WIN and DOMINATE!... then we'll have to root for an inferior Avalanche team to beat the Preds in regulation
If we plan to lose, hope we lose in regulation, then we'll have to root for the "superior" Coyotes to beat the Wild.
....god, I hate relying on stars to align... but first and foremost the Wings need to get their ducks in a row...
And yet then-Penguins coach Michel Therrien went on a huge rant during the finals about all of the obstruction that the obstructing Red Wings were obstructing upon the obstructed Penguins stars, which obstructed their offense. Conveniently, no consistently there.
Same thing a year later when Malkin jumped Z, a stick flailing assault, glove-fisted fracas in the last minute or so of the game that resulted, rightfully so, with Malkin receiving the instigator, along with a one-game automatic suspension... that is until the league decided that it wasn't "in the spirit of the rule" to suspend players venting their frustrations by jumping other players in the waning minutes, even though that was the EXACT spirit of the rule, and if that had been someone like Franzen doing the same to Malkin or Crosby, we all know how that would have gone down.
This league is a joke, and continues to validate every complaint with double-standards for the anointed and knee-jerk fines for the dissenters.
That's the beauty of it. Torts can afford the $20K and he just made the NHL look like the biggest bunch of hypocrits.
Obviously their salaries are much more than the average guy, but coaches aren't paid multi-millions like some superstar. $20K is still $20K, and for what? For telling the truth? Honestly, what is the official reason? "Poor sportsmanship"?
This league is a joke. Continue to coddle them, they'll never learn...
Unless you're part of the Penguins organization, of course. I don't remember Mario getting fined during his last tirade when he called the NHL "a garage league".
Or what about Michel Therrien and the infamous "obstruction" tirade. Not only whining incessantly, but calling out the opposition's players and the NHL referees. Double standard much?
I still laugh to myself every time I see Crosby drawing the second penalty for the epic 2008 5-on-3 kill; basically tried to jumped on Lilja's back and it worked. This first penalty was also dive-tastic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05YS1DAnAMo
A Pens-Canucks Cup Final would be sickening to watch. Which team would whine the most?
It'll basically be synchronized swimming, with complaints instead of music.
He was on the 3rd line, for like 4-5 games, and was equally as terrible there as he had been.
On top of that, the 3rd line at the time with Abdelkader, Miller, and Helm was one of, if not our best line. They were really grinding the opposition defense, providing a lot of garbage and chaos in front of the crease, and even putting the puck in the net at a decent clip (considering its essentially a Grind Line). Ironically, we demoted Franzen to the 3rd line and instead of lighting a fire under him and while providing the checking line with a useful big body, he continued to suck tremendous ass and effectively cooled down that line until Helm's injury.
Pretty sad when the most accountability he's seen is being demoted 4 games or so, and still playing so badly that Babcock just gave up on the experiment and put him back on the first line. Its been two seasons straight now in which Babcock disrupts the chemistry throughout his lineup just trying to get Johan Franzen to play like he's capable of. Line 2 has chemistry? Put him there! Line 3 has chemistry? Put him there! Line 1 is starting to come around and score consistently? Great, its fixed; put him there! *sigh*
Another disappointment... this team is consistently lackluster. Some good chances, Filppula, Zetterberg, and Datsyuk looked good, but everyone else, meh... Just not clicking right now, and times just about run out to get things to work. So many lost battles and soft play in the corners. With the extra skater, Zetterberg battling off 3 Devils along the boards, Hudler and the others watching from 10 feet away. Trying to stay optimistic, but this is about as cold as I've seen the Wings enter the post-season. Does not bode well...
Dear Wings, Remember how you played after St. Louis scored two goals? Play like that again. Just don't wait until the Devils score two goals. Don't let them score any. Just play like you did when you were down by two. Remember that? Yeah. Good times.
Love, Your friend, Karen
Here's hoping, with Quincey's one-game suspension behind us, last night was the last we've seen of Kindl.
That logic would work if he was more consistant. Hes not consistent enough to be a "just put he puck in the net" player. At his size going into the corner and being gritty needs to be the strong-point of his game. That is what frustrates us who are hard on Franzen because he used to do those things. Now when hes not scoring he is useless. If he would at-least use his body and hustle then he wouldn't catch as much flack when he goes into scoring droughts.
Egg-zak-ry. Mule showed us how he's scored his goals all year, and why he should have WAY more. Two amazing plays from Pavel that he managed to bury. Afterwards, with two goals in his pocket, THAT'S when he finally started to show the hands and drive that lead many of us to believe that he SHOULD be a 40-goal scorer if he actually applied himself for more than about 20-30 games.
Riding shotgun with Pavel like he has been all season, he should be able to bury more. Skating and being strong on the puck - like he was in the last 5 minutes of the 3rd and OT last night - consistently, he should be able to bury more.
The Shinguard Assasin. I used to ride him all the time. But when he was at his most dreadful, and I was bagging on him mercilessly, that's when he was always come up HUGE. He did it in OT versus Chicago in the playoffs. He did it Game 1 2008 Finals versus the Pens. He was clutch, but he was Lang clutch.
"Why the f*** is this bum on the team?...... ZOMG!!! THAT'S WHY!"