Phantom Phenom wrote:Anyway, Any word on ben bishop ?
The Bad Guy wrote:First and foremost, hats off to the Lightning. This has been a hell of a series and is essentially what I expected. Nothing like playoff hockey to shave years off your life.
As a fan, Sunday's loss was devastating. Vasilevskiy's save on Kessel that would've made the game 3-0 was unreal. Then the Bolts score 2 quick goals and it's all tied up. Tampa grinding it out after what looked to be a tying goal, just to come back and tie it on a wraparound to keep the game alive. That hurt. But that overtime goal. Damn. What looked like an easy enough save and to watch it redirect off Johnson....that ****ing sucked. Plain and simple.
That's a few firsts in a while. First time the team with the first goal didn't win in this series. First time the Pens have lost back to back games since January. First time all season the Pens have lost after being up 2-0.
Now, if anyone is counting the Penguins out, you having been paying attention to this series. These posts of "score 2 goals and it's over" - when has this been the case? Neither team has been able to protect a lead very well. Two games ago the Lightning were up 4-0 and were able to hold off the Pens in the third, but not before Pittsburgh made it 4-3. Leads aren't safe in the playoffs, not with these two caliber of teams. Pittsburgh will bring everything they have tonight. They have to. There is no tomorrow for them if they lose. Any prediction is the biggest crap shoot right now because this series has just gone back and forth the entire time. So to say a team will fold and not bring everything they have tonight is laughable.
No matter what happens tonight, it's been a fun ride. I hope to see a Game 7, but I've prepared myself in the chance that doesn't happen. I couldn't envision the team making a run this deep in the playoffs back in December. It was looking like they were going to miss the playoffs period. Needless to say, this series has been the most entertaining one so far.
Good luck tonight, and I hope for some clean, injury free hockey and a hell of a game.
See you at Game 7 (hopefully).
SixStringSamurai wrote:What? That stat makes no sense lol
SixStringSamurai wrote:Game 7 we got this...we should have had it tonight
Bootz2004 wrote:SixStringSamurai wrote:What? That stat makes no sense lol
It makes perfect sense
Phantom Phenom wrote:SixStringSamurai wrote:Game 7 we got this...we should have had it tonight
Not if you don't have Ben Bishop back as the goalie
I trust Bishop more than Valsky
Phantom Phenom wrote:Boyle!
Rocker wrote:Phantom Phenom wrote:Boyle!
Rocker wrote:Rocker wrote:
Kress wrote:My bet: Whoever wins tomorrow, wins the Cup.
The Bad Guy wrote:Yes you said it would be huge if the Bolts scored first. I agree with that. It was the follow up "Score quick then strike twice, and we'll cruise to victory." After 6 games, everyone should be able to agree that there is no "cruising to victory" in this series. That was my point. Someone else also mentioned if the Pens went down early, they'd give up. There is no giving up in playoff hockey. There's no such thing. There may be getting outplayed, but there is no giving up.
This game was interesting to say the least. Drouin scoring the first goal, only to have it be called back on an offside, was huge. That arena was going crazy and the ice definitely would have tilted. Instead, it gets called back and the Lightning take a bad penalty when they were already down a man. That set up the Kessel goal. Not much you can do there if you're Vasy. 5 on 3 with Malkin, Sid and Kessel all involved. Tip your cap, move on.
Sheary getting the assist on the Letang goal was big. Nice to see the youngster come out with some pep in his stride after being a healthy scratch last game. He also had the shot that almost went in but hit the post. The Bennett switch was short lived, as it should have been. Sheary is young, but he plays much better in transition with Crosby. I believe it was Johnson that had a chance late in the second (?) that rang one off the post for the Lightning. Both teams getting a few opportunities that didn't come through.
The takeaway in the neutral zone and Sid just having his way is why he is who he is. He has times where he takes over games and shows why he's one of the best in the world. Ever since he scored in that OT game, he's been on fire. They mentioned he's scored 3 goals this series and all 3 have been the game winners. Crazy. Still amazed by the "he should take note of Drouin's work ethic." You don't call out guys like that. Then again, Roenick has always been a bit biased against the Pens. Not surprised there.
However, this is the Eastern Conference Finals. I alluded to the fact the Lightning could be right back in it if the they could score early. They had one opportunity that didn't come through. The Penguins have been excelling at blocking shots as of late, unfortunately this time it bit them in the ass as Kessel knocks the puck in to his own net. A few minutes later, Boyle gets a pass and launches a nice shot at Murray that finds the back of the net. Old man Cullen managed to block Murray's view on that shot, but that's hockey. Same thing can be said on the other end of the ice on the Letang goal.
So bam. 9 minutes left and we have a one goal game. Lightning gave it theirall. They kept pinching down and keeping the puck alive in their offensive zone. Eventually that sealed the win as Kunitz was able to find Rust on a breakaway. That was when I finally was able to breathe again.
This series has been so much fun to watch. True hockey fans have gained a respect for both of the opposing teams, if they didn't have it already. You'll have your typical fans on both side saying "we got robbed", "if this had happened, it would be different", "the refs were biased", etc. Guess what? That's hockey. I tend to ignore those fans. I like real hockey discussion and respect the game and the players. I will admit, there are teams I despise (Flyers), but I love a good rivalry (Capitals). It brings out the best in all players. As a fan, that's what you want. The best versus the best.
Best of 7 comes down to best of 1. Who wants it more? Someone's headed to the Stanley Cup Finals Thursday night. I cannot wait! See you then ladies and gents.
pewterpirates wrote:it was frustrating that they missed the delay of game on Murray when he cleared the puck straight into the net out of play, and then they called that bogus penalty on Stralman a few seconds later.
pewterpirates wrote:That was my feeling as soon as the Conference Finals were set up. I'd take the Pens/Bolts to beat either the Blues/Sharks.
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