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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    I must have missed all of the other wins in our last ten littered amongst those horrid losses against Michigan State and Penn State.

    An improved team would be winning several in a row. It was a good series. Nothing more.
    Right and I think we can be honest about how we got the result in this series, a bad OSU effort night 1 and Robson stealing night 2. And as we saw in the series you mentioned, Robson realistically won't be perfect every night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    I must have missed all of the other wins in our last ten littered amongst those horrid losses against Michigan State and Penn State.

    An improved team would be winning several in a row. It was a good series. Nothing more.
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

    Will the Gophers move up higher in the rankings than Ohio State drops?

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    Lol. Iím in that video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Lol. Iím in that video.
    Are you the guy flaggin' the "M"?

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    Lol good work DX

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rube View Post
    That's a red herring. They are actually in talks with Dean Blais.
    Very true. Thought it fit well with the title of the thread. Is this going to be the official part 2 thread now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunninwiththerods View Post
    Very true. Thought it fit well with the title of the thread. Is this going to be the official part 2 thread now?
    It was the first new thread, but will let the posters decide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rube View Post
    It was the first new thread, but will let the posters decide.
    I created the other thread thinking this would be a "supplement thread" like many Fire ________ threads that resurface at times. Sorry for the confusion Brent. This is the official season thread...Pt 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    I created the other thread thinking this would be a "supplement thread" like many Fire ________ threads that resurface at times. Sorry for the confusion Brent. This is the official season thread...Pt 2.
    And just in case anyone missed it, the "subtitle" is in complete jest of the Chicken Littles who might actually think that firing Motzko is the solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trixR4kids View Post
    Right and I think we can be honest about how we got the result in this series, a bad OSU effort night 1 and Robson stealing night 2. And as we saw in the series you mentioned, Robson realistically won't be perfect every night.
    Not sure I agree with that assessment. I think Friday's game was the best effort the Gophs have put forth in a while, maybe for the season. There were a number of times I noticed OSU forechecking hard where it took a number of passes clicking in a row and hustle by every player on the ice just to escape their zone, or the neutral zone. OSU wasn't sitting back. And when OSU possessed the puck, I saw a Gopher team where every player was pressing, often creating a turnover. I didn't see much of the standing around and reaching for pucks or leaving the third guy uncovered in the slot that has plagued this team for stretches of most games this season. They were winning puck battles based on hustle, not on OSU standing around. Nothing was easy that they did.

    Saturday wasn't quite the same effort and I think OSU did have more urgency, but for the first half of the game, I still feel like the Gophs pressured well. But they did start to go more into a defensive shell as the game went on and they got the big lead. Don't know how many times I saw a Gopher player in the third gain possession in their end, have time to hit a player with a pass, but instead just lob it out of the zone to get a clear. They started trying not to lose, rather than trying to win. They made their shots count though. That is the way hockey is. I fell like last weekend, while they didn't give the effort to get a win, the games still weren't as lopsided as the scores, but PSU just were hitting the shots those nights and MN wasn't.

    So I think more players than Robson deserve credit for these wins. I still think that, while maybe not a top 10 team talent-wise, this team is more skilled than their record indicates and can play with any team in the country if they put forth an effort like they did on Friday night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rube View Post
    And just in case anyone missed it, the "subtitle" is in complete jest of the Chicken Littles who might actually think that firing Motzko is the solution.
    1. You've already mentioned this multiple times.
    2. I haven't seen anyone suggesting he should be fired. One person questioning if Lucia was really that bad and if Motzko was really an improvement isn't the same as someone asking for him to be fired (at least that is what I remember). Even on GPL where there are a couple people who typically can't see any positive, I don't recall reading anyone suggesting this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    Not sure I agree with that assessment. I think Friday's game was the best effort the Gophs have put forth in a while, maybe for the season. There were a number of times I noticed OSU forechecking hard where it took a number of passes clicking in a row and hustle by every player on the ice just to escape their zone, or the neutral zone. OSU wasn't sitting back. And when OSU possessed the puck, I saw a Gopher team where every player was pressing, often creating a turnover. I didn't see much of the standing around and reaching for pucks or leaving the third guy uncovered in the slot that has plagued this team for stretches of most games this season. They were winning puck battles based on hustle, not on OSU standing around. Nothing was easy that they did.

    Saturday wasn't quite the same effort and I think OSU did have more urgency, but for the first half of the game, I still feel like the Gophs pressured well. But they did start to go more into a defensive shell as the game went on and they got the big lead. Don't know how many times I saw a Gopher player in the third gain possession in their end, have time to hit a player with a pass, but instead just lob it out of the zone to get a clear. They started trying not to lose, rather than trying to win. They made their shots count though. That is the way hockey is. I fell like last weekend, while they didn't give the effort to get a win, the games still weren't as lopsided as the scores, but PSU just were hitting the shots those nights and MN wasn't.

    So I think more players than Robson deserve credit for these wins. I still think that, while maybe not a top 10 team talent-wise, this team is more skilled than their record indicates and can play with any team in the country if they put forth an effort like they did on Friday night.
    I believe this to a very fair, and accurate, summary of the series. Well said, Koho. I am very anxious to see what happens this coming weekend. Based on what we saw against OSU, I'm optimistic that the Gophers will do well. We shall see.
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    1. You've already mentioned this multiple times.
    2. I haven't seen anyone suggesting he should be fired. One person questioning if Lucia was really that bad and if Motzko was really an improvement isn't the same as someone asking for him to be fired (at least that is what I remember). Even on GPL where there are a couple people who typically can't see any positive, I don't recall reading anyone suggesting this.
    I'm guessing it's from Twitter but that place is full of idiots so...

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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    I'm guessing it's from Twitter but that place is full of idiots so...
    Let it be clear: I do not do Twitter.
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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-2019: Fire Motzko

    I remember Motzko saying in an interview at the State Fair, "This team is going to surprise some people". Ya think? Surprised by sweeps of Notre Dame and Ohio State on the road and surprised by losses to Sparty, STL and Ferris St. I'm thinking split this weekend against ND in their final B1G series. If so, my early prediction is we play the Badgers at Mariucci in the first round, which I think we can win 2/3.

    2018-19 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

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    Ohio State 24 47
    Notre Dame 24 37
    Gophers 24 36
    Michigan 24 36
    Penn St 24 35
    Wisconsin 24 31
    Mich St 24 30
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    I'm guessing it's from Twitter but that place is full of idiots so...
    I don't even now how to twitter. But guessing few if any of them would see this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D2D View Post
    I believe this to a very fair, and accurate, summary of the series. Well said, Koho. I am very anxious to see what happens this coming weekend. Based on what we saw against OSU, I'm optimistic that the Gophers will do well. We shall see.
    I always have some optimism, but this team has been up and down for two years. So I am not expecting them to suddenly be consistent the rest of the season.

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    After an excellent start the Irish have had some difficulty as of late. I don't know if this will cause them to be extra motivated to reverse the recent trend, or if we are catching them at a good time.
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