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  1. I've set up a slew of downloadable versions of this calendar, including a Google Calendar that will automatically update gametime changes and TV coverage as it becomes available.
  2. I just don't understand why this team isn't tanking it. Don't they see the big picture?
  3. QUOTE (Hammy @ May 20 2009, 08:26 AM) * While I feel great about the Canes chances (esp considering the goaltender we're facing), I still don't feel confident. Here is why. Canes: Good/Excellent D, Good O Pens: Fair D, Outstanding O. I feel on any given night, the Canes can score 4 goals. On any given night, the Pens can score 7. The real question is: can the Canes' D shut down the Pens' O? If the Canes can, then they'll win the series. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Thanks for noticing!!! I don't know what happened to us after the failed 4-on-3, but it is my inclination that we should decline all penalties!!! I am NOT feeling good now, as only http://tinyurl.com/olegwd' target="_blank">11% of the teams in our position have actually won the series[/post]. These are some incredible odds we're facing, folks.
  4. Don't forget that both Shane Willis and Ron Francis were given concussions by Scott Stevens in the 2001 Round 1 series with the Devils.
  5. While I feel great about the Canes chances (esp considering the goaltender we're facing), I still don't feel confident. Here is why. Canes: Good/Excellent D, Good O Pens: Fair D, Outstanding O. I feel on any given night, the Canes can score 4 goals. On any given night, the Pens can score 7. The real question is: can the Canes' D shut down the Pens' O? If the Canes can, then they'll win the series.
  6. No worries here. We established ourselves quite well, and were it not for a defensive lapse pinching in too far and a couple of soft goals by Cam, we win that game. We had a LOT of really good chances that just were a few inches from going in, and Fleury cannot be that lucky through 300-400 minutes of hockey. If our defense can play a little better and the injuries don't factor in, we win this series. I am not impressed with PIT's defense nor am I impressed with the moves their coaching staff made. GAME 2 winner will win this series (as is the case 72% of the time).
  7. Under what rule does Staal deserve a penalty? He was making a play on a loose puck that was between him and Fleury. The goaltender just needs to hold on to his stick.
  8. Re: Ward Y'all, watch the goals against us again. Goal 2: Ward was screened, but he was out of position. He should be sealing up the left side of the goal better than that. Goal 3: Ward doesn't get across the mouth of the goal quickly like we've seen him. Goal 4: The puck went across RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM. A simple poke at the pass, clearly within reach, would have prevented that goal. I am not asking Ward to shut out the opponent, however saves on these three goals would not have qualified as "standing on his head". Far more difficult saves were achieved in the same game by the netminder down the ice. Just watch the video and see how many outstanding Hurricane opportunities were denied, especially the looks that Staal got (he would have scored on at least 80% of the goalies out there on 3 different occasions. You don't see the converse in the package. Let's just put it this way: If we score on two or three of those great oppotunities that were so well defended, then we aren't having this discussion about sleeping bears, Babchuk, tape-to-tape passes, etc., because the same "problems" existed in Game 3, a game we did no dominate and won in OT.
  9. I completely agree. As I said earlier, we got plenty of chances to win that game (more than we did in Game 3, actually). The difference is that Thomas made some unbelievable saves, and Cam Ward was not himself (goals 2, 3, and 4 were soft). When they score 4 on the first 15 shots, it isn't just the defensemen who are to blame. In order to get to the conference finals, you have to have a goaltender who is playing an A-level game. If we get that tomorrow night, our chances are good. Remember, only 9% of teams down 1-3 games actually win the series. That other 91% didn't go away quietly, but they did go away at some point. Our chances are still very good for going ahead and winning. Perhaps the urgency of the moment will kick in and we'll do a better job defensively. Perhaps, too, our conditioning will show in the second period, because I think Boston is bound to be a bit fatigued by this point, though we didn't make their lives that hard in the last two games.
  10. It will be interesting to see how the presence of Scott Walker on the ice acts as a distraction for the Bruins.
  11. Let's put Walker on the Staal/Cole line so that Boston will be focused on getting at Walker and leave Cole alone.
  12. 1st PERIOD - I felt like we played pretty well for the first 10 min. The second 10 is where we lost the game (Well, really from the Samsonov penalty on). 2nd PERIOD - Absolutely horrible for the first 10. Once we fought off the stupid LaRose penalty, I though we played a decent stretch of hockey. 3rd PERIOD - We came out and took some really stupid penalties. When passes don't connect, plays off the boards happen to land on opposing team's sticks, and Cole clears the puck over the far wall, you know it isn't your night. Once we fought off his penalty, we played about 5 minutes of excellent hockey and got some great looks. Once Lucici scored with 7:39 remaining, we completely lost our heads. We had taken some stupid penalties in the third, but then we started looking like the Florida Panthers, and showed the Bruins that they could feel confident in winning a couple more. I am NOT happy with the way we played after the Lucic goal. Just get out of there and let them feel cocky without showing that you are rattled. I know that only 9% of teams have come back from 3-1, but I'd like some more clarity on that stat. How many of those were higher ranked teams with home-ice advantage? How many of those were the top point-getter in the regular season for their conference. Not happy and not confident, now that the sleeping bear is awake. We need some SERIOUS noise in that place tomorrow night.
  13. I watched a few replays of Jussi's goal. It turns out that what started it was Babchuk's booming shot from the left point. Thomas didn't handle the deflection and Brind'Amour was right there, but was being pushed by the defenseman. He was able to reach beyond the goal line for the puck and actually get a shot off, hoping for a deflection off of Ryan's skate. It did deflect, just not into the goal. It went Jokinen's way. If I were a Boston fan I would be incensed by the 3rd period goals by Samsonov and Staal. The B's defense got completely abused on that play. Have you all seen the Puck Daddy blog? They have a nice recap and some nice things to say about the team.
  14. I can safely say that the 8,000 of us in Greensboro made more noise than a typical night of 21,000 in Chapel Hill for a basketball game.
  15. Great comments. I STILL feel like this power play is not generating good enough chances. We are 1/17 in the series, and were 6/17 in the regular season against NJD. We were 18th in the NHL in the regular season, converting on 19% of our chances for the entire regular season.
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