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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

New Look Lightning

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

Part of the reason I picked the Lightning to finish 7th in the East is the addition of Guy Boucher behind the bench.  Boucher has succeeded at every level that he has coached at. As an assistant coach for Rimouski of the Q, they won the President Cup and went the Memorial Cup. He became head coach of Drummondville in 2006, and led them to their best season and to the Memorial Cup in 2008-09. Last season with the Bulldogs, Boucher won the coach of the year and took Hamilton to 115 points, their highest in franchise history. Unlike with the Dogs last year where a lot of talented players were playing in Montreal, the Tampa Bay Lightning have three of the best in the game in Stamkos, Lecavalier and St. Louis.

Now on a personal note, he looks like  a bad guy from an older action movie. I don’t if it’s the scar on his face or just his face in general; but I can’t think of it and it’s driving me nuts. $1000 to whoever names it.

Future of the Lightning

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by davepoleck

Steven Stamkos has a chance to extend his point streak to 18 games tonight against the Leafs. Over the past 17 games, he has 16 goals and 15 assists! The last time he was held pointless was January 18 against Carolina. Three games prior to this phenomenal streak starting, Stamkos also had 10 points in 5 games.

Last season and even coming into this season I thought the Lightning would be stupid to trade Vincent Lecavalier. That would have just sunk the franchise even more than it already is. Now, with Stamkos breaking out in only his second season in the League and on pace for almost 100 points (Lecavalier’s highest is 108 points), the Lightning might be willing to move Vinny’s big contract. He is being paid a whopping $10 million until 2015/16, and then decreasing values until 2019/20.

Looking at the Lightning roster, they have key pieces on forward and defense with Stamkos and Hedman, aging forwards Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, Ryan Malone, and solid young players Steve Downie and Ted Purcell. After that, the Lightning development system is pretty thing.

Moving Lecavalier would fit into the category of a superstar deal, but differs from the recent Kovalchuk deal because Vinny is not a free agent at the end of the season (or the next 9). With that much left on his deal, and that high of a contract, it would ensure that the Lightning get not only solid roster players, but also some draft picks. Any team taking on $10 million in salary is going to have to unload some talent.

Look for the rumours to start swirling about this deal if the Lightning are eliminated from the playoffs. The last spot is going to be up for grabs over the next month. The Bruins have a three point lead over the New York Rangers. If someone in the East can’t catch the offensively starved Bruins, something needs to be done about the Conference structure in the NHL. But that is a topic I have already discussed.

Lighting Problems

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 10, 2010 by davepoleck

The Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils finished their delayed game from Friday night today. The weird part was that it resumed exactly where Friday tilt had left off, with 9:12 remaining in the second period and Tampa up 3-0. This scenario has got to be pretty weird for the players, and I think it showed in that there was no scoring for almost a full period after the re-start. The last time a game was postponed like this was when Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Red Wings bench in 2005. Instead of a three day wait, the game was moved a few months down the road. Even weirder was the fact that although the score was 1-0 Nashville halfway through the first period when the incident occured, the rescheduled game was a full 60 minute game that began 1-0 Preds. Explain that one.

Stamkos vs Vinny

Posted in Tampa Bay Lightning with tags , , , on November 3, 2009 by davepoleck

If you would have said, “David Poleck, after the first game of November Steven Stamkos will have 10 more goals than Vincent Lecavalier”, I would have punched you in the mouth.