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12-18-2007, 10:15 PM
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Is this the climax of the season

This is the team I longed to see. A nice high scoring game. A shutout. A fantastic first line with a +6 Rating (I don't like +/- in terms of predictability, but +6 is pretty darn high).

Dubinsky still is playing strong on the third line, and that's his strong point, he's just got to invigorate the other youths on his line to contribute, strong skating!

Dawes, couple of good chances, saw a side of him that I never saw before, he was fiesty and hitting people hard on the boards, even got Crosbinator a little rattled.

Drury and Gomer were worth their money today and I was waiting for this all along. If anyone even thinks about changing the first line they better watch out, because you'll get a flogging from me.

Defense=excellent.Staal made some good plays, Girardi, Strudwick, and Rosival was on his offensive and defensive game. 4th line was fiesty.

On top of it, Renney looked pissed and serious all along and gave some extra emotion tonight, all the way to the end, even though we were obliterating them. Please, please continue this in the long stretch.

Now I can rest in peace and study for my MCAT's and then watch them stroll quickly into the playoffs! Let's keep the momentum

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12-18-2007, 10:35 PM
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Nice effort. Pittsburgh was apparently roughed up by the flu, but a very nice win nonetheless.

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12-18-2007, 10:39 PM
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Once Avery comes back the 2nd line will be much better. Right now it's lacking someone who can carry the puck and set up plays. Avery is perfect for that line.

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I don't think today was a very good test

If they can keep this up against Minnesota and Ottawa then we have something. This team has just been way too inconsistent this season for us to say anything definite right now

Sorry to be pessimistic. I'll be happy if we can maintain at least a .500 or better winning percentage until the all-star break.

Basically the potential is there, but we need to see a little more

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I don't think today was a very good test

If they can keep this up against Minnesota and Ottawa then we have something. This team has just been way too inconsistent this season for us to say anything definite right now

Sorry to be pessimistic. I'll be happy if we can maintain at least a .500 or better winning percentage until the all-star break.

Basically the potential is there, but we need to see a little more
Agreed, happy - but not convinced yet.

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12-18-2007, 10:46 PM
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its one game against a team that looked like total crap.

but we played well, it was a solid effort.

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12-18-2007, 10:47 PM
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Once Avery comes back the 2nd line will be much better. Right now it's lacking someone who can carry the puck and set up plays. Avery is perfect for that line.
Maybe so...but I'm still not sold on Avery as a 2nd liner. To me he's a great 3rd, and a marginal 2nd.

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12-18-2007, 10:54 PM
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I missed most of the game...

Gomez centered Straka and Jagr? The line that I've been calling for all year? Hopefully these guys develop some chemistry, and keep the momentum going. This is the line I've envisioned tearing up the league since July 1st.

I wanted to watch Rangers in 60... but I missed almost all of that as well...

Not a good night for me, all-around.

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12-18-2007, 10:55 PM
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Maybe so...but I'm still not sold on Avery as a 2nd liner. To me he's a great 3rd, and a marginal 2nd.
Yeah, Hossa fits that spot much better.

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It was against a team that wasn't at full strength. Sure they had Crosby, Staal, and Malkin, but they had an AHL goalie and lots of players who aren't regulars. I think the next two games will be the true judgement to see if they are finally waking up or if this was a fluke win.

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12-18-2007, 11:14 PM
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Yeah, Hossa fits that spot much better.
I don't recall mentioning Hossa. And come to think of it, I don't believe Hossa was on the 2nd line tonight.

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Climax of the season I'd consider the final game of the finals... not a mid-season game that ended a losing streak (look at their record this month)... So, no - it is not the climax of anything.

Good game nonetheless.

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12-19-2007, 12:02 AM
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Maybe so...but I'm still not sold on Avery as a 2nd liner. To me he's a great 3rd, and a marginal 2nd.
I'm no Avery groupie, but the guy can play...he instantly makes that second line better. His puck possession, transition speed, physicality, with skill make an irreplaceable package.

He's one of those players who you just shouldn't say great x line, marginal x line.

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12-19-2007, 12:16 AM
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i think these lines would make the team a lot better:

jagr-gomez-straka
avery-drury-shanahan
dawes-dubinsky-callahan
hossa-betts-prucha/hollweg

of course once we make the playoffs because we will need orr for the rest of the regular season

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12-19-2007, 12:23 AM
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the rangers as a team are fighting the flu as well........so i would say its fair

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12-19-2007, 12:36 AM
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i have to say... shanahan's not doing it for me. he doesn't have the legs. there were a few times tonite where he either had to double back cos he couldn't even try to beat the defence or a pass he couldn't get to, or a race for the puck where he'd give up...i respect him but he's getting old for the rangers style of play now. sure he's got experience but i think we need legs, power, do-or-die agressive play more than we need an experienced vet who's somewhat limited in all around ability.

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12-19-2007, 12:46 AM
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i have to say... shanahan's not doing it for me. he doesn't have the legs. there were a few times tonite where he either had to double back cos he couldn't even try to beat the defence or a pass he couldn't get to, or a race for the puck where he'd give up...i respect him but he's getting old for the rangers style of play now. sure he's got experience but i think we need legs, power, do-or-die agressive play more than we need an experienced vet who's somewhat limited in all around ability.
Totally disagree. Once we're in the offensive zone, Shanny is the best player on the team at getting to the right spot at the right time. He reads the game so so well. He's an above average penalty killer and his release and accuracy are still near the top of the league. He's not as fast as he once was, but he's not really slow. Malik is slow. There are much slower players all around the league. He can be trusted in all three zones and rarely turns the puck over without being forced. He's one of the guys I want out there when the game is on the line. Either winning by 1 or losing by 1, or tied, he's one of the 5 or 6 players I'd be putting out there in the final minute. Shanny is a proven big-game player.

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12-19-2007, 03:46 AM
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Maybe so...but I'm still not sold on Avery as a 2nd liner. To me he's a great 3rd, and a marginal 2nd.
I love Avery but I'll agree with that.

In a perfect world, Avery would be on the 3rd line and he would be awesome. But worlds arent perfect, so...................

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12-19-2007, 07:00 AM
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It's definitely not the Climax, and it wasn't that good of a game for Jagr, he set some things up obviously and was +2 but I'd say it was for average for the big man.

It seemed like he gave it away all the time and 75% of his shots went wide, but regardless....

I disagree about all this "Pens were dogging it" bullcrap, we simply outplayed them by a wide wide margin and I'm not convinced that we're back to our 10-2 streak of hockey, but I am definitely convinced that we absolutely dominated this game, and this would of been the same mindset had it been any other team, (except Detroit..)

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12-19-2007, 07:38 AM
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I definitely have to give props to the Rags last night for a well-played game.

One of the worst, most uninspired efforts I've seen recently from the Pens. Flu or no flu, our team needs to mail-order about 20 sets of testicles.

Bunch of flippin' Vaginas is putting it nicely.

BTW, what's up with Jags? He hasn't looked like himself at all from what I've seen this year.

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12-19-2007, 08:29 AM
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I don't recall mentioning Hossa. And come to think of it, I don't believe Hossa was on the 2nd line tonight.
Hossa was on the 2nd line before Renney switched them up for last night. You're saying to keep Dawes on the 2nd and Hossa on the 3rd?

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I definitely have to give props to the Rags last night for a well-played game.

One of the worst, most uninspired efforts I've seen recently from the Pens. Flu or no flu, our team needs to mail-order about 20 sets of testicles.

Bunch of flippin' Vaginas is putting it nicely.

BTW, what's up with Jags? He hasn't looked like himself at all from what I've seen this year.
Jagr has been slumping. He hasn't found chemistry with any of our centers and hasn't been able to get anything going for himself.

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12-20-2007, 09:17 PM
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I have bad karma. There isn't going to be a climax of a season +5 goals right now for Gaborik. I'm about to curl up and cry in my closet.

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12-20-2007, 09:26 PM
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yea seriously, talk about a jynx. What is the deal with this game, naturally gaborik is unbelievable, but please, where is the discipline and pk?

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This team as of right now is an 8th place team at best. They better hope they get their **** together for the 2nd half. Need our boy Avery back, as sad as it sounds, he's the team.

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