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3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:52 pm

Preamble

Good evening, everyone. When we last left our heroes they were laying waste to an Isles team that in the past has given them difficulty. It's always nice to see the Pens lay the lumber to a team, even if it's a crap team. Most teams would miss a beat if shorn of the reigning Hart/Art Ross winner; the Pens just watch Crosby go out and do what Crosby does. They even played a little defense against the Isles, which was a welcome sight. For the most part, the forwards have fallen into place since Bennett was called up. Kunitz has caught fire. Dupuis is doing the dirty work for Crosby. Cooke is back on the 3rd line doing Matt Cooke Things. Tyler Ken...okay, there are still bugs in the system. The defense is still a problem, and not because they've had two rookies in and out of the lineup. Most of their problems can be traced to Letang impersonating Sandis Ozolinsh, Orpik trying to play his way off the 2014 US Olympic team, and the continuing mediocrity of Deryk Engelland. Fix those, and this will be a fully operational battlestation.

Tonight's opponent is the Boston Bruins, who have the 2nd most points in the East but are 4th overall at the moment. They've played tight defense this year, and are 3rd in the league at 2.1 goals allowed/game. Offensively they always seem to amount to more than the sum of its parts. They have struggled on the power play this year, so any Bruins PPs may amount to a stoppable force/movable object battle. The game is on NBCSN here, so I won't get to hear Steigy get confused with both teams having the same colors.

Standings? http://espn.go.com/nhl/standings/_/group/2 The Pens have a decent lead in the division. Philly is in real trouble, which cheers me. The Caps are in real trouble as well, which is clearly their plot to keep the Pens from winning the Cup. They've figured out the Pens need to beat Washington on their way to the finals and have decided not to show up. Nefarious.

As always, tonight is an important game given that it's against another top team in the East. A loss will lead to a 50 page meltdown thread; a win will be discarded immediately. Hopefully the good version of the Pens defense shows up tonight. Let's get it done.
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Kovy27 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:53 pm

They are still allowing you to do this?

No pictures in the preamble?

WTF Rocco! You are slacking!
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:57 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:59 pm

Kovy27 wrote:They are still allowing you to do this?

No pictures in the preamble?

WTF Rocco! You are slacking!


I've never used pictures in the preamble.
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby tfrizz on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:00 pm

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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby slappybrown on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:00 pm

Ok Rocco time to produce
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby malksby8771 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:00 pm

WTF is with those purple and pink jerseys?
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby tscottw56 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:03 pm

Auctioning off for cancer
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby malksby8771 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:05 pm

tscottw56 wrote:Auctioning off for cancer


That's a great cause and all but are they actually wearing these for the game?
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rylan on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:06 pm

malksby8771 wrote:
tscottw56 wrote:Auctioning off for cancer


That's a great cause and all but are they actually wearing these for the game?


no
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby tscottw56 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:08 pm

Probably just for warm up, like they did with those camo jerseys a couple of weeks ago
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby DocEmrick on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:11 pm

LOL what happened to Tampa Bay? Weren't they in like 3rd two weeks ago?
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby DelPen on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:14 pm

Are we sure it's not spelled Hloltby with the first L silent :)
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby tunez33 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:19 pm

looks like despres is scratched tonight
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:20 pm

tunez33 wrote:looks like despres is scratched tonight


He hasn't been mediocre enough to Bylsma's liking. If only he could fully emulate Engelland...
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby DelPen on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:22 pm

tscottw56 wrote:Probably just for warm up, like they did with those camo jerseys a couple of weeks ago

Reminds me of the Phantoms jerseys
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:23 pm

Get it done
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby DelPen on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:26 pm

tunez33 wrote:looks like despres is scratched tonight

I actually don't disagree with this move.
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby farnham16 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:27 pm

Dan Bylsma is truly unbelievable. Pens come off their most impressive defensive effort in a long time and what does he do? Breaks up the d pairings from last game and scratches Despres for Engo.

Once again, a far superior player is benched for NO reason.
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby ranci on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:28 pm

Understand this.
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:28 pm

farnham16 wrote:Dan Bylsma is truly unbelievable. Pens come off their most impressive defensive effort in a long time and what does he do? Breaks up the d pairings from last game and scratches Despres for Engo.

Once again, a far superior player is benched for NO reason.


Despres isn't gritty enough. And he's under 27. And he has talent.
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:29 pm

farnham16 wrote:Dan Bylsma is truly unbelievable. Pens come off their most impressive defensive effort in a long time and what does he do? Breaks up the d pairings from last game and scratches Despres for Engo.

Once again, a far superior player is benched for NO reason.


Well, he's got to give you something to complain about, hasn't he?
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:29 pm

I know the Bruins are a tough team... just don't get that.
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby columbia on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:30 pm

Typical LGP: the complaining starts before the game does. :)
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Re: 3/12/2013 Bruins v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby joopen on Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:31 pm

Just stoopid
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