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3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:04 pm

Preamble

Evening, everyone. The last few weeks have seen the Pens slap together some of their best hockey of the season. Malkin and Fleury in particular have really shined. Even Paul Martin has looked 10% less decrepit. With 17 games left in the regular season, this is a good time to round into shape. Last year the Pens were mostly smoke-and-mirrors at this point. In 2009-10 they were erratic down the stretch, while people remained convinced that the Pens would flip a mythical switch and turn good again. Under Therrien the Pens had a good history of hitting their stride in March and April. Tonight's opponent is Toronto, a team desperate to make the playoffs that has already cast their coach overboard. Their GM is next. (Fun prediction- Toronto misses the playoffs, Burke gets fired, the new guy comes in and takes the credit next year when Toronto is good.)

Let's take a look at the standings: http://espn.go.com/nhl/standings/_/group/2

Catching the Rangers is probably still a bridge too far. Hockey Reference has their odds at around 5%, which seems about right- if you simulate the last month of the season 20 times, the Pens probably catch New York one of those, but it isn't likely. Winning tonight and opening the gap to 6 points over the Devils and 4 over Philly for the 4th seed would be nice. The Pens are better at home, and for karma purposes I don't like the idea of tanking to get the 6th seed (though if you're Philly, would you try to lay down and let the Devils catch you so you play whichever crap team comes out of the Southeast? Probably not yet since Ottawa is within striking distance, but you think about it). It's getting late for Toronto.

As always, I expect you guys to make some noise no matter how the Pens are playing. The Pens dedicated a statue to their greatest hero today, so hopefully the team can go out and honor him with a worthy performance.
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:20 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby sharpshootr55 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:26 pm

Go Geno!
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Mr. Colby on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:28 pm

Go Rocco!
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Froggy on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:30 pm

yeeeeeeeeees.... eeeexcelent. game on tv. woop woop
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby canaan on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:36 pm

Gooo Peeeeennnguuiinnnnsssss!!!!!
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby pens#1 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:38 pm

Crosby interview at second intermission and 66 in the booth at some point
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby slappybrown on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:38 pm

Suarez is a racist diver.....I mean go pens
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:39 pm

Time for another 5 point night, Geno.
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby 71Aj66ax87 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:39 pm

Gaucho wrote:LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby penny lane on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:39 pm

let's go pens!
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Geezer on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:40 pm

I'm going to have to put a radio in the room where I watch the games. With these versus games I'm starting to remember how much I disliked having playoff games on those versus,NBC,etc
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Doogs on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:40 pm

ARE YOU READYYYYYYYYY!!!
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:41 pm

Crap, I didn't realize Thiessen was starting tonight.
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby penny lane on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:41 pm

i missed that brad theissen was starting... he reminds me of ron tugnutt's son.
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Avyran on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:43 pm

Really nice, simple defensive play by Michalek there.
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:43 pm

Geezer wrote:I'm going to have to put a radio in the room where I watch the games. With these versus games I'm starting to remember how much I disliked having playoff games on those versus,NBC,etc


You like Root better?
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby 71Aj66ax87 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:43 pm

penny lane wrote:i missed that brad theissen was starting... he reminds me of ron tugnutt's son.


How so?
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Fire0nice228 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:43 pm

LETS GO PENS!
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:44 pm

So how did Adams not bury that?
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby itissteeltime on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:45 pm

Love Asham's game recently.
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Froggy on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:45 pm

asham... speed? wtf?
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby 71Aj66ax87 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:45 pm

Rocco wrote:So how did Adams not bury that?


I asked the same thing.
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Be1isarius89 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:45 pm

Toronto's defense is a joke. lol
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Re: 3/7/2012 Leafs v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby penny lane on Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:45 pm

71Aj66ax87 wrote:
penny lane wrote:i missed that brad theissen was starting... he reminds me of ron tugnutt's son.


How so?


;) just in looks. i have never seen his son, if he has one.
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