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 Post subject: Pens-Habs
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:46 pm 
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Good to see the Caps bounced in the first round. Nothing cheers me up more than tears from Caps fans.

Is Halak going to be able to keep it up for another series? Sorry, Ollie, but I hope he can't!


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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:06 am 
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I have a man crush for Jaroslav Halak. The little guy is playing as if he is super human. Hopefully he can stay hot, but we can't be allowing
fifty shots a game to the Pens. Fleury is a lot better goalie and Sidney Crosby is scary good.

Hal Gill and Josh Gorges did a great job handling Ovechkin though. If the Habs are to win four games we'll need some 2-1 and 1-0 wins.


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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:40 am 
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Habs can win the series IF Halak stays hot, but all other analysis leads one to believe that the Pens will win it in five or six games.

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I was thinking the whole time the playoffs started and a little before that the Pens probably couldnt handle playing both New Jersey and Washington in the playoffs, one of them would have been fine, two would have killed their chances of winning the Cup, even if they beat both of them. I feel that would have taken all they had left in the tank to win those series and would have been empty...But dont have to worry about that now...

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:16 am 
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Halak has had 3 good games, and is benefiting from some simply ridiculous sacrifices of his forwards and defensemen. He also benefits from the fact that the Caps will NOT work the front of the net.

He won't get the benefit of a clear net against the Pens, and he will have worry about the Pens ability to get defensemen to commit to the block too early, and then make another pass.

Pens in 6 or less.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
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Forgot to say grats to Pens fans. My Sabres didn't fare so well in the First Round, but having Ottawa out makes me smile.

You're getting quite a wild card in the Habs. Some nights, they look like they mean it, and other nights they simply don't.

Halak was great in the Olympics, and has the ability to steal games.

The Pens are built for Playoff hockey though, whereas the Caps aren't. I liken the Caps to the Sabres in that regard. Lots of talent, but less drive and certainly less willingness to get dirty.

Should be an interesting series.

Pens in 6.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
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Can someone explain to me why the Montreal Canadians are called "the Habs"?

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Stands for Habitants...what the early french in Quebec were called when they first settled the land...

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Power play deadly for Pens sop far.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:22 pm 
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3 for 3 so far...and the Habs PK was awesome against the Caps.

We need to have Pens versions of the pub...


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Aaaaargh!! We battle back to within a goal and Andrei Kostitsyn can't get the puck in deep
with a minute left in the period.. just like that it's 4-2 Pens. Andrei has had a few
giveaways. He's clearly not 100%.

We can't be giving the Pens power plays. They are too skilled. The first penalty by Gionta was a bad one.
Then Markov goes down.. it wasn't a bad play by Cook, but because of his reputation Gomez assumed
Cook was playing dirty, so Gomez goes to the box.. bam! Staal scores.

Halak hasn't really faced that many shots. Can't really blame him for any of the Pens' goals.

Fleury is vulnerable tonight, too. Maxim Lapierre nearly tied it before Andrei K made that gaff.
I like some of the hits Moen and Moore have put on Crosby and Malkin but we need more.


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So sick of hearing that goddamn horn..


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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
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I'm not happy with Fleury. He is letting in too many soft goals and every goal allowed in the playoffs is huge.

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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 2:51 am 
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Even despite my man Eric Staal's injury, a glorious W.

Hope the PP can keep it up and MAF stays sharp for the rest of the series.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 3:22 pm 
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Gonchar should be ashamed of himself with the way he played yesterday. He just let dudes skate by him and they ended up scoring goals. He looked like he was somewhere else mentally last night.

On the plus side, I think us losing yesterday will help get that hunger back for next season. The team will now have time off to regroup and come back stronger for another run next season!

Let's go Pens!!

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Don't misread this as they played well, but that criticism of Gonchar is plain wrong.

Not to mention his history of stepping up, if he had taken the body along the boards, it was right to the box for interference. And, they could not afford that at that point in the game.

It looked bad, I'll grant you that.

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No denying that he played brilliant in our 2008 and 2009 playoff runs. He deserves praise for that and for playing great once we signed him. But Wednesday's performance was just awful. Plus, how can it be interference when the dude has the puck, like on that SH goal Moen scored?

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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
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Winger did NOT have the puck, that was the problem, Gonch backed off once he unloaded the puck along the boards. It would have been classic interference at that point.

But, like interference in the NFL on a sure touchdown pass, do you take it and hope to hold on the PP?

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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 12:38 pm 
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Actually, you are correct, Moen didn't have the puck when he skated past Gonchar. But Gonchar was standing still, he could have at least been moving backwards or trying to get the puck.

Either way, we didn't bring our A game when we needed it the most, that's the bottom line.

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 Post subject: Re: Pens-Habs
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Gonchar at least needs to keep skating backwards or turn and get the puck. He did neither. A massive fail for a veteran defenseman.

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