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Sixth Night. Controversy Mars 3 of 4 Great Games

Posted by Radatz on April 18, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (3)

If there are several things besides the OTL I'm suddenly getting quite sick of, they are (1) automatic icing, (2) broken sticks and now (3) early penalty calls that result in quickie OTs. Inconsistent officiating is of course on the list now too. It was not a good night for NHL rules or refs. A puck hits a guy going off but if he doesn't 'play' it you don't call too many men? Maybe, but news to me. Now it's a 'judgement call'? Rules vague regarding hitting a goalie who's out of th...

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Posted by the immortal scurds on April 17, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

and with that the caps r in full blown choke mode. down 2-0 and then 3-1. win in ot. 3 chokes in a single game. caps r eliminated.

 remember this win. the toronto maple leafs live again.

Fifth Night. The Winless Get Winlesser

Posted by Radatz on April 17, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Despite fairly competitive hockey, Round One is beginning to degenerate, at least partially, into the blowoutfest that so often occurs and which fans dread. It's not that the games are blowouts, at least on the scoreboard. But we now have 4 teams without a win, two of which have blown home ice big time. C'est la guerre.

Deja vu. I turned on the NYR/MTL game and thought I was watching Toe Blake's Canadiens skating against the Rangers in 1960, peppering the Gumper....

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Fourth Night. Canada Rallying. Hawks Reeling.

Posted by Radatz on April 16, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Lest I forget, Happy Easter! Kali Anastasi!

We've seen road teams look tired in game 2. It's understandable though inexcusable that Boston would blow a 3-1 lead. It's understandable that Chara, one of four (4) defensemen left on the active roster after McQuaid exited, would make a lazy clearing pass with 12 seconds left. It's inexcusable that he'd send it over the glass and give Ottawa a power play to open overtime. It's just inexcusable that with the PP down to ...

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dont look now...

Posted by the immortal scurds on April 15, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (2)

but the leafs just took the caps to ot twice, and after losing the first game, hung in thru double ot to earn a split, travelling home with alllllllll the momentum and a goalie playing very very well. sae after save in ot. this time u had the feeling all game that toronto is quite capable of beating this caps team. even with the caps at their most desperate, the leafs  are in fact capable of beating them.. man o man.

What's the Real Reason NE is Letting These Guys Go?

Posted by Radatz on April 15, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Everytime I hear the media around here analyze what the Patriots are doing with so-and-so and why I start to think that they've got the real info, so maybe it's the best I can get. Then I listen to them for a while longer, sanity sets in, and I realize even if they did have the entire scoop they're probably incapable of retaining or translating it coherently.

Sooo, I sez to myself, why not go with your gut feeling? And I have one. I've never heard any of the theo...

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Third Night... More of the Same. Which is Fine.

Posted by Radatz on April 15, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (3)

The first night of game 2s produced the usual interesting results. 4-1 was our 'rout', but the routee outshot the router 40-32. We had a last-minute tying goal leading to a late OT winner, a last 3-minute winner and almost a tying goal at the horn (a second too late). Plus one not-as-close-as-it-seemed. Good stuff again for the greatest show on sports TV.

It's not so surprising that Pitt is ahead of the BJs 2-0, but it is surprising that the main reason continues...

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Posted by the immortal scurds on April 14, 2017 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (1)

 whoa, close call. it was an all out effort, and had to be. how good a pickup was radulov? even with most of the game looking like a mtl pp, the habs just couldnt follow up a few straight rights with the left hook they needed. but you could feel it coming. uh, julie? may i suggest hinging a defenseman over to stop all of these grabner breakaways. ah, nevermnd, just get out of the way. its time to do something poocheretty.

Good Second Night Too

Posted by Radatz on April 14, 2017 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (3)

Night 2 was every bit as much high quality first round material as night 1. The underlying story of five Canadian teams took another hit as they finished the openers at 0-5. Nobody said they had the five best teams, but nobody expected this either. One underdog prevailed this night. All one-goal games.


Chicago looked like a team that dogged it at the end of the season, which they were. By late in the game they were playing better, but Rinne wasn't cooperating. F...

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Good First Night for NHL... but Ohhhh, Canada

Posted by Radatz on April 14, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (2)

With even LA media types like Rome hailing the NHL playoffs as the best in any sport, the league didn't disappoint on opening night. All games were available on cable, here at least, and every game was worth watching. It wasn't perfect hockey, as the early rounds almost never are, but it was competitive and exciting all around. The closest things to a rout ended at 3-1 and 2-0 and featured pretty even play. Swings in momentum were huge in some cases. A few monstrous shot advantage...

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