• Hippy

    @ Sandra Blood:

    So? No one is going to remember Garon for sitting on his rear when the Pens won the Cup. It'd be like giving Hasek credit for the Wings Cup win last year.

  • Hippy

    Victoria wrote:

    @ Sandra Blood:
    So? No one is going to remember Garon for sitting on his rear when the Pens won the Cup. It’d be like giving Hasek credit for the Wings Cup win last year.

    He has a Ring with his name on the Stanley Cup and Roli Poli Oli doesn't, that is all that matters. ROLI ROLI ROLI

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    Milli wrote:
    That save at the end was incredible.
    I actually yelled and jumped out of my seat. I was sure Lidstrom had it.

    If regular skaters dream of netting the GWG in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, then that save on Lidstrom with almost no time left is what Goalies dream about.

  • Hippy

    @ heavyd:

    This is one of the reasons why I never get into arguments about spelling in comments… I always wind up misspelling something and completely undermining myself.

  • Hippy

    Bryant wrote:

    how did you know about Talbot Gregor? my count your 12-3 thats some good ratio

    Gut feeling, plus I thought Talbot was great the entire Cup Final. Grit guys like him are crucial to any team's success in the playoffs. He will be revered in Pittsburgh for a long time now.

    I did go 12-3 overall, but I also picked the Sharks to win the Cup, and they didn't even get out of the first round…so it's 12-3 with an *

  • Hippy

    Dear Detroit,

    If you're going to do something as ludicrously classless as booing the Stanley Cup presentation, kindly cease any references to yourselves as "Hockeytown".

    Love,

    Canada

  • Hippy

    haha more like Detroit / Brad Stuart handing them the game and weak as hell coaching by Babcock. their offensive zone structure was weak Euro-hockey. put three forwards along the boards (half boards, corner, behind the net) with no one in front of the net. no cycle. no guts. no drive. if they didnt lose the puck battle on the boards – which happened more times than not – theyd throw it back to the point and hope for a shot to get through.

    sorry. cant win hockey games that way. thats what happened the final two games. if anything, the Penguins D should be commended more than Crosby and Mouth Breather for making life easy by eliminating Detroit's Euro-hockey puss style.

    the Penguins did nothing special in the final two games other than opportunize on mistakes. good for them, but dont act like they slayed some monolithic beast. they killed a "legend" of it, but as we all know in hockey, and from the Oilers beating Detroit – no team is unbeatable.

    i seriously wasnt that impressed with either team the final two games at executing systems. it was more like a "see who cracks first" game.

    Brad Stuart cracked.

  • Hippy

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    Of course Max Talbot is a centre too.

    I'd be very interested to see your column entitled something like: "A Recipe For A Cup Winning Run".

    My list would include (but not be limited to):

    -strength down the centre
    -timely goaltending
    -health/injuries
    -depth
    -bounces
    -matchups
    -youth/experience

    How about yours?

    (Love the "Pretend your mom…" suggestion — same as mine on my blog, so that's no surprise, I guess.)

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    @ Ivy.eyez88:
    If you look at a Stanley Cup winning team, everybody looks good. Winning does that.
    Fleury played very well. He got some crossbar luck but the fact is that he played very well.
    That said, so did Jonas Hiller. You don’t win the Cup without all cylinders firing, and the strength in Pittsburgh – without question – is their top three centres.

    If anyone knows where I can get a jpeg of the overhead shot of Fleury patting the crossbar I'd be very grateful.

  • Hippy

    @ jeanshorts:
    jeanshorts wrote:

    @ Chris:

    And Fluery was lights out games 6 and 7 after shaky/mediocre play throughout most of the playoffs.

    Throughout most of the playoffs?

    Can't agree there. Toe save on Carter? Breakaway save on Ovechkin? All four games vs Carolina? Games 3 and 4 vs Detroit?

    I'd say Fleury was lights out whenever he had to be, which to me is the definition of a playoff goalie.

    What interests me on goaltending is how many times I heard some variation on "Osgood just knows how to win in the playoffs."

  • Hippy

    Gary Bellman wrote:

    What interests me on goaltending is how many times I heard some variation on “Osgood just knows how to win in the playoffs.”

    Heck, so do I. Play for Detroit 😉

  • Hippy

    Gary Bellman wrote:

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    Of course Max Talbot is a centre too.
    I’d be very interested to see your column entitled something like: “A Recipe For A Cup Winning Run”.
    My list would include (but not be limited to):
    -strength down the centre
    -timely goaltending
    -health/injuries
    -depth
    -bounces
    -matchups
    -youth/experience
    How about yours?
    (Love the “Pretend your mom…” suggestion — same as mine on my blog, so that’s no surprise, I guess.)

    It's hard to put a generic list together since there are so many ways to get things done.

    Good goaltending is essential, obviously, as are at least two functional scoring lines and a third line that can at least play shutdown if they don't contribute defensively.

    But the way to get it differs from team to team.