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NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Tuesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Team captains do not act like children. They do not blame others. They stand up and accept responsibility. Alexander Ovechkin has been looking in that fun house mirror again. Have I ever mentioned how I much I can't stand people like that?
  • Special teams -- will they be the story of the second round? They sure were in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
  • "Bleep happens." No guff, Erik Karlsson. The D -- including you -- made way too many mistakes. And you can't expect your goalie to bail you out against a team as powerful as the Pens.
  • Erik Gryba is a big boy, but so is Brooks Orpik. I wonder how many Gs they pulled on that hit. I once hit a brick wall like that when I was playing hockey. I gave up 5" and at least 60 lbs, and had whiplash for three weeks. I feel your pain.
  • Raffi Torres is at his best when he plays with an edge. But that hit on Jarret Stoll was the old Torres, not the new, so-called "improved" Torres. There should be a discipline discussion, but Stoll wasn't hurt and you and I both know that changes the discussion. We don't have to like it ...
  • Drew Doughty's knee looked like it suffered a little ligament stretch on hit late in the second. Uh-oh.
  • Guess who's in a zone. Yup, Mike Richards. It might have been just his first goal, but it was his sixth point in seven games. And his overall game just gets better and better. 
  • I was impressed with the Sens. That early goal could have completely deflated them, but they replied in just 2:10. After that, the special teams issue bit them in the butt in a big way.
  • My last (I hope) Leafs comment. I came away impressed. Yes, they suffered the worst Game 7 collapse in pro hockey history, but there weren't any bad goals in there. They were simply out-muscled on each and every goal, even if they had position on them. They'll learn.



Comments

By: evantodd
On: 5/14/2013 9:29:00 PM
as for torres, some players never truly change. like alcohol consumption supposedly draws out honesty, the frustration of losing and/or not getting one's way may lead to thoughtless actions. acting on impulse sometimes supersedes rational thought, where rules are forgotten and consequences are ignored. (and thus concludes dr. berofsky's psychology lesson for tonight.)
 
By: evantodd
On: 5/14/2013 9:37:00 PM
giving jonathan quick a 2-0 lead in the third is like giving a bazooka to a fully-armed soldier. he probably doesn't need the extra protection, but it doesn't hurt.
 
By: evantodd
On: 5/14/2013 9:46:00 PM
and yes, ottawa can leave game 1 with some pride. 36 shots on vokoun and some nice rushes caused some confusion for the pens' D (their obvious weakness, like we really have to say). as long as they can build on this and continue to press, then they have a chance.
 
By: Janet Eagleson
On: 5/15/2013 7:22:00 PM
Indeed. Did you hear Joe Thornton after the Torres hit? "We were kind of shocked today to hear he has to fly to New York for the hearing," Thornton said. "We didnít see anything wrong on the play ... It almost seems like the player getting hit has no responsibility at all right now. In that case, I think Jarret probably wasnít expecting to get hit, and it just looked like a clean hit. It seems right now that the responsibility is on the hitter, and not the receiver right now." Wow -- blame the victim. Why do we tolerate that in hockey?
 

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