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03-15-2012, 09:10 PM
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Thank you MSG for showing every Penguins goal again before each and ever commercial break... F***ERS!

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Stepan has been invisible or terrible for too long. He's just making horrible decisions when he has the puck lately.
Agreed, he is looking too much for the lateral pass instead of the shooting lane. He had one shift where he was on the half wall and had huge skating lane into the slot. Instead of skating the puck and trying a wrist shot. He tried to do a very poor lateral pass. I don't know what is with his decision making lately.

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You want something really alarming? Stepan is absolute dumpster scum without Gaborik on his wing.

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And what scoring was available?
Rick Nash... at the cost of Dubinsky, 3 tops prospects, and a 1st round pick. It's a high price, Nash has what 22 goals more than Dubinsky...

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I keep reading about this injury excuse. Where was the excuse when we played injured Penguins teams and still lost. The Penguins without Letang and Crosby just won 9 in a row before this one.
Agreed. And beyond Neal-Geno-Kunitz, the Pens lines changed a lot, Sid was moved around a lot, it looked to me like they were feeling things out. Getting Crosby back after a million games doesn't really count as an advantage IMO. He's not firing on all cylinders yet and the Pens PP didn't look as cohesive as it usually does with his addition.

It's bad when Matt Cooke scores on us twice. I don't care who's in the net... come on, man.

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The team put forth a pretty good effort. They are hurting physically and mentally. I cannot fault their character tonight, their ability and execution perhaps.

I'm looking forward to what little things I hope I can look forward to:

1. Michael Del Zotto returning in good enough health to resume his game
2. Henrik showing the benefit of his reduced workload and a full recovery from the flu (whatever the flu really is these days, hopefully only that)
3. Players who have proven themselves this season, but are making mistakes regularly, find a way to reduce the errors.
4. Dubinsky, who has done squat all season, to back up his words about doing something.

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This game really shows how Sather failed at the deadline. He didn't add a defenseman and he didn't add any scoring. I'm not talking about Nash, but he needed to add to this team some depth. The 3rd line is brutal and the 2nd and 3rd pairing right side D is clearly lacking.
Who would you have traded for and at what price? Did you see what guys were going for at the deadline? I'd rather save our 1st rounder than to have lost it in some questionable acquisition.

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03-15-2012, 09:12 PM
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You want something really alarming? Stepan is absolute dumpster scum without Gaborik on his wing.
Lol, Stepan did just fine last season with a Gabby down year. He doesn't need Gabby on his line to produce.

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Stepan sure disappears on the ice for long stretches... Occasionally he will come up with a clutch goal but the team really needs to see more from him on a consistent basis, regardless of whether or not it results in points on the scoresheet... He needs to make more of a difference out there....

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Lol, Stepan did just fine last season with a Gabby down year. He doesn't need Gabby on his line to produce.
I haven't heard Stepans name on a broadcast since Gaborik was moved to Richard's wing.

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There was nothing out there. Paul ****ing Gaustad brought back a first round pick as a rental. Making a deal at the deadline would've required giving up significant young assets. No thanks.



Where he belongs is the AHL, which is where he'll be when our defense is this next year:

Staal-Girardi
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Got to admit though Gaustad would help us A LOT. In the long term, though, its not great trade. I really feel that third line center position is a MAJOR hole.

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This game really shows how Sather failed at the deadline. He didn't add a defenseman and he didn't add any scoring. I'm not talking about Nash, but he needed to add to this team some depth. The 3rd line is brutal and the 2nd and 3rd pairing right side D is clearly lacking.
I can understand what you are saying, but it really does come down to what you want to give. Sather has enough self-awareness to know what his downfall has been over the years - trading away young talent for players who have proven themselves elsewhere.

Who thought that this was a year for a Cup run? I like Nash and would like to see him a Blueshirt, but I just don't know if it is that clearcut.

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I actually think Dubinsky had a decent game tonight, he was generating offense, but, as has been the story for most of the season, he can't buy a goal.

Stepan's game is starting to fall off a cliff and he doesn't look so good without Gaborik on his wing. McDonagh is not the same player he was earlier in the season. The Boyle line is not as effective as it once was. I'm having doubts if the team can make a deep run at this point.

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Stepan sure disappears on the ice for long stretches... Occasionally he will come up with a clutch goal but the team really needs to see more from him on a consistent basis, regardless of whether or not it results in points on the scoresheet... He needs to make more of a difference out there....
Stepan has been playing with AA and Dubi who have all been invisible as of late. I really would like to see Stepan and Zucc reunited, preferably with Dubinsky, NOT mitchell!

As others suggested maybe playing Erixon with fresh legs and cutting McD's icetime down to third pair minutes will allow him to get his game back. I am also worried about Staal smashing his head on the ice when Girardi bumped into him. Lets hope he and AA are okay.

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Got to admit though Gaustad would help us A LOT. In the long term, though, its not great trade. I really feel that third line center position is a MAJOR hole.
If we really want him he's a free agent after this season

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Defense was absolutely brutal tonight.

McDonagh stood out pretty badly. Just terrible and Gaborik on that one goal was just sleeping. Defense has really fallen of a cliff here. Really hoping this is just a bad stretch.
Defense and goalie. Biron was bouncing all the pucks to all sides today and defense can't cater to him all 60 minutes. Without Henrik this team has no chance in first round.

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Lol, Stepan did just fine last season with a Gabby down year. He doesn't need Gabby on his line to produce.
While that's an obvious exaggeration, he's right. Stepan started to make bad plays, and then Gaborik was moved on a line with Richards. Since then Stepan's play has worsened even more still.

I am confident Stepan will find his game again, but lately the kid is just looking like he has never played the game before in his life.

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Stepan has been playing with AA and Dubi who have all been invisible as of late. I really would like to see Stepan and Zucc reunited, preferably with Dubinsky, NOT mitchell!

As others suggested maybe playing Erixon with fresh legs and cutting McD's icetime down to third pair minutes will allow him to get his game back. I am also worried about Staal smashing his head on the ice when Girardi bumped into him. Lets hope he and AA are okay.
What exactly makes Dubinsky any better than Mitchell right now?

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Stepan has been playing with AA and Dubi who have all been invisible as of late. I really would like to see Stepan and Zucc reunited, preferably with Dubinsky, NOT mitchell!

As others suggested maybe playing Erixon with fresh legs and cutting McD's icetime down to third pair minutes will allow him to get his game back. I am also worried about Staal smashing his head on the ice when Girardi bumped into him. Lets hope he and AA are okay.
However the AA - Stepan - Gabby line went cold a few games before Stepan got moved off that line.... You just don't notice him frequently enough out there on the offensive side of things. He needs to create more out on the ice, either for himself or with his vision with the puck... Not saying it needs to result in goals but I'd like to see some more scoring chances generated.....

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Rick Nash... at the cost of Dubinsky, 3 tops prospects, and a 1st round pick. It's a high price, Nash has what 22 goals more than Dubinsky...
He said besides Nash.

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I actually think Dubinsky had a decent game tonight, he was generating offense, but, as has been the story for most of the season, he can't buy a goal.

Stepan's game is starting to fall off a cliff and he doesn't look so good without Gaborik on his wing. McDonagh is not the same player he was earlier in the season. The Boyle line is not as effective as it once was. I'm having doubts if the team can make a deep run at this point.
stepan is fine its only his second season he isnt supposed to be our #1 center thats why we signed richards. McD is also in his 2nd season and he has shown that he can be an outstanding defender. boyle that line hasnt really been anything this year. no one thought we would be in first we all believe this is just the beginning of the rangers cup window

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If we really want him he's a free agent after this season
What I want is JT Mitchell. But I doubt he is ready yet.

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Stepan has been playing with AA and Dubi who have all been invisible as of late. I really would like to see Stepan and Zucc reunited, preferably with Dubinsky, NOT mitchell!

As others suggested maybe playing Erixon with fresh legs and cutting McD's icetime down to third pair minutes will allow him to get his game back. I am also worried about Staal smashing his head on the ice when Girardi bumped into him. Lets hope he and AA are okay.
Stepan, Anisimov and Dubinsky need a creative source on their line. Without it, they are lost. Torts should stop looking at the past season and give the team new, creative faces. There is no need to keep non-producing turnover machines on the team now.

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Needs to fill to be legit contender 2 or 3 wings who can score 15-20 and a real 3rd line center . Brian Boyle is a good 4 C fill in 3C but having him play 15-17 m a night means your team lacks depth .

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Agreed. And beyond Neal-Geno-Kunitz, the Pens lines changed a lot, Sid was moved around a lot, it looked to me like they were feeling things out. Getting Crosby back after a million games doesn't really count as an advantage IMO. He's not firing on all cylinders yet and the Pens PP didn't look as cohesive as it usually does with his addition.

It's bad when Matt Cooke scores on us twice. I don't care who's in the net... come on, man.
I'll give the Rangers one break, he did have 4 points against the Islanders after an even lengthier period of time off.

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