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R(est) and R(esults)

Posted on: May 2, 2009 12:03 am

No doubt the Carolina Hurricanes will remind themselves that they've been through it before and survived.

Very recently in fact because Carolina lost its first round opener against a favorite and stormed back to win the series. So the Hurricanes can try to convince themselves that tonight's 4-1 loss to Boston is actually a good sign, which might work if the Bruins weren't a powerhouse that dominated the Hurricanes all season and made their star goalie look quite ordinary in the process.

Especially since Boston did it again despite being off for more than a week.

"There's still a few kinks to work out," coach Claude Julien said.

Would that be a Hurricane warning? Well Julien isn't really given to providing bulletin board material, but the truth is the Bruins looked pretty fine for a team that has been idle so long.

Boston had a lead before the game was two minutes old, pulled away in the second and then shut it down in the third, never letting the Hurricanes get their speed game going and staying out of the penalty box. And the Bruins were efficient enough to score its goals on just 24 shots against Carolina goalie Cam Ward, who went 0-4 with a 3.98 goals against average and .871 save percentage when he played the Bruins this season.

For Carolina to have any shot in this series, tonight has to be an aberration for Ward, who was brilliant down the stretch. And even that might not be enough for the Hurricanes because at the other end, Thim Thomas was turning back 26 of 27 shots, including the final 17 over the last two periods.

Thomas was sharp from the outset and so were the Bruins, who demonstrated the depth and balance that made them the East's best regular season team. And Julien showed the magic touch that has made him a coach of the year finalist, tweaking his lines despite the success Boston had in its first round sweep against Montreal.

Julien put big left wing Milan Lucic back with center Marc Savard and Phil Kessel and the line picked up two goals including the winner and the clincher, while David Krejci and Michael Ryder each scored with Blake Wheeler alongside them on a night when everything seemed to go right for the Bruins.

Kind of like they did tonight for the Red Wings in their series opener against the Anaheim Ducks.

Detroit had nearly as long a layoff as Boston, but the Red Wings managed a fast start of their own and set a tone they hope will remain throughout this series. Detroit quickly established a fore check and pressure in the Anaheim zone, and they took advantage of the Ducks penchant for taking penalties, with two power play goals that provided the difference in a 3-2 win.

The big thing for Detroit though was getting to the front of the net much more effectively than San Jose did in the last round. That ability is one of the Red Wings biggest strengths, and it put the Ducks on their heels and their goalie Jonas Hiller under the kind of pressure he didn't face against the Sharks.

Hiller was still very good, stopping 34 shots. But if the first game is an indication, he is in for a much tougher challenge from the Red Wings, who created all their goals with traffic that should only get heavier as this series goes along.
Category: NHL

Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2009 11:37 pm

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THe Red Wings will win because they have experience and poise under pressure, I just don't see the Ducks or any other team having the moxy these guys have.  You can hate on them all you want but in terms of an overall score the Wings are a 99 and the Ducks are a 95.  Anaheim will make it a series, I figure 6 games, but the offensive talent of the Red Wings is 1000X times better than the Sharks.  They will prevail, GO WINGS!

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2009 6:51 pm

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True, the Ducks played a solid game against the Wings.  However I want to see if they can keep that intensity up.  The Wings looked flat in the First and they were not Forchecking enough. The Ducks were all over the place and scrapping pretty well fro the puck.  I Think the Wings started to get their legs in the third and had the Ducks on their heels.  But they fought back but still lost.  Game Two will be big as the Wings are at home and now know they can win adn have had their rest.  Sunday will be a big game for both teams but I don't think the Ducks will prevail, they will eventually falter and the Wings will capitalize.

Homer has interfered with Goalies however, the hit on Hudler drew enough blood the ice had to be cleaned.  I am not saying the Wings have never gotten away with hits but come on he drew blood and the puck was gone.  You play you pay.  I am not sure what to say about suspension but it seems alittle unfair to the guy who is missing 5 games?

As far as diving both teams have been going to the 10 meter board for practice, Franzen and Pronger both...

Wings in 6.  GO WINGS!!!!!

Since: May 2, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2009 12:55 pm

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Man the ducks suck and so does that big baby pronger. They should put in the fat goaltender and remind him to grab the puck like a cheeseburger. We did not forget you pronger you first then the goalie.

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2009 12:13 pm

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I believe they have both the depth and grit to get this done.  Are you telling me that the Redwings are a nice clean hockey team? Hudler elbowed a guy right before he got whacked by Brown too.

You will likely say that Homer has never interfered with a goaltender either.

The Redwings are good, but they are beatable.  The Ducks, and Canucks will both be tough competition.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2009 11:21 am

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What I find amazing is that the "big tough" ducks players have learned how to dive this year.  There were Ducks falling all overt the ice for no reason whatsoever.  Oh and if Carlysle is going to WHINE about interference, the Ducks should have been called 5 times in the last 2 minutes from piling on top of Osgood.

Anaheim doesn't have the class or the depth to take on the Wings,  Corry Perry........who "got it" last night you little thug-light pud?

Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2009 10:25 am

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Wow...give the Ducks a little credit for sticking with the Wings despite taking a bunch of penalties. Sure the Wings are doing a better job on a lot of fronts than the Sharks, but despite that I think the Ducks played them rather well. All I'm saying is give credit where credit is due, meaning both teams in this game.

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