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#2422164 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 June 2013 - 11:49 AM

Sorry man but I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree. A Calder Cup championship in no way makes up for the fact that our franchise had three chances to put away the team that eventually hoisted. That is choke/heartbreak/salt in wound all over the place.


To each his own.  The Wings were not expected to do anything this year and I felt the most important part of this year was the development of our young guys.  I mean, if our top prospects don't perform well, we're looking at some lean years, lottery draft picking years.  Seeing them take it to Chicago, a team that eventually won the Stanley Cup, is very promising.  Seeing them win the Calder Cup down in the AHL is even more promising.  Losing never feels good, especially to Chicago, but there's a big shiny silver lining to this past season and maybe that makes me a glass half full kind of guy, but the promise these young guys showed this spring outshine the loss.  Again though, that's just me.

#2422110 Hawks new model franchise?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 June 2013 - 08:25 AM


Guy threw horseshoes at a dart board to set his lines throughout this whole offseason... he had no clue how to even strategize matchups until Babs schooled him.


Joel is a good coach in that he came up with a good system that works for the Hawks and their team to make them successful.  He's not a good coach at making adjustments.  He had no answer for what Babcock was doing and when he did change something, Babcock came right back and countered.

#2422074 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 June 2013 - 06:24 AM

Congrats to the Hawks.  Even with the injuries to Toews and Hossa, they still pulled out a series win.  Having said that, after Game 3 Boston looked like a completely different team.  I don't know if it was a loss of focus because maybe they thought they had this in the bag or more likely they were exhausted, but the passing wasn't there like it had been and the speed wasn't there on the offensive forecheck.  I know he got hurt last night, but Jagr played like a 41 year old hockey player in the last 3 games.  Krejci pretty much disappeared.  Marchand didn't have the speed like he did before.  Rask looked pretty unsure of himself at the end too.  He was so confident in net and in the zone and then after that 6 goal game, he never got back into form.  Patrice Bergeron's injury was tough on them.  He's a pretty important part of their team and his injury can't be understated.


As its been said before in this thread, we were the closest team to knocking off the Hawks and that's pretty damn good considering all of the inexperience we had on our team and the fact that we weren't expected to do anything.  We weren't lucky either.  It was inexperience, some bad luck and some bad breaks that led to our loss.  

#2420486 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 18 June 2013 - 07:04 AM

I think at this point, unless Boston quits playing or suffers an injury to a star player, there's no way they can lose this.  Chicago was having trouble just getting shots on goal and when they did it was just one shot and no rebound.  Rask will stop those all day.  If it wasn't for that cheap third goal, off the skate, in Game 1, this series could be 3-0 right now.


On a side note, does anyone else think this is Jagr's best playoffs post-1996.  The numbers aren't there and he doesn't have a goal in the playoffs, but he looks like a very well rounded player.  He's making some nice plays defensively, setting up offense.  He's contributing in big ways that don't show up on stat sheet.

#2419701 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 June 2013 - 01:39 PM

Can CHI lose an OT for once, please?


#2419666 What would you give up for Malkin?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 June 2013 - 10:24 AM


According to capgeek, the have 7+mil of space for next year, and 10 guys to sign. Gotta believe Letang is gone next year. Id take him, might cost you 6+mil for him though.


I was actually teasing a friend of mine who is a HUGE Letang fan saying he should go to Detroit.  But actually that might not be a bad idea.  Give us a good right handed shot from the point, a true powerplay QB, he'd fit right into our system.  I don't see why he couldn't be another Brian Rafalski for us.

#2419362 Bylsma and McLellan Extended

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 June 2013 - 10:33 AM

I really don't get how Byslma gets extended.  You have arguably the two best players in the league on your roster and every spring for the past 4 years has been a playoff embarrassment.  Oh well, I guess I don't have to worry about them getting Dave Tippett. lol

#2418983 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 10 June 2013 - 07:11 AM

Well since getting scared by the Leafs in the first round, the B's are 8-1 and just swept the top seeded Penguins, who also led the league by a wide margin in goals for during the regular season and were held to just 2 goals for the entire series.  Its really hard NOT to pick the Bruins here.  I think this series will be similar to ours.  Toews and Kane will get swarmed by defenders, they won't be able to forecheck as well against Boston's system and I think the B's could have this in 6 games.  I would say 5 games, but I think Chicago is good enough to prevent the Cup from being won on their ice.

#2418709 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 08 June 2013 - 09:02 PM

My favorite line from watching the sports talks shows here is "50 years from now, we'll look back on this and still have no idea how the Pens lost this series."  Watching Milbury and Jones on NBC was like watching them mourn over the loss of a friend, saying how surprising it was.  The sweep was the surprise, the results was not.  Sure the Pens had all the talent to win a Cup, but that's pretty much it.  It takes more than talent to win it.  Boston was well coached, well organized, they played a great defensive system, people were in position all the time, passes were sharp and frequent, nobody panicked when they had the puck and they capitalized on defensive breakdowns.  That's how the Pens lost. Boston was well prepared.  It was obvious from Game 1.  Bylsma will be gone, when your expectations are that high and your roster is that loaded, somebody has to take the fall.  I just hope they don't go out and get Dave Tippett to replace him.  Look at how much he got out of the Coyotes, I would hate to see him in Pittsburgh.

#2417533 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 04 June 2013 - 06:09 AM

So did anyone else laugh when Pierre was asked who should start Game 3, he said Fleury and then like 2 seconds later Boychuk blasted one past him? lol  Unless they want this series to be over quick, they need to stick with Vokoun.  In the regular season, he was solid against the B's and I think he just had a bad night last night, not to mention the defense is terrible and Fleury looked like he was in his Isles/Flyers form for those two periods.


With Pittsburgh NEEDING to win two games in Boston, I have really hard time seeing them making it to the Finals now.  They needed to win Game 2 and they get blown out 6-1.  That speaks volumes about this series.

#2417302 Darren Helm - Career in Question?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 03 June 2013 - 08:00 AM

I never thought I'd say this about a forward whose career high in goals is 12, but we NEED him.  His speed does so much for us.  So many times during that Hawks series, I would see their defensemen pinch in and make a play and I kept thinking to myself, "Damn, I bet if Helm was out there, they wouldn't be pinching in like that so often".  When Helm's on the ice, the d-men HAVE to stay back or he'll be behind them.  His speed, defensive skills and faceoff ability have made his skill set invaluable.  


I really hope this back injury problem gets healed completely and this injury is behind him for good.

#2417003 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 02 June 2013 - 07:22 AM

Surprise surprise.  The Pens get shutdown by a team that knows how to play defense, they lose and act like a bunch of spoiled brats.  This kind of behavior is really old now.  I'm not sure how Pens fans can stick by their team watching their best players and leaders act like this.  That whole exchange between Crosby and Rask and then Crosby and Chara its an embarrassment to Pens fans, the franchise and the NHL.  THIS is your poster boy?

#2413948 Good Luck Wings.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 May 2013 - 08:32 AM

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The President's trophy team isn't going to lose 4 straight in the playoffs to a 7th seed, with the 4th loss being at home.  Game 5 shouldn't have been a surprise.  Game 6 was our best chance to close the series.  We had the game under control through 40 minutes, then Smith makes a rookie mistake and its tied.  Quincey's stick breaks, we're losing.  Frolik scores on a penalty shot that was a bad call.  It happens, now we have to do it the hard way.  Babcock is right to keep Smith in there.  Its time to look at the bigger picture here.  The experience he's getting from these games will help for many years down the road.  Years when we're not the 7th seed trying to beat the top two seeds just to get to the Conference Finals.  
You can say they "choked" all you want, but the success they've had in these playoffs will be felt for years.  Watching guys like Brunner, Nyquist, Andersson, Howard, and Kindl play in these high pressure games and play well, bodes well for us down the line.  Sure Smith is making a lot of mistakes, but he's making some nice plays too and gaining lots of experience.  The guy is only 24 years old playing in his first full NHL season.  Give him a break.  Going into these playoffs I felt like the team had a ton of holes, but after 13 playoff games, I'm not so sure that's the case anymore.

#2413943 Good Luck Wings.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 May 2013 - 08:10 AM

Anything can happen in a Game 7 and the Wings surprise a lot of people when they look down and out.  It should be a good game to watch.

#2413939 Nyquist thoughts

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 May 2013 - 07:59 AM

I really really like this kid.  He's fast, strong on the puck, does a lot of things right with his positioning.  I'd love to see a line of him, Brunner and Helm next year.  Ohhh the insanity.  Add a good two 6 forward for scoring, make this our third line, get Dekeyser back on D, I like our chances next year.