    The well wishes are appreciated, I'm actually pleasantly surprised to see that. There's a number of players in the league that I'm not a fan of but wouldn't want to see them hurt. For me personally I can't get too worked up about what people say about a player but I draw the line at injuries. They're still living, breathing human beings. From all I've heard his teeth pretty much just got annihilated, the surgery was for his teeth (yes, many "oral" jokes abound) Didn't hear anything about a break in the jaw (that is what worries me most right now) but they would likely want to take precautionary measures with the concussion as well though I am hoping that's not going to be an issue. The guy may as well just go and make the full turn to heel and just come back with a damn grill, hopefully that's all it will come to.
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    Iginla Traded to Pittsburgh This article talks a little bit about the timeline in Pittsburgh that day. Feaster apparently had given the Bruins the impression that they had a deal, but Pittsburgh was still very much in play and still negotiating with the Flames and waiting to hear back from them. At some point, Chiarelli requested permission to speak to Iginla to pitch for the Bruins, but Feaster declined and told Chiarelli they wanted to give Iginla space. I'm not sure why the gun would be jumped by the GMs here (scratching players, thus stirring up the media) when the negotiation process amongst all three clubs involved was still ongoing, and most of all it's a player with an NTC and they have the final say. And with the media reporting early and erroneously on this, it got a lot uglier than it needed to be.
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    Iginla Traded to Pittsburgh

    For me it sheds a whole new light and perspective on what had gone on with Hossa in 08. At the time I understood his decision, but felt a little miffed that he had indicated an interest in staying with Pittsburgh and gave people that impression but ended up going elsewhere. I think what I didn't understand at the time was that players aren't always trying to just "screw GMs over" -- they are looking out for themselves just as much as GMs look out for their team. I guess now I can understand that Hossa just wanted what was the best choice for him at the time but wanted all of his options open if possible.
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    Most Popular NHL Teams in Sweden

    That's why he didn't make any sense. Many teams that have exposure and success are going to get fans, but I would expect someone to particularly enjoy watching someone from their own country play on a team. We haven't had any Swedes since about 07. But whatever. He was a dick.