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Hey! Hockey Playoffs! Whoo-hoo!


Jeff Klopmeyer

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Okay, I know that most sports talk on Dave's forum is confied to a) football, b) more football and c) taking potshots at steadyb and the Lakers, but...

 

It's NHL playoff time, kids!

 

Come on, I can't be the only hockey fan here, eh? We have some great matchups in both the East and West. Anyone wanna talk about the possibility of red-hot Vancouver knocking out Detroit in the first round? Of my L.A. Kings' rematch versus the Avs? Of Boston's possibilities of going all the way?

 

Anyone? Hello? Bueller?

 

- Jeff

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The Islanders are back!!! :D

 

They seem to be set to compete for the next half-decade or so. Dunno yet whether they have a championship in them... time will tell.

 

Meanwhile, the Rangers look like they're on another 50-year plan lol

I used to think I was Libertarian. Until I saw their platform; now I know I'm no more Libertarian than I am RepubliCrat or neoCON or Liberal or Socialist.

 

This ain't no track meet; this is football.

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Hell Yeah!

 

I think the Canucks probably have the greatest chance of pulling off a first round upset. Detroit has been sleep walking (skating) since they clinced the West Conference while Vancouver has been playing inspired. Naslund, Morrison and Bertuzi is probably the hotest line in Hockey right now. If the Canucks play physical and disciplined hockey, they are younger and faster than the wings, so they could give them a real challenge. The Wings have a big advantage in goal - Hasek has looked vulnerable lately, but the last month have been mean nothing games for Detroit, but Hasek always come up big in big games. Cloutier is not in the same league.

 

LA versus San Jose is also going to be a great matchup. I think San Jose has the momentum and more depth going into the playoffs so I would give the Sharks the edge.

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Originally posted by coyote:

The Islanders are back!!! :D

Yeah, the Isles look tough! They won't have an easy time against Toronto, though.

 

Meanwhile, the Rangers look like they're on another 50-year plan lol
The poor Rangers. Highest paid team in the NHL...seriously horrible season. They fired Ron Low yesterday...he had to see that coming. With $70 million in 2001-02 salaries to end up in 11th in the East, you have to make some changes.

 

- Jeff

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Originally posted by SFOracle:

Naslund, Morrison and Bertuzi is probably the hotest line in Hockey right now.

Absolutely. they are scary good.

 

LA versus San Jose is also going to be a great matchup.
Maybe in round two...but L.A. ended up in 7th place, so they'll be facing the 2nd place Avalanche in round one. The Sharks (3rd) will be playing the Phoenix Coyotes (6th), who are also a tough team.

 

Great hockey season...hopefully great post season! :)

 

- Jeff

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Originally posted by Pim:

Hockey? You mean icehockey?

The one and only! Skating, checking, stick handling, moving the puck through the neutral zone, glove saves, 5-holes, faceoffs, blue lines, boarding, plus/minus...the whole thing!

 

Whoo-hoo! I (heart) hockey! :D

 

- Jeff

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Been a hocky fan when the Kings wore purple and gold. Remember watching Marcel Dionne skate back then. Then when LA got Gretsky. Those were fun times.

 

I moved to NC in '94 and now I run audio for the Carolina Hurricanes. Hockey is a fun sport to watch. Can't wait for these playoffs.

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Maybe in round two...but L.A. ended up in 7th place, so they'll be facing the 2nd place Avalanche in round one. The Sharks (3rd) will be playing the Phoenix Coyotes (6th), who are also a tough team

Go figure - the standings listed on the Vancouver Sun web page shows LA in 6th. Both LA and Phoenix have 95 points and 40 Wins - Phoenix must have won on head to head record? Bummer for LA to face Colorado in the first round. A few weeks ago they had a good shot at winning the division - which would have had them facing Phoenix or St.Louis.
Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong: James Bryce
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Originally posted by Groeg:

Been a hocky fan when the Kings wore purple and gold.

Me too. My first Kings game (first NHL game, in fact) that I saw live was Kings versus Oilers in 1982. I've been a fan ever since.

 

I moved to NC in '94 and now I run audio for the Carolina Hurricanes.
That's so damn cool! You just got elevated to God-like status in my book. The 'Canes are doing well (#1 in their division, as you know), but it's the worst division in hockey. It'll be tough for them to move past New Jersey in round 1.

 

Playoffs start tomorrow night...can't wait! I'm like a kid at Christmastime. :)

 

- Jeff

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Hey Jeff,

 

My favorite player back then was Dave Taylor. I loved it when they had Luc, and the gang.

 

As far as the Canes, I wish it was a full time job. (I work as a composer/Snd FX dude for a production company as my day job) There is another guy that I share running sound with. I get tomorrow's game and he gets Friday's game.

 

Some cool percs (not during playoffs of course)are getting free tickets to regular season games. The crew I work with, CanesVision, is awesome too.

 

Now I can't figure out which team to root for. I'll probably go with the Canes.

Sound Designer,

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Originally posted by urk10:

Colorado will win the stanley cup again.

Sorry, but...I think not. Roy is still the best goalie in hockey, no doubt. But they are not the team they were last year. Yes, Sakic, Blake, Drury and the rest of the guys are still there, but they've played with very little passion this year, relying too much on Saint Patrick and not getting their offense going nearly as strongly as 2000-2001.

 

If they make it past the Kings, they won't make it past the second round. And, as with most of my preddicitions and opinions, I could be completely wrong. We'll see soon enough! :)

 

- Jeff

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You U.S. guys are all the same: you call runhive football and now you call icehockey hockey.

 

Wrong!

 

Hockey is played by 2 x 11 players on gras. With a ball.

 

Icehockey is played by men who are not good enough for icedancing so they all end up in a sport which is so homophobic that they wear protective clothing just out of fear to get hurt and touched by another male.

:D:P;)

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Originally posted by Pim:

[QB]Hockey is played by 2 x 11 players on gras. With a ball.

/QB]

You're talking about field hockey. Girls play that stuff here in Canada. I live 40 miles from the Birthplace of Hockey, Windsor, Nova Scotia, so I would know. Real men play hockey. Remember Shack sitting out a couple of games this season, because his toe was sore? Hockey is the game where they stitch up a cut right on the bench. Freezing? Forget it. They might get a couple of teeth knocked out, but they won't miss a shift. These guys are tough. I saw Colin White in a ripped up tie-shirt & shorts after the Devils won the Stanley Cup, year before last, & he was covered in the the ugliest bruises I ever did see. I can just see a break away in field hockey, boring!

Steve

 

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Hockey is brutal. I saw Kelly Buchberger take a puck to the mouth, knocking out a couple of teeth and slicing his lip open, requiring 10 stitches. Fifteen minutes later, him and his swollen face were on the ice, diving in front of slap shots to block goals.

 

Colorado's Peter Forsberg played all of game seven in last year's second round of the playoffs, then went to the hospital -- to have an emergency spleendectomy. But not before the game was done.

 

I, personally, don't like hockey for the fighting (which is more minimal than people make light of) or the brutality. I love the speed, the finesse, the mathematical precision of the plays, the pure athleticism of the players.

 

Hey, and another thing: hockey players are shaped like normal human beings. You don't need to be seven feet tall or weigh 350 pounds to be a pro hockey player. When Wayne Gretzky, one of the world's most respected players ever, started out he was 5'11" and weighed about 160 pounds. It's about talent and dedication, not genetics. There are plenty of pro players in this playoff that would sit next to you at a bar and you'd never know they were pro athletes other than the fact they were in good shape.

 

I love this game. I really do.

 

- Jeff

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Originally posted by Jeff, TASCAM Guy:

Colorado's Peter Forsberg played all of game seven in last year's second round of the playoffs, then went to the hospital -- to have an emergency spleendectomy. But not before the game was done.

 

- Jeff

I heard that Peter Forsberg is going back on the ice for the play offs.

Let's see if he can improve Colorado's playing or if he has been away too long.

 

The world championship in hockey will be held in Sweden this year. From 26 of April to May 11. But that has nothing to do with the play offs, of course.

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Ah everyone is coming out of the wood work. So where WAS everybody earlier in the season? Thanks Jeff for keeping the faith,now where are those Kings car flags hiding?

Michael

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Originally posted by peake@pacificnet.net:

DETROIT

RED

WINGS

Yup, if I was a betting man, it would be tough not to take the Wings.

 

- They finished with 116 points. The nearest team was Boston, who barely cracked 100 points.

 

- Their record during the regular season was an incredible 51-17-10-4.

 

- 251 goals for (1st place in the NHL), 187 goals against (second lowest in the NHL)

 

- Their roster reads like a hall of fame list: Hasek. Shanahan. Robitaille. Yzerman. Federov. Larionov. Hull. Chelios. Lidstrom.

 

So, yeah...hard to imagine them getting beat, but stranger things have happened. Not many, though. :)

 

- Jeff

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Originally posted by tenthplanet:

Ah everyone is coming out of the wood work. So where WAS everybody earlier in the season?

I don't know about "everyone", but anytime I'm not at work, working on music or playing with my kid...I've been watching and going to hockey games. I saw six games in person at Staples this year...I'd go more, but pro sports are so damn expensive now that I can't. But I've probably only missed less than ten-twelve games out of the 82 games of the season. I'm a serious fan.

 

Thanks Jeff for keeping the faith,now where are those Kings car flags hiding?
Yeah, it's not quite like the Lakers, huh? ;)

 

There will be a lot more So Cal people with sore arms from jumping on the bandwgon if the Kings make it past the Avs in the first round. :)

 

- Jeff

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WOW!

 

One day into the playoffs and we already have some great games and big upsets.

 

Detroit and Vancouver battle it out into overtime...and the #8 seed Canucks beat the #1 ranked Wings! Huuricanes and Devils battle it out into overtime...and NC wins! Tough games in expected wins for Philly and San Jose too, over Ottawa and Phoenix respectively.

 

Tonight: Kings/Avs, Bruins/Habs, Leafs/Isles, Blues/Hawks.

 

- Jeff

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I caught the 3rd period of both the Philly/Ottawa game and the Vancouver/Detroit game and the first 5 or so min of OT in the airport bar at LAX last night. Both were great games - very intense playoff hockey.

 

GO CANUCKS!!!!

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