NBCSN has a decent crew if Olczyk isn't there to drag them down. Not a huge fan of Jones and Milbury since they follow Edzo's lead at times, but they give decent studio analysis. I don't mind Doc, though I know he DRIIIVES some people crazy. Pierre is very knowledgeable but a bit creepy.
Jones has actually been very pro-Wing lately. I like it, since he's a former Avalanche.
Smith wasn't on the ice. If you are referring to Nyquist's penalty, Boston's goal was scored even strength. There's a difference between blaming someone for making a mistake and trying your hardest to pin the blame on someone that had nothing to do with the goal scored just because you have a personal grudge.
Smith had nothing to do with us being down 1-0.
Actually, Smith made an iffy call on a step-up at their blue line, which ultimately (though not necessarily directly) led to the Nyquist penalty. Smith made an aggressive play, probably should've put himself in a better position. Gotta make the smart, safe play 100% of the time against these guys.
The Bruins are arguably the best team in the league. They have no weaknesses.
We have no blue line, iffy goaltending, no Datsyuk, no Zetterberg, no Ericsson, no Alfredsson, and most importantly, no Samuelsson. It's cool to be confident after barely beating the Bolts, but Boston is in full-on Cup mode. Like I've said, this game is pretty much unwinnable - though there's always a chance.
Did you guys hear Ken Daniels quoting Babcock on Glenny:
"Other than Nick Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Crosby, Toews, and Bergeron, Luke Gendening is the most competitive player I've ever coached."
The kid is a revelation. What he's doing is, to me, as impressive as what Nyquist is doing on the other end of the rink. The sort-of irony is that having a(n admittedly offensively-challenged) shutdown stud anchoring your fourth line should, in theory, open things up a bit for your other three lines, which can make all the difference in the world in a tight-checking best-of-seven. If, say, Zetterberg doesn't have to shadow the opposition's biggest gun on every shift, he can focus more on scoring, maybe get more o-zone starts, maybe get some favorable line matchups at home. IMHO, that's largely where postseason series are won. The matchups chess match.
Who might take a chance on him? Any ideas? I Always think of Edm cause they got so many problems so who knows
No way helm and abdelkader are playoff warriors and we need those type of guys to score the odd goals when the top 6 can't score
That's why I'm not sold on glendening and his non existent hockey skills .... Even McCarty came up with some big goals ... Joey kocur .... The grind line , bottom 6 is gonna have to show up to get us to the finals and I don't see how lending will all of a sudden pop a few goals in the playoffs at this point
Glendening is shutting down and pissing off the likes of Crosby and Stamkos in his rookie season - and he wasn't even suppposed to be on the roster. That's huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge. Goals will come. He's certainly had his chances.
I've always viewed him as an alternate reality Fedorov. What if Feds hadn't been drafted by the Wings, hadn't played under Bowman, hadn't played alongside a slew of future Hall of Famers across a slew of very deep Wings teams funded by Mike Ilitch and his whatever-it-takes mandate? Would he have become an Alex Ovechkin? Or, to flip it around, What if Ovechkin had been drafted (or, more realistically, somehow acquired via trade) by the Wings? Would he be what he is?
Thinking back on it, this was a helluva win. One of those big "character wins." I was gonna make a bullet point list of all the good things I saw in this game, but I realized it'd take too much time. Which is a good thing.