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#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.

#2413549 WCSF Game 6 GDT- Blackhawks 4 @ Red Wings 3, - (Series tied 3-3)

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 27 May 2013 - 09:30 PM

What really sucks about all this is it felt like a win till the blown assignment by Smith.  Bounces going our way, good saves, winning lots of little battles, scoring from our depth.  Damn it!!

#2408755 Hey Hawks fans....

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 21 May 2013 - 07:17 AM

I hope the Blackhawks players are as focused on the no-goal interference call as their fans.  That means they're not focused on what's really beating them.  We are swarming all over their best players with our speed, which means the role players have to step it up and at this point, they're not.  Since the Wings got that extra day of rest after Game 1, we look much quicker and Chicago is going to have to figure out a way to deal with that because we're getting another extra day of rest before Game 4.  Playing like goons and whining about calls won't cut it either.

#2404325 ECQF - (5) Maple Leafs vs. (4) Bruins

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 14 May 2013 - 07:16 AM

Absolutely devastating end to this series for the Leafs.  To be down 3 games to 1, make a dramatic comeback, be winning 4-1 with 10 min left in Game 7, 4-2 with 90 seconds left and lose is more than anyone should have to handle.  If something like that happened to the Wings, I would feel gutted like someone in my family died.  Really feel bad for their fan base.

#2403820 WCSF - (1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 May 2013 - 07:42 AM

The Blackhawks don't scare me.  I think we could take them under most circumstances, but the deck is severely stacked against us considering how the first round went for both teams.  Chicago had virtually no travel, won in 5 games and is going to be well rested.  Oh yeah, they have home ice and the best record in the league too.  Meanwhile, we've been flying back and forth across the country over and over again in a hard fought, OT filled, 7 game series against the Ducks.  


It would make my season if we knocked out the Hawks, but I have a hard time seeing it happen.

#2390376 4/26 GDT

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 26 April 2013 - 08:55 PM

I want 7th. If I'm looking at this right with a win tomorrow Detroit holds down 7th. I want no part of Chicago at least not now


I do.  As up and down as this season has been for us, if we beat the President's Trophy winning Blackhawks in the first round it would be almost as sweet as Lord Stanley.

#2383885 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 April 2013 - 08:15 PM

To be fair, how many teams have been in the playoffs consistently and have made it to the second or third round every single year.  No team does that. 


I understand and you're right, consistently making the playoffs like the Wings have is great.  Holland's career as a whole has been pretty good.  What I'm wondering is, why is there are article ranking Holland as the best GM in the league when he has done very little in the past three years while the team's performance has been declining.  I get that we're "rebuilding" and going with younger players, but does that mean he's doing a good job by doing nothing?