Morning Mashup: A Good Day For Them To Die
What a first round! As a hockey fan, you have to be pleased about what is currently happening around the best sport in the planet. 4 Game sevens, a ton of OT action and the best quality of the play one could possibly imagine. As a Leafs fan you have to be glad about the Habs being knocked out.
Iâ€™m not below giving the Canadiens their due credit. Following Halakâ€™s departure and intense scrutiny Carey Price proved he was up for the task. The series win eluded him but with a .934 save percentage and a 2.11 GAA he truly was the Canadiensâ€™ best player. His technique seemed perfect at times and I have to say that despite Halakâ€™s amazing performance last year, I now believe that Montreal made the right choice with Price. Michael Cammalleri didnâ€™t have the best regular season in the world, but with 10 points in seven games he has more than earned his paycheck. He has also proven to be one of the best playoff performers in the modern day NHL with 32 points in 32 games played so far which of course means heâ€™s clicking at a point-per-game in the postseason. Only Jonathan Toews and Daniel Briere have impressed me more during that clutch period. One last thing, we can dislike PK Subban for being cocky, but the truth of the matter is if he was on our team weâ€™d love him. Arrogant? Yes. Mouthy? And then some. But is he effective? Very.
All that said, the Habs are out and we can rejoice. Boston proved they had indeed learned something from that historical loss to the Flyers last year. After hiding in a foxhole for most of the series Nathan Horton came up huge when they needed him most. 3 goals in the last 3 games, two of them OT game winners, one series clincher. With a plus 29 and 26 goals in the regular season Iâ€™d say heâ€™s worth every penny. Tim Thomas was good. Although not displaying Vezina form, he stopped all he needed to stop and ousted Carey Price and the pesky Canadiens. On a side note, 43 year old Mark Recchi became the oldest NHL player to score a goal in a Game 7.
In the other game featured last night, The Lightning needed seven games to finally get one over the Pittsburgh Penguins who had a truly memorable season. Missing Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Cooke the Penguins fought valiantly but excellent coaching from Guy Boucher and an exquisite Lightning powerplay proved too much for Fleury and company. GM Steve Yzerman is owed a good deal of credit for this win. Getting Eric Brewer (5 points in the series) and Dwayne Roloson (.949 save percentage and a 1.77 GAA in the series) proved vital for a big Tampa win.
Do you give the Habs credit for the way they fought in this series? Did this season prove Carey Price is the real deal? What were your expectations prior to the Penguins vs Lightning series?
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light’em up wrote:
Nashville vs Vancouver starts tonight. Whose picking who? Preds in 6 for meVancouver in 6
light’em up wrote:
Nashville vs Vancouver starts tonight. Whose picking who? Preds in 6 for meCanucks in 6
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=363940 ATTA BOY GRABO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Good for him! . Quite a character too “I have a chance to score (on) Reimer if he plays tomorrow,” said Grabovski.
MapleLeafs Toronto Maple Leafs Leafs have signed goaltender Mark Owuya to a two-year entry level contract. More: http://is.gd/pC1IjP #Leafs #NHLNice!
@ light’em up: I don’t know if Halpern was trying to draw a penalty, but if you don’t look where you’re going you’re going to get pounded. That’d be like texting on your phone then blaming the car in front of you for stopping when you rear end them.
Ooops should have checked TSN for the update. . LEAGUE DECIDES AGAINST SUSPENSION FOR BRUINS’ FERENCE 4/28/2011 1:04:38 PM . Absolutely 100% right call. Now let’s get back to Hockey
@ McKelvie: You can’t make any trades until the playoffs are over. I’m pretty sure it’s close to or on draft day. It would be unfair to teams in playoffs if they could trade now.
hey great news about the signing, glad we did not have to wait all summer for this to happen im sure he will see alot of time in reading
I certainly hope Ferrence doesn’t receive any extra suspension. The fact that he even has a hearing is a joke. Halpern skated completely towards him and as he got closer turned his head and looked back. It’s kind of like saying the ships in Pearl Harbor ran into the Kamikaze planes.
DownGoesBrown Down Goes Brown Wow, Vigneault’s goalie juggling is out of control. RT @FriedgeHNIC: Healy will start VAN series in Game 2. > That could even shut him up.
@ rustynail: I would agree Rusty. I was just joking around. In fact most of this if anything happens might all be on draft day.
aredOfLondon JaredOfLondon the Flames and Oilers have combined for less playoff wins than the Leafs since 93….just saying
FriedgeHNIC Elliotte Friedman Healy will start VAN series in Game 2. Let’s hope he wears more than one suit this time. .