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#141 dat's sick

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:29 PM

Fil was great at both ends of the rink today. Like I said in the GDT, one of the best games I've seen him play. Hope him and Z can keep this kind of chemistry up because they looked to be really clicking.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:14 PM

I was definitely a little hesitant to see Fil and Z play together. We've seen both in Red Wings and Team Finland games how Fil plays better when he gets to skate through the middle of the ice. Also, I wouldn't say he's bad along the boards but it is a little troublesome to watch him battle there sometimes. Having him at the wing places him right into that kind of spot where he struggles from time to time.

Overall though, he and his linemates are producing and we're enjoying the ride.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:49 PM

His goal tonight was interesting. At first when I saw it I thought it looked a tad lucky. It's probably more about him still getting used to shooting more and me not used to seeing him take those kind of shots and actually landing on net.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:54 PM

His goal tonight was interesting. At first when I saw it I thought it looked a tad lucky. It's probably more about him still getting used to shooting more and me not used to seeing him take those kind of shots and actually landing on net.


I still have not had the chance to watch the game (tivoed it, got a huge subfinal tmrw) but I've noticed the more he relys on his instincts the better he is. He is starting to realise that he isn't Datsyuk and has stopped using these bogus moves that don't work, instead going for his underutiilized shot and utilizing his above average hands (before I felt as if he was overdoing it/forcing it) that feel natural.
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 01:25 AM

Filppula's goal from the Pens game #2 on ESPN's top-ten plays *******
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:32 AM

I still have not had the chance to watch the game (tivoed it, got a huge subfinal tmrw) but I've noticed the more he relys on his instincts the better he is. He is starting to realise that he isn't Datsyuk and has stopped using these bogus moves that don't work, instead going for his underutiilized shot and utilizing his above average hands (before I felt as if he was overdoing it/forcing it) that feel natural.


Yeah you should watch the game because... well, I don't know about anyone else but to me it looks like he was doing a Datsyukian impression out there the way he was handling the puck at times. He attempted a good amount of shots for his standards. Or at least, it seemed that way; I haven't looked at the stats.

At times it looks really ugly when he's fighting along the boards for the puck. You can tell he's being aggressive but maybe needs to be a little smarter.

Oh and I definitely was not a fan of that sequence of multiple shots from Maxi Pad and then a small shot from behind (surprise, surprise) from Whiny Face.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 12:13 PM

Once he really learns how to make a pass by bouncing the puck off the goalie's pads for a rebound his point totals should increase a bit.

It's not at the same level obviously but it's one of the reasons why Gustav Nyquist has much more points this year. Some of his assists were just shots on the net that came back out for rebounds.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:05 PM

Filppula's goal from the Pens game #2 on ESPN's top-ten plays *******

Yes, it was that damn good :)
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:12 PM

Yes, it was that damn good :)


Can't wait until he shoots it with more confidence. It seemed to me that he was just experimenting with that goal. Hopefully soon he will add just a touch of a shooter's mentality where you always think the next one is going in.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 03:43 PM

Confidence is Val's kryptonite. He's a completely different player when he's confident. Zetterberg is the same way. If Val could only even out his game life would be much easier. :P
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 04:01 AM

How do you say "Shoot the puck!" in Finnish?

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 07:10 AM

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 12:13 PM

Confidence is Val's kryptonite. He's a completely different player when he's confident. Zetterberg is the same way. If Val could only even out his game life would be much easier. :P

That's true. But I think Val always performs at a good level when looking at the basic things. Maybe it's confidence that brings the offense to his game, but skating, playing well defensively and working hard are always there.


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"Shoot the puck" = "LAUO HELMINEN LAUOO!!"

That's the correct translation. Also, you can add "Damn it!" to the end which is "Kaksi sekuntia AIKAA!!"
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 03:44 PM

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"Shoot the puck" = "LAUO HELMINEN LAUOO!!"

That's the correct translation. Also, you can add "Damn it!" to the end which is "Kaksi sekuntia AIKAA!!"


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Posted 24 March 2010 - 08:53 PM

How do you say "Clutch!" in Finnish? :D

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 08:53 PM

Un.

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Believable.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 08:57 PM

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 09:01 PM

Flip is also one short of his goal total last year in 34 less games.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 09:03 PM

Val is now a plus player on the season and on a 60.6 points, 82 game pace. We definitely have a top 6 forwad on our hands.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 09:07 PM

Who-dler?



No no no, I'm kidding. I just wanted to say "Who-dler".

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