Playoff Discussion Thread VIII - Second Round Match-ups Set
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04-20-2012, 06:38 PM
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I've stated the point before. The Preds win many games on the basis of Rinne alone. Or at least Rinne with the help of Suter and Weber. The Preds in past seasons have often been outplayed badly and with a popgun offense that would make the 1995 Oilers look good.
Phoenix has employed the exact same strategy that Nashville did last year against Vancouver, the one that drove you nuts. Extremely passive, block a bunch of shots, hope for a turnover and a garbage goal.
Also, its been the Hawks being exceedingly lucky just to get to OT 3 times in this series. Its not like its the Yotes getting freaking lucky scoring in the last few seconds.
The Yotes have opened themselves up to getting scored on in the final seconds by trying to nurse home one-goal leads for too long. When you let the opposition attack without pushback, eventually they're going to score.
And if we're going to talk about luck, it's pretty obvious who's been on the receiving end of almost all of it. Two of the weakest OT goals you will ever see, the no call on Torres injuring Hossa, the Shaw suspension, the bogus early wistle that cost the Hawks a goal last night, and the overall putrid level of officiating that has favoured Phoenix at almost every turn.
The Hawks problem is the hawks problem and in a nutshell being guilty of not matching effort in any of the games. If the Hawks lose this series I don't know how they can look in the mirror. Since their SC effort they've been a bit complacent and not leaving everything on the ice. The reason they lost against Vancouver last year as well. Just the other team wanting it more. Thats inexcusable with the talent on this Hawks team. They should be ashamed.
They should be ashamed of themselves, I definitely agree with this. If they played as hard against the Coyotes as they do against Vancouver, Detroit, and the like, this series would likely be 3-1 in their favour by now, despite all the crap that's worked against them. Sharp and Stalberg have been total no-shows, and Keith, Toews, and Kane have left much to be desired as well. Seabrook, Bickell, and Frolik (a healthy scratch in the first two games!) have been their three best players up to this point, and that won't win you many playoff series.
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