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 Post subject: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:41 pm 
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Third straight year in the second round, it’s looking like, as the Caps lead Columbus 5-2 with 14 minutes left.

Being ‘em on! Let’s rip their hearts out again!

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looking that way...was hoping for jackets but ..


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And up to the north, Toronto playing some inspired hockey to try and force a Game 7.

Definitely some energy in that building given today’s events.

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3-1 Leafs now on an empty-netter, although the Leafs ought to have been whistled for interference on the goal.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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so when will caps pens start?


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:12 pm 
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I love you guys and all, but we *really* need to stop meeting like this...

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DrMalba wrote:
I love you guys and all, but we *really* need to stop meeting like this...


Hey Doc; good to see you back!! Hopefully, it's the same ending, an annual event, a rite of Spring!!


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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has there been another team to so thoroughly dominate the regular season and so thoroughly suck in the playoffs in any major sport in the last decade ?

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R S wrote:
has there been another team to so thoroughly dominate the regular season and so thoroughly suck in the playoffs in any major sport in the last decade ?


Come on man, the Bengals are in your own division.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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has there been another team to so thoroughly dominate the regular season and so thoroughly suck in the playoffs in any major sport in the last decade ?


The Steelers? :)

Joking, joking.


Kind of...


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Hilarious. Pens are once again meeting the Caps in Round 2, and I am once again headed for D.C. next week, just like I did last year at this time. Omens.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Great; another series where we get to see Ovechkin jump around like an 8 year old after he scores. Can’t wait.


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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The way I see it, this Caps team isn’t as good as last years. Pens in 6.


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Orangesteel wrote:
The way I see it, this Caps team isn’t as good as last years. Pens in 6.


We'll see.

Murray is still a concern. He'll have to play much, much better.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Sooner or later...
Right?

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Was going to post this during the last week of the regular season, but did not.

Last year, during Pens-Caps playoffs, seemed to me, as one that....doesn't know shit about hockey, that Caps attack was relentless, but Pens excelled in blocking shots, etc. During the Sunday nighter on April 1 this year, seemed as though Caps attack was not quite as relentless, but at one point in the game, Caps had 20 blocked shots to Pens 6. I tend to agree with Jeems about being worried about Pens D & goaltending. Was good to see Pens D shut down the Cryers in 3rd period Sunday, but they certainly had lapses during the series..and...Caps aren't the Cryers.

I DO though, put alot of stock in this Pens team simply knowing how to win...and Caps not having that quality.


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:24 am 
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swissvale72 wrote:
I DO though, put alot of stock in this Pens team simply knowing how to win...and Caps not having that quality.
From someone else that doesn't know shit about hockey, if the pens were beaten two years in a row by the caps on their way to successive stanley cup wins, how would crosby and the pens feel?

Asked what he thinks about meeting the pens, Ovechkin said "I can't wait" with a shit eating grin.

Considering the pens D and Murray looking average half the time, I'm not looking forward to this matchup.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Yeah, I’m not either, but I’m actually glad we get the Caps over BOS/TOR/TB. I think even though the Pens are 2x champs, they seem to be quietly going about their business. Caps now have a ton of added pressure on them; possibly lose to the Pens in the 2nd round 3 straight years?

BOS and TB are very strong; both will be tough. But look out for TOR. After that maniac asshole did what he did yesterday, that team is now on a mission to bring some joy to that city.

Just wish the Pens would have home ice. Why those poor games back in November/December actually mean a lot now (though Pens were road warriors against the Flyers)


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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DrMalba wrote:
R S wrote:
has there been another team to so thoroughly dominate the regular season and so thoroughly suck in the playoffs in any major sport in the last decade ?


Come on man, the Bengals are in your own division.


Had the bungals been getting 1 and 2 seeds you'd have an argument.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:38 am 
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Inevitable.

I will be surprised if this series doesn't go 6-7 games.

The health of Hagelin and Malkin are questions right now.

Have to find ways to get Sheahan more minutes in this series because he was good against Philly.


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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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fractalsteel wrote:
Inevitable.

I will be surprised if this series doesn't go 6-7 games.

The health of Hagelin and Malkin are questions right now.

Have to find ways to get Sheahan more minutes in this series because he was good against Philly.


Probably. But I also think the first game of this series will be huge. Given the roadblock the Penguins and the second round of the playoffs have been for the Caps, the result of Game 1 is going to have a very large effect on their psyche.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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swissvale72 wrote:
I DO though, put alot of stock in this Pens team simply knowing how to win...and Caps not having that quality.
From someone else that doesn't know shit about hockey, if the pens were beaten two years in a row by the caps on their way to successive stanley cup wins, how would crosby and the pens feel?

Asked what he thinks about meeting the pens, Ovechkin said "I can't wait" with a shit eating grin.

Considering the pens D and Murray looking average half the time, I'm not looking forward to this matchup.

TBH, the Caps weren't much better on the defensive end in their series.

Washington was significantly outshot in the last 2 games. The difference was Holtby vs Playoff Bob (who completely shit the bed in games 5 & 6), plus the Caps lopsided advantage on special teams.

Really, the BJs had a good (not great) #1 line and an elite top defensive pairing. That's it. The Pens attack is significantly better (and deeper). Washington & Pittsburgh were fairly even on PK during the regular season, Pens were better on the PP.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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SteelPro wrote:
fractalsteel wrote:
Inevitable.

I will be surprised if this series doesn't go 6-7 games.

The health of Hagelin and Malkin are questions right now.

Have to find ways to get Sheahan more minutes in this series because he was good against Philly.


Probably. But I also think the first game of this series will be huge. Given the roadblock the Penguins and the second round of the playoffs have been for the Caps, the result of Game 1 is going to have a very large effect on their psyche.


FWIW, the Pens are 2-8 in Game 1's against Washington.

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Pabst wrote:
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fractalsteel wrote:
Inevitable.

I will be surprised if this series doesn't go 6-7 games.

The health of Hagelin and Malkin are questions right now.

Have to find ways to get Sheahan more minutes in this series because he was good against Philly.


Probably. But I also think the first game of this series will be huge. Given the roadblock the Penguins and the second round of the playoffs have been for the Caps, the result of Game 1 is going to have a very large effect on their psyche.


FWIW, the Pens are 2-8 in Game 1's against Washington.


Exactly.

It will take two games to tell the tale.

Come away with a split or better and we're fine, I think.

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 Post subject: Re: Unless a miracle finish, bring on the Capitals again
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Pabst wrote:
SteelPro wrote:
fractalsteel wrote:
Inevitable.

I will be surprised if this series doesn't go 6-7 games.

The health of Hagelin and Malkin are questions right now.

Have to find ways to get Sheahan more minutes in this series because he was good against Philly.


Probably. But I also think the first game of this series will be huge. Given the roadblock the Penguins and the second round of the playoffs have been for the Caps, the result of Game 1 is going to have a very large effect on their psyche.


FWIW, the Pens are 2-8 in Game 1's against Washington.


I know. It is way more important to Washington. I think if they fall behind in this series they will crumble. We know the Pens have the mettle to overcome a deficit.

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