Devils might have had the easiest road to the Finals in a long time.
Awful Florida half-rebuild team.
Defenseless Flyers with a headcase in net.
Overachieving Rangers with half a line-up full of overpaid ghosts.
If the Kings don't win in 5 or 6 I'll be shocked.
The 6th seed is ridiculous. The fact that the Devils were playing at their best going into the playoffs as a 6th seed against a team who they had way more points than was the perfect setup for them. Then the Flyers beating the Pens and it was clear sailing until this series. The Rangers were cooked, no matter how much Torts won't admit it, they truly were. They couldn't play their best for more than a period or so. They dropped off drastically in March, it's not a coincidence.
Anybody else really really pissed about all of the diving **** that the devils pulled all series?
Its really annoying the **** out of me that the two teams that made it to the finals were the two teams that acted and dove like *****es. Teams are going to realize this and start diving non-stop and soon we are gonna be watching a sport like soccer or basketball. If the officiating isnt changed, this sport will straight up suck.
I don't blame the officials too much, it is a fast game and stuff is easily missed. You see a stick up high inches away from someones face who then shoots his head back like he was shot and you have to make that call. Also depends on the angle of the ref.
What I would like to see is for the league to go back and review obvious ones like the high stick or the Hagelin trip in the first. Tapping someone on the top of his skates will not make him fall over. Fine or suspend players for that kind of nonesense and it will end real fast.
Although that is pretty optimistic seeing as how the league can't even figure out how to deal with headshots.
With all that said and starting to process things I am really impressed with NJ. Even though Brodeur looks awkward in goal and their defense is suspect at times they have incredible forward depth and great team defense. It was a good battle but they got us off our game and their forecheck got to us. Maybe fatigue was an issue but I'm not making an excuse and won't use that.
Three unheralded moves he made this season helped NJ beat the Rangers in this series. He realized the team could use more size on its bottom six so he claimed Ryan Carter off waivers, traded for Ponikarovsky and signed Bernier. The Devils size at forward helped them pound the crap out of the Rangers in this series, and Carter scored some goals too. It was a tough series just to watch with the strength of their forecheck.
Yeah, we got beat by the better team in the series...1st line did not show, Richards had to deal with a ****** Gaborik and he couldnt score either and Marty came up big.
But screw the Devils and actually the Kings deserve their first Stanley Cup and alot of likeable guys there
(Kopitar, Quick)...Go deny this feeling again for the Devils fans and have them go fishing with us.
its time like these were we find out how much each of us care
i feel sick, real legit sickness right now, coming this far to lose in overtime is beyond the word SUCKS
i see some of you saying "whatever we will get them next year", comments like that make me think "this guy doesn't care as much as me"
if your going on with your night normally like nothing happened you must not be much of a fan
i follow this team, i watched every second of every playoff game, and atleast 60 regular season games, and the ones i miss i get live updates, in the off season i follow every single dam day
it just maddens me how some of you have this "whatever" attitude
Each fan reacts differently. I'm more like you, I take it hard at the end of the season. I can not take the 'Whatever' approach. But some people can. But I hate the people who say "It's only a game" "Why do you care so much your not on the team". What some people don't understand that a lot of us LOVE this team, and live and die with them. THis is MORE then just a game to us, I can't just go to sleep and say **** it, what ever lets move on with my life. It will take me a week or so. Again most of us LOVE our teams, and its more then a game to us.