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PaulProteus 02-03-2013 11:49 AM

Hurricanes @ Maple Leafs | Feb 4, 2013 | Click & Gel? Or Gel & Click?
 
Loss to the Flyers? After a night to sleep on it I realize: I'm not even mad.

I'm not at all disappointed that we lost a game against arguably one of the biggest flounder stories in the East the night after beating the Sens. After all, it's so totally typical to lose the 2nd half of two games in two days if we discount that the Flyers had played another terribad game themselves the night before against the Caps. Missing Simmonds and Hartnell and on a 3 game skid? *****, please. I'm tired of hearing all these excuses about how we should have won that game in Philly.

Once our most talented forwards start clicking and gelling, our top two -- and possibly even our third line -- will be a handful for most teams. There hasn't been a lot of click with Jokinen yet on the gel third line

Our power play? I wouldn't even want to be an opposing PK unit once Semin and Staal are gelling and clicking, which is looking like March at the earliest.

Penalty killing? Whoa nellie. These Canes are a team who commit a metric **** ton of penalties (mostly invisible, and always 100% stupid), but thanks to gelling and clicking together early this band of merry PK brothers has played remarkably well once you subtract last night's 0-3 effort against the anemic Fliers PP!

Defense? Please. All these guys need is a little more time to see how their pairings are gelling, and patience waiting for them to click. Most of this gelling is going to involve rediscovering just how utterly terrible Joe Corvo is at hockey and how out of shape Jamie McBain is.

Goaltending... Please, let's not even go there. Cam Ward and Dan Ellis had breakfast together in Philadelphia at the hotel yesterday morning, and Tripp Tracy witnessed this gel and click act himself. (Which reminds me, we need the mods to figure out a way to create a "Confirmed with Tripp Tracy" prefix.)

Teammate camaraderie. Camaraderie among teammates. This hockey **** doesn't just gel up and start clicking overnight. We have a remodeled locker room and an NHL caliber heavy in Kevin Westgarth (who is bad at hockey) to incorporate into our gel mix. Andreas Nodl? He forgot about gel while he was down in Charlotte. Boychuk took his gel which was on the verge of clicking on a one-way ticket to Pittsburgh.

I encourage patience at every turn as we juggle lines mid-game and anxiously await players to click.

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Game notes:

The Hurricanes were 3-0-1 against the Leafs last year, which was pretty good, right? I mean, we lost OT games quite a bit/almost always.

Jay Harrison had two goals against the Leafs, which was revenge for giving up on him, or perhaps not realizing he's a good interview guy.

Phil Kessel is a total mess this season. Did you know he has 36 shots on the year, which leads the NHL? Did you also know that he has zero goals to go with those 36 shots, which makes him ripe for going bananas against us? I'm no fantasy sports guru, but acquire him immediately.

Gelling and clicking is upon us. So far we've been doing lots more gelling than we have clicking, but it's coming.

1.) Gel.
2.) Click.
3.) ???
4.) Rebuild year. Or playoffs. Pick one.

HisIceness 02-03-2013 12:12 PM

I remember that time in 2002 when we upset the purists and traditionalists and won the Eastern Conference against the Maple Leafs.

Oh and 5-1 loss. Kessel Hat trick. Staal useless late 3rd period goal. 0-7 on the PP, Toronto 5-5 on it. Fire Maurice.

CanesAvs16 02-03-2013 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulProteus (Post 58962543)
I encourage patience at every turn as we juggle lines mid-game and anxiously await players to click.

Because this is going to help us win games :shakehead

PaulProteus 02-03-2013 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iluvhockey987 (Post 58964665)
Because this is going to help us win games :shakehead

I apologize that you misinterpreted. I was not being serious in any way.

Er, well, not non-sarcastic serious anyway.

CanesAvs16 02-03-2013 02:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulProteus (Post 58967173)
I apologize that you misinterpreted. I was not being serious in any way.

Er, well, not non-sarcastic serious anyway.

No, my apologies, I was in the middle of reading a serious book for class when I typed this... apparently my sarcasm was lacking, but was totally intended :)

Carolinas Identity 02-03-2013 02:48 PM

Hurricanes blow Leafs away.

HisIceness 02-03-2013 03:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jussi Trollinen (Post 58973953)
Hurricanes blow Leafs away.

Indeed.

Carolinas Identity 02-03-2013 03:17 PM

We must aquire his special power!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...psfcdc34da.png

Anton Bubdobin 02-03-2013 03:49 PM


La Huracanista 02-03-2013 04:31 PM

Jokinen gets a point and Tlusty and Bowman get goals.

8-3 defeat. Kessel with 8 goals.

impeach estaalo 02-03-2013 04:44 PM

Whoever is named first star for the Leafs will be acquired by the Hurricanes within the next year.

Wild Caniac 02-03-2013 06:06 PM

It's my birthday. We aren't losing. Jokinen gets a hat trick, 5-1 win.

HisIceness 02-03-2013 06:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wild Caniac (Post 58990417)
It's my birthday. We aren't losing. Jokinen gets a hat trick, 5-1 win.

You left out the part where Jokinen gets traded to the Leafs. :sarcasm:

w e l o s t b o y s 02-03-2013 06:21 PM

League worst combined PP and PK with 80.8%

with the amount of penalties called this year they really need to get this gelling

gel

Joe McGrath 02-03-2013 08:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stahl2Stall (Post 58991101)
League worst combined PP and PK with 80.8%

with the amount of penalties called this year they really need to get this gelling

gel

This tells the story right here. This team is 4-3 or 5-2 if their special teams didnt suck so hard. Of course they do so it doesn't matter.

Yes We Cam 02-03-2013 08:28 PM

I will flip out if we lose this game

tarheelhockey 02-03-2013 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PaulProteus (Post 58962543)
(Which reminds me, we need the mods to figure out a way to create a "Confirmed with Tripp Tracy" prefix.)

Does HF have some sort of suggestion box we can stuff with this idea?

Roboturner913 02-04-2013 01:32 AM

I, also, can't wait to see what happens when Semin starts gelling. :towel:

And even though I'm not usually one to get very worked up about early-season games, this is a fairly big one. Win this, you get to .500 and hopefully can build from there. Lose and you've got yourself a pretty big hill to climb just to get back to spitting distance of the 9/10 spots.

Carolinas Identity 02-04-2013 03:33 AM

Semin scores 5 goals just to troll Don Cherry. May or may not slide half the length of the ice after his 5th makes the game 9-2 with three minutes left.

NorthStar4Canes 02-04-2013 05:44 AM

Muller trolls Canes HFboards/causes meltdown when Chad moved to 2nd line. Whiffs on 5, pots 2g (illegitimate). 5-1 loss that would never happen if only Boychuck-rhymes-with-Suck were there. Stupid JR, I hate this team.

Watershed 02-04-2013 05:47 AM

J staal gets 2. Camwardo plays well. Gleason may or may not have a superbowl hangover.

TheBigKahuna 02-04-2013 08:20 AM

12 and 53 get a goal each, Ward gives up 5.

bb99 02-04-2013 08:47 AM

The Leafs are the other team I love to see get destroyed after the Panthers. Heres to a big coming out party for Semin...

5-4 OT loss.

Novacane 02-04-2013 09:05 AM

Kessel doesn't have a goal yet? Guaranteed he'll score one tonight.

Joe McGrath 02-04-2013 09:14 AM

I had a dream last night that Pitkanen scored and I looked at TOI and he and McBain played 40 minutes a piece. Seems slightly far fetched.


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