4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

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4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:59 pm

Preamble

Good evening everyone. I wish I had something deep and inspiring to say tonight, but, well, there isn't a lot. Buffalo's eliminated. The Pens have wrapped up the East and don't have much of a shot at the President's Trophy when you look at who Chicago has left. (Now, if the Pens win tonight and Chicago derps their next game? Different story.) At this point the Pens have two goals: 1) try not to have anyone else get hurt, and 2) serve notice to the East that they will not go out meekly as they did the last 3 playoffs. The Pens had nothing to play for last night and still controlled much of the play against a team that absolutely needed the game. If the Pens are letting up on the throttle they've got a funny way of doing that.

As mentioned previously, tonight's opponent is one who at this point is playing for draft positioning. They canned their coach earlier this year, and they seem to be stuck where they aren't all that great but also aren't terrible enough to be one of the worst teams and get a top draft pick. It wouldn't surprise me if they blew up the team and started over. There is a small matter of revenge, however- the Sabres ended the Pens long winning streak, and right now the Pens are only .500 against Buffalo. If the Pens won out, they'd be no worse than .500 against every team in the East. If they lose out, they'd be under .500 against 3 teams who they won't see in the playoffs. It's an odd year.

Standings? Standings. http://espn.go.com/nhl/standings/_/group/2 I'd love a matchup with Ottawa. They'd spend all their energy trying to kill Cooke. I wouldn't mind the Isles even though on paper they could cause problems- they have the look of a team that will be happy to be in the playoffs. The Rangers could pose a problem with Henrik in net, but the Pens have handled them. Winnipeg would be roadkill. This is all assuming the Pens have most of their firepower back for the postseason.

Anyway, should the Pens lose what is a meaningless game, there will still be screaming about how the team peaked too early. The "Fire DB' thread will resurface, and we may even get large pictures with arrows showing how the team is fundamentally broken. A win would be ignored. I'd like to see them win.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby offsides on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:00 pm

First

LET'S GO PENS!!
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby GDR on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:01 pm

hopefully they don't allow themselves to be trolled by Kaleta and Ott like they were the last time. Spent more time worrying about those two nobodies instead of winning the game.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby offsides on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:01 pm

Geno playing tonight.............................nice.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Kovy27 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:01 pm

Will there be TV pics?
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Fire0nice228 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:03 pm

LOL what ever did happen to Bowser and his crazy analysis..

Tough game tonight after the travel issues last night, hope for a lift from Geno.

LETS GO PENS
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby ChiTraderRob on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:03 pm

Anybody on RCN know what channel it's on Center ICE?
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:07 pm

Fire0nice228 wrote:LOL what ever did happen to Bowser and his crazy analysis..

Tough game tonight after the travel issues last night, hope for a lift from Geno.

LETS GO PENS


He's Dejan's cheerleader on Twitter these days. He'll show up if the Pens get bounced early in the playoffs.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:09 pm

offsides wrote:Geno playing tonight.............................nice.


I will try not to break him.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:09 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby thepittman on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:15 pm

AHHHHHHHHHH
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Pavel Bure on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:18 pm

I'm gonna meet Doc Emrick in person :scared:
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby FreeCandy44 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:20 pm

Pavel Bure wrote:I'm gonna meet Doc Emrick in person :scared:

Pics....
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:21 pm

Pavel Bure wrote:I'm gonna meet Doc Emrick in person :scared:


Don't tell him you're Russian.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby NashvilleCat on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:24 pm

NBC: "Claude Giroux's a guy who can deliver a hit. Just ask Sidney Crosby about the hit in the playoffs."

I've got a better idea, ask Giroux about the playoffs.

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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby npv708 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:27 pm

I'm going to an event with Bettman and Leonsis tomorrow. Any requests? lol.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby iWonTheCup87 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:29 pm

most meaningless game of the season? Glad to see Tanger, Malkin back but please dont get hurt
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Beveridge on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:30 pm

These games all have meaning. Playing the right way going into the playoffs.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby PghSkins on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:32 pm

PANGUINS
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Fire0nice228 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:34 pm

MARK EATONS BACK WERE SAVED!
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Kovy27 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:35 pm

Team Awards:

Spoiler:
Good Guy-2
Masterton-87
Player's Player-44
MVP-87
Booster Club-87&29
Rookie-47
Community Service-24
Defensive Player-7
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby pens2005 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:35 pm

Don't like Crosby not having a timetable still.

Maybe the Ottawa intermission report dude was correct.

Don't know, but it's been 3 weeks, I'd like to think he is close to returning.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby npv708 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:35 pm

TK IS SCRATCHED TONIGHT!!!!
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Beveridge on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:35 pm

I kind of like these lines.
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Re: 4/23/13 Sabres v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:36 pm

KENNEDY SCRATCHED
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