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NHL 2009 Super Special Playoff Edition Megathread

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^ All this is the reason I wanted to play San Jose and not Detroit. Paper Tigers those sharks and the Ducks got the best break of all the 3 lowest seeds seeing as how both Columbus and St. Louis were swept. Though the Ducks aren't your typical 8 seed. They're virtually the same people that won the Stanley Cup, they just needed a mixup, a change of scene. I heard they moved everyone's locker around in the dressing room.

And the West's second round looks like this

2 Detroit vs. 8 Anaheim

3 Vancouver v.s 4 Chicago

You can say that now, but was that how you really felt two weeks ago? Hell, not only did you predict that the Sharks would win the Cup, you had the Sharks beating the Blue Jackets in a quick 5 games in your Western semis, after Columbus beat Detroit in 6 games. The team you said you'd most prefer Columbus to play in the first round was neither San Jose or Detroit, but Vancouver.

Two weeks ago, most folks (both on here as well as the media) had Detroit being primed for an upset. Columbus entered the playoffs with perhaps the best goalie in the Western Conference all season long, while Detroit had goalie issues. Columbus fans felt their team wouldn't be intimidated by the Red Wings or Joe Louis Arena because they're divisional foes. There was also some talk about the Flames purposely falling out of the #3 spot down the stretch, because they didn't match up so well with Columbus, which had held the #6 spot for most of the second half of the season.

Anaheim played well against San Jose all season long....even shutout the Sharks twice in the regular season. Yeah, Columbus went 2-2 against San Jose, but needed overtime to get those two wins.....

Actually the Sharks won 4 of 6 against the Ducks, only one was a shutout. Still though no excuses whatsoever.....

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I'm lovin' the Caps fans behind the Rangers bench wearing the ponchos. ^_^

That's EPIC.

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It's all over... let the chants begin.

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Turning point of the Devils season getting that stiff Nicklas Havelid, evey time something bad happened it seemed he was standing on the ice watching and doing nothing.

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Pittsburgh/Washington. Just like the 90's, only better.

This is gonna get ugly.

(Uglier than Ovechkin, even.)

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Again, before you label Thorton with the choke label, what about that so-called great goaltender? Oh yeah, what about that coach that was suppose to change things? Again, Thorton, can't win the series, and he can't lose the series, it's the other 18 players and the coaching staff. Why aren't you whining about Marleau, where's the whining about Clowe, and Boyle and Blake? It's not Thorton's fault that the GM can't figure out how to put winners around him. You want proof of that? Messier was this great leader in Edmonton and New York and then he was nothing in Vancouver. All these supposed great players and great leaders are only great when you put greatness around them. All these great leaders of teams, you look at them and realize they are just talented players if you put them on a poor team. How would Lidstrom look on the Islanders? You want proof? Kovalchuck and Atlanta, or heck what about Koivu and Montreal? Everyone talks about what a great leader he is, and yet Montreal is always flopping in the playoffs. Why isn't the choker label put on him? It takes more than one player to win a series.

The coaches changed, and the result was the same. Can't blame the coaching entirely.

The main constants are Nabokov, Thornton, and Marleau, hence the reason why they receive the choker label. This was basically Clowe's first go in the playoffs, as he got injured in his lone playoff game last year. Boyle's won a Cup in Tampa, and Blake's won a Cup in Colorado....can't be faulting them.

Except for Game 5, Thornton was a relative no-show all this series, and the same goes for Marleau. Nabokov had a decent series, not great and not terrible. So yes, Thornton is rightly deserving of the blame. He is the star player with gaudy stats in the regular season and minimal production in the postseason. He choked in Boston, and he's choked in San Jose.

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Pittsburgh/Washington. Just like the 90's, only better.

This is gonna get ugly.

(Uglier than Ovechkin, even.)

Uglier than Ovechkin is Crosby, right?

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Turning point of the Devils season getting that stiff Nicklas Havelid, evey time something bad happened it seemed he was standing on the ice watching and doing nothing.

He was used to seeing that here, I suppose.

Two goals in the last 1:20 of the 3rd to send home the Devils...way to go, 'Canes!

Southeast Division representin'!

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i wanted Pittsburgh, im gonna get Pittsburgh. lets exorcise some demons!

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Turning point of the Devils season getting that stiff Nicklas Havelid, evey time something bad happened it seemed he was standing on the ice watching and doing nothing.

He was used to seeing that here, I suppose.

Two goals in the last 1:20 of the 3rd to send home the Devils...way to go, 'Canes!

Southeast Division representin'!

Well in Atlanta the reason you guys are not good is you have got one of the worst defenses in the NHL, and Havelid was a big part of that.

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Well.. this is one of the more crushing defeats in franchise history...

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2 great games tonight. What a sick way for the Devils to end their season. They blew it all away at the very last minute.

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Well.. this is one of the more crushing defeats in franchise history...

Yes because the Devils and their fans have had it SO bad over the years. :rolleyes:

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Well.. this is one of the more crushing defeats in franchise history...

Yes because the Devils and their fans have had it SO bad over the years. :rolleyes:

You beat me to it. Welcome to the rest of the NHL, Devils fanbase.

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