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#1 DuffMan

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:21 AM

Playoff Hockey!  Are there two better words out there, maybe free beer but it's close.

 

The second season is upon us!

 

Caps-Bluejackets in Round 1, let's go!

 

Dates and times for the first round series

 

GM1 (H) Thursday, April 12th @730

GM2 (H)  Sunday, April 15th @730 

GM3 (A) Tuesday, April 17th  @730

GM4 (A) Thursday,  April 19th @730

GM5 (H) Saturday, April 21st 

GM6 (A)  Monday, April 23rd

GM7 (H)  Wednesday, April 25th

 

Yeah, yeah we've all been here before but damn if I'm still not excited.  I'll admit it, took me a while to get over last seasons playoff loss but I did and I'm ready to go.   Kudos should be give to Trotz and the team, with all the turnover and playoff grief another trip to the playoffs wasn't a given but they made it. 

 

This team has had to work at it and wasn't able to coast into the playoffs.  Having to fight the whole way to make the playoffs they are arguably playing their best hockey of the year, add to that lowered expectations and I'm curious to see if this leads to something different.

 

We have a young goalie who is on a roll could that be the missing ingredient?  Even if Grubauer stumbles we have Holtby  ready to go.

 

Round 1 is against the BlueJackets  and their pleasant coach John Tortorella .  This won't be an easy matchup but I'm saying Caps in 6 and then most likely another second round matchup against the Pens.

 

For those that can't get over last and prior years failure take heed from Kylo Ren:   "Let the past die, kill it if you have to"   Okay that's pretty corny but don't let the past prevent you from enjoying a potential playoff run.

 

 


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 01:57 PM

Peaking at the right time is key, to which you alluded; we've seen the best happen too early so often in the past. A change would be welcome.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 08:43 PM

Grubauer gets the nod for game 1.
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#4 Dupin

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:19 PM

Not surprised, he deserved it.



#5 DuffMan

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 07:34 AM

Not surprised, he deserved it.

Remember when he lost his first 5 starts of the year, me neither.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:06 AM

Remember when he lost his first 5 starts of the year, me neither.

 

Man! I was saving that for after he does something dramatic in the playoffs.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:07 AM

Man! I was saving that for after he does something dramatic in the playoffs.

If he plays like he did when he was locked in against the Pens I'm sure you'll have ample opportunity to do so!


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:39 AM

If he plays like he did when he was locked in against the Pens I'm sure you'll have ample opportunity to do so!

 

Kinda hoping so. I've said it for years, the scariest thing in the playoffs is a hot goalie. And a pending FA goalie with a chance to make himself money on a playoff run has plenty of motivation. And Holtby is waiting if he stumbles. I'm more concerned with the D keeping things out from in front of him.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:21 AM

Kinda hoping so. I've said it for years, the scariest thing in the playoffs is a hot goalie. And a pending FA goalie with a chance to make himself money on a playoff run has plenty of motivation. And Holtby is waiting if he stumbles. I'm more concerned with the D keeping things out from in front of him.

The D has been better lately,  both Kempny and Jerabek seem to have helped in solidifying the blue line.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:31 AM

Forgive me but I'll be rooting for the Flyers for the next two weeks. 


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:58 AM

Forgive me but I'll be rooting for the Flyers for the next two weeks. 

I want the Pens.  If the Caps are ever going to go on a run I'm convinced it has to include extracting revenge against their chief tormentors from playoff pasts.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 10:06 AM

I want the Pens.  If the Caps are ever going to go on a run I'm convinced it has to include extracting revenge against their chief tormentors from playoff pasts.

I get that. I'd rather just not hear "here we go again".


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 10:13 AM

I get that. I'd rather just not hear "here we go again".

https://www.russianm...cant-get-worse/

 

It's funny I saw that quote from Backstrom and my first thought was, "I'm sure you guys could find a way to make it worse"


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:14 AM

https://www.washingt...m=.b92fac8af158

 

Good read on Trotz


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#15 Dupin

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 07:13 PM

Right call on that one.  Caps on the board.

 

Dirty hit, right call to throw him out of the game.



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Posted 12 April 2018 - 07:14 PM

There's number 2, rack 'em up boys!



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Posted 12 April 2018 - 07:32 PM

Right call on that one. Caps on the board.

Dirty hit, right call to throw him out of the game.


Lots of twitter seems to think CBJ got screwed.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:32 PM

Bad time for a penalty.

 

Sigh.



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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:43 PM

That was a pretty one, nice job Smith-Pelly.



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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:15 PM

Lots of twitter seems to think CBJ got screwed.

Late hit from behind and followed through with the elbow, twitter can suck it.


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