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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:25 pm 
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Toronto had a valiant run, but it's over. Washington/Pittsburgh and the Caps will win.

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This series is going to be nasty and wonderful to watch. Very excited to see what happens.

Caps either exorcise their demons or fail yet again. Man oh man.

Assuming the Caps take the series I wonder if there's not an emotional let down heading into the ECF from them. We shall see.

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The difference maker in this series is the number of ex-Blues. Naturally Shattenkirk, Oshie and Eller will hoist the Cup first.

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glen a richter wrote:
The difference maker in this series is the number of ex-Blues. Naturally Shattenkirk, Oshie and Eller will hoist the Cup first.


I'm off track here but your post reminds me of the ex-Cubs factor. Ever hear of it? It was a legend here in Chicago - basically the 2 teams in the World Series that had the most ex-Cubs lost the series. Someone actually researched it (Mike Royko) and it was correct in like 65 out of 67 years of World Series in which the losing team had 3 or more ex-Cubs. I know it doesn't apply to ex-Blues players but I thought I'd interject it here cause I always found the ex-Cubs factor to be one of those strange things that I was sad about but also amused by.


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glen a richter wrote:
The difference maker in this series is the number of ex-Blues. Naturally Shattenkirk, Oshie and Eller will hoist the Cup first.


I'm off track here but your post reminds me of the ex-Cubs factor. Ever hear of it? It was a legend here in Chicago - basically the 2 teams in the World Series that had the most ex-Cubs lost the series. Someone actually researched it (Mike Royko) and it was correct in like 65 out of 67 years of World Series in which the losing team had 3 or more ex-Cubs. I know it doesn't apply to ex-Blues players but I thought I'd interject it here cause I always found the ex-Cubs factor to be one of those strange things that I was sad about but also amused by.


Actually, a bunch of ex-Blues have won Stanley Cups. You might be on to something.

Hull, Shanahan, Pronger, Joe Mullen, Doug Gilmour, Rob Ramage, Rick Wamsley, Ric Nattress, Scott Stevens, Ian Cole, and the list goes on and on... Do I have to mention the 4 coaches who won Stanley Cups after they left St Louis (Bowman, Arbour, Demers, and Quenneville) or Glen Sather who won as coach with Edmonton and is a former Blues player. Last season, both Stanley Cup finalists had former Blues players - Cole for the Penguins and Polak for San Jose. Once the 2016 Conference Finals hit, a Blues or ex-Blues player was guaranteed to reach the Finals, because Bishop was playing for Tampa.

Following this theory, the Rangers, Senators, Ducks and Predators are screwed - unless Nashville recalls Brad Hunt, then they have a chance. ;)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:13 pm 
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Penguins own the Capitals. Pittsburgh could call up their AHL team and still win. At least that's how it seems.

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Washington was up 2-0 with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd and it went to OT. I thought for sure that Pittsburgh was going to win at that point. Still hoping for Washington to pull this out so we get a better draft pick, but doesn't look great.

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Washington was up 2-0 with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd and it went to OT. I thought for sure that Pittsburgh was going to win at that point. Still hoping for Washington to pull this out so we get a better draft pick, but doesn't look great.


Shattenkirk with the OT winner, following some bad press stating he has not lived up to expectations.

It will be interesting to see if Crosby comes back, and how Pittsburgh performs if he doesn't.

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Washington was up 2-0 with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd and it went to OT. I thought for sure that Pittsburgh was going to win at that point. Still hoping for Washington to pull this out so we get a better draft pick, but doesn't look great.


Shattenkirk with the OT winner, following some bad press stating he has not lived up to expectations.

It will be interesting to see if Crosby comes back, and how Pittsburgh performs if he doesn't.

Shattenkirk, until that OT winner, hadn't provided the offense from D which was supposed to help them vs the Penguins while being a defensive liability. Been saying it for awhile - Shattenkirk is a great offensive defenseman, but if forced to actually play defense, he will hurt you more than help you. That's what the Penguins were forcing in 5-on-5 play. The "bad press" was deserved based on results and what could be considered lazy defensive play with Shattenkirk flipping pucks out of the zone, repeatedly (eventually leading to a delay of game when the flip went bad), when he's had time and space to skate the puck out, instead of just giving it away with the flip.

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Crosby out of game 4 with a concussion. If you can't beat them, beat them up.

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Crosby out of game 4 with a concussion. If you can't beat them, beat them up.


Sounds like the approach Fiddler tried to take with Parayko.

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Trotz is screwing the Capitals strategically this series. All season the Caps rolled 4 lines and did so very effectively. Now, they are dressing 7 defenseman every night which means they are rolling 3 lines with someone double shifting when the 4th hits the ice. It's not working. Don't change what worked, until it doesn't work. The big gripe for the Caps last season vs the Pens - they didn't have the forward depth to keep up. So, they make some deals, build a 4 line team specifically to prep for the Penguins, then don't use it when they play the Penguins. Brilliant!!!

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I, for one, am glad this series doesn't look like it's going 7. Pittsburgh needs to retain as much energy and health as possible so they can thoroughly dismantle the Rangers in the ECF. Had this one gone 7, I'd think either team would be too broken down to compete against the Rags.

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Going 7, unless Pittsburgh pulls an all-time miracle comeback in the final 4:15. Caps have absolutely lit up the Pens, picking spots high and making them count + Fleury gaffing on the 2nd goal

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Obviously anything can happen in a Game 7 and the Caps have a checkered past, but holy hell.....they looked spectacular tonight. Couldn't take my eyes away; just beautiful dominance.

That'll be quite the tilt Wednesday night.

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Well, they got 2 of the 5 back.

Game 7, Wednesday night. Be there, or miss out.

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Oshie's PPG in the 1st period - that's the PP setup the Blues ran with Fabbri/Brouwer that was so effective in '15-'16. Too bad our current coach doesn't seem to understand the concept of setting up a right hand shot in front in that same position with Stastny/Sobotka/Steen dealing from the RW goal line.

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Obviously anything can happen in a Game 7 and the Caps have a checkered past, but holy hell.....they looked spectacular tonight. Couldn't take my eyes away; just beautiful dominance.

That'll be quite the tilt Wednesday night.


They've been the better team most of this series, they just weren't getting it on the scoreboard.

I say 65/35 the Caps win game 7. I just can't see them coming all the way back like this, at home, only to lose.

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