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#2271532 Do the Pens Have the Cup Locked Up?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 March 2012 - 12:34 PM

Nobody wins the Cup in March. Seriously, how many times have we seen the Wings dominate in March, then get knocked out in the first or second round? The playoffs are a totally different game. Everybody gives a little extra. There's a little more fighting in the corner for loose pucks. More willingness to give up the body to block shots. More willingness to stand in front of the net to chip in a loose puck or deflect a shot. All these little things make a big difference in the postseason. Winning in the regular season is all good and fine, but they won't be playing Carolina, Winnipeg, Isles or Leafs in the playoffs and the good teams they'll be playing will be playing much differently than they are now. I'm not saying they won't change themselves, but winning a bunch of games in the regular season doesn't prove anything. Our fan base has learned that lesson a bunch of times.

#2247588 10 Year Anniversary

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 20 January 2012 - 11:43 AM

The only year I didn't HOPE they would win the Stanley Cup, because I KNEW they would. Good times, great team. It was like watching the Harlem Globetrotters of hockey.

#2244240 1/10 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Islanders 5

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 January 2012 - 06:17 AM

Can we swap coaches with St. Louis? I think Babcock's message is getting old.

I like Babs, but whenever I see a good team lose to a bad one like this, it falls on the shoulders of the coach.

#2240995 Rupp 1st Goal, Then Salute at WC

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 03 January 2012 - 12:26 PM

When I saw it, I thought it was a dig at Jagr, who did his old salute celebration just a few days ago in Pittsburgh when he scored on Rupp's former teammates.

#2235851 12/13 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Penguins 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 14 December 2011 - 07:58 AM

your blog lists your favorite NHL teams as detroit and pittsburgh?


LOL I must have put that before May 2008. I'll fix it. I can't STAND the Pens today. They could go 0-82 and I would still want them to lose more.

This might generate some uproar. Pens broadcasters...

"Datsyuk scored a Crosby-like goal!"


THIS is exactly why I watched the game on the internet with the Fox Sports Detroit feed, instead of watching it on my TV and having to listen to the idiot Penguin announcers.

Are you a steelers fan? I don't follow pro football that much (too busy cheering for sparty) but the steelers are my favorite pro team

Yeah, the Steelers are still my favorite football team and will continue to be unless they play the Red Wings in the Super Bowl. :hehe:

#2235783 12/13 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Penguins 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 December 2011 - 09:54 PM

Buh-buh-but, I thought everything was fine when they beat that scoring powerhouse the NY Islanders without him!

That's the thing with Pens fans. This team is incapable losing when Crosby is out. If they win, they did without Crosby, look how great they are. If they lose, well Crosby was out otherwise they would have won.

#2235332 Crosby has "concussion symptoms"

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 December 2011 - 02:11 PM

waynef****** gretzky. mariof****** lemiuex.

They both had the same middle name?! There's a fun fact! :hehe:

#2235311 Crosby has "concussion symptoms"

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 December 2011 - 01:33 PM

I hate the ****** more than any other athlete, but I don't want his career to end like this. I like watching him play and he's hands-down the most talented player in the NHL.

It seems like people here should aim their hatred more at the media than Crosby. He didn't demand the over-bearing coverage or attention on national broadcasts. I don't need to hear his name 200 times on a Versus telecast of the Red Wings and Lightning either, but that isn't Crosby's fault.

The NHL is a business and Crosby is a big loss. All of the Red Wings players themselves said they wanted Crosby to play tonight. If the guys on the ice want him around, that speaks volumes to his standing in the league.

The media coverage of Crosby is overkill without a doubt, but it really doesn't bother me as much as his on ice conduct. I don't like the sneaky little cheap shots he throws and then complains when he gets hit back. I don't like the way he went after Z after Game 4 in the '08 Finals or the cheap shots during the '09 Finals. I think that's garbage. He's amazingly talented, you can't deny that, but he acts like a jerk on the ice.

#2234468 Will Malkin get a call from Shanahan?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 December 2011 - 11:34 AM

Malkin's an idiot and he deserves he ass beat, but no, no call from Shanny.

#2232933 Miller Ran again

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 05 December 2011 - 11:40 AM

The first time I saw this, I thought "Wow! What an ass?! But that's Tootoo for ya". Then I saw the replay a bunch of times... I don't know. He is a cheap and dirty player, but there is some reasonable doubt. He was driving to the net, he tries to move to the front, but Erhoff blocks him prevents him from getting in front of the net, Tootoo is too close to skate behind the net at this point and runs into Miller. He actually tucks his elbow in before contact. People make a big deal about his "jumping". If he doesn't jump and Tootoo holds that position, he slams right into Miller knocking him straight backwards, which I think would have been far more violent of a collision. I think, Tootoo meant to run into Miller in some way during this game to agitate him, but had no intent to injure.

#2231883 Crosby is like who?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 02 December 2011 - 02:16 PM

Crosby is exactly like Peter Forsberg. Offensive minded, excellent passer and playmaker, team leader, takes cheap shots at his opponent and then whines to the ref when the guy hits him back.

#2230565 Bylsma Defends Crosby's Elbow on Foligno

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 November 2011 - 12:17 PM

It was dirty. Its hypocritical. Its Crosby. Not surprising. I'm sure he'll do a few more things like this before the season's done.

#2212079 Season Predictions?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 04 October 2011 - 07:22 AM

- Detroit wins the division
- Ovechkin wins the Art Ross and Hart Trophy
- Lidstrom ties Bobby Orr for Norris trophies
- Bryzgalov wins Vezina
- Crosby plays the second half of the season and Pens go deep into playoffs
- Jets make the playoffs
- Sabres do not make playoffs
- Red Wings make a significant trade at the deadline, possibly Shane Doan or Alfredsson or both.
- Canucks finish with the first seed in the West
- Bruins finish with the first seed in the East
- Neither Canucks or Bruins make it to the Conference Finals
- Final Four will be Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington
- Detroit vs Washington in the Finals
- Detroit wins the Stanley Cup, Lidstrom retires

#2209183 What can be done to go East?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 23 September 2011 - 12:49 PM

Its not the Red Wings job to make sure other Western teams fill out their arenas. Also, if the Wings move East, these Western teams that never make the playoffs (like Columbus, St Louis) will see their odds of getting a playoff spot increase since they won't be getting beat down by the Wings. If they make the playoffs, they get at least 2 more home games. Winning games and getting into the playoffs will increase the fanbase and generate more interest. They could have sell outs for games that don't involve the Wings. Wouldn't these franchises rather have sell outs because their team is popular, not because the visiting team is popular?

Also, if your franchise is dependent on the Wings visiting your city 2-4 times a year, then you're doing something wrong and you probably shouldn't have a franchise in the first place. I think its crap that Wings fans, in which most live in the Eastern time zone, have to stay up insane late to watch half their teams' road games because some Western franchises can't generate local interest in their hockey team. Meanwhile, we could have a lot of great original 6 rivalries get renewed if they moved East.

The Wings are great, but they won't be great forever. Someday they'll have to rebuild and they won't be the draw in other cities that they are now. A conference realignment should have nothing to do with how good a team is at that moment because that could change any year.

Okay, I'm done ranting now. :D

#2207361 Top 3 Players in Each Team's History

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 September 2011 - 10:10 AM

Yes, Yzerman did all he could have done, but he was not even the best forward on the team (Fedorov), let alone player. Steve Y gets overrated by Wings fans (understandable, but still wrong), but Lidstrom is very easily better all-time player.

That's debatable. I debate it in my own head all the time. lol Based on awards and accomplishments, Lidstrom has to be considered one of the best of all time. However, Yzerman was in his prime at the same time as Lemieux and Gretzky. He missed out on a lot of scoring titles and MVPs because of that and was viewed as 3rd best back then. Would Lidstrom have been as successful if he played in his prime during the same time as Bobby Orr and Doug Harvey? Plus, Yzerman played 10 years without Scotty Bowman as coach. Lidstrom was very fortunate to always be on a talented, Cup contending team. So while, Lidstrom is a better player in terms of awards won and accomplishments, I think saying he's more talented is an illusion. Stevie definitely had a greater impact on the franchise than Nick.

BTW, how nice is it to have a problem like this where we have too many great players and we can't decide on who's the best? lol