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The 2014-2015 NHL Boondoggle

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Rangers win about 10 seconds into another damn overtime. Terrific game, and better than a shootout, but I guess scoring 1 regulation goal against an admittedly on-point Rangers team tonight was too much to ask.

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John Tavares is awesome. Everyone should be talking about how awesome John Tavares is.

Incidentally, I completely forgot that Okposo has been out for weeks! And he comes back tomorrow, maybe! Isles gonna give it to ya.

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Isles-Rangers and/or Isles-Lightning in the playoffs will make me happy as a little girl.

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I wonder who will replace Boudreau after the Ducks get eliminated in the second round this year.

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Eddie Lack is the man! Huge 2 points

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Pretty neat to see Louis Domingue in goal for the Coyotes. Saw him play a couple games for Gwinnett a couple few years ago...

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Nice for the Sharks to get 2 points when I'm not sure they deserved even one.

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The Penguins for whatever reason cannot win at the Shark Tank.

The one thing San Jose always does no matter what- Pittsburgh has not won there since 1997.

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John Tavares is awesome. Everyone should be talking about how awesome John Tavares is.

Incidentally, I completely forgot that Okposo has been out for weeks! And he comes back tomorrow, maybe! Isles gonna give it to ya.

That game-winner tonight was pretty sick. And leading the league in points too! I'm really glad he's come into prime form AND that the Isles are good. It's nice to see that his talent and leadership isn't being wasted on a bottom-dweller, which was what I was afraid his career would amount to being: A guy that was a superstar talent on a terrible team that would eventually get traded at the end of his career for his "chance at the Cup" or whatever.

I wonder who will replace Boudreau after the Ducks get eliminated in the second round this year.

You should submit your application.

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That game-winner tonight was pretty sick. And leading the league in points too!

...with 72 :/

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Isles-Rangers and/or Isles-Lightning in the playoffs will make me happy as a little girl.

Isles-Rangers in particular would, however, make this Isles fan as nervous as a teenage girl on prom night.

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John Tavares is awesome. Everyone should be talking about how awesome John Tavares is.Incidentally, I completely forgot that Okposo has been out for weeks! And he comes back tomorrow, maybe! Isles gonna give it to ya.

That game-winner tonight was pretty sick. And leading the league in points too! I'm really glad he's come into prime form AND that the Isles are good. It's nice to see that his talent and leadership isn't being wasted on a bottom-dweller, which was what I was afraid his career would amount to being: A guy that was a superstar talent on a terrible team that would eventually get traded at the end of his career for his "chance at the Cup" or whatever.

I wonder who will replace Boudreau after the Ducks get eliminated in the second round this year.

You should submit your application.

And deal with the scrutiny of the OC media? I don't think so.

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What the...

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Isles-Rangers and/or Isles-Lightning in the playoffs will make me happy as a little girl.

Isles-Rangers in particular would, however, make this Isles fan as nervous as a teenage girl on prom night.

Agreed. Nothing would be worse than closing the Coliseum by losing to the Rangers in the playoffs. It would be like the 2000 World Series all over again.

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What the...

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Rugby Scrum? :upside:

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That game-winner tonight was pretty sick. And leading the league in points too!

...with 72 :/

I thought this had to be a joke. Yikes. Forget 100...we may not even see a 90-point player this season. Is overall scoring up, at least? I can live with scoring being spread out. If not...perhaps I'm not missing much with hockey.

Maybe it's time to really consider expanding the goal size. The players have gotten bigger and taller and larger over the years...perhaps the goal size can be expanded a few inches up and out. The spirit of playing goalie in hockey wasn't to have some 6'4" guy that's insanely flexible and athletic. The players have inflated over time...the goals should, too.

At the very least, discourage some defensive tactics...namely, diving to the ice to block a shot.

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Scoring is on pace to be just a hair over last year, which was so low that it'd be hard to finish lower. Yes, there's more depth scoring than there used to be, but the stifling defensive systems are worse than ever. Remember, as Igor Larionov pointed out, the point of modern hockey is simply to avoid risk at all costs:

The problem is more philosophical and starts way before players get to the NHL. It’s easier to destroy than to create. As a coach, it’s easier to tell your players to suffocate the opposing team and not turn the puck over. There are still players whose imagination and creativity capture the Soviet spirit — Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Chicago just to name a few. However, they are becoming exceptions to the rule. Many young players who are intelligent and can see the game four moves ahead are not valued. They’re told “simple, simple, simple.”

That mentality is kind of boring. Nobody wants to get fired. Nobody wants to get sent down to the minors. If you look at the coaches in Juniors and minor league hockey, many of them were not skill players. It’s a lot of former enforcers and grinders who take these coaching jobs. Naturally, they tell their players to be just like them. Their players are 17, 18 years old — younger than I was when I joined the Red Army team. Say what you want about the Whiplash mentality (or the Soviet mentality), but if coaches are going to push kids at that age, why are they pushing them to play a simple game? Why aren’t coaches pushing them to create a masterpiece?

We lose a lot of Pavel Datsyuks to the closed-minded nature of the AHL and NHL.

I remember Datsyuk made a couple turnovers in a game when he first came to Detroit at age 23. Players on the team like Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman and myself had to tell him, “Pavel, just keep doing what you’re doing.” Thankfully, Scotty Bowman had the wisdom to see his potential. If he was on a different team with a different coach who did not appreciate that kind of unique skill, Datsyuk might have been out of the league. He would be playing in the KHL tonight.

Hockey needs to be fixed at the grassroots level. Bad youth coaches in Canada have poisoned the whole game.

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Isles-Rangers and/or Isles-Lightning in the playoffs will make me happy as a little girl.

Isles-Rangers in particular would, however, make this Isles fan as nervous as a teenage girl on prom night.

Agreed. Nothing would be worse than closing the Coliseum by losing to the Rangers in the playoffs. It would be like the 2000 World Series all over again.

/shudders at idea of Alain Vigneault going onto PA system and shouting "Nassau Coliseum is officially closed" a la John Thompson Jr. at Manley Fieldhouse

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If it wasn't for this blasted playoff format, Isles/Rangers would have been a great Eastern Conference Final. (Tampa/Montreal/Detroit are worthy adversaries, but still...)

Last year, depending on how you felt about the Wild, we could have the Kings/Ducks Freeway Faceoff for the West title instead of the right to go there.

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