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(NHL Playoffs) Rite of Spring 2017: can't go on, no, I'll go on

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Well that wasn't very fun at all. I knew those two wins were a bit of a mirage, and the complete lack of discipline was bound to catch up to them eventually and it did in a big way. The team played like garbage and got what they deserved tonight. How they respond Thursday will show if they've really grown at all, or if they just lie down and take it like in years past.

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No 3rd period cheapshots from what I recall,

 

Did NOT see this coming after game 3. Sharks ate their Wheaties this morning!

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6 hours ago, chcarlson23 said:

None of this is a Boudreau Curse, or anything like that... It's Jake Allen, and the Dead Puck Blues... The Wild have out shot the Blues considerably, have one a majority of the faceoffs, and have pretty much dominated puck possession (No this isn't one of those Carolina Hurricanes are better cause analytics things...). The whole series is being determined by Jake Allen... 

 

The Wild have out shot the Blues 117-79 in the series, are out attempting the Blues 228-142, have won 133 FO compared to 89 for the Blues for a 59.9 FOW% for Minnesota while only a 40.1 FOW% for the Blues... It's literally Jake Allen that's winning this series. 

The Wild did dominate Game 1.  Jake Allen and bounces were the difference.  No question.

 

Since then, I'd argue it's  been about even.  Most of the shot advantage you cite are from Game 1.

 

But there has to be something to be said for a team's inability to put the puck in the net.  One five-on-five goal.  One.

 

I agree that this is not about Boudreau, just like it was not about Yeo.  It's about this core of players.  Something's off.  Something causes them to go into a prolonged funk every single season.  Something causes them to enter the playoffs every year as one of the few teams with no chance.  I don't know whether it's leadership, chemistry, or that they're just not quite good enough...they could use a sniper...but this group is just not big-time. 

 

It's weird about the Wild; Minnesota fans seem realistic about the other teams.  But they always have delusions about the Wild.  They always tell me how good the Wild are because they manage to clinch a playoff birth every April.  So this year, their best regular season with this group, really had 'em believing, despite the fact that the annual swoon came at a worse time than most seasons.  

 

Combine that with that fact that the Blues came in hot and why is anyone surprised?  And let's say they'd drawn someone else with less of a hot goalie.  So?  This core is never going to make a legitimate Cup run.  I'm glad that Yeo's on the other bench.  Yeah, he's not really responsible (or maybe he is; they've done well under him).  But maybe we can stop kidding ourselves; the annual swoons were not on him.

 

You probably are not old enough to remember the 1991 Twins Championship.  I am, but it's getting to be a long, long time ago.  No Minnesota team is within five years of a title.  And for the Wild to get to that point, they have to try to break this thing apart and start over.  This group has achieved all it's going to achieve.

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12 hours ago, McCarthy said:

Okay I'll stfu about game three now. :P

I wonder what your reaction would have been like if the Pens had won?

 

It seems Fleury had his "oops" game last night. Just hope it doesn't tumble into an "oops" series.

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9 minutes ago, JWhiz96 said:

I wonder what your reaction would have been like if the Pens had won?

I would've been furious with Bobrovsky for not being good enough to hold up 5 goals and just generally playing poorly throughout the series. That hasn't changed even with the win. He made one really good save last night on a doorstep chance, but mostly he's kicking out rebounds to all the wrong places and can't stop easy softies he's had all season long.

 

I wasn't comfortable ever. Malkin gathered the puck in the far corner, looked up at the clock with about ten seconds left and I was certain he was going to tie the game. I would've put money on it. 

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16 hours ago, OnWis97 said:

No Minnesota team is within five years of a title.  

Well, you do have a pretty young talented basketball team to be proud of. Fingers crossed. Anyway, back to NHL....

 

GO BLUES

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Don't really know what to make of San Jose at this point, though I would love to see the offense more evenly spread out over the next three, rather than an anemic show one game and offensive diarrhea the next. 

 

As for tonight, here's hoping the Caps bounce back and the Blues finally put the Wild out of their misery.

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Caps are gonna run away with this.

 

Eh, not so fast!

 

Eh, yes they are.

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1 hour ago, Alex Houston said:

As for tonight, here's hoping the Caps bounce back...

Well looks like you're getting your wish. 

 

But what did we ever do to you?

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So the refs waved off a Caps goal for goalie interference. That's fine - there was contact from Backstrom and all, perfectly reasonable initial call. Trots reviews it - and it seems pretty clear that Backstrom was trying to get out of being held by Jake Gardiner, yet they still call it no goal, goalie interference. 

 

If if we lose this game I'm taking that Saltiest Playoff Fan™ award. 

 

EDIT: Aaaaand they're within one. I can feel it coming. 

EDIT pt. 2: OH THANK GOODNESS

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That was nuts. Down 4-1 and they kept crawling back, only to lose 5-4.

On one hand? It's encouraging to know that this team will not stop fighting. On the other hand? This shows the danger of always having to win from behind. Eventually it catches up to you and you just can't do it. The Leafs need to kick themselves into gear and shut down Washington from the start. The Caps are too good to let them put 3-4 on you while you're still waking up. It's the playoffs. Start the game ready to win it.

 

The good news in all of this is that four games in? Toronto hasn't been outclassed by the best team in the league like I thought they would be. This Leafs team is going to be very good down the line.

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2 hours ago, Ice_Cap said:

Well looks like you're getting your wish. 

 

But what did we ever do to you?

 

I just want to see this thing go the distance. Between the Caps offensive powers and the Leafs tenacity, this has made for one hell of a series. I'd have no problem seeing either team make some deep runs for the next few years.

 

See? I'm not always posting with malice. Just most of the time!

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Just now, Alex Houston said:

 

I just want to see this thing go the distance. Between the Caps offensive powers and the Leafs tenacity, this has made for one hell of a series. I'd have no problem seeing either team make some deep runs for the next few years.

 

See? I'm not always posting with malice. Just most of the time!

Haha, fair enough.

 

*puts pitchfork away*

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I like David Pastrnak's need to only do toe drags and fancy crap. It's really helping the Bruins.

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Posted (edited)

Brian Elliott pulled 5 minutes and 40 seconds in.  Cue the sweep.

 

Johnson lets in first shot, good night.

Edited by Morgo

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High goaltending standards in Calgary.  Elliott allows one goal (a soft one, at that) 5 minutes in and gets the hook.

 

His replacement promptly allows a goal on the first shot he faces.

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I've never laughed harder at a goal than that Johnson one. Poetry.

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How did this team even make the playoffs, let alone go on that hot stretch...  The mind boggles.

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The Flames are about to get extinguished. 

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3 minutes ago, habsfan1 said:

The Flames are about to get extinguished. 

 

After that pathetic, gutless performance in game 3, nobody deserves it more.

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