May 31, 2010

Game 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs - Chicago v. Philadelphia
— DrewM

Because nothing says Memorial Day weekend like, er, hockey.

The NHL is enjoying great ratings (so long as you grade on a curve) but as a Rangers fan, this is a painful series. Any time Flyers fans have hope is depressing.


On the upside, at least there's at least one Origianal Six team in the finals and the Blackhawks do have one of the greatest logos in all of sports.

Game 1 was great if you like the Blackhawks and/or a lot of scoring, not so great if you actually like hockey. Hopefully game 2 will feature some actual defense and maybe even a little goaltending.


After Game 2 be sure to check out Moron Hockey, the blog tmi3rd started and don't update enough, for series to date recap.

People joke about the toughness/craziness of hockey players (especially at playoff time). One of the guys playing tonight is Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks. He took a puck in the mouth in the conference clinching win over San Jose. He missed a few shifts, came back to play and then did an interview.

Pierre McGuire said it was 4 teeth, ultimately it was 7. Old time hockey.

Posted by: DrewM at 03:32 PM | Comments (176)
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1 This blog loses credibility every time it worships a violent and evil sport such as hockey. 

Just one man's opinion. 

Posted by: PaulRevere (a.k.a ergie?) at May 31, 2010 03:37 PM (c0A3e)

2 Paul Revere is just a sour-grapes Bruins fan.

Posted by: Bill H at May 31, 2010 03:40 PM (Iw5Dd)

3 Comcast is living up to it's high standards of suckitude by somehow killing my cable while I was at the shore, thus I can't watch.  Yes, I'm going to whine and whine and whine about this. 

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 03:40 PM (r07cb)

4


You can damn well bet that since Wee Wee is rooting for the Blackhawks they will lose for sure.

Posted by: Blazer at May 31, 2010 03:40 PM (t72+4)

5 In related news, the Philadelphia Flyers fans have set a single season record for batteries thrown at a zamboni

Posted by: Unclefacts, AoSHQ Professional Debate Team at May 31, 2010 03:41 PM (erIg9)

6 Um, Chicago is in?

Posted by: CNN at May 31, 2010 03:42 PM (kgGdn)

7 BLACKHAWKS!!!

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 03:42 PM (SI3Ri)

8 In related news, the Philadelphia Flyers fans have set a single season record for batteries thrown at a zamboni

Next up - throwing Santa at it. 

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 03:44 PM (r07cb)

9 In related news, the Philadelphia Flyers fans have set a single season record for batteries thrown at a zamboni

Posted by: Unclefacts, AoSHQ Professional Debate Team at May 31, 2010 08:41 PM (erIg9)

It's ok, Santa was driving it.

Posted by: Philly sports fan at May 31, 2010 03:44 PM (G+lQR)

10 All I have to say to this thread is that Canadians had to go to work, today.

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 03:45 PM (YX6i/)

11 I have to even though I don't want to...

Go FLYERS!

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 03:46 PM (QuP9W)

12
Next up - throwing Santa at it. 

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 08:44 PM (r07cb)






That should have came with a spew warning.

Posted by: Blazer at May 31, 2010 03:46 PM (t72+4)

13

blackhawks first

then the CUBBIES!!!!!

chi-town baby, everyone else suck it!!

Posted by: navy COP joe at May 31, 2010 03:46 PM (gg4j2)

14 All I have to say to this thread is that Canadians had to go to work, today.

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 08:45 PM (YX6i/)

Canadians did... we didn't.

No Cup forCanada again this year.

Posted by: The Canadiens at May 31, 2010 03:47 PM (G+lQR)

15 No, you SUCK IT ncj!

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 03:48 PM (QuP9W)

16 Finally a penalty on Philly.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 03:49 PM (SI3Ri)

17

nooooo, YOU suck it mpfs...in a gimp mask...while making me a sammich

too early?  wait for the ont?

Posted by: navy COP joe at May 31, 2010 03:49 PM (gg4j2)

18 This series would be more exciting if Bob Probert was still playing for the Hawks.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 03:49 PM (X/Lqh)

19 The Blackhawks were my favorite team growing up. I remember watching players like Wayne Gretzky and Carlton Fisk and, um, Rickey Henderson....those guys were incredible, uh, um....hockey players.

Posted by: Buh-Rock at May 31, 2010 03:49 PM (XBdMr)

20

then the CUBBIES!!!!!

 

Bwahahaahahahahhahhhaaa, heh OMG, hahahahahahaahaha

Stop NCJ you're killing me

Posted by: robtr at May 31, 2010 03:50 PM (fwSHf)

21 This series would be more exciting if Bob Probert was still playing for the Hawks.

If I could watch it.

whinewhinewhine

Fuck.  I'm out of cheese. 

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 03:51 PM (r07cb)

22 Fuck  hockey!

Posted by: barack obummer at May 31, 2010 03:51 PM (Ax3zm)

23

just wait till october guys, just wait

you think 'bama fans were bad, just wait

Posted by: navy COP joe at May 31, 2010 03:52 PM (gg4j2)

24

nooooo, YOU suck it mpfs...in a gimp mask...while making me a sammich

too early?  wait for the ont?

Posted by: navy COP joe

It's never to early for sporting event insults.

I take pride in the fact that Philly fans would boo blind children at an Easter Egg hunt.

And we have Shriners in teeny tiny little cars.

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 03:53 PM (QuP9W)

25

blackhawks first

then the CUBBIES!!!!!

chi-town baby, everyone else suck it!!

Posted by: navy COP joe at May 31, 2010 08:46 PM (gg4j2)

just wait till october guys, just wait

you think 'bama fans were bad, just wait

Posted by: navy COP joe at May 31, 2010 08:52 PM (gg4j2)





I like the cut of your jib and would like to subscribe to your newsletter if you happen to have one, kind sir.

Sincerely, A Philadelphia Eagles Fan

Posted by: An Eagles Fan at May 31, 2010 03:54 PM (t72+4)

26

I take pride in the fact that Philly fans would boo blind children at an Easter Egg hunt

i must give props to that, outstanding

Posted by: navy COP joe at May 31, 2010 03:55 PM (gg4j2)

27 And we have Shriners in teeny tiny little cars.

Also cheesesteak.  And, you know, murders.

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 03:55 PM (r07cb)

28 I like the cut of your jib and would like to subscribe to your newsletter if you happen to have one, kind sir.

Sincerely, A Philadelphia Eagles Fan

Posted by: An Eagles Fan at May 31, 2010 08:54 PM (t72+4)

Oh, isn't that cute, coming from a 'Skins fan.

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 03:56 PM (YX6i/)

29 and don't forget the Mummers.

We got the fucking Mummers.

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 03:56 PM (QuP9W)

30 damn, blazer's sockpuppets slice like a fucking hammer

Posted by: navy COP joe at May 31, 2010 03:56 PM (gg4j2)

31


Oh, isn't that cute, coming from a 'Skins fan.

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 08:56 PM (YX6i/)





Hey, at least we have three Lombardy trophies. Thats at least three more than the Eagles have.

Lemme guess, you're a She-Hawks fan?



Posted by: Blazer at May 31, 2010 03:58 PM (t72+4)

32 yup, it's going to be the Mariners and the Cubs in the series, the oil leak will be all cleaned up, we'll be drilling in anwar and unemployment will be at 4%. In October.

Posted by: robtr at May 31, 2010 03:58 PM (fwSHf)

33 Hey, this period actually resembles hockey. That's an improvement over game 1.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 03:59 PM (X/Lqh)

34

robtr, i find your lack of faith disturbing

then again i find my lack of reality disturbing too

Posted by: navy COP joe at May 31, 2010 04:00 PM (gg4j2)

35 Lemme guess, you're a She-Hawks fan?



Posted by: Blazer at May 31, 2010 08:58 PM (t72+4)

I take offense to that Blazer, it's Seahags!

Posted by: robtr at May 31, 2010 04:00 PM (fwSHf)

36

it's going to be the Mariners and the Cubs in the series, the oil leak will be all cleaned up, we'll be drilling in anwar and unemployment will be at 4%. In October.

This is why it's so easy to play "Just the Tip" with liberal chicks.

Posted by: Noticer at May 31, 2010 04:01 PM (XBdMr)

37 Get it fucking right.  Sea-Chickens.  Geeze.

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 04:01 PM (YX6i/)

38 Sigh.  We couldn't get a damned NCAA basketball tournament thread, but here's a nice Game 2 hockey thread.

Basketball is American.  Hockey is Canadian.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 31, 2010 04:05 PM (1fanL)

39

Sigh.  We couldn't get a damned NCAA basketball tournament thread, but here's a nice Game 2 hockey thread.

But, hockey is the official diversion of Upper Mexico!

Posted by: Noticer at May 31, 2010 04:06 PM (XBdMr)

40 we have three Lombardy trophies

Get off my lawn!

Posted by: Grumpy Old Mantuan at May 31, 2010 04:06 PM (HSN0k)

41

Editor, I'm posting this video in your honor. Probably the worst sports team rock video in all of history so at least the Seahawks have that going for them.

 *note to self: never do a Superbowl rock video when you are only about four games into the season*

Posted by: Blazer at May 31, 2010 04:07 PM (t72+4)

42 It's a racist sport.

Posted by: Barbarian at May 31, 2010 04:08 PM (EL+OC)

43 38 Sigh.  We couldn't get a damned NCAA basketball tournament thread, but here's a nice Game 2 hockey thread.

That's life, friend. 

Posted by: Kratos (missing from the side of Mt Olympus) at May 31, 2010 04:09 PM (c0A3e)

44 What are you talking about?  That video has Michael Jackson in it.  And fucking Mike Tice. 

You best not be dissin' Doctor Dan Dornick.  Ohnoyoudi'int.

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 04:10 PM (YX6i/)

45 They're in Chicago. Ooohh is Obama there? I think he's just dreamy.

Posted by: Sports Media at May 31, 2010 04:10 PM (OThQg)

46 Two girlie teams, one cup.

Posted by: Bugler at May 31, 2010 04:11 PM (VXBR1)

47

Duncan Keith lost 7 teeth and only missed 6 minutes of ice time.  Who else could have done that?  Ditka.

Posted by: Bill H at May 31, 2010 04:11 PM (Iw5Dd)

48 We couldn't get a damned NCAA basketball tournament thread, but here's a nice Game 2 hockey thread.

Allow me to explain...basketball sucks and hockey is awesome.

See how simple that is?

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 04:11 PM (X/Lqh)

49 Telling Leighton his wife is a lesbian doesn't seem to be working this game.

Posted by: Reggie Dunlop at May 31, 2010 04:11 PM (rzJpR)

50 o/t but i cant help myself...

israel releases VIDEO PROOF of being attacked by armed 'activists'. they also have PROOF of the transmissions telling the 'flotilla' to turn away......and people STILL PROTEST AND BLAME ISRAEL...i mean....good god, its almost too insane to comprehend...did i miss something in the story/video? i cant even wrap my mind around all these people screaming and chanting anti-israeli crap all over the world...unbelievable...


.....and i hate marian hossa....ok well, i STRONGLY DISLIKE him...jus sayin...

Posted by: str8 outta monongahela at May 31, 2010 04:11 PM (J1ThS)

51 Hockey rules! 

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 04:12 PM (oCbCP)

52
What are you talking about?  That video has Michael Jackson in it.  And fucking Mike Tice. 


You best not be dissin' Doctor Dan Dornick.  Ohnoyoudi'int.

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 09:10 PM (YX6i/)





 Steve Largent wouldn't even show his face in that video.

Posted by: Blazer at May 31, 2010 04:13 PM (t72+4)

53 Allow me to explain...basketball sucks and hockey is awesome.

See how simple that is?

Drew, don't make me have to get a new favorite. 

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 04:13 PM (r07cb)

54 42 It's a racist sport.

Chris Rock (as Nat X on SNL) explained why there aren't more black people in hockey:

I was watchin' a hockey game and I noticed there were no black people. So I looked into this example of the white man once again keepin' the black man down and found out why there were no black people in hockey. First, it's cold out there! Second, we might get our gold teeth knocked out! Third, we have no desire to dominate another professional sport. And, finally, no brother is going to go anywhere there is a bunch of crazy white people wearin' masks and carryin' sticks!


Posted by: Kratos (missing from the side of Mt Olympus) at May 31, 2010 04:14 PM (c0A3e)

55

...unbelievable...

World makes perfect sense if you realize most won't adhere to logic. At some point, we have to stop being surprised.

Posted by: Noticer at May 31, 2010 04:15 PM (XBdMr)

56 Hockey ain't for pussies.

Obama wouldn't go near it.

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 04:15 PM (QuP9W)

57

hockey is awesome

Yeah, how can you not like a sport that has the word Zamboni associated with it.

Posted by: robtr at May 31, 2010 04:15 PM (fwSHf)

58 Duncan Keith got off easy.

Peace be with you all... of course.

Posted by: Forces of Peace Flotilla Activist at May 31, 2010 04:16 PM (G+lQR)

59

hockey is awesome

Best thing about going to a pro hockey game in Atlanta is that you have the arena to yourself.

Posted by: Noticer at May 31, 2010 04:16 PM (XBdMr)

60 Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 09:13 PM (r07cb)

Obama loves basketball and has nothing to say about hockey, even with Blackhawks in finals.

QED

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 04:16 PM (X/Lqh)

61 Allow me to explain...basketball sucks and hockey is awesome.

See how simple that is?

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 09:11 PM (X/Lqh)

Yup, that's why this thread is burning up.  Simple.  That's why the whole damn country follows the NCAA tourney, and 16 guys in Illinois follow the hockey playoffs.  Simple.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 31, 2010 04:17 PM (1fanL)

62 Did President PantLoad say something like 'I expect the ummm...Black Hawks to win by at least 3 touchdowns...as long as they aahh..can keep their infielders healthy and their ahhh..ummmm..quarterback has time to pass the ball'??


Posted by: Portnoy at May 31, 2010 04:18 PM (azgo2)

63 That's why the whole damn country follows the NCAA tourney, and 16 guys in Illinois follow the hockey playoffs.

You really want to go with the argument that the better thing is always more popular? Better start sucking Obama's dick then.

Posted by: Waterhouse at May 31, 2010 04:19 PM (HSN0k)

64 Hockey would be cooler if the rules allowed you to hit each other with the stick more often.

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 04:19 PM (YX6i/)

65 It's on...........GO FLYERS!

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 04:19 PM (oCbCP)

66 Hey you forgot the one person in San Diego who follows hockey.

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 04:19 PM (QuP9W)

67
Its too bad that presidents can't take a swipe at the puck like throwing out the first pitch because I'd really love to see the enforcers from each side put his limp wristed narrow ass right into the glass.

Posted by: Blazer at May 31, 2010 04:20 PM (t72+4)

68 ...oh, and by the way, a question for all you Philly fans:

Batteries > Stones ?

Just curious.

And as always, peace be unto you.

Posted by: Forces of Peace Flotilla Activist at May 31, 2010 04:20 PM (G+lQR)

69 64 Hockey would be cooler if the rules allowed you to hit each other with the stick more often.

What sport wouldn't be vastly improved with the addition of using the equipment as weapons?

Posted by: Kratos (missing from the side of Mt Olympus) at May 31, 2010 04:20 PM (c0A3e)

70 Stones, batteries, which ever is handiest.

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 04:21 PM (oCbCP)

71 I'm a Philly fan by default.  The Penguins are out.

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 04:21 PM (QuP9W)

72
What sport wouldn't be vastly improved with the addition of using the equipment as weapons?

Posted by: Kratos (missing from the side of Mt Olympus) at May 31, 2010 09:20 PM (c0A3e)





Pre-op transvestite midget mud wrestling.

Posted by: Charles Johnson at May 31, 2010 04:22 PM (t72+4)

73 What sport wouldn't be vastly improved with the addition of using the equipment as weapons?

Posted by: Kratos (missing from the side of Mt Olympus) at May 31, 2010 09:20 PM (c0A3e)

But it fits, in hockey.  You're chasing each other down.  It doesn't fit in baseball or golf. 

Posted by: Editor at May 31, 2010 04:22 PM (YX6i/)

74 #73  But it fits, in hockey.  You're chasing each other down.  It doesn't fit in baseball or golf.

The hell it doesn't! (at least for golf).

Posted by: Happy Gilmore at May 31, 2010 04:24 PM (c0A3e)

75 54 42 He should read this, then.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at May 31, 2010 04:24 PM (Yq+qN)

76 When those overpaid pituitary cases called the NBA can skate backward while throwing each other into the boards then we will talk about basketball being superior to hockey.

The NBA players whine when they injure their delicate little pinky fingers.  The only way hockey players leave the ice is on a stretcher or dead.


Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 04:25 PM (QuP9W)

77 Playing hockey: You wear body armor, zip around a slick hard surface faster than a person can run, AND carry a weapon. AND hit people. ON PURPOSE.

Playing basketball: One team takes off their shirts. Good tactics often involve turning around and forcing your backside into the guy who is facing you.

Whatever floats your boat.

Posted by: mr.frakypants at May 31, 2010 04:26 PM (pffBj)

78 Obama loves basketball and has nothing to say about hockey, even with Blackhawks in finals.

QED

Blind squirrel, etc.

But it fits, in hockey.  You're chasing each other down.  It doesn't fit in baseball or golf. 

It fit in baseball when Albert Bell was playing. 

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 04:26 PM (r07cb)

79 The hell it doesn't! (at least for golf).

Posted by: Happy Gilmore at May 31, 2010 09:24 PM (c0A3e)

*glares menacingly*

Posted by: Bob Barker at May 31, 2010 04:26 PM (G+lQR)

80 mpfs...you forgot game misconduct for beheading...just saying.

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 04:27 PM (oCbCP)

81

Best thing about going to a pro hockey game in Atlanta is that you have the arena to yourself.

Except during Flyers games, I bet, when a bunch of orange jerseys magically appear.

Posted by: Mama AJ at May 31, 2010 04:28 PM (XdlcF)

82 Ooof.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 04:30 PM (SI3Ri)

83
He should read
this, then.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at May 31, 2010 09:24 PM (Yq+qN)





Excellent article. Thanks for that.

Posted by: Blazer at May 31, 2010 04:30 PM (t72+4)

84
Lazy effers don't even play the 4th quarter!

Posted by: Dang Straights at May 31, 2010 04:32 PM (4Q7Cg)

85 mpfs...you forgot game misconduct for beheading...just saying.

How did I miss that one?

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 04:33 PM (QuP9W)

86 The NBA players whine when they injure their delicate little pinky fingers.

Heh. That reminds me that the soccer World Cup is coming up. Hour after hour of players acting like they've been hit with multiple .470 Nitro Express rounds when another player touches their shirt.

Posted by: Waterhouse at May 31, 2010 04:34 PM (HSN0k)

87 Here's a name for you nostalgia fans: Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown. I'll never forget an exclusive interview in which Swamptown revealed that he calls his hockey stick the "Big Tomahawk," and he usually refers to the opposing players as "the little scalps".

Posted by: Jim Carr at May 31, 2010 04:34 PM (rzJpR)

88 The smack is thick tonight , I like .

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at May 31, 2010 04:34 PM (NuAIL)

89

Chicago - Philadelphia for the championship.

Whichever sport you prefer, that's old school.

Playoff hockey is damn good.

Ignore it for most of the night and try to catch the last 10 minutes. You will be entertained.

Go orange and black.

Posted by: CJ at May 31, 2010 04:34 PM (O27Qg)

90

I know I've told this story before, but we're morons, we have no short term memory, so...

When my husband (from South Philly) first tried to get me interested in hockey, I protested and said something about how violent it was.

He gave me this look and commented that someone who'd been a Raiders fan in the 1970s really shouldn't talk.

I shut up, I watched the game, I liked the game.

Go Flyers!

Posted by: Mama AJ at May 31, 2010 04:35 PM (XdlcF)

Posted by: newser at May 31, 2010 04:35 PM (39SGJ)

92 Playing basketball: One team takes off their shirts. Good tactics often involve turning around and forcing your backside into the guy who is facing you.

Whatever floats your boat.

Posted by: mr.frakypants at May 31, 2010 09:26 PM (pffBj)

Game, blouses.

Now, would you like to come back to my place and have some blueberry pancakes?       ... bitches.

Posted by: Prince at May 31, 2010 04:36 PM (G+lQR)

93
Ignore it for most of the night and try to catch the last 10 minutes. You will be entertained.

Ok, so I can ignore this part?   I've got a twelver and I'm trying to follow the game, but not real sure what the hell is going on. 

Posted by: Dang Straights at May 31, 2010 04:37 PM (4Q7Cg)

94 Let's GO Hawks!

Posted by: jeff at May 31, 2010 04:38 PM (7z1z2)

95 Hi, guys. Just finally got the baby down (still learning to do things one-handed), so have time to weigh in.

Talk about a different game- guys finishing their checks, goaltenders actually stopping pucks, and so forth. Peter Laviolette must've known what he was doing when he plucked Leighton away from Carolina.

Oh, and the reason for a hockey thread vs a basketball thread? Lots of comments make blogging fun.

Oh, and Drew? Can you check the last paragraph of the post and make sure that's worded the way you want it? (grin)

Posted by: tmi3rd at May 31, 2010 04:38 PM (WRtsc)

96 He gave me this look and commented that someone who'd been a Raiders fan in the 1970s really shouldn't talk.

I've got to say, football is more fun when the Raiders are good. 

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 04:38 PM (r07cb)

Posted by: curious at May 31, 2010 04:38 PM (p302b)

98

Except during Flyers games, I bet, when a bunch of orange jerseys magically appear.

We're everywhere.

For those with HBO on Demand, check out the recent HBO specical on the Broad Street Bullies. Not bad.

 

Posted by: CJ at May 31, 2010 04:38 PM (O27Qg)

99 Hey, Dang, any questions you have will be quickly answered- fire away.

Posted by: tmi3rd at May 31, 2010 04:38 PM (WRtsc)

100 @94... This will explain it to you: http://bit.ly/qbcVM

Posted by: Jim Carr at May 31, 2010 04:39 PM (rzJpR)

101 97

Unless he plays hockey for the Flyers I don't care right now.

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 04:41 PM (QuP9W)

102 Head first into the plexiglass!

Posted by: mpfs at May 31, 2010 04:42 PM (QuP9W)

103 #97  Awesome,  Rush did recently say that one of the most dangerous jobs these days is being #3 in the Al Qaida command structure.

Posted by: Kratos (missing from the side of Mt Olympus) at May 31, 2010 04:42 PM (c0A3e)

104 Ugh.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 04:42 PM (SI3Ri)

105

Ok, so I can ignore this part?   I've got a twelver and I'm trying to follow the game, but not real sure what the hell is going on. 

Yes, it's the second period, so you can come back to it later. Right now it's like a pitchers dual in baseball - not  good time to sell the sport. In Game 1, there was a score every 5 minutes.

 

Posted by: CJ at May 31, 2010 04:43 PM (O27Qg)

106

We're everywhere.

Yeh, the husband made it to a game in Dallas a couple months ago.

One thing that sucks about following the Flyers from afar...We have DirecTV and they fight with Comcast every year, it seems. We end up most but not all games and unfortunately almost never have the home town announcers. I miss those guys.

Posted by: Mama AJ at May 31, 2010 04:45 PM (XdlcF)

107 O/T:  I tried to read The Stand.  Read about a third of it.  Couldn't finish.  I've tried to watch the mini-series a half dozen times.  It was on today.  I tried again.  I know people like it.  I still can't get into it.  I don't understand the appeal.

Posted by: rdbrewer at May 31, 2010 04:46 PM (cOjHy)

108 Muggle Quidditch . Stanley Cup Playoffs. They're all the same to Preznit Comiskey Field.

Posted by: TonyRezko at May 31, 2010 04:52 PM (U3YKR)

109 fuck

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 04:52 PM (oCbCP)

110 ComiNsky Field

Posted by: Bill H at May 31, 2010 04:52 PM (Iw5Dd)

111 Yeah baby!!!

Hossa!!!

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 04:53 PM (SI3Ri)

112 BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Posted by: dib at May 31, 2010 04:53 PM (nQYId)

113
any questions you have will be quickly answered- fire away.

What is with this egregious goal-tending, for one?!  Good grief, dude is camped out there.

Posted by: Dang Straights at May 31, 2010 04:53 PM (4Q7Cg)

114 double fuck

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 04:54 PM (oCbCP)

115 And again!!!

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 04:54 PM (SI3Ri)

116 Double tap .

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at May 31, 2010 04:54 PM (NuAIL)

117 Marian Hossa.with the goal.

Great one on battles all over the ice and Hossa gets a less than glamorous tally.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 04:54 PM (X/Lqh)

118 What is with this egregious goal-tending, for one?!  Good grief, dude is camped out there.

I did like it when the puck got lost inside the goalies pants.  That was fun. 

Posted by: alexthechick at May 31, 2010 04:54 PM (r07cb)

119 Go anyone not from Philly

Posted by: Doc at May 31, 2010 04:54 PM (rzJpR)

120

See if i just put an O/T in front of something when posting on a Hockey thread about something that noone else in the world cares but me, that means I am not an attention whore and a drama queen.

See how that works?

Posted by: Guy who notices shit like this at May 31, 2010 04:54 PM (t72+4)

121 Ah, there's the craptastic goaltending we've come to expect from Philly in this series.


Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 04:55 PM (X/Lqh)

122 Dun da duh dunh da da dunh.....

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 04:56 PM (SI3Ri)

123 Wow, Philly went from carrying the play to being on the verge of getting run out of the barn in the last 2 minutes of the period.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 04:56 PM (X/Lqh)

124 And now for a little ballroom dancing...hockey has it all!

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 04:57 PM (oCbCP)

125 Pretty much, Drew.  Niemi kept the Hawks in it up to that point.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 04:58 PM (SI3Ri)

126 Messa,

Niemi's played well tonight but he could melt down as easily as anyone. He was one goal from getting pulled himself on Saturday.

I know he's gotten them this far but I'm not sold on him. Lots of juicy rebounds with that guy.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 04:59 PM (X/Lqh)

127 Flyers had better come out playing in the third like the fires of hell are chasing them

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 05:03 PM (oCbCP)

128 True, but the Blackhawks played that way all year.  They are always just a second away from scoring.  The fact that they won either of the first two games at home has me psyched up.  They were terrible at home in the playoffs.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 05:03 PM (SI3Ri)

129 Of course, Mesa beats me to it. By the way, Mesa- you don't by any chance use that handle over on PokerStars, do you?

Drew, getting into the hockey punditry, I think both defenses sure let a lot of guys get to the front of the net in game 1... in any event, Niemi has been quite solid in this one. Leighton has played well as well, but that Eager goal was kinda inexcusable. Mesa's right- Hawks have been so bad at home during the playoffs (loved my Preds beating up on them, even if it didn't pan out in the end) that if they come out of Chi-town up 2-0, they're probably good for a win in 4-5 games.

Posted by: tmi3rd at May 31, 2010 05:15 PM (WRtsc)

130 Any tips on how to watch hockey intelligently? I grew up playing basketball and baseball mainly. A little football and soccer -- but no hockey. So  I have trouble figuring out what the hell they are doing. A lot seems kinda random -- hoping a puck gets deflected into the goal. I'm trying to be able to see a play develop

So far the only "play" I can recognize is ... dump the puck into the corner and try to smash the guy and take the puck. On power plays the game slows down enough that I think I can see what the offense is trying to do.

I'm really trying, so any moron advice would be appreciated.


Posted by: huh at May 31, 2010 05:18 PM (+ABdJ)

131 Here we go.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 05:25 PM (X/Lqh)

132 about bloody time Flyers!

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 05:25 PM (oCbCP)

133

Lombardy?

Lombardy?!

Lombardy?!!

That's a fucking tree!

Posted by: sherlock at May 31, 2010 05:25 PM (thr9V)

134 Huh-

First of all, I'm assuming you know what icing and offside are? If you don't, let me know and I'll explain.

Part I: breakout.

The breakout is when you are coming out of your own zone with the puck. You usually start from behind your own net and skate the puck up or pass it to a man, usually along the boards, followed often by a pass to a man coming up at high speed from behind you.

Part II: The neutral zone

Going through the neutral zone, you're trying to develop speed and numbers. If you're leading with the puck and you don't have something like 3-5 guys in front of you, it's a good idea to skate the puck into the offensive zone. If you're staring at the entire other team, dumping the puck in and chasing it is often a better idea (just in terms of personal health).

Part III: Offensive zone

The two defensemen usually take up positions at the blue line, both to hold the puck in and also to act something like point and shooting guards in basketball. The three forwards will usually (in today's NHL) do what we call cycling- in essence, you'll keep the puck in the same general area while the forwards skate in a circular motion within the attacking zone, attempting to draw a defender out of position. If you get that defender to bite, you have open space, and someone will go to the front of the net.

What we usually tell less-experienced players is to go to the front of the net and obstruct the goaltender's vision, such as the goal Philly just scored.

Ask more questions...

Posted by: tmi3rd at May 31, 2010 05:25 PM (WRtsc)

135 Ugh.

Nope, no online poker for me.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 05:26 PM (SI3Ri)

136

Go to a game, if at all possible. It's a million times better to see what's going on.

Watching it on TV, the camera follows the puck but you don't get a sense of who's going where and how the plays are set up.

Posted by: Mama AJ at May 31, 2010 05:27 PM (XdlcF)

137 Mesa-

Just wondering. Someone else out there uses your handle.

Posted by: tmi3rd at May 31, 2010 05:35 PM (WRtsc)

138 thanks for the help. Yeah, I know the basics of icing and offsides. I wish I could just watch a game from a nice overhead view. I've actually searched youtube for that, but no luck.

I'll try to follow the cycling aspect. I've heard announcers talk about it and can kinda see what they are doing. I have been able to recognize the "stand in front of the goalie and block his view" play.

btw, nbcsports is streaming two "star cam" views where the camera stays on one player -- it changes with every line change. I'm  finding that somewhat educational -- I can see what the player does off the puck.





Posted by: huh at May 31, 2010 05:38 PM (+ABdJ)

139 A lot seems kinda random -- hoping a puck gets deflected into the goal. I'm trying to be able to see a play develop

Sometimes it is kind of random and hope but there are also set plays or just a feel between teammates where they purposefully shoot with the idea it will be deflected.

NHL goalies will stop the vast majority of shots they can see, getting the puck to change direction is an important part of the game.

Again, it looks random but I've seen guys spend hours working on either getting the puck to the net for a deflection or work on deflecting pucks. It can be subtle but like most sports the best just make it look easy when it requires great skill and lots of practice.

Also a lot of what they are trying to do on offense is designed to get the puck in good scoring position with time and space for the shooter. That can be accomplished by skating or passing the puck around. Getting the goalie to move increases your chances of getting it by him. Again, let them see the puck and be what's called 'square to the shooter' and NHL goalies will stop an awful lot of shots.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 05:40 PM (X/Lqh)

140 Wow, that was intense.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 05:42 PM (SI3Ri)

141 now that's the way to play Flyers...keep it up!

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 05:42 PM (oCbCP)

142 I want OT!

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 05:43 PM (X/Lqh)

143 Umm...sorry Drew, I was Flyers 3-2

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 05:44 PM (oCbCP)

144 was = want

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 05:44 PM (oCbCP)

145 Stan Fischler (@StanFischler) is on Twitter and was asking about greatest OT games in playoffs. First that came to mind for me was Islanders-Capitals Game 7 in 1987 and NYR-NJD 94 Conference Finals (MATTEAU! MATTEAU! MATTEAU!)

Any other thoughts?

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 05:46 PM (X/Lqh)

146 Calgary was playing someone a few years ago, that game went on for forever...hard hitting, hard playing for like 6 periods. 

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 05:48 PM (oCbCP)

147 Couple questions -- hopefully they aren't too stupid:

How do they decide when to change lines? (Is that the right term?) Does the coach give a signal and then the guy dumps it in the corner so they can do a shift change?

Does each line always change as a group? Do all three forwards always change together -- and the same for the defenders?

A lot of goals seem random -- why don't they just constantly shoot and hope for a lucky break?

A lot of passes seem blind -- how do they know where their guy will be?

Posted by: huh at May 31, 2010 05:49 PM (+ABdJ)

148 Blackhawks - Redwings series last year was pretty exciting just because they went OT something like three games.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 05:49 PM (SI3Ri)

149 Hits the empty net post!?!?!


My heart.


Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 05:54 PM (SI3Ri)

150 Most popular baby name for the month of May, 2010 #4 Marian #3 Antti #2 Rocky #1 Ginger

Posted by: TonyRezko at May 31, 2010 05:56 PM (U3YKR)

151 Whew.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 05:56 PM (SI3Ri)

152 Drew, Red Wings-Blues Game 7 in the late 90s- 1st Cup for the Wings.

Huh-

Line changes- you time your shifts to about 40-45 seconds and the coaches will signal you as well. The coaches decide who the next line is.

Changes are dependent on everyone being where they need to be at change time... Alexander Ovechkin is a notable hot dogger who has pissed off his linemates by staying out longer than coached.

Shooting- the rule is, there's no such thing as a bad shot on net. Often, that's what we do- but if there's an obvious open area where one of your guys is standing with all day to pick a spot to shoot at, passing is often a good idea. Also, it's a good play to bounce the biscuit off the goaltender and let someone clean up the rebound.

Passing- you monitor where your guys are going to be, and there are certain times when you dish the puck off as a drop pass as a set play for someone else to pick up the biscuit.

Posted by: tmi3rd at May 31, 2010 05:56 PM (WRtsc)

153 well good that the Flyers came alive, too bad it was in the third

Posted by: SJR2 at May 31, 2010 05:56 PM (oCbCP)

154 Hits the empty net post!?!?!

My heart.

Posted by: mesablue at May 31, 2010 10:54 PM (SI3Ri)

Hahaha... that guy sucks!

Posted by: Scott Norwood at May 31, 2010 05:57 PM (G+lQR)

155 Posted by: huh at May 31, 2010 10:49 PM (+ABdJ)

tmi3rd actually played so if he's around he may have better answers but...

How do they decide when to change lines? (Is that the right term?) Does the coach give a signal and then the guy dumps it in the corner so they can do a shift change?

A lot of it has to do with time they've been out. Players go all out for 40-60 seconds and they are spent. In that window they are looking for a chance to get off and get fresh guys on. The ability to do that will often be determined by where the puck is on the ice and who has it.

The signal is usually between players. A player on the bench will know who 'he has' and when he sees him coming to the bench, he'll jump on.

Sometimes a coach won't like how their line matches against who the opponent has on the ice and he'll let them know he wants a quick change.

Does each line always change as a group? Do all three forwards always change together -- and the same for the defenders?

Depends. Sometimes there will be lines and D pairs that stay together but it often changes throughout the course of the game. Sometimes it's the coach wanting to give a star more time, better match ups vs. opponents. Sometimes a guy isn't playing well, so the coach will move him around and see if it shakes things up and makes something happen.

When a line out there the coach on the bench will call out names x, y and z. They will know they are up next and they will then call out who they are going to replace so everyone is on the same page.

Another coach will do the same for the D (coaching staffs usually break up responsibility with one running the forwards and another running the D).



Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 05:57 PM (X/Lqh)

156 Because nothing says Memorial Day weekend like, er, hockey.
Just wait until it's "Because nothing says Independence Day like, er, hockey."

Posted by: andycanuck at May 31, 2010 05:59 PM (7b1Uc)

157 Don't forget to check out Moron Hockey (link above in the post) for a series overview to date.

I'm guessing it will be along the lines of "Philly is done" but tmi3rd will make it sound smarter than that.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 06:00 PM (X/Lqh)

158 thx again for the helpful hockey knowledge.

Posted by: huh at May 31, 2010 06:00 PM (+ABdJ)

159 One soft goal makes all the difference.

Welcome to the Stanley Cup finals.

Posted by: DrewM. at May 31, 2010 06:01 PM (X/Lqh)

160 Hawks won by the skin of their teeth. Doesn't matter to the real Flyer fan. They drink the same 16 beers and puke,win or lose.

Posted by: Pecos Bill at May 31, 2010 06:01 PM (8WOM0)

161

greatest OT games

There was the one Flyers played...must have been in 2000 because I was pregnant. Hubby was watching the game in the living room and I went to bed, but had the game on. I woke up in the night, it was 2-3am and the game was on...still. I thought Comcast was repeating the game, but then wondered why my husband wasn't in bed.

Went into the living room and found they were still playing!

Ah, here it is.

Posted by: Mama AJ at May 31, 2010 06:06 PM (XdlcF)

162 Okay, guys... I'll have the post up in just a moment at moronhockey.blogspot.com.... come join the fun!

Posted by: tmi3rd at May 31, 2010 06:07 PM (WRtsc)

163 I hate the flyers!

Posted by: bobby orr at May 31, 2010 06:07 PM (UdYT0)

164 Post is up!

Posted by: tmi3rd at May 31, 2010 06:10 PM (WRtsc)

165 I'm a Philly guy but hate the Flyers. I refuse to join that cult of brain-dead ECW fans, who used to seriously argue with me that Dave Brown was better than Gretzky or Lemieux. Or Clarkie and his ancient "we'd rather have 5 ten-goal scorers than one 50 goal scorer" attitude. I even had a few of them tell me that they were rooting for the Flyers to lose the last game of the season so that they could save their playoff ticket deposits. Now, they're running around with tinfoil (Stanley Cup) hats.

I really haven't followed the NHL since Bettman ruined the league but I have to pay attention now, in case they win and decide to burn down my house.

Hawks in 4.

Posted by: Luca Brasi at May 31, 2010 07:40 PM (NaTe7)

166 Just got back from the sports bar and it was packed. It's great to see the Hawks in the Finals and only two wins away from the Cup. An old friend of mine remembers what it was like back in the 60s and early 70s when the Hawks were THE team in Chicago. He says this current group has the potential to be just as popular for many years to come. The key will be how they deal with the salary cap issue after the Finals are done (hopefully with our first Cup since '61). On a side note, last year during the playoffs there was a video message from Obama saying "Let's Go Hawks!". There were more boos than cheers from the crowd. LET'S GO HAWKS!!!!

Posted by: Spudskie at May 31, 2010 08:53 PM (pvi/L)

167 No tattoos.  No dreadlocks.  No baby mamas.  No attitude.  Just hockey.  In the world of professional sports, Stanley Cup hockey is a breath of fresh air.  Go Hawks!

Posted by: bustoff at May 31, 2010 08:56 PM (aioP1)

168 you have to root for the Cubs. Obama hates them.

Posted by: jeff at June 01, 2010 02:44 AM (7z1z2)

169

Love the Hawks. I've followed them since the 60s. It's nice to see them in the finals again.

 

from

Funny River, Alaska

Posted by: kingfisher at June 01, 2010 03:34 AM (Rb259)

170 Playoff hockey sucks when a #7 seed makes the finals.

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