This is probably the only time I'll get to see the guys live this year, and Z, Dats, and Mule are all out. Please, youngsters, give me a win. Only thing I hate more than having to put up with the Philly fanbase is walking out of the Wells Fargo center after a loss.
Flat out zero organization the whole game. Hardly any tape-to-tape passes - offensive, defensive, and neutral zone. More "throw it toward somebody and hope for the best" - not the way to be a puck possession team. I'd make the team do passing drills at speed from net to net all this morning.
And just tentative as hell. If by some miracle we get it through the neutral zone it's almost like the blue line scares us. Can't enter the zone with the puck? Dump it in and fight 3 guys for it. Where is the support? I'm triple teamed - somebody is freaking open! Nope - they have two support guys ready to scoop up the puck if it squirts out. Nonexistant transition game. If it gets out of the zone, then go for a change - you've done your job. Move your feet!
Bad decisions! Going to the net with the puck? Let me pass it behind me to someone who has two guys on him. The HELL? It's just you and the goalie, man! Shoot the puck! On PK, let me try to skate the puck out rather than lofting it when I get a stick on it. You get a stick on it, you freaking clear it!
And Smith. Jesus what is his problem? Yea, he's green, but he's been increasing his defensive zone turnovers since game 1 of the first round. Sh*t, sit the kid and bring Whitey in. Anybody at this point.
And WHAT is the deal with third periods this year!? It's like the guys are unionized to play 50 minutes per game with a 10 minute break, and by Gods they're going to get that break in. Ahead by 3 goals or even, we're having tea on the bench during at least half the third. Sixty minutes of effort!
They left Howie out to dry last night. Hawks are good and all, but a lot of that the Wings did to themselves. The good news is, the Ducks series showed that the Wings can play (some games) with none of these problems. If you guys play like that again, you need to be shining up the clubs, because clearly you've given up on hockey for this season.
Anybody think it's really irresponsible for Bettman to make a "nuclear option" statement like this before both proposals are even on the table? This is like starting peace negotiations by saying, "We are prepared to detonate tactical nuclear weapons above your country if you don't sign". I mean, he's the commissioner of the sport.
OK, so Iím breaking this one out in desperation. Those of you old-schoolers will remember to tape the two sides together, first having stuffed it with cotton or wadded paper, and preferentially something of Rinneís in it (e.g., some hair, skin, vital organs). Once the game starts, start with the pins.
Jesus Tapdancing Christ, what are people thinking? One of the most touching and inspirational things I've ever seen was Vladdy coming onto the ice to celebrate. You want to see an arena full of fans string somebody up?! I can't believe they wouldn't allow this kid to celebrate... He had this one chance in his life - what excuse overrides that?!