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Awful OT Winners

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by davepoleck

Awful play by Marian Gaborik poking this puck by the best goalie in the league. Believe me….he had the situation under control.

Neal just turns and fires; Roloson wasn’t even ready for this one. Pittsburgh is winning games exactly the same way they were after Crosby went down, boring, shutdown hockey. Please come back, Tampa Bay.

I love two things about this video. A) that it has already been posted on YouTube. B) It was definitely posted by a Wings’ fan because it is titled “Cleary scores an amazing goal of the pad of Bryzgalov”. Planned, yes. Amazing…c’mon.

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PLAYOFFS!!

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by davepoleck

For the first time in….forever….I will be missing the opening of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I have a ball hockey game at 7 and due  to an oath I swore in blood at the beginning of the season, I have to attend. I’m already planning on taking my phone on the bench in order to prevent anxiety attacks, but it just won’t be the same. Thank God there are five games on tonight!!

Washington vs New York

  • Aka Washington vs Lundqvist; he’s the best goalie in the league and rarely has an off game. The same can’t be said for the Caps in the playoffs
  • Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch
  • People are always so hard to get on AO about not leading, but he had 10 points in seven games last year. Alexander Semin had two assists in their loss to the Habs
  • Michal Neuvirth makes his playoff debut. Jose Theodore was pulled after Game 1 in the last two playoffs

Detroit vs Phoenix

  • Modano is a scratch, Zetterberg is out, Kronwall is returning. Ugh.
  • In 2010, the Coyotes were up 2-1 in the series until Shane Doan missed games 4-7
  • The Wings outscored 28-13 in the seven game series last year

Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay

  • Sidney Crosby likely won’t be playing in this series
  • After a slow start, Jordan Staal has 30 points in his last 37 games
  • After a hot start, Steven  Stamkos has five goals in his last 27 games
  • Crosby’s 61 points in 40 games still led the Penguins
  • Ryan Malone only has two points in 10 games against Pittsburgh since leaving
  • Dwayne Roloson’s last playoff appearance was in 2006 when he lead the Oilers to the Cup Final

Vancouver vs Chicago

  • This is going to be awesome. Enough said.
  • In the six game series last year, Byfgulien had four points, Ladd had one, Versteeg had three
  • Luongo has never played more than 12 playoff games in a season; the Sedin’s highest was 14
  • The Canucks and Hawks are 1st and 3rd in goals scored

Anaheim vs Nashville

  • Corey Perry has the same number of goals as Erat and Kostitsyn (Nashville’s leading scorers) do points
  • It looks like Dan Ellis will be starting in net for the Ducks

Another Blindside Hit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2010 by davepoleck

After the fine last night to Nick Foligno, here is Kris Letang blindsiding Blake Comeau in the Pens-Isles game tonight.

Eastern Conference Predictions

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by davepoleck

Im going to start my predictions for the 2010-11 season with how I think the Eastern Conference will unfold. The East has been in a post-lockout slump, with the skill level and goaltending barely even comparing to the West, but that doesn’t mean things won’t be competitive for those final few spots once again: Continue reading

Franzen OK

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Pweph! When I saw that the first line of the game notes last night was not about the Wings getting smoked 5-1 against Pittsburgh, I knew something was up. Franzen suffered a charlie horse when he was hit by Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik. Last season, Franzen missed 55 games with a torn ACL after being kneed in the third game of the season.

Thankfully it looks like he will just need some rest to help ease the pain and should be back in the lineup soon. The Wings play tomorrow against Chicago, but will probably be starting a different set of forwards, including the line of Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom and the defensive pairings of Lidstrom-Kronwal and Rafalski-Stuart.

There are no highlights of that game so I chose the last good memory of the Wings from the 2009-10 playoffs.

Game 7 Prediction

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , on May 12, 2010 by davepoleck

Third Game 7 of the playoffs would like great in overtime: Continue reading

COWABUNGA!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by davepoleck

That was the goal call of the guy on whichever channel AM 640 was relaying the game from tonight. Got to listen to a bit of the 3rd OT and all I heard was “Carkner shoots…Sens SCORRRREEEE!!! COWABUNGAAA!!”

I love goal calls.