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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 04:15 PM

The Red Wings and Sharks kick off their second-round matchup tonight and I'm not entirely sure what to think.

The quick turnaround from Phoenix to San Jose should be good for Detroit, as they were dominant on Tuesday and will want to carry that forward. The Sharks are rested, though, having finished off the Colorado Avalanche last Friday.

San Jose always annoys me. I know too many Sharks fans that demand respect for their team despite not having won anything yet (much like modern Blackhawks fans). I'm also just shocked at how many teams trade their star players to San Jose for next to nothing. Kyle McLaren (back in the day), Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle and Dany Heatley all came to the Sharks in deals that should have gotten their former teams' GM fired.

It's pretty easy to guess that this series will come down to goaltending. We don't know how Jimmy Howard will hold up to more playoff pressure and we don't know if this is the year that Evgeni Nabokov doesn't collapse.

If the Wings' offense runs like it did on Tuesday, there's nothing to worry about here. The problem is that offense wasn't there for the first six games so we can't count on it now.

This one's a 9:00 start time exclusively on Versus.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 07:59 PM

just wanted to note the scheduling. Bettman p*ssed wings knocked off his yotes, so lets schedule wings two days later and have vancouver/chicago start game 1 on saturday...

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:05 PM

just wanted to note the scheduling. Bettman p*ssed wings knocked off his yotes, so lets schedule wings two days later and have vancouver/chicago start game 1 on saturday...

Sorry, no conspiracy this time. The HP Pavilion in San Jose is booked for concerts Friday and Saturday so the series had to start tonight.

Whether that shows a sign that the arena managers didn't think they'd have hockey to schedule at this time of year is up for you to decide.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:07 PM

I'll save my thoughts till the end of the game. I have heard all of the hype and I am not sure how all of it is going to pan out.
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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:09 PM

just wanted to note the scheduling. Bettman p*ssed wings knocked off his yotes, so lets schedule wings two days later and have vancouver/chicago start game 1 on saturday...

Sorry, no conspiracy this time. The HP Pavilion in San Jose is booked for concerts Friday and Saturday so the series had to start tonight.

Whether that shows a sign that the arena managers didn't think they'd have hockey to schedule at this time of year is up for you to decide.


Agreed, especially since game two is not until Sunday. Conspiracy or San Jose's faith in their team?
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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:11 PM

Early chance, that could have been big.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:27 PM

Surprise. Weak call leads to PPG.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:29 PM

Anyone want to cover the slot?

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:32 PM

You are f*cking kidding me.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:33 PM

Third one is on Howard. Way out of position.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:35 PM

There we go! On the f*cking board.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:46 PM

Bad call on the Sharks. Wings had damned well better take advantage.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 08:53 PM

Ridiculously, I don't think the Wings played a bad period. Three bad plays, San Jose takes advantage on all. Wings can bounce back. We'll see if they do.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 09:15 PM

Still alive. Great to see Franzen with a big goal.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 09:38 PM

Wings look much better this period
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Posted April 29, 2010 - 09:44 PM

Can't lose Cleary tonight, he's been all over

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 09:46 PM

Franzen cut on the face and SJ gets the power play. Jesus.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 09:50 PM

I wasn't going to complain about the officiating at intermission but that last minute was just awful.

If the Wings can kill this, they're in damned good position. San Jose is clogging up the neutral zone well but I think the Wings are getting their chances.

No PPGs for Detroit really hurts.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 10:07 PM

Well f*ck.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 10:11 PM

That's motherf*cking right, still in it. Way to go Raffi.




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