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A Long Journey's Uncertain End.....

Posted by Ark_Razor on July 10, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (8)

For nearly 4-1/2 years, I had been dogged in my determination. My quest technically began in 6/11/12, so really it was close to 5 years.

One by one, I hunted them down....... 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18...... (link 1st 7 in comment...

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I am McPhee.....

Posted by Ark_Razor on June 20, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (4)

I've seen 4 lists with 4 different Kings on the list.


Here is my list, assuming nobody is protected.


ANA- Manson 0.925 D

ARI- Jooris 0.6 F

BOS- Miller 1.0 D

BUF- Ulmark 0.75 G

CAL- Chiasson RFA F

CAR- Nordstrom 1.275 F

CHI- TVR 0.825 D

AVS- Pickard 1.0 G

CBJ- Johnson 4.357 D

DAL- Eakin 3.85 F

DET- Glendening 1.8 F

EDM- Pakarinen 0.725 F

FLA- Marches...

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And That is That.

Posted by Radatz on June 11, 2017 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (10)

Admit it, you knew this was coming. For every faceoff win and all the time spent in possession of the puck, Nashville had seemingly two giveaways, largely dopey passes to zones, sometimes with wide open men in clear view. The Penguins almost invariably pounced on the unforced-loose-puck machine and eventually it paid off. Wouldn't you know that the winner would come from behind the goalie, but it's been happening a lot. Pittsburgh deserved it. They played smarter, rarely tossing p...

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Return of El Ka-Bong

Posted by Radatz on June 9, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (2)

The good news for Nashville is that any dreaded complacency is cured. Now they may need antidepressants. In retrospect it's hard to believe the first period ended with 9 shots apiece, let alone the game ending with 24 each. But there was no doubt who was swarming and who wasn't, as Pittsburgh's strong checking and transition game produced big gains.

That's one way of looking at it. The other is that to beat Pitt you have to expect to weather offensive storms. The...

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Tied Series and the Strangest Goal I Ever Saw

Posted by Radatz on June 6, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (4)

Usually replay, for what good it does, also does a couple of bad things that make people not like it. First, it interrupts the game, sometimes for what seems too long. Second, it sometimes turns over goals on ridiculously unnoticeable offsides. But tonight's replay was in the background until a horn sounded stopping play some time later. Was it too long later? Yes. But it did reveal a goal where none had been called. Someone somewhere must have decided to look on his own since it ...

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Reversal of Form?

Posted by Radatz on June 3, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (3)

It started off looking like a long night and a short series as Pittsburgh scored in the first 3 minutes shortly after a Rinne giveaway, and holding the lead through the first period without too much concern. The second was looking like more of the same when Josi scored on what had been a somewhat disorganized power play. Big deal. But then Gadreau put home a shot that Murray seemed to whiff on 42 seconds later. It was hard to tell whether it deflected off the arm of a defender sli...

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Shell Shock

Posted by Radatz on May 31, 2017 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (4)

The first period was something of a disaster, lots of skating and good pressure by Nashville but a slew of bad calls and noncalls, one of which gifted Nashville an evener-upper 5 on 3 that was futile. Then Guentzel scored 4 seconds after a shaky call on Josi expired, effectively still on the power play. Rinne was still a rebound machine and looked shaky. The tying goal was bad, a soft rebound chip from a couple of feet into a covered corner in which Rinne left a hole that the puck...

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The Supreme Flamer....

Posted by Ark_Razor on May 31, 2017 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

OK. I have seen the future and it is relentless taunting.

Urinating Tree is on youtube and he does "lolcow" on just about every sports team imaginable. This is r-rated stuff and bayonets the wounded while killing the children.

NHL- You name the team, he's got a torch video for them- including the playoffs.

NBA- If you ain't the Warriors or the Cavs, you are going down.

NFL- Of course the Stains reign supreme, Debtors, Bleats, 9-holes, Loins, and more..... there i...

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Bizarre Finals Opener

Posted by Radatz on May 29, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (7)

I hate finals. The pregame crap is impossible. The schedule is inanely stretched out. When will the NHL figure out that the games are what people long for, not ceremonial phoniness. And with that for a preamble, off we go into maybe the first Cup final coached by two guys from Massachusetts. Outside of Franklin and Marshfield, no one here cares anyway.

The first period didn't do the NHL any more good than the pregame fluff. Nashville looked good early, good enoug...

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Playoff Intermission Fun: 4 Greatest Defensemen

Posted by Radatz on May 28, 2017 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (7)

It's not easy to pick from the lot of great defensemen that have graced the NHL for so long, and harder still to mix eras. But we're going to do it anyway. And here they are, ranked. It's clear who the pairings are (even though they may not have been the best 'pairings'; that's impossible to tell). The Boston Bruins own this setup, even with Ray Bourque and Zdeno Chara not particularly in the conversation. It's amazing to think that names like Tim Horton, Pierre Pilot, Brad Park, ...

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