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#2147183 Round 1 Playoff Bracket Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 12 April 2011 - 10:25 PM

Note: This year's edition includes two resolutions for 16:9 displays: 1920x1080 and 1366x768.

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#2144574 Michigan-Minnesota Duluth in the Championship!

Posted by Matt on 09 April 2011 - 09:46 PM

i saw it coming. michigan was dead tired and umd was applying tons of pressure. 1 minute later... goal :(

I don't think being tired had anything to do with it -- you're just 4 minutes into the overtime session. It was, however, totally attributed to stupidity (the icings), bad angles, horrendous giveaways, etc.. Michigan played stupid hockey in the overtime -- and for long stretches of this game -- and it eventually cost them.

What had me yelling the most in the third period was the lost faceoff on Michigan's power play chance late only to blow it by the horrible angle -- and late decision to actually hustle and skate -- by Merrill, resulting in the hog-tie penalty to put it four-on-four.

It's amazing that they flew in the face of an obvious strategy -- staying out of the box against the Bulldogs -- and still had a chance to win the game. It's mind-blowing that you'd give another team, what, 9 powerplays in a championship game? Wow.

Ugh.... What a terrible performance. And to think they could've almost still won it.


#2139686 April Schedule Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 31 March 2011 - 08:09 PM

Featured for the month of April are speedsters Darren Helm and Sergei Fedorov:

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#2124094 Kings GM complaining about calls

Posted by Matt on 01 March 2011 - 08:00 AM

Lombardi is a whiny blowhard, bottom line. This is the same guy that blasted Red Berenson over the coaching of Jack Johnson last year and questioned the integrity of Mike Murphy and got slapped with a $50K fine earlier this year.

There's clearly a disconnect somewhere between his brain and his mouth.


#2123924 March Schedule Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 01 March 2011 - 12:28 AM

Featured for the month of March is the freshly re-signed Jimmy Howard and Hall of Fame legend Terry Sawchuk:

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#2122616 Possible Deal With Atlanta?

Posted by Matt on 26 February 2011 - 06:21 PM

Even though it was shot down by Holland, I'd do that trade in a heartbeat. No hesitation at all.


#2116875 New forum skin now live!

Posted by Matt on 15 February 2011 - 12:01 PM

I'd prefer to call it the "Winter Classic" version rather than the away jersey. :lol:


#2116847 New forum skin now live!

Posted by Matt on 15 February 2011 - 10:38 AM

Thanks for the comments and feedback, everyone.

Trust me, I'd love to do away with *all* of the ads, but it's simply not an option. The site maintenance costs (monthly hosting, upgrades, subscriptions, etc.) continue to steadily rise. Without them to offset those costs this community simply does not exist. I'm always trying to find ways to make the ads more effective individually so they can be less intrusive, but it's a delicate balance and doesn't always work.

If you love this community as much as I do and want to see it continually grow you can contribute directly by becoming a 'Booster', which removes some of the ads and also gives you access to more site features (exclusive forums and chat features, among others).

I pour as much of my free time as I can into making this place better for every visitor -- and I genuinely appreciate the feedback I get!

Thank you!


#2116787 New forum skin now live!

Posted by Matt on 15 February 2011 - 01:45 AM

Shortly after midnight I pushed the new LetsGoWings.com Forums template live. This updated includes updates across the board, from functionality to new features for some member groups. If you're experiencing any problems try refreshing/clearing your browser's cache. If you still experience issues please contact me via PM with your issue, a screenshot (if you can), and the browser type/version you're using.

There'll likely be some minor tinkering as the template is put through its paces leading up to Thursday's game against the Lightning, so feel free to leave some feedback!

(a quick note: the extra space up at the top in the white area is for the drop-down menu for the main portions of the site. since that is still a work in progress it's currently disabled, but the placeholder is there.)


#2107821 February Desktop Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 31 January 2011 - 09:43 PM

February's featured players are Conn Smythe Trophy winners Henrik Zetterberg and Steve Yzerman:

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#2106391 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by Matt on 27 January 2011 - 06:54 PM

I assure you Nabby would be taking that starting job from Howard... Howard simply is NOT cutting it this year. Last night was the 2nd time in a long while that he allowed fewer than 3 goals, and the goal he did let in was absolutely terrible. We need Ozzie to come back strong in March because IMO if he can get goin in time he will be starting

Terrible because there's not a soul on the roster right now that can (or is willing) to clear out the front of the net? That's been systemic of the Red Wings' play of late and that certainly isn't Howard's fault. He hasn't been as electrifying as he was down the stretch last year, but the Red Wings' defense around the net has been abysmal so far this season.


#2105277 Ducks Sued for Anti-Semitism by Former Draft Pick

Posted by Matt on 26 January 2011 - 01:10 AM

I think it's sad that most of you say this kid needs to 'grow balls'. What if this was Iginla saying that he had to endure the 'n' word by his coaches, or one of our many european players being called 'euro trash'. I understand foul language is used in sports by coaches all the time, but what he is claiming is racism. There should be absolutely no tolerance for race, ethnicity, sex, beliefs etc. to be used as weapons. It's one thing for a coach to tell you to get your head out of your you know what, but to disparage an entire group of people is horrific and shouldnt be excused or tolerated.

This sets a bad example for our sport, for the coaches that work hard to inspire and create amazing players. There is no reason any person should be subjected to what this man is claiming he went through. Jokes, stereotyping, racism isn't tolerated in many workplaces why should hockey or sports in general be exempt of that?

^ This. It has no place in a workplace environment, especially with people that are part of management. Whether or not it was said to him directly or just "while he was in the room" doesn't matter. It has nothing to do with "growing a sack" or "that's hockey" or some other nonsense -- there's appropriate behavior and there's not. This isn't.

This isn't a bar conversation amongst friends -- this is where you work and try to earn your living and you shouldn't be subjected to ridicule because of your race, religion or sexual orientation. It doesn't appear that he was getting litigation-happy at first glance either, just that little to nothing was done (outside "internal matter" suspensions) and that it needed to be made a larger issue so the problem gets solved, not just brushed under a rug and forgotten.

I don't think it's "sad" that some people honestly think he needs to just "grow some balls" as the solution -- I think it's downright pathetic.


#2101371 Nabokov claimed by NYI, refuses to report, suspended

Posted by Matt on 20 January 2011 - 10:36 PM

I'd hate to be Nabby thinking that he's going to Detroit and then get claimed by the Islanders.

First Osgood, now this! :lol:


#2088353 January Desktop Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 31 December 2010 - 10:55 PM

Happy New Year! January's featured players are defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Reed Larson:

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#2088352 January Desktop Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 31 December 2010 - 10:54 PM

Happy New Year! January's featured players are defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Reed Larson:

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