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03-23-2012, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by AlphaQUp View Post
I'd love for the Pens to have to face Philly in the 1st round. Pens may still win but they'd be limping into the 2nd round.
It is not the Hockey, or especially "TSN/CBC's", way to say that luck is a part of it -- but it most certainly is.

And part of "luck" is to play the right team at the right time. There are so many examples -- but look at the 05/06 PO's.

Ottawa were CRAZY good that year, on paper atleast (Forwards in their prime: Alfie, Heatly, Spezza, Havlat, Fisher, Schaefer, Vermette, Kelly, Neil, Eaves and Smolinske; Chara on defense, along with Philips, Redden before his worst fall, Mezaros, Volchenko; Hasek in the net).

Buffalo, also really good, they really got everything together, 3 lines that scored like nuts etc, got on a heck of a tear and beat a pretty weak Philly team but also sent Ottawa packing and they were tremendous in that series.

But Buffalo's D's went down one by one. And when Carolina played them, they were just broken down pretty much completely. Guys like McKee played but couldn't skate and so forth.

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