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04-16-2012, 10:07 AM
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The point of skating Laich with Ovechkin is to play Backstrom with Semin against inferior defense. The strategy is a good one in my opinion. Ovechkin is always a threat for solo heroics no matter who is on him. The problem is Semin and Backstrom. They need to be much better on their break ins and especially on their cycle.
I don't disagree with the strategy in general, but Laich's been miserable in the faceoff dot for the last month. That's contained Ovechkin's offensive game completely to the rush, and forced way too much defensive zone time. The offensive zone starts he's getting don't amount to anything because Boston is clearing the zone almost immediately. Get Perreault or Backstrom on the line to win some draws. I'd prefer Backstrom, because we've seen good chemistry between 85 and 28.

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I don't disagree with the strategy in general, but Laich's been miserable in the faceoff dot for the last month. That's contained Ovechkin's offensive game completely to the rush, and forced way too much defensive zone time. The offensive zone starts he's getting don't amount to anything because Boston is clearing the zone almost immediately. Get Perreault or Backstrom on the line to win some draws. I'd prefer Backstrom, because we've seen good chemistry between 85 and 28.
I figure they assume they're going to lose the faceoff to Bergeron most of the time regardless, so might as well let Laich be the sacrificial lamb there.

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I just wish we had Bryan Murray behind the bench again......miss those dump/chase with a 1 goal lead tactics (actually that sounds a lot like DH)....so damn, wish we had Terry Murray....miss him and his more aggressive than his brother forecheck and ability to get the team out of the 2nd round...oh hell with that, give me Shony! I would skate through a wall for that guy as he said "we are the best team in the league and we know it" attitude.....I mean c'mon.....the guy coached them over Pitt, cleary the best coach ever....err...scratch that and give me Wilson, his odd little ways, and getting to the Finals....

give me anyone other than our current players/coaches/managemet/ownership

that cover it?

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I just wish we had Bryan Murray behind the bench again......miss those dump/chase with a 1 goal lead tactics (actually that sounds a lot like DH)....so damn, wish we had Terry Murray....miss him and his more aggressive than his brother forecheck and ability to get the team out of the 2nd round...oh hell with that, give me Shony! I would skate through a wall for that guy as he said "we are the best team in the league and we know it" attitude.....I mean c'mon.....the guy coached them over Pitt, cleary the best coach ever....err...scratch that and give me Wilson, his odd little ways, and getting to the Finals....

give me anyone other than our current players/coaches/managemet/ownership

that cover it?
So you're happy with the team mascot?

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I don't disagree with the strategy in general, but Laich's been miserable in the faceoff dot for the last month. That's contained Ovechkin's offensive game completely to the rush, and forced way too much defensive zone time. The offensive zone starts he's getting don't amount to anything because Boston is clearing the zone almost immediately. Get Perreault or Backstrom on the line to win some draws. I'd prefer Backstrom, because we've seen good chemistry between 85 and 28.
I would like Backstrom kept off the first line just for balance sake, but I have no problem moving Perreault up.

I also think that part of the strategy is for that top line to eventually break Boston's top defensive unit. Granted, Laich isn't pulling his weight there either, but at least he is capable of it.

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I figure they assume they're going to lose the faceoff to Bergeron most of the time regardless, so might as well let Laich be the sacrificial lamb there.
They're also banking that Laich can mitigate the risks of losing the faceoff by playing excellent defense. Perreault should get some offensive zone starts with Ovie though.

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Perreault is better defensively than Laich at center. By a considerable margin as far as I'm concerned. Laich tries, but he just isn't good.

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The point of skating Laich with Ovechkin is to play Backstrom with Semin against inferior defense. The strategy is a good one in my opinion. Ovechkin is always a threat for solo heroics no matter who is on him. The problem is Semin and Backstrom. They need to be much better on their break ins and especially on their cycle.
Agree. Its all about the matchups. And surprise, surprise...something BB NEVER understood. NEVER.

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Chara (and even Seidenburg) looked exhausted in game 2 toward the end of the 3rd. Shadowing OV for one game is tough enough, but it will be interesting to see the additive effect of absorbing an OV pound-fest 3-4-5-6-7 games in a row. I think OV noticeably wears him down starting tonight..

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What is going on??? people are pulling for MP to be 1st line center in a playoff game. Not long ago the majority of of the board thought he didnt belong in the NHL.

anyways I dont think he can phyicaly handle the beating he would take from chara on that line

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What is going on??? people are pulling for MP to be 1st line center in a playoff game. Not long ago the majority of of the board thought he didnt belong in the NHL.
He has played his ass off and produced. I was wrong about him and I'm happy that I was.

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I just wish we had Bryan Murray behind the bench again......miss those dump/chase with a 1 goal lead tactics (actually that sounds a lot like DH)....so damn, wish we had Terry Murray....miss him and his more aggressive than his brother forecheck and ability to get the team out of the 2nd round...oh hell with that, give me Shony! I would skate through a wall for that guy as he said "we are the best team in the league and we know it" attitude.....I mean c'mon.....the guy coached them over Pitt, cleary the best coach ever....err...scratch that and give me Wilson, his odd little ways, and getting to the Finals....

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Agree. Its all about the matchups. And surprise, surprise...something BB NEVER understood. NEVER.
And there you go, Mothra.

Perfect example of what I was saying. I didn't bring anything up.

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Free for all: Ovie party pictures and making fun of his party habits because that is what make him fat.

Off Limits: Thomas's comments and anything that would make fun of them.
Related but not: I will say that a lot of what's come out of Boston, both from B's fans and media, has been pleasantly surprising. A lot of people saying that they love Ovi and his style of play, would love him on the Bruins. One article even went as far as to call him a "lunch-pail superstar". It's practically effusive. After months of nothing but negative media, it's kind of nice. Nothing about poor leadership, hard partying, no comparisons to Crosby...

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What is going on??? people are pulling for MP to be 1st line center in a playoff game. Not long ago the majority of of the board thought he didnt belong in the NHL.

anyways I dont think he can phyicaly handle the beating he would take from chara on that line

Yeah I think thats the only reason why MP is not getting time on the 1st line. Chara v. MP would be huge mismatch. He's already on his butt enough as it is....

Im a MP fan, but he's fine where he's at.

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Agree. Its all about the matchups. And surprise, surprise...something BB NEVER understood. NEVER.
Except when he did? I mean, Ovi relentlessly wearing down Staal and Girardi was a big part of the reason the Caps beat the Rags last year. You think that was a matchup dictated only by Torts, even during the games in DC?

Not saying I wouldn't have liked him to use them a little better, but matchups are a double edged sword. It's led to some moronic icetime distributions at times, and it's worked out well at others.

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My seats are 3 rows behind the net we shoot on twice.

Anyone want to conjure up a funny photoshopped image I could print at a Kinkos to hold up.

It's gotta be Obama / Thomas related tho.

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Also some others over at RMNB. http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks...h-signs-masks/

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on the positive sign we debuted the new #15 Mustangs Plus Mustang with the Washington Capitals in Savannah, GA on Saturday. So, we are 1 and 0.




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My seats are 3 rows behind the net we shoot on twice.

Anyone want to conjure up a funny photoshopped image I could print at a Kinkos to hold up.

It's gotta be Obama / Thomas related tho.

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Bring a bunch of these to the game. And hand them out....

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/buy...oogle_Seasonal

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Bring a bunch of these to the game. And hand them out....

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/buy...oogle_Seasonal
I might buy this, but its not sold in stores.

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The point of skating Laich with Ovechkin is to play Backstrom with Semin against inferior defense. The strategy is a good one in my opinion. Ovechkin is always a threat for solo heroics no matter who is on him. The problem is Semin and Backstrom. They need to be much better on their break ins and especially on their cycle.
Yes and no. While I agree with the premise, I think we should have MP85 with Ovechkin, and Chimera. (or Majo). Let Laich play with Brouwer and Ward and create a super checking/hitting 3rd line.

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Knuble should be playing for his size and "screenability". Heck, I'd play him with Ovechkin and let Chimera play with Hendo and Beagle.

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And there you go, Mothra.

Perfect example of what I was saying. I didn't bring anything up.
of course......its always someone else, I can dig it.....as for game 3, what they really need is Ryan Walter to take some of these draws.....or even Oates

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on the positive sign we debuted the new #15 Mustangs Plus Mustang with the Washington Capitals in Savannah, GA on Saturday. So, we are 1 and 0.
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So that's where Halpern went!

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The point of skating Laich with Ovechkin is to play Backstrom with Semin against inferior defense. The strategy is a good one in my opinion. Ovechkin is always a threat for solo heroics no matter who is on him. The problem is Semin and Backstrom. They need to be much better on their break ins and especially on their cycle.

The Same Ovechkin who has what....1 goal in 15 matchups with Chara?

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I just wish we had Bryan Murray behind the bench again......miss those dump/chase with a 1 goal lead tactics (actually that sounds a lot like DH)....so damn, wish we had Terry Murray....miss him and his more aggressive than his brother forecheck and ability to get the team out of the 2nd round...oh hell with that, give me Shony! I would skate through a wall for that guy as he said "we are the best team in the league and we know it" attitude.....I mean c'mon.....the guy coached them over Pitt, cleary the best coach ever....err...scratch that and give me Wilson, his odd little ways, and getting to the Finals....

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why the rant? Not sure there is a lot of *****ing going on here.....or maybe I just dont see it anymore

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