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1 hour ago, Aaron Rudnicki said:

UMASS!

Met @ffldrew before the game. Good dude. Always tough to see someone’s team lose, but man, that was a grind.

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10 hours ago, The_Man said:

I know Backstrom is almost certainly not a Hall of Famer but he is the Pippin to Ovechkin’s Jordan. Just does everything so well and has been essential to this team’s success. 2 goals early tonight and then 2 huge blocks to help secure the win. 

One side of the argument - 

Without Ovechkin, Backstrom's numbers wouldn't be as impressive.

The other side - 

Without Ovechkin, Backstrom would get far more recognition on the Caps and in the NHL and we'd be more inclined to call him a full-on star vs. extremely talented supporting actor.

I'm FIRMLY in the second camp, but I agree...he does everything well.  It's almost comical how EVERY announcer continues to say how he's so underrated...yet he's still underrated.

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8 hours ago, zoonation said:

Who is that guy in the Flames net?  Didn’t see him in the regular season. 

 

that was weird.  did they sign this new old old new Mike Smith for more than one game?

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Makar looked unbelievable up until early in the 2nd and then completely disappeared. thought he was going to take over that game.  to be fair he should have had like 9 assists at that point though.  not a fan of the balanced ice time approach either, especially this time of year with the way that team is made up.

UMass forward group looked limp without Chaffee.  they’ll need some more heavy PP time or Makar to take over to get by UMD.  that top PP unit is very good.

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Typical sad state of officiating in college hockey - make a bad call and then try to make up for it - then missing the only call they should have made at the end of regulation. The call on DU on Barrow was disgusting. Guy has puck and gets hit - hard. So what. Refs have to look for a hit to head because they called one earlier. Of course he hit him in the head - he hit his entire body.Blew.Him.Up.  It changed the game and ruined what was a good matchup 5v5. Most of the non-DU fans in concourse couldn't believe they called that. Du fans were livid. Scott Mayfield used to get called for that stuff and he was very happy to get out of college hockey because of that. There will be a lot of kids wondering if they should go to NCAA if they are a physical player if they keep stopping games to look for hits.

Glad DU found a way to rebound from that - they can use that to build on with all the youth for next season. Getting to this point was a bonus.

Great to meet @Dickie Dunn he should be on cloud nine with the season UMass has had - I hope they can sustain it. It was nice to see a lot of fresh faces at the game. Dickie truly captures the spirit of the game.

Speaking of fans - the place was empty. The lowest attended Frozen Four I've been to. Atmosphere was dead for the most part.

 

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34 minutes ago, ffldrew said:

Typical sad state of officiating in college hockey - make a bad call and then try to make up for it - then missing the only call they should have made at the end of regulation. The call on DU on Barrow was disgusting. Guy has puck and gets hit - hard. So what. Refs have to look for a hit to head because they called one earlier. Of course he hit him in the head - he hit his entire body.Blew.Him.Up.  It changed the game and ruined what was a good matchup 5v5. Most of the non-DU fans in concourse couldn't believe they called that. Du fans were livid. Scott Mayfield used to get called for that stuff and he was very happy to get out of college hockey because of that. There will be a lot of kids wondering if they should go to NCAA if they are a physical player if they keep stopping games to look for hits.

Glad DU found a way to rebound from that - they can use that to build on with all the youth for next season. Getting to this point was a bonus.

Great to meet @Dickie Dunn he should be on cloud nine with the season UMass has had - I hope they can sustain it. It was nice to see a lot of fresh faces at the game. Dickie truly captures the spirit of the game.

Speaking of fans - the place was empty. The lowest attended Frozen Four I've been to. Atmosphere was dead for the most part.

 

I didn't like any of the three major calls.  each of them the player has his head down leaning and the "offender" had his elbow down and shoulder was part of the contact.  Chaffee one was still dumb because you don't need to make that hit and with where the game was it was incredibly risky.  only one of those was even called on the ice and then two of them have a long, lame replay to go with it.  and then, of course, they miss the flying elbow which was by far the most egregious play of the night.  replay culture is dumb and handing out majors/ejections for even the slightest bit of head contact is worse.

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Brasky- where was the crew for the DU game from?  Not sure where refs get idea that we come to watch them  

 

Agree with its you on the majors -ruined the game. 

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Interesting stats from last night. (Yes I know scoreboard is only thing that matters)

@SWhyno: To that end, Hurricanes had 59 5-on-5 shot attempts and 6 high-danger scoring chances to Capitals’ 23 shot attempts and 4 high-dangers, per @NatStatTrick.

 

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2 hours ago, Fat Nick said:

It's almost comical how EVERY announcer continues to say how he's so underrated...yet he's still underrated.

Yes! Case in point: this morning on Stellick & Simmer, they spent a few minutes talking about just how underrated he is and then, a short time later, when the four announcers assigned their three stars from yesterday's games, not one listed him, unless I'm mistaken. Two #######' goals and some key blocks. Come on!

Anyway, so glad we've been able to watch and appreciate his great play these past dozen years. You're in my HOF Nicky! 

 

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29 minutes ago, ffldrew said:

Brasky- where was the crew for the DU game from?  Not sure where refs get idea that we come to watch them  

 

Agree with its you on the majors -ruined the game. 

not sure if it was the same crew but the first game was Atlantic hockey 

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1 hour ago, JaxBill said:

Interesting stats from last night. (Yes I know scoreboard is only thing that matters)

@SWhyno: To that end, Hurricanes had 59 5-on-5 shot attempts and 6 high-danger scoring chances to Capitals’ 23 shot attempts and 4 high-dangers, per @NatStatTrick.

 

Caps bury their good chances though.  Aho isn't himself, wouldn't be surprised if he is playing really banged up.  They need him healthy to win, he isn't.

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3 hours ago, Bill Brasky said:

that was weird.  did they sign this new old old new Mike Smith for more than one game?

By virtue of playing his 20th playoff game last night, Mike Smith now qualifies for all-time career playoff rankings and has vaulted to the top.

#1 all-time with a 94.5 Save %
#6 all-time with a 1.79 GAA

Holtby is second behind Smith among all active players in both post-season categories:

#4 all-time with 92.9 Save %  (Craig Anderson right behind him, also at 92.9)
#15 all-time with a 2.04 GAA

Holtby has 83 career playoff games, good for 27th all-time. If the Caps play 10 more games this post-season, he'll move up into a tie with Hextall for #20 on the all-time career postseason games list

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38 minutes ago, The_Man said:

By virtue of playing his 20th playoff game last night, Mike Smith now qualifies for all-time career playoff rankings and has vaulted to the top.

#1 all-time with a 94.5 Save %
#6 all-time with a 1.79 GAA

Holtby is second behind Smith among all active players in both post-season categories:

#4 all-time with 92.9 Save %  (Craig Anderson right behind him, also at 92.9)
#15 all-time with a 2.04 GAA

Holtby has 83 career playoff games, good for 27th all-time. If the Caps play 10 more games this post-season, he'll move up into a tie with Hextall for #20 on the all-time career postseason games list

everyone remembers him dragging the Yotes to the WCF but he's been garbage for so long now

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3 hours ago, ffldrew said:

Brasky- where was the crew for the DU game from?  Not sure where refs get idea that we come to watch them  

 

Agree with its you on the majors -ruined the game. 

I believe it was a WCHA crew.

Trivigno is out for tomorrow, which was the correct call. Dumb play and really could have changed the outcome the way it was trending.

What I don’t get is why Carle chose not to challenge. Such a critical point in the game. When did he think he was going to use it?

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52 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

Missed on both Canadian and US broadcast last night because the puck moved up ice and camera pulled away...

5'10" Trevor Moore blows up 6'9" Zdeno Chara https://twitter.com/TheLeafsIMO/status/1116729918065221633

Did the former Pioneer get kicked out of the game for that hit? 

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Just now, Capella said:

Love my record setting team that gets pummeled in the playoffs 

Montreal not looking so bad anymore eh?

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Just now, AcerFC said:

Montreal not looking so bad anymore eh?

You know, I didn’t get to make these decisions yes? 

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Lightning look intimidated and lost. They're supposed to be the ones who knock. Cup or bust? Looking like bust right now. Unbelievable.

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1 minute ago, Wingnut said:

Lightning look intimidated and lost. They're supposed to be the ones who knock. Cup or bust? Looking like bust right now. Unbelievable.

They can’t even connect passes. Totally shook. It’s awful. 

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5 minutes ago, Aaron Rudnicki said:

Blue Jackets we’re up 2-0 on the Caps last year, FWIW

Yea and we were behind the Caps 2-0 at home before going up 3-2 last year too. But this is just weirder. I dunno. Maybe they’ll snap out of it. Seems like they are feeling the pressure. 

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1 minute ago, Capella said:

CBJ have scored 7 consecutive goals. Unbelievable. 

TB is scoreless in 9 of their last 10 playoff periods. 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, E Street Brat said:

TB is scoreless in 9 of their last 10 playoff periods. 

 

 

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28 minutes ago, JaxBill said:

For a veteran team, Pens look rattled. They're committing some really dumb penalties.

That said, the 2 PIT second period penalties for the NYI 5-3 are almost ticky-tack

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16 minutes ago, E Street Brat said:

TB is scoreless in 9 of their last 10 playoff periods. 

 

 

11 of the last 12. I mean, this is a team that has mentally lost it right? 

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Just now, JaxBill said:

TB local coverage notes that 3 of 4 CBJ goals have been high to stick side

Got him there the other night too. 

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