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    Darius, here is something that I posted on page 15 in answer to a question about Pesce from Chuck. Maybe the B's figured out something about the Canes blue line in the third that other teams have missed in the playoffs?
    Before the mass exodus from the Pesce/WhalerCanes bandwagon starts in earnest, let me remind everyone that Carolina was in control of this game until a couple of very questionable (by NHL 3rd period playoff standards) penalties gave the B's two quick PP goals at the start of the 3rd period, and turned the game around abruptly.

    The fourth goal was an ENG, and the fifth was irrelevant, clearly a result of a team down 3 goals and disheartened over having surrendered a 3rd period lead when up until then, they'd pretty much played the perfect road playoff game.

    Don't get me wrong, I still think this is the B's Cup to lose. I said that after the first round, so that's never going to change. But declaring an easy series victory after a deceiving Game One win isn't always the smart move. Ask the Celtics ... if you can find any of them at your local golf links anyway ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Before the mass exodus from the Pesce/WhalerCanes bandwagon starts in earnest, let me remind everyone that Carolina was in control of this game until a couple of very questionable (by NHL 3rd period playoff standards) penalties gave the B's two quick PP goals at the start of the 3rd period, and turned the game around abruptly.

    The fourth goal was an ENG, and the fifth was irrelevant, clearly a result of a team down 3 goals and disheartened over having surrendered a 3rd period lead when up until then, they'd pretty much played the perfect road playoff game.

    Don't get me wrong, I still think this is the B's Cup to lose. I said that after the first round, so that's never going to change. But declaring an easy series victory after a deceiving Game One win isn't always the smart move. Ask the Celtics ... if you can find any of them at your local golf links anyway ...
    ....I wouldn’t say it was a dominant ‘Canes performance. I think the B’s missed McAvoy more than was expected. As for their blue line I’ve watched a lot of ‘Canes games and I think they didn’t have a good night; esp Pesce and of course Dougie didn’t help the cause by costing them what 3/4 penalties?

    So if it makes you feel better I’ll adjust my prediction: Bruins in 4. Ha!
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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2019 Offseason - How Much Progress Did We Really Make This Past Seas

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    ....I wouldn’t say it was a dominant ‘Canes performance. I think the B’s missed McAvoy more than was expected. As for their blue line I’ve watched a lot of ‘Canes games and I think they didn’t have a good night; esp Pesce and of course Dougie didn’t help the cause by costing them what 3/4 penalties?

    So if it makes you feel better I’ll adjust my prediction: Bruins in 4. Ha!
    I'll stand by what I said, as I do think the B's took advantage of some very fortunate calls that don't usually go that way in the NHL postseason. The 'Canes and Hamilton can honestly feel a little hard done by with those 3rd period calls. But the "Dougie" thing could scuttle the 'Canes if he doesn't get it out of his head, pronto. If I'm Brind'Amour, I'm watching that VERY closely, and if DH plays like his head is up his posterior tomorrow night, I might have to not dress the poor lil' snowflake for Game 5.

    Then again … HR says the B's will have this one done and dusted by then, so it's moot.

    I think the B's are (slightly) the more talented team, and their vets have more experience for sure (although Justin Williams has as many Cups by his lonesome as Chara, Bergeron and Krejci all have combined). I say, B's in six games, the Sharks eke out the Blues in 6/7 games, and then we have Thornton v. Chara to see which of those two guys gets to skate off into retirement with their name on the Cup. With Pavelski back - assuming he can stay healthy - I really think SJ has the only chance to knock off the B's in the end. Would love to see St. Louis win, they're really the last of the Original Six expansion franchises not to have taken the Cup (figuring Dallas is the remnants of both the Minnesota North Stars and California Golden Seals), and I like the way they play. Remind me a lot of the B's, without the experience however. B's vs. Blues would be a war on ice, though.
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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2019 Offseason - How Much Progress Did We Really Make This Past Seas

    Oh my ‘Canes downgraded to a “tropical storm”...for now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    Oh my ‘Canes downgraded to a “tropical storm”...for now!
    B's blue line outplaying Canes blue line (including Pesce to keep this post UNH-relevant) in first two periods.

    Funny to see the Little Ball of Hate get the better of Mr Game 7 by the refs in the late second period altercation.

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    Men against boys in that game but as Marchand said in the post game, the score is irrelevent, and the Canes will come to play in game 3.

    Not surprised Brind'Amour stayed with Mrazek but thought he should have put in McElhinney!
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    Quote Originally Posted by e.cat View Post
    Men against boys in that game but as Marchand said in the post game, the score is irrelevent, and the Canes will come to play in game 3.

    Not surprised Brind'Amour stayed with Mrazek but thought he should have put in McElhinney!
    Agreed, like Umile should have replaced Ayers with Carney in St Paul, although also would not have made any difference (again, to keep post UNH-relevant, and to instigate past brouhahas).
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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2019 Offseason - How Much Progress Did We Really Make This Past Seas

    Quote Originally Posted by e.cat View Post
    Men against boys in that game but as Marchand said in the post game, the score is irrelevent, and the Canes will come to play in game 3.

    Not surprised Brind'Amour stayed with Mrazek but thought he should have put in McElhinney!
    Totally agree. If Carolina doesn't get some traction early in Game 3 which they can sustain, HR's updated prediction may prove to be right on the money. It's been pretty lopsided since the 3rd period of Game 1. If that persists for another period or two, this is over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Totally agree. If Carolina doesn't get some traction early in Game 3 which they can sustain, HR's updated prediction may prove to be right on the money. It's been pretty lopsided since the 3rd period of Game 1. If that persists for another period or two, this is over.
    Canes really missing TvR, a key cog on the third D pair. :-)

    Edit: DeHann scores, 3rd D pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Canes really missing TvR, a key cog on the third D pair. :-)

    Edit: DeHann scores, 3rd D pair.
    I agree...big minutes for Brett Pesce but a hot Tuukka Rask is up to the task!! One more Bruins!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    I agree...big minutes for Brett Pesce but a hot Tuukka Rask is up to the task!! One more Bruins!!
    Tuukka's 35 saves included 14 from Canes' blueliners, along with the one that he let in. One SOG each for Pesce and Foegele. Hope that Tuukka does not get rusty with a likely long layoff.

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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2019 Offseason - How Much Progress Did We Really Make This Past Seas

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    I agree...big minutes for Brett Pesce but a hot Tuukka Rask is up to the task!! One more Bruins!!
    I think your prediction of a sweep is going to be right on the money, 'Ref. And even if the 'Canes luck out a sneak out a victory to avoid the sweep, there's no way that tomorrow night's Game 4 won't be the last game of the season for the Raleigh faithful.

    IF I were a B's fan … my only - ONLY - concern is that their 3 series up to this point have been getting easier and easier. We might all look back at the end of this and figure that the opening series against Toronto, and having to dig out of that hole, was their toughest challenge along the road to the Cup.

    In the meantime, the St. Louis-San Jose series has been pretty compelling stuff so far. For you B's fans on here … who would you prefer to meet in the SCF? I think San Jose is the most talented team left still playing (including Boston), but I don't trust their goalie … whereas St. Louis reminds me a lot of a Western Conference version of the B's, with the heavy game, a few good snipers supplemented by a lot of bangers, an above-average defense, and a goalie who is playing out of his mind for the last several months to get them this far. I think that series goes at least six, and probably 7 games, while the B's will be done with the WhalerCanes by this weekend at the latest. I'm not sure that helps the B's.

    Thoughts??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    I think your prediction of a sweep is going to be right on the money, 'Ref. And even if the 'Canes luck out a sneak out a victory to avoid the sweep, there's no way that tomorrow night's Game 4 won't be the last game of the season for the Raleigh faithful.

    IF I were a B's fan … my only - ONLY - concern is that their 3 series up to this point have been getting easier and easier. We might all look back at the end of this and figure that the opening series against Toronto, and having to dig out of that hole, was their toughest challenge along the road to the Cup.

    In the meantime, the St. Louis-San Jose series has been pretty compelling stuff so far. For you B's fans on here … who would you prefer to meet in the SCF? I think San Jose is the most talented team left still playing (including Boston), but I don't trust their goalie … whereas St. Louis reminds me a lot of a Western Conference version of the B's, with the heavy game, a few good snipers supplemented by a lot of bangers, an above-average defense, and a goalie who is playing out of his mind for the last several months to get them this far. I think that series goes at least six, and probably 7 games, while the B's will be done with the WhalerCanes by this weekend at the latest. I'm not sure that helps the B's.

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    I think that it would be fitting if Joe Thornton prevails over the B's for the LSC. :-)

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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2019 Offseason - How Much Progress Did We Really Make This Past Seas

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    I think your prediction of a sweep is going to be right on the money, 'Ref. And even if the 'Canes luck out a sneak out a victory to avoid the sweep, there's no way that tomorrow night's Game 4 won't be the last game of the season for the Raleigh faithful.

    IF I were a B's fan … my only - ONLY - concern is that their 3 series up to this point have been getting easier and easier. We might all look back at the end of this and figure that the opening series against Toronto, and having to dig out of that hole, was their toughest challenge along the road to the Cup.

    In the meantime, the St. Louis-San Jose series has been pretty compelling stuff so far. For you B's fans on here … who would you prefer to meet in the SCF? I think San Jose is the most talented team left still playing (including Boston), but I don't trust their goalie … whereas St. Louis reminds me a lot of a Western Conference version of the B's, with the heavy game, a few good snipers supplemented by a lot of bangers, an above-average defense, and a goalie who is playing out of his mind for the last several months to get them this far. I think that series goes at least six, and probably 7 games, while the B's will be done with the WhalerCanes by this weekend at the latest. I'm not sure that helps the B's.

    Thoughts??
    Well, I don't know if that (sweep) will happen but I'm thinking the B's have more in the depth dept than the 'Canes do and at least for now, Rask has played very well which makes a ton of difference. That said I do think the B's have a good chance to finish them off (and it was a great run for the 'Canes this season...a fun team to watch and I loved how they embraced the "bunch of jerks" stuff.) Not to mention our UNH'ers out there; again, a shame TvR is not in the mix now; like Snively says...I think he makes a difference. So I won't cry any tears if/when the 'Canes bow out as long as it's sooner than later

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    The Manchester Monarchs are ceasing operations per the Union Leader Twitter account. It would officially be a good time to start winning...
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    The Manchester Monarchs are ceasing operations per the Union Leader Twitter account. It would officially be a good time to start winning...
    … or our very own Alfred E. Scarano can just give this golden opportunity a good leaving alone ...
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    Well, I don't know if that (sweep) will happen but I'm thinking the B's have more in the depth dept than the 'Canes do and at least for now, Rask has played very well which makes a ton of difference. That said I do think the B's have a good chance to finish them off (and it was a great run for the 'Canes this season...a fun team to watch and I loved how they embraced the "bunch of jerks" stuff.) Not to mention our UNH'ers out there; again, a shame TvR is not in the mix now; like Snively says...I think he makes a difference. So I won't cry any tears if/when the 'Canes bow out as long as it's sooner than later

    The Blues scare me...haha.
    Not sure what to make of the Blues after last night … sure, they got major-league screwed on the OT game-winner, but they also gave up a late lead when SJS scored late in regulation with their goalie pulled. They dug out of two 2-goal deficits, and should be up 2-1 on their home ice. Instead they are down 2-1. Until the final minute of last night's game, I thought they looked like the real deal. But the way they lost had to be painful. It will be interesting to see how they respond tomorrow.

    Regardless, either SJS or SLB should give the B's their toughest battle since the TML series. If the Blues can rebound from what happened to them last night, that would be impressive. Or SJS wins instead, and closes it out in 5 games on home ice. Based on how the teams handled their post-game stuff, I suspect it'll be even-up at 2-2 going back to the coast for an epic best of three to earn the other SCF berth.

    It still feels very much like it's the B's Cup to lose this year.
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    Mack hosting national champs for two the end of December; why cannot we host teams like dat?

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    OH MYYYYY.....We Want the Cup!!!! Like I said, Bruins in 4...
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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2019 Offseason - How Much Progress Did We Really Make This Past Seas

    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    OH MYYYYY.....We Want the Cup!!!! Like I said, Bruins in 4...
    Congrats to your B's, and most notably on your bold yet accurate 4-0 prediction!
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