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Buzzard
04-19-2010, 07:06 AM
Go Caps!

It seems that when I watch them, they get scored against and lose. 1st playoff game I came in with about 8 minutes left with the Caps winning 2-1. Soon after Montreal scored and tied it up. I turned to something else and came back later when it was in OT with about 8 minutes left and BAM, Montreal scores to win it.

Game 2. I watch from beginning and at the 1 minute mark, Montreal scores, followed by another goal about 5 minutes later. I hold on and the Caps score. I watch it until 9:00 when I switch to the Strike Force fights. As soon as I turned the channel and was getting my picture in picture going, the Caps score and bring it within one point. I then decide to not jinx them and only watch the fights. It paid off. My brother finally called me to tell me it went into OT again but the Caps prevailed this time. Luckily I was able to see the winning shot on replay.

Question for all. Are you superstitious when it comes to certain sports? I am, though I know it is silly. It's the same with my beloved Redskins. I had to watch Super Bowl 22 by myself with my brothers in the living room and me sequestered in my bedroom for the Redskins to be able to pull it off.

Buzzard
04-24-2010, 05:39 AM
Damn, the opposite happened. I didn't watch most of game 5 and the Caps lost. They had a shot in the 3rd but couldn't make it. Game 6 in Montreal.

J.B.
04-24-2010, 06:33 AM
The Coyotes and Blackhawks are doing good this year, so I have been more engaged than I usually am. I grew up playing hockey and I love the sport, it's just not one I follow as closely as football, basketball, or fight-sports.

I am not superstitious, but I have definitely gotten the vibe at certain times that my teams do better or worse depending on where I am watching the game. I am weird like that anyway though, I will watch the Cardinals games on TV with the audio on mute and turn on the radio broadcast so I can hear Ron Wolfley do the play-by-play. :laugh:

Buzzard
04-24-2010, 07:58 AM
The Coyotes and Blackhawks are doing good this year, so I have been more engaged than I usually am. I grew up playing hockey and I love the sport, it's just not one I follow as closely as football, basketball, or fight-sports.

I am not superstitious, but I have definitely gotten the vibe at certain times that my teams do better or worse depending on where I am watching the game. I am weird like that anyway though, I will watch the Cardinals games on TV with the audio on mute and turn on the radio broadcast so I can hear Ron Wolfley do the play-by-play. :laugh:

It's hard for me to divide my time and watch all the sports I wish I could along with the other activities I enjoy. Lately I've been watching bits and pieces of hockey and usually watch during the playoffs.

The Caps and the Kings are the teams I am rooting for. Too many sports and not enough time to watch them all. The Hawks are on in 10 hours, don't know if I'll be awake by then.

bj44
04-24-2010, 03:53 PM
Go hawks and habs :)

matthughesfan21
04-24-2010, 04:17 PM
hawks looked ok in game 1, a little rusty and Rinne was hot...Game 2 they had a fire under them(still didn't get the offense going really because of Rinne) but they D was playing very well....Game 3 was atrocious and they played their worst game of the year...Game 4 they looked excellent and won 3-0...Let's see if the pattern continues or the hawks actually play good in back to back games...Got to get to Rinne early before he settles in because once he is in a zone, he can be a monster

logrus
04-24-2010, 04:31 PM
The Coyotes and Blackhawks are doing good this year, so I have been more engaged than I usually am. I grew up playing hockey and I love the sport, it's just not one I follow as closely as football, basketball, or fight-sports.

I am not superstitious, but I have definitely gotten the vibe at certain times that my teams do better or worse depending on where I am watching the game. I am weird like that anyway though, I will watch the Cardinals games on TV with the audio on mute and turn on the radio broadcast so I can hear Ron Wolfley do the play-by-play. :laugh:

The Hawks series has been nuts, we either play like crap, or have a shut out. Really though it has been a lot of good hockey this year.

matthughesfan21
04-24-2010, 05:17 PM
The Hawks series has been nuts, we either play like crap, or have a shut out. Really though it has been a lot of good hockey this year.
exactly, both wins by shutout...Game 1 we outplayed them, but our passing wasn't very crisp and it was difficult to set up a good series of chances on net...Game 3 we just need to forget about, nothing positive came out of that game...we are tied 2-2 and 2 of the last 3 are in Chicago, so hopefully they come out sharp this afternoon and get that pivotal game 5 win...Most of the series have been great though, the Habs are showing some grit(they still aren't winning it, but i like their effort)


Lets go Hawks, Habs, Phoenix, LA, Buffalo, Colorado, and Ottawa(surprised Philly knocked off NJ also)

it has been a great playoffs though

logrus
04-24-2010, 09:24 PM
exactly, both wins by shutout...Game 1 we outplayed them, but our passing wasn't very crisp and it was difficult to set up a good series of chances on net...Game 3 we just need to forget about, nothing positive came out of that game...we are tied 2-2 and 2 of the last 3 are in Chicago, so hopefully they come out sharp this afternoon and get that pivotal game 5 win...Most of the series have been great though, the Habs are showing some grit(they still aren't winning it, but i like their effort)


Lets go Hawks, Habs, Phoenix, LA, Buffalo, Colorado, and Ottawa(surprised Philly knocked off NJ also)

it has been a great playoffs though

I hope we get rid of Niemi this off season, How you can give up 3 points on only 11 shots is beyond me.

matthughesfan21
04-24-2010, 09:33 PM
I hope we get rid of Niemi this off season, How you can give up 3 points on only 11 shots is beyond me.make that 4 on 13, the first 3 were tough saves, that last one was weak

logrus
04-24-2010, 09:58 PM
make that 4 on 13, the first 3 were tough saves, that last one was weak

I really don't blame the D which kinda dozed off. They played solid for 3 periods, the goalie needs to be that guy who bails you out when you need it most. To only have 13 shots on you and you let 4 go is unacceptable especially when the guy at the other end has stopped 28 shots in the same amount of time.

matthughesfan21
04-24-2010, 10:30 PM
I really don't blame the D which kinda dozed off. They played solid for 3 periods, the goalie needs to be that guy who bails you out when you need it most. To only have 13 shots on you and you let 4 go is unacceptable especially when the guy at the other end has stopped 28 shots in the same amount of time.

in the stat sheet it looks terrible, but the first 3 goals were all on breakdowns, those are saves I'd like to see Niemi make(and he usually does) but the first 3 were on screens in front, a bad pass by kane that lead to a point blank one timer(that save is incredibly rare and difficult) and another one screened by Arnott and a nice passing play(niemi overcommitted slightly, but Bolland played atrocious D on that goal) the 4th goal definitely should have been stopped

I think its foolish of you to say that Niemi basically sucks based on this one game considering he has 2 shutouts in the series and was playing amazing until today...The hawks scored in the last 13 seconds of regulation(I don't know how Kane got that wide open next to Rinne) and then killed the Hossa penalty in OT before Hossa nets the game winner right after leaving the penalty box

Huge win, it was frustrating at times, and exhilarating at other times, but I'll gladly take this win...Now lets finish this in Nashville on Monday

logrus
04-25-2010, 02:00 AM
in the stat sheet it looks terrible, but the first 3 goals were all on breakdowns, those are saves I'd like to see Niemi make(and he usually does) but the first 3 were on screens in front, a bad pass by kane that lead to a point blank one timer(that save is incredibly rare and difficult) and another one screened by Arnott and a nice passing play(niemi overcommitted slightly, but Bolland played atrocious D on that goal) the 4th goal definitely should have been stopped

I think its foolish of you to say that Niemi basically sucks based on this one game considering he has 2 shutouts in the series and was playing amazing until today...The hawks scored in the last 13 seconds of regulation(I don't know how Kane got that wide open next to Rinne) and then killed the Hossa penalty in OT before Hossa nets the game winner right after leaving the penalty box

Huge win, it was frustrating at times, and exhilarating at other times, but I'll gladly take this win...Now lets finish this in Nashville on Monday

Kane was near center ice cherry picking and kept movin without the puck and set himself up for a rebound attempt.

Niemi over plays everything always leaving his backside way to open, as for the screens, well he better figure out how to defend them because if were struggling against a seeded 8 team, what we going to do against one of the other seeds.

13 shots on you and you manage to let 4 go is nothing to be proud of and if that isn't something for us to be worried about, then your going to be rudely awaken.

matthughesfan21
04-25-2010, 02:13 AM
Kane was near center ice cherry picking and kept movin without the puck and set himself up for a rebound attempt.

Niemi over plays everything always leaving his backside way to open, as for the screens, well he better figure out how to defend them because if were struggling against a seeded 8 team, what we going to do against one of the other seeds.

13 shots on you and you manage to let 4 go is nothing to be proud of and if that isn't something for us to be worried about, then your going to be rudely awaken.its hard for a goalie to defend a screen if his teammates aren't helping him clear them out...If Niemi played like that every game, I would definitely be worried...He had a 33 save SO the game before and going into this game had a GAA of around 1.50 and a save% of nearly .95, Rinne wasn't as sharp today either...I'm not ready to give up on Niemi because he had a rough game especially since he has been playing good in the series prior to today and he played solid in OT as well

logrus
04-25-2010, 06:31 AM
its hard for a goalie to defend a screen if his teammates aren't helping him clear them out...If Niemi played like that every game, I would definitely be worried...He had a 33 save SO the game before and going into this game had a GAA of around 1.50 and a save% of nearly .95, Rinne wasn't as sharp today either...I'm not ready to give up on Niemi because he had a rough game especially since he has been playing good in the series prior to today and he played solid in OT as well

How much more help did you want out of the D, they gave up only 4 shots on goal in period one and two. A couple of his goals were just terrible on his part, Rinne didnt do to bad considering the hawks blasted him with like 30 shots in 2 periods.

Thats just the prob with Niem, he is either real freakin good, or he just brain farts all over himself. I think hes the only goalie to shut a team out the give up 4 goals the next game.

matthughesfan21
04-25-2010, 03:21 PM
How much more help did you want out of the D, they gave up only 4 shots on goal in period one and two. A couple of his goals were just terrible on his part, Rinne didnt do to bad considering the hawks blasted him with like 30 shots in 2 periods. the d can help by moving guys from out in front of niemi and not allowing him to see nothing but arse(if it was old style hockey, Niemi could just slash their ankles and get them out of there, but goalies can't do that anymore so its up to the d to assist him..I'm not arguing he played good because he didn't, but I thought it was strange calling for them to get rid of him

I think hes the only goalie to shut a team out the give up 4 goals the next game.Every goalie has games like that...

Brodeur, Luongo, Roy, Hasek, Sawchuk, etc.

The only time I would worry about it is if he was playing like that consistently...He gave up only 2 in game 1(2 empty netters) and 3 in game 3 when the team played their worst game of the year...He does need to be better, but with the exception of goal #4, their goals were all on quality scoring opportunities