rinkrat21

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  1. Not unusual for the Hawks to be the lesser team physically in any given game, especially the playoffs. While they do need to answer on some level, which they finally started doing, that wasnt the only issue. It was about winning individual battles for the puck, outworking the other team, dealing with the fact they are going to get pounded but being willing to take a hit to make a play, and crashing the next looking for dirty rebound goals. They finally started doing that after being down 3-1 to the Wings and its been great since then. As far as the Hawks speed being able to get around Boston's D, we'll have to wait and see. Threw 3 rounds, the Bruins have done an excellent job of shutting down the other teams top skill forwards. And when there is a breakdown, Rask has been absolutely sensational. They probably havent seen a team like the Hawks so who knows how well they will handle them, but thats a 2-way street - I dont think the Hawks have had to deal with a team as balanced as the Bruins yet either who are playing their best hockey of the season. Sweeping the Penguins is something that cant be overlooked or taken lightly. The Bruins must be doing something awfully good right now. Should be a great series!
  2. Well that was my biggest argument all along - will this team perform in the playoffs where a different style of hockey is played. None of us will ever know what was said in that players only meeting during the Wings series, but whatever it was, most of the guys have manned up since that point. They tried taking their regular season game into the playoffs and they found themselves down 3-1 in the 2nd round. They had their meeting, called each other out, and now here they are on their way to the SC Finals. IMO, it was never a question of "CAN" they play playoff style hockey, it was a question of "WILL" they. They finally decided too, which shut all the people up who were questioning them about it like myself, and now as Eddie would say, we are all a bunch of "happy humans" As for the Bruins, no question they are even bigger and tougher team than the Kings. No question they wont be as worn down as the Kings were. And no question they will be the more physical team. But if the Hawks continue to man up, Hawks in 6. My biggest concern isnt really the Bruins brawn at this point, its Rask. Only 2 goals allowed in 4 games to the Penguins?!?!? Unconscious. Hope he cools off before Wednesday.
  3. Oduya could easily be countered with one of the moves Bowman gets the most credit for - Leddy - who is currently a -5. No ragging on ya, I just think the stats for both of those guys is a little misleading. Leddy hasnt been as bad as a -5 might indicate, and while Oduya has the +5 rating, he still turns the puck over an awful lot in his own end and the neutral zone IMO. I was critical of Handzus for awhile but he seems to have picked it up at the same time the rest of the team did, halfway threw the Detroit series. Before that he wasnt noticeable. The one guy who hasnt been a factor at all has been Stalberg. That benching is WAY in the rearview mirror now and he hasnt been noticeable at all. My guess would be he's outta here after this season. He was a Bowman move. To be fair and balance things out, where the hell has Kane been?? He was a Tallon move so we cant pin that one on Bowman. That Tallon guy sure was an idiot to draft him
  4. Who are anxiously awaiting the winner of tonight's game. I agree, Im not seeing the Wings as a legit SC threat. The Kings on the other hand? That series would be a direct example of the point being debated.
  5. Whatever the reason Creat, the team isnt as good as they led us to believe. I give Q more of a pass because he has actually proven it as a coach, whereas Bowman has yet to prove it as a GM. But either way and no matter who's fault it is, as it stands right now, the team isnt good enough and not nealry as good as they led us to believe in the regular season.
  6. Boy am I glad you arent a player for this team. If I had to listen to the laundry list of excuses after simply getting beaten by another team, it might be enough to make me turn in my season tickets forever. Thankfully, if the Hawks do lose, we'll probably here things like "we got beat by a better team", or "we didnt do enough to win". They will at least man-up and face the fact they werent good enough, not blame luck or random events. Like I said before, great teams find a way to overcome some bad luck, not falter from it. You want to see a great example of a great organization and a great team currently? Pay attention to what Pittsburgh is up to this year. The Hawks are MUCH further away from that level of play than just some bad luck or a few bad bounces.
  7. Eh, in a best of 7 format, that usually give the better team a chance to overcome things like random bad luck here and there or a bad bounce here or there. Perhaps the best team doesnt always win, but more often than not they do and they usually get past the 2nd round at least. Comparing this team to teams from decades ago is pointless. And even if these were better than those teams, they didnt deliver any results. I dont find any positives in that really. Who cares if they could have beaten teams from Savard's era. Whoopity-doo. If anything, if this team doesnt turn this around and win the series, they will be remembered the same way the 91 team did - a bunch of guys who choked in the playoffs, not as one of the greatest Hawk teams ever.
  8. If your idea of one of the greatest teams ever in Hawks history is a team that loses in the 2nd round after a historical regular season, your standards are very low my friend. Hitting a goal post isnt always bad luck. It means the players shot wasnt accurate enough by an inch or two. And I counted 2 posts last night - Leddy and Handzus. Care to enlighten us to the other 3? As far as the Preds series, the Hawks would have been down 3-1, nobody knows for sure if they would have come back and won that series or not. Just like we dont know that they wont win this one.
  9. No matter what excuses people want to throw out there, great teams find a way to overcome adversity. Whether its a few bad calls from the ref, a 3rd liner getting benched for a couple of games, a hot goalie, bad luck, etc. This team led us to believe they were great during the regular season and its proven to be a lie so far to this point. Plain and simple.
  10. Seriously. Like I said, one excuse after another after another.......
  11. Eh, your just not getting it. Cleary for one is a huge agitator that would do the Hawks some good right now. And the other smaller guys are at least playing tenaciously. It doesnt matter how big you are. Look at how Shaw plays. 2nd smallest forward on the team but sure doesnt play like it. Toews, Hossa, Stalbger, Handzus, Bolland, Kruger, Frolik, etc. All guys bigger than Shaw but play with nowhere near the same tenacity level as Shaw. And come playoff time, its required. Not preferred, REQUIRED.
  12. Agreed. Holland and Shero are by far the best. I cant even put Bowman in the second tier of GM's, and probably not even the 3rd. At this point he cant even carry Shero's jockstrap.
  13. Yeah, the whole "the team hasnt had a chance to get comfortable yet" is one of a long laundry list of excuses the Bowman defenders like to use. But good point, Holland just showed that theory is dumb. Another one of my favorites was the "Stanley Cup hangover" theory from a few years back. Apparently someone forgot to send that memo to the Kings. And I've thought about the idea that the Kings very well might be waiting for the Hawks if they can turn this series around. The "blind faith fan" side of me wants to say bring it on. The logical, non-partisan side of me wants to say its probably best to just lose now so I can avoid having to watch that potential blood bath.
  14. Wow you guys are off to a roaring start Nobody is a bigger Stan / front office basher than me when it comes to putting the right team on the ice to contend in the playoffs, but it aint over yet!!! Im hanging on until the fat lady sings!!! I do hear her warming up her voice though.......
  15. I made reference to some of the core being here before Tallon took over. That is reality as well.