NHL: Western Conference Finals

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  1. cyanatic

    cyanatic Well-Known Member

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    Chicago Blackhawks vs San Jose Sharks

    Yeah, Hockey. If you’re gonna hate, don’t participate! I got no problem with 60 minutes of constant action and hard hitting…but that’s just me.

    I know DonkeyKilla is a Sharks fan, so maybe he can give us the breakdown on San Jose. I’m not that familiar with the Sharks and I’d like to know who, and what, to watch for in the upcoming playoff series.

    Here’s my take on the Blackhawks:

    Profile:

    Young, fast team with good chemistry. Everyone looks to Toews, Kane and Hossa for the big plays, but this is a team known for getting good contributions from all of their lines. They lean more toward finesse than “dump and chase” but they can swarm the net on a D&C if a team lays down a lot of back pressure, or neutral zone pressure. This is their second year in the Conference Finals and they have looked more confident and self-assured (despite phoning in some games against the Preds and Canucks in the earlier rounds) this year.

    Strengths:

    Young, fast, confident. Have playoff experience. Good penalty killing. Aggressive defense. Contributions from 3rd and 4th lines. Doesn’t panic easily and can come from behind (see Weaknesses).

    Weaknesses:

    Although they can, and have, come from behind, they can also fall flat. When they’re flat you’ll see missed passes, bad decisions, takeaways, and breakaway opportunites with over extended Hawks players caught out of position. (If you don't know hockey that well, just picture the Raiders defense under Rob Ryan...that's the Blackhawks when they're flat.) Primarily a finesse team, it looked like the Preds, and especially the Canucks, studied game film to see what they could do to break up Hawks plays before they could get them started. If a team can crash Chicago’s net in the first 5 minutes, and get one or two past Niemi, they can get by the Blackhawks, especially if it’s one of those games where the Chicago players phone it in. I don’t want to mention any names, but there are some Hawks players whose eagerness to get to a puck on the boards seems a bit lacking if it’s likely that they’ll have to take a big hit from an opposing player. In goal, Niemi has been strong so far…no complaints…but if he has a bad game, or loses his confidence, or gets injured…the Blackhawks will be in real trouble.

    What to watch for:

    If they’re on their game, Chicago will come out fast and try to get a lot of early net pressure. Watch for Byfuglien to plant in front of Nabokov. Because of Vancouver’s read of the Hawks, Quenneville will probably introduce some new wrinkles that San Jose has not seen. Burrish and Eager will have to play the hard hitters too…it can’t all fall on Big Buff’s shoulders. Also watch for a standout game from Hossa…he’s due. Kane has been good, but we’ve seen a couple blowouts from him when he’s trying to deke a defender out of his pants. He may be due for a big game too.

    San Jose, however, didn’t get to the finals because they’re a bum team. They have home ice advantage and I’m sure they have a plan as to how to neutralize Chicago.

    In the regular season, the teams pretty much split. (1-1-2, I think).

    Here’s to a good series.

    GO BLACKHAWKS!!!
     
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  2. Crow

    Crow My photo editing is ass

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    I don't think anyone ventures out of the main forum. Think Olde Forum Charger fans.
     
  3. cyanatic

    cyanatic Well-Known Member

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    So...then...we could post our copies of Jeffrey Dahmer home vids in here and nobody would notice?

    I'll post episodes 1-4, you put up 5 - 7.
     
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  4. Crow

    Crow My photo editing is ass

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    That guy was so same sex oriented. I find his home videos to be improper in civilized settings.


    I do have those autographed Ed Gein skin masks, though.
     
  5. cyanatic

    cyanatic Well-Known Member

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    SI picks the Sharks in 6.

    Asshats. We'll see about that.
     
  6. cyanatic

    cyanatic Well-Known Member

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    Blackhawks take Game One, 2-1 on a late 3rd Period tie breaking goal by Big Buff. Watching the refs issue all those penalties to the Blackhawks (and none to the Sharks) made me think of how the Raiders are treated by the NFL zebras.

    GO BLACKHAWKS!!!
     
  7. CrossBones

    CrossBones The Black Pearl

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    I watched the end of the game (last 4 minutes).

    Pretty exciting. Especially the last minute.
     
  8. Rupert

    Rupert The Long Wind

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    NHL zebras can occassionally confuse, but for the most part they're consistent. Some of the worst offenders in the bias department have retired. I've noticed the officiating improve this season.
     
  9. Rupert

    Rupert The Long Wind

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    They pulled the goaltender for an extra skater. That kind of frenzy is always fun. If Chicago had a penalty it would have been even more fun.
     
  10. CrossBones

    CrossBones The Black Pearl

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    Yeah I'll admit it...I was sitting on the edge of the chair.

    The Sharks were shooting on goal like crazy. Very exciting.
     
  11. cyanatic

    cyanatic Well-Known Member

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    Dayum! Hawks take both games in San Jose. The Blackhawks have been known to play differently, and poorly, on the return to Chicago. They need to play the same game. The Shark attack on net is fierce and they can't always expect to weather the storm.

    Flyers are two games up on the Habs.
     
  12. CrossBones

    CrossBones The Black Pearl

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    You hockey guys suck.

    You get me all worked up about the Sharks and they get swept? :ass:
     
  13. JohnQ

    JohnQ Media hater

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    I never understood the empty net/pulling the goalie idea.I know an extra body in the last minute might give you the push.But 1 on-the-mark shot and it's.........


    damnit
     
  14. cyanatic

    cyanatic Well-Known Member

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    I would have never predicted a sweep, but I coulda told you who'd win, Bones. There's only one Bay Area team worth rooting for...and it ain't in San Jose, and it ain't in SF. ;)