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Let's Go Canes! It's been a long 10 years.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

heck yes it has. i was still a student (tears up) while watching the canes get swept in the eastern conference finals by the pens...granted i didn't think we would make it that far but still...

edit: nvm

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Lets Go Caps!

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
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Hoping for some more...

What a savings

"What a jerk!" - Some other jerk in a tacky suit

Where's the beef?

As a Caps homer, I love the draw they got. Feeling pretty confident against the young (but good) Hurricanes team and the fact that at least Islanders or Penguins will be eliminated before round 2. I don't see Islanders winning against Pittsburgh which would give us 4 straight years of Caps vs. Pens in 2nd round.

BACK TO BACK.... LFG!!!

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GO CANES

Longest Playoff Drought is over! Probably a little too young to make a run, but they are a team capable of upsetting someone, so Washington is definitely on notice. I wouldn't be shocked to see us lose in 5 or 6, but I'm just glad I'm finally going to a playoff game for the first time in 10 loooong years. This year isn't about winning now, its about getting the youth the experience to win down the line.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

last time we went to the playoffs we were swept during the regular season by Boston but beat them to advance to eastern conf finals. hoping we can do it again, but like you intimated--to win would probably take 7 games.

Selfishly I want the caps series to go to game 7 as that was the only Caps game I could make in the first round.

I haven't watched any Hurricanes game this year, but I have heard they are a fun team to watch. I can't wait for the playoffs to to start. This is definitely the best time of the year. There is nothing better than March Madness, leading into the Stanley's Cup and Masters weekend.

Alright, I can give you a decent scouting report....

Outside of Justin Williams (C) and Jordan Staal (A) there is a lot of youth with this Canes squad. I know you all know JWilliams well, but this is his second stint with the Canes, with him scoring the Cup sealing Empty Netter for us back in 2006.

The first thing to know about Carolina is that it has an elite level defense. Doug Hamilton, Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce and Calvin DeHaan have combined for one of the better defensive cores in the league all year. Slavin and Pesce are home grown talent and are both signed long term, and are two of the top young defensemen in the NHL. This team is built upon suffocating defensive play, limiting shots, and preventing high quality chances. You earn your goals against them. Hamilton was acquired in a big trade with Calgary at the draft along with Michael Ferland (more on him in a few) and has come into form since the new year, outpacing all NHL defensemen in points since December 31st. Calvin DeHaan was the big offseason signing coming over from the Isles and cementing out 2nd pairing all year. Unfortunately, he messed up his hand a week ago and is likely shelved for the entirety of the playoffs. Replacing DeHaan and rounding out our 3rd pairing will be a combination of Justin Faulk, Tervor VanReimsdyk, Haydn Fleury, and recently recalled Jake Bean, who led AHL defensive rookies in points this year with 44 over 70 games en route to leading Charlotte to the best record in the AHL this season.

At forward, again its all about the youth. Sebastian Aho has been a revelation this year, with 83 points in 82 games played. What's more impressive about that mark is that he's been relatively cold the last month or so, but given his play recently, it looks like he might be about to break out again. Alongside him you will fine Nino Neiderriter, who has been on an absolute tear since joining the Canes a couple weeks before the deadline for perennially disappointing Victor Rask. Those two drive offense when they are on the ice together, routinely putting defensemen on rollerskates. Joining their line will be the aforementioned Justin Williams. You know plenty about him, so not much to say. The second line is going to be Jordan Staal alongside 18 year old rookie sensation Andrei Svechnikov. Don't let the age fool you, the kid is built like a tank and can do pretty much everything on the ice. But, he's still young, and is still prone to rookie mistakes, and I'm expecting the playoffs to overwhelm him a little bit. Along with them you'll see one man wrecking crew, Michael Ferland, who might not produce anything on the score sheet but is capable and willing to throw a big hit or two per game, even if that means playing over the edge to earn a penalty. Rounding out the rest of the offense will be role players like Jordan Martinook, Lucas Wallmark, Gregg McKegg, Brock McGinn, and Warren 'McLovin' Foegele. They all play the same kind of game, and are all able to score. Outside of Aho, there isn't a big huge scoring threat on the Canes, but they can score. Four players reached 20 goals this year, and another 3 reached 15.

In goal you will see a duo of Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto right after the beginning of the year. Mrazek enters the playoffs as the unquestioned #1, with a .950 Sv% over the last 10 games of the year, capable of stealing games we shouldn't have a chance to win. But you're likely to see Mac start at least one game this year based on what the coaches deem analytically sound.

As for the coaches, you have first year head coach (and should be Jack Adams Finalist) Rod Brind'Amour leading the charge. We employ a fast tempo puck possession skate the other team off the ice kind of style while still having the defensive capability of smothering out fast break opportunities. Most games will see one of our forwards break out for a 1 on 1 with the goalie, and most nights we will outshoot the opponent. For those that follow it, we dominate Corsi advanced statistics, and are going into the playoffs as statistically the best 5 v 5 team in hockey. The PP has struggled this year, but is entering the playoffs on fire having scored in something like 6 of the last 8 PPs they were on. The PK is as good as you'd expect with a team with this defense.

If you had to ask me the biggest weakness of the team, it is youth. They just haven't been here before, and most of the team is 24 or 25 and younger. They don't know what they don't know right now, and with the pressure being amped up, nobody knows how they will respond. But they're also a team capable of pulling off the upset. On December 31st, they were 1 point out of last place in the Eastern Conference. Since then, they've had I want to say the 2nd or 3rd best record in the league, behind only Tampa and Boston during that same time. And this franchise has a history of going on runs when it does make the playoffs, having gone to at least the Eastern Conference Finals in each of the last 3 appearances (2002 Stanley Cup Runner-Up, 2006 Stanley Cup Champions, 2009 Eastern Conference Runner-up).

All that being said, I don't see the Canes winning this series. I'll be pleasantly surprised if they make a series of it. But I see this being more like the 2001 season, when we bowed out to NJ in 6 games (after going down 3-0) where the experience sets them up for future runs, than 2009 where they made a run out of nowhere. My prediction is Caps in 6.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Now that I have watched the Canes for seven games, this is a PHENOMENAL scouting report. Credit to you, Alum.

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Sees SCP 2019 picture. Reads comments. Looks at avatar.

I'm confused. You have a Flyers mascot as your logo and claim to be a Hurricanes fan?

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I live in Raleigh, I'm a Canes fan. Been going to games since they played in Greensboro.

I have the Gritty avi because it's a creepy ass mascot that I find hilarious. My family is from Philly so they follow Philly sports which is why I'm familiar (and why I like the Phils, Sixers, and Eagles), but being born and raised in Raleigh, I am a Canes fan.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Yeah I'm in the same boat with the profile picture馃槄

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

My family, which lives an hour from Greensboro, and I went to see the Canes and Bruins in Greensboro their first year down there. My dad was a big Bruins fan and being from New England also was familiar with the Whalers.

Oh man you must have had a blast in 1998 when they had that playoff series against the Bruins in Greensboro. I don't remember much from that series, but I do remember that they set off fireworks in the Coliseum when the Canes won a game in OT.

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I was actually long gone by then. We went to the regular season game when I was home over Christmas.

As a Bruins fan, I should be really excited. Then I realize IF we get by Toronto, the Lightning will be waiting for us. It's really stupid the two best teams (points wise) could play in round 2. I just have a hard time seeing anyone beating them this year.

The 2015-16 and 2016-17 Caps fans feel your pain. Washington and Pittsburgh were #1 and #2 in the conference both those years but played each other in 2nd round each playoffs.

The current structure is dumb. I get rewarding the division winner but the two teams based on points shouldn't play in 2nd round.

I would be ok with the two division winners (in each conference) guaranteed into playoffs while the other 6 are based on point totals. I would also be ok with leaving it how it is where top 3 division teams making playoffs where the other 2 spots are for the wild card but still have 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, and 4v5 in the playoffs; seedings based off point totals for regular season.

Lastly but not least... Go back to re-seeding in each round based on who advanced.

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To be fair, the old way of each division winner getting the 1, 2, & 3 spots was stupid too.

I'm not sure why the NHL is so against just going 1-8 based on points in each conference. I understand they want rivalry games in the playoffs...but the playoffs is about determining the best team, not manufacturing rivalry games.

As a Pens fan, this format has been beneficial to us, but I would have much rather had the Pens/Caps series been for the ECF

Couldn't agree more. Just seed 1-8 based off of points. More often than not, you're going to get the better teams playing in the conference finals that way. Also, it's not like rivalries will just go away if this happens lol.

So the Caps will have to beat both the Penguins and Lightning as usual? Figures

Penguins are usuals but not so much Lightning as last year was the first time they played TB since the 2010-2011 season.

I expect Pens to win but I wouldn't be surprised if Trotz's system game beat Pitt's talent.

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Pens getting back geno and Tanger is huge. Excited to see what Kris can do before he gets hurt in the 2nd period of game 1

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

I was hoping they'd keep Kris out until playoffs to avoid any setbacks in the last 2 games. He's so important to this teams defensive core that I don't think we'd be able to go on a run without him like in 2017, but he's made out of glass.

I used to be huge into the NHL, for some reason, I kinda split with it about 10 years ago, quit following it altogether really. No real reason, I just stopped watching. I decided to make an effort this year at getting back to watching it. All the names and faces I used to know are long since gone (except maybe Jagr, that old fuck still playing?), and being a NC resident now, I have adopted the Hurricanes as my team. So, all that being said, Let's Go Canes!

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I kinda split with it about 10 years ago, quit following it altogether really.
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I have adopted the Hurricanes as my team. So, all that being said, Let's Go Canes!

lol no worries, you'll fit right in with this fanbase, Most haven't really paid attention the past 10 years, either. Being that awful for that long will do that.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Being that awful for that long, continuing to jack ticket prices up, and facilitating bad deals will do that.

FTFY

What, signing Tomas Kaberle to a monster deal was a mistake?

Seriously, I have no idea how Rutherford was able to offload that one just a couple months later.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Everyone in the NHL needs right handed defensemen who can move the puck. Even if they move the puck dreadfully, apparently.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

#ALLCAPS

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I'm probably the only Stars fan on here, but I don't really like our chances to make a deep run.

Not a Stars fan, but your post made me laugh. Leg.

ZUCC!

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I am rooting for a Tampa vs Dallas final, with Tampa winning, so the Rangers can get two additional first round picks. Our cupboard is bare.

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Don't worry too much, you're probably going to end up with Adam Fox after he refuses to sign with us. He'll be a very nice piece to build the blueline around

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KAAKO

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Lots of chatter around the Devils taking Kakko #1 because Hughes and Hischier are too similar. I don't buy that you can have too many talented centers though.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

You all ready for tonight?

I know the fans in St. Louis are (potentially NSFW)

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Ovi got his last season. Pulling for Joe Thornton (again) this year.

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he'll yeah. Go Sharks!

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

The Stanley Cup playoffs are the best. My final prediction:

Tampa Bay over Winnipeg in 6 to win the cup

I hope it doesn't happen though, go Bruins!

Go Bolts!

Digging the woman commentator on the penguins Islanders game honestly compliments the other guy well

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Lightning go up 3-0 in the first and then lose 3-4. Tampa wtf.

stick it in, stick it in, stick it in!

This is how crazy the playoffs are.... Tampa didn't lose a game in the regular season when they were up by 3 goals but lose 4-3 after being up 3-0 on Wednesday.

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I went to the Caps pre-game skate this morning. It pained me to see Carl Hagelin in Caps colors.

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Agree, I hate it

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Caps were doing some pretty intense work for a pre-game skate. Rather than shooting and getting loose, they were doing drill work with the defensemen going back to recover a dump in, and then transitioning out of the zone under pressure. The Caps coaching staff must be expecting a ton of dump and chase by the Canes.

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a ton of dump and chase by the Canes

Bingo. That's their style.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Sorry, can't hear or see you over the # of these Championships here.

I hear ya...

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Sorry, STILL can't hear ya.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

.....That's Boston....

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

I know. But Holtby's reaction is perfect.

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I can't imagine if they meet in the playoffs again this year. That will be a heck of a series.

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Indeed. Quite.

Let's go Knights.

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies

Goddamn sharks

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies

bah, stupid first period. Had to expect the moment would be a little too much for the Canes, given the venue and their complete lack of experience. Leaving Ovechkin wide ass open on the PP is not an ideal way to penalty kill against the Caps.

At least it looks like they settled in and played much better once the jitters wore off. I was a little surprised about how leaky the Caps defense appeared throughout the game. The Canes were getting guys with the puck in front of the crease more often than I am used to with Holtby having to make some high pressure saves. If that keeps up, this could be a very interesting series.

But yeah, the Canes need to stop taking silly penalties. That was dumb. And we need to not suck on the PP. That would be good, too. At least Svech showed up.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Kempny going down at the end of the season has caused a little bit of a shuffle on the top defense line, with Carlson shifting over to his weaker side (though he's the best option the Caps to make that switch). Niskanen and Orlov have been shaky for a lot of the season, and if Orpik is out there you know he's not going to win many races to a puck.

but damn if Orpik wasn't knocking the shit out of guys last night!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I think Carolina played better the entire game other than on their own power plays.

Also, when defending the Caps PP, you either defend the other 4 Caps players and try to prevent any clean passes to Ovi, or you put a man on Ovi and play 4-on-3 against Oshie, Backstrom, Kuznetsov, and Carlson. At least if you don't guard Ovi you know where he is and the goalie knows where it likely will be coming from. Playing 4-on-3 is difficult against that set of completely capable playmakers. I think I saw something where, when this lineup first started, they were scoring in over a quarter of their PP. Then teams tried to cover Ovi and play 4-on-3, and their goal percentage shot up closer to 40%.

It is just a game of choosing whatever strategy is less terrible. It also doesn't help that Ovi will still get his shot off somehow when marked, he just will take less shots.

In my opinion, Canes were the clear better team 5v5, but they were a complete mess on either the PP or PK. I still don't know why Hamilton and Svechnikov aren't getting PP time at all right now, they were the guys driving the play the most when they were on the ice. I know our defense is our strength, and was impressed with the way we were able to keep the Caps in check even strength. That's not easy to do.

Crazy to think Svech just turned 19 2 weeks ago. He is going to be an absolute problem for the other teams in the Metro going forward. It stinks that Aho is in a rut right now. I think he's been playing hurt for a little over a month now, and its killed his scoring. If we could get him going at all, this series could get really interesting.

But for us, I'm literally just glad we're here. 10 years is a very long time to wait to make the playoffs in any sport, so I'm just enjoying what we got.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Thoroughly surprised at the CBJ and Tampa Bay series so far. Wonder if Columbus can avoid a repeat of last year

VB born, class of '14

This feels more real than the Caps series last year. Last year it was close games OT wins. They have dominated for long stretches of play this year. That doesn't mean anything on the long run but it feels different.

Where's the beef?

Very interesting playoff so far. If someone had told me that St. Louis would be up 2-0 on Winnipeg, NYI would be up 2-0 on Pittsburgh, and Columbus would be up 2-0 on Tampa Bay, I'd never believe you. Jets and Lightning both have to go on the road as well to try and tie it up. I still think Pittsburgh beats NYI just off of experience and talent, but Trotz has definitely figured out a recipe for beating the Pens. We'll see if it's enough.

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As a Caps fan, if they advance, I think I'd prefer to see them take on the Pens over the Isles. I think Trotz would have a serious leg up coaching against the Caps.

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I'm also a Caps fan. I'd rather play the Isles. Leg up in coaching or not, I think the Caps are just way deeper than them. The Pens have a tendency of playing to their competition whether that team is the Chicago Blackhawks or the Tampa Bay Lightning (regular season TB).

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I want no parts of the Pens. The Isles will be chippy, but don't want the Pens at all.

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I really wish Reardon would move Kuznetsov back to the first line. I know Backstrom is playing really well right now on the first line, but Kuzy was first in points scored in last year's playoffs. Also put Vrana back on the second line and Hagelin on the third.

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Canes are making this one ugly. Would be huge to come back to Raleigh tied up at one game each!

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

I hope that goal opens the floodgates for Aho. He's been snakebitten for a while

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Orpik is on fire yes sir 2 up!

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I think Carolina wins one in Raleigh, but the Caps got their best shot tonight while not playing a good game of their own and still won. Mrazek was incredible today. Caps in 5.

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I still say it goes 6. But the youth of the Canes is showing. They ar controlling play but making mistakes that the Caps are taking complete advantage of.

It's encouraging as a Canes fan to see them play like this. We are going to be seriously good in the near future, and you can see glimpses of it here and there. But they're just not ready, yet.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

So that Kadri cross check was pretty bad, but I dont blame him for retaliating after marleau got run into the first panel of glass after the bench there. Esp after he got the knee to knee earlier

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He was unavailable to the media after the game which is pretty weak imo. Also, with his history he'll be watching from back home the rest of the series.

Not sure why the Pens didn't do anything to improve their defense during the off-season or before the trade deadline. It was pretty evident against the Caps last year that they had some major holes back there. They also should have traded Kessel when he wasn't a complete shell of his former self.

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It was only a matter of time before Jim Rutherford went full on Jim Rutherford with the Pens

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

No cap space, and nobody was touching that Kessel contract

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Trading Oleksiak definitely didn't help those things.

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Ovechkin just killed a guy. I'm only half kidding.

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I've never seen him in a fight, apparently he's only been in four in his career.

Note to Canes, don't poke the Russian bear.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Has he fought Crosby?

I'm pretty sure I've seen him beat up someone else but I don't remember who.

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Good what I would give for him to do that to Crosby

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04/15/19 A. Svechnikov (CAR) vs. A. Ovechkin (WAS) 1st Period 10:59
12/12/10 B. Dubinsky (NYR) vs. Alex Ovechkin (WAS) 2nd Period 9:33
12/02/06 A. Ovechkin (WAS) vs. P. Gaustad (BUF) 2nd Period 4:52
09/26/06 M. Richards (PHI) vs. A. Ovechkin (WAS) 1st Period 10:28

Virtual Fight, but actual representation.

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Note to Canes, don't poke the Russian bear.

I'm sorry? I mean, I get that Svechnikov is a kid and made a huge mistake dropping gloves there...but every time Ovi has been on the ice he has been slashing and cross checking Svech and he had enough of it. And Ovi was the one who dropped gloves first. Not defending Svech here, he is young and should know better than that. But its not like he "poked the russian bear". More like the russian bear kept poking him until he lost it. Very smart by Ovi, IMHO, because Svech was a huge bright spot in our post season run and now he may not play again in the series depending on his mental health.

Note to Canes, don't poke the Russian bear.

Given the way the Caps got their asses thoroughly handed to them for the remainder of the game after that fight, I'm pretty sure the Canes were the bear you didn't want to poke last night.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

I knew the Canes would take one. The fight had nothing to do with it. Svechnikov is dumb for doing that because he might have to sit out Thursday.

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Virginia Tech fanatic.

The first four goals were scored by Svech's best friends.

The Caps had about 2 shots in the 40 minutes after that fight.

The Canes have said all year that they play for each other - and you just witnessed it.

It mattered.

Yes, other guys had to score if they wanted to win. I said the Canes would take one, and they did.

Caps will take the series. Like Ovi said, it's tough to win 4 straight in the playoffs. Congrats to Carolina on their first playoff win in a decade. Wouldn't be surprised if they won another. The Caps will win the series, and this won't matter.

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I don't disagree with you there, the Canes had their way last night and for many stretches of the two games prior.

As much as I love the CAPS I'm able to watch hockey pretty objectively. While comments like "don't poke the Russian bear" are reflexive in the moment. I'd rather not see a player get knocked out whether in a fight or a cheap shot, etc.

Great game for the Canes, thorough domination all around and that's what playoff hockey looks like, including the stadium shaking at its foundation!

Let's play seven!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I honestly had no idea what happened to Svech in the stadium. It all happened right in front of me, I saw the fight start, saw him carried off, and that was it. Heard at intermission he would be out the remainder of the game and that was it. The postgame radio guy was focused on it probably a little too much for how the game actually played out, but whatever. The news today about him is good, sounds like he only has a concussion (thought it could have been worse) and is likely out Thursday, unsure about anything more.

What is surprising to me is that I think the weakness the Caps have on defense right now is starting to be exposed. The Canes forecheck, at least 5 on 5 kicked their ass last night, and has been outworking them for large stretches of the previous 2 games. And the energy the Caps are spending in the defensive zone is really impacting them on offense.

Even if they are able to get by Carolina, they're not going to have it any easier against the Isles or any other future rounds.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

I'll tell you a guy they/I miss...Jay Beagle...I'm not sure their faceoff percentage, but I'm pretty sure it's not good.

Watching all three games, I've been impressed with the Canes ability to sustain offensive zone pressure and their SOG volume is phenomenal. With that said, momentum can come in surges and the CAPS if/when they get going can be pretty dominant as well.

Game four should be interesting!

Edit: and Kempny!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

In the regular season, the Caps are DFL in faceoff %. 45.7%.

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Losing Kemper really hurts them

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His wiki has been updated to being killed by ovi lol some people don't wait around

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If he dies, he dies.

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Tbh Ovie is the only Cap skating right now who doesn't look like he's got a case of the Mondays.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Thought I'd just come here and say, holy shit Alex Ovechkin!!!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Dougieeeee

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

This has been an abysmal period ovi is the only one skating worth a damn that was bad

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One of the most dominant periods I've ever seen by the canes. Would love to see them beat the caps but even to just extend a series and tire them out would be nice

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The canes have taken it to the CAPS in all three games. The CAPS look flat and uninterested this game (other than the fight), lazy passes etc.

I've been a longtime CAPS fan, but the Canes are a favorite since I live in NC.

The Canes are playing this game with a playoff attitude, if they can keep it up this will be an interesting series.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Nice to see the Canes effort finally start to pay off in this game!

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Inject this entire game INTO MY VEINS

The PNC Arena was insane tonight. Good Lord we manhandled the Caps

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Not nearly as badly as Ovi manhandled Bitchnikov.

Oh aren't you special

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This thread needs more western conference representation so I'm here to brag on my Avs complete domination of the Flames last night.

Also, is Doc Emrick the best play by play guy in sports?

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Also is Doc Emrick the best play by play guy in sports?

Absolutely he is. I thought this was a well known fact. His vocabulary and fact he speaks in complete sentences is incredible.

Here's a Link to the 153 verbs he used in one game to describe the puck being moved.

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

My wife made the comment last night that she hopes some kids somewhere are listening and taking notes because he can't do it forever and there's no one even close to him in the game right now.

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Agreed. It's not even close. He does other "similar" sports like water polo, lacrosse, and field hockey for NBC at the summer olympics and it's absolutely fantastic. I miss him being the Devils pbp guy

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

We are really lucky in Raleigh that we have John Forslund as our regular Play by Play guy. Doc is unquestionably #1, but I'd rank Forslund #2. Maybe not as eloquent as Doc, but he does a great job.

I'm really not looking forward to the day that NBC brings him on full time and he leaves the Canes.

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Also, is Doc Emrick the best play by play guy in sports?

without question!

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is Doc Emrick the best play by play guy in sports?

Yes.

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown

Also, is Doc Emrick the best play by play guy in sports?

I would say 100% yes.

As a caps homer, I think Joe Beninati is up there too as he has done a lot of the NBC broadcasts for non-Caps playoff games, last year especially.

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What's everyone's thoughts on the Ovechkin/Svechnikov fight?

I feel bad for the kid, but at the same time, it looked like he agreed to drop gloves.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

He (Svechnikov) kept whacking at him (Ovechkin.) Whether it was bare hands or a freight training in the corner, the kid was gonna get something from Ovie. You mess with the bull, you get the horns.

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This is a cherry-picked point of view. Game 1, any time Svech and Ovi were on the ice Ovi was laying hits, slashing, and cross checking him. Not saying Svech is innocent here, but it was clear from game 1 that one of Ovi's goals was to get under Svech's skin. Svech should know better and look who he is talking to before dropping gloves, I won't argue that. But you can't say "mess with the bull you get the horns" like Svech has been the instigator all series.

Did I say all series? Did I say all year? No. He nodded to Ovie in agreement. He was whacking at him for the previous 5 seconds. He messed with the bull. NOW he knows better.

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*sigh*

it never gets old, the amount of caps fans that act like Ovi is ferdinand the bull or something like that...It's all good-- he is a great player, i respect him and his talent.

Huh? You mad bro?
All I said was he kept agitating Ovie at the beginning of Game 3, and Ovie was gonna do Ovie things. The kid must have said something for him to drop the gloves, but it was mutual.

And yes, he is a freaking bull. He runs over people like a bull, skates like a bull, treats his sticks like a bull. It's not hidden, or some secret thing only Caps fans know or something. It's all out there on the ice for all to see.

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Disclaimer: I'm a lifelong caps fan, and this quote is from Alan May, so this is not an unbiased take. But FWIW:

Ovi was probably frustrated at the amount of sticking the guy has done. If we went back and did the replays of every one of these games, and showed how many times that kid was cross-checking after the whistle, coming in late with the hits. There's a reason that players have been going after that guy and hitting them as hard as they can.

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Ovi's gloves came off first and he grabbed Svech before he could really do anything. Not to mention he has like 40-50 lbs on the kid. There's a reason Ovi hasn't been a fight in almost 10 years. Who in their right mind would fight this guy?

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

I can answer that. Uh, no one. Ovi's off the puck antics are on another level. I haven't seen him live in a little while so maybe he's changed a bit. But when I would keep my eye on him only, off the puck he was slashing, cross checking, spearing guys in the ribs etc. So, even if you don't fight the guy you are gonna get banged up and bruised playing him regardless. A lot of players just adopted the approach of taking your licks and moving on.

He is a professional at what he does and, to me, is easily one of the most intimidating players to go up against.

I'd have to watch again, but didn't Svech say something to him right before dropping gloves...kinda like an old western showdown and Ovie was just the quicker one to "draw".

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

It looks to me like Svech just answered Ovi's question of "do you want to go?" with a "Yup". Of course it was probably in Russian.

I used to love fighting in hockey, but I think I'm growing past it. There just isn't much of a place for it anymore. Sometimes the league has to protect players from themselves, and maybe its not the best idea to condone guys throwing fists at each other's face when you're also trying to limit concussions.

Svech shouldn't have gone after Ovi. Ovi probably should have been more restrained and not gotten himself suckered into that. After the momentum the Canes had at that point, him being out for the next 5 minutes probably hurt Washington more than anything. And all it did was piss off the entire Carolina team, who proceeded to physically manhandle the Caps the rest of the game.

As an aside, last night was an awesome venue to be in. Might be the most intense crowd I've seen live, including the runs back in 2006 and 2009. That building is a nightmare for opposing teams in the playoffs.

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He asked for it.

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Svech's brother isn't taking it laying down though...
Not sure if threatening or inside joke.

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Caps will still win this series. It's just super frustrating that Reardon won't put Kuznetsov on the first line. Backstrom was on the first line when the Caps went on that 7 game streak without winning and was put back on the first line at the end of the season. Kuzy is just lackadaisical on the second line, and Backstrom is good just about anywhere. I mean FFS, Kuzy led the playoffs in points last year, and the Caps won the cup. It takes a special kind of stupid to mess with that. He made the right decision by moving Vrana back to the second line, but if we want to wrap this series up before game 7, we're going to have to move Kuzy back to the first line.

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While I am in agreement with you, I think the most pressing need is to quickly find another sixth defenseman to get the damn puck out of the zone, cause Djoos ain't cutting it. He turned it over twice giving up grade A chances in his own zone last night and you can't do that in the playoffs against anyone cause Carolina and any other team is going to make you pay. Overall he needs to get that pp going and get that team to work together getting the puck out of the zone. Cause you know the pressure is coming from the hurricanes.

CBJ!!!

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They look sharp and hungry

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In the words of the great Doc Holiday... How I really hate them.

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Just playing a lullaby for themselves...

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Well, it went about as well for them as it has for us in big games lately.

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Mike Smith is having an incredible run in goal for Calgary. He's made 99 saves I think over the last two games.

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Reminds me of Jaroslav Halak when Habs played Caps in round 1 of 2009 playoffs. Was very frustrating as Caps fan.

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Rierden needs to pull his head out if his ass and move kuzy back to where he can actually influence and get backstrom back to the second line

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The NHL officiating is a joke. Foegel not getting 5 for that board on Oshie is a terrible. Especially when Carolina has been clutching, grabbing, and coming in with elbows high all series.

Where's the beef?

They've been shit in Carolina that was a dirty hit but nah just a minor

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Agree to disagree. He saw his numbers the whole way and didnt hold/stop, drove him downward into the boards. It was 5. The refs are pussies.

Where's the beef?

Inject that Caps fan whining directly into my veins!

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

You're welcome for the hit. We'll see you back in DC. We still have home ice.

Where's the beef?

Watch the replay. It's definitely a five minute major.

But I wouldn't expect a Carolina fan to know the rules.

Where's the beef?

You can literally cherry pick any play you want and say they refs were garbage because of it. Refs have missed a ton of calls on both sides all series. I'm guessing you missed the three obvious no-calls on the Caps during the last two minutes of the game. Just accept the fact that your team was outscored 7-1 in Raleigh and hope your boys don't choke on their home ice. The Canes literally have nothing to lose and are playing like it.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Or I've already made peace with the other missed calls, which admittedly went both ways, but have a hard time letting go of an obvious 5-min major call that happened in plain sight of the officiating crew with minutes left in the game.

Congrats on whipping the Caps ass in Raleigh. Lets see how things shake put in DC on Saturday.

Edit: I am not blaming the Caps loss on the refs. They had plenty of opportunities to tie this game up and didn't finish.

Where's the beef?

I honestly think that penalty could have gone either way. It looks like he barely touches him and Oshie just loses an edge and falls. It's not like he nailed him with speed. The refs also missed an obvious 4 min high sticking on the caps like 2 minutes after that play.

That being said I hope Oshie is okay and comes back for Game 5 even though unfortunately that looked like a possible broken collar bone.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Yup, lost and edge and went into the boards. Sucks, but that's hockey.

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Again, I disagree with your assesment that Osh just "lost an edge". He was clearly helped with a cross check to the back in my opinion. I'm gonna let this go though.

Congrats to you and the Hurricanes!

Where's the beef?

Im sorry, I just re-read this closely. Are you actually implying that Oshie took a dive and ran himself into the boards so hard he broke his shoulder?

Where's the beef?

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cherry pick any play

Huh? That's not any play. That's a major boarding penalty, head first, where he saw numbers for a good bit of ice. That's not cherry picking. That's atrocious.

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That's a major boarding penalty

Nope, 2 mins, and that was only because Oshie got hurt.

And before you speculate about a suspension, the NHL already told the Canes there will be no hearing or suspension over it.

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and that was only because Oshie got hurt

How do you figure that? It's a clear boarding call whether he got hurt or not. The only thing the injury plays into is a 2 minute vs. 5 minute.

For what it's worth, I don't think it was a major. It was one of those bang-bang plays, and unfortunately Oshie for the worst of it. But saying it was only two minutes because Oshie got hurt is simply incorrect. Textbook boarding call.

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The ref only signaled for the penalty after he saw Oshie was hurt. It was a very delayed call, indicating had he bounced back up, play would have continued.

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Oh okay. You're looking at the call itself. You're right, the ref did wait to see if he was hurt which was not a good look on his part. It's either boarding or it's not. It's like in basketball when a ref waits to see if a player misses a shot to call a foul. It's either a foul or isn't.

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Let's go tot he video...and you can watch it on mute...don't let the audio sway you.
Video with Several Angles
The watch the NHL ref explanation of boarding.
NHL Explanation of Boarding

And don't come at me with "well, the ref wasn't going to call anything......." That doesn't excuse the hit. Or make it not a textbook penalty.

"Lost an edge and went into the boards"

That's not truly what you believe......can't be.

Nobody is saying they were trying to hurt Oshie. It's unfortunate that he got seriously hurt. But it is still a penalty, that was very borderline 5 minute major.

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So all the talking heads on NBC sports just said it was dangerous and possibly suspendable (I dont think it is but I'd take it). Sounds atleast like a 5-minute major to me. But I'm just over here whining.

Where's the beef?

But I'm just over here whining.

Yes, yes you are

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I hope you get more up votes for this

Where's the beef?

I thought you were a Flyers fan?

Where's the beef?

Seriously

Look up for all the explanations. We've already been over this.

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Look up? A "Canes Fan" using gritty for an AV?

Where's the beef?

Since you're too f'n lazy to look it up yourself

I live in Raleigh, I'm a Canes fan. Been going to games since they played in Greensboro.

I have the Gritty avi because it's a creepy ass mascot that I find hilarious. My family is from Philly so they follow Philly sports which is why I'm familiar (and why I like the Phils, Sixers, and Eagles), but being born and raised in Raleigh, I am a Canes fan.

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Where's the beef?

Yeah I mean I literally only have 1 hometown team. I was a Flyers fan growing up, but it's different when you are able to basically follow a team in your own backyard from the first day. I mean hell I remember watching Stu Grimson get into a bloody fight with some Isles guy in our first ever preseason game in 1997. And I remember taking the 90 minute drive to Greensboro those first two years to watch games where the entire top section was literally curtained off.

And the last 10 years have been soul sucking awful for this area. Don't get me wrong being in the arena during the Finals in 2006 was awesome, but this area just turned to hockey depression for a while. Being in the arena on Monday was one of the all time top sports moments I've been to.

Anyway, I don't really have much of a point. I'm completely a Canes fan. It's just different when it's your only home team.

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You're not wrong. I am lazy.....

Where's the beef?

I honestly didn't care. You didn't need to defend yourself. You could have just let it go.

Where's the beef?

It's all good, I figured more people would bring it up the longer this goes on (especially if the Canes actually pull off the upset)... Figured I would get it out of the way now

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We're good man. I would just like Canes fans to acknowledge that the Oshie hit was a major.

Not looking for a suspension. God no. I own a tom wilson jersey.

But that "hit/push" was 5-mins. It may not have impacted outcome but the caps were owed the opportunity. Especially with Osh out indefinitely.

Where's the beef?

Well looks like oshie is done for a while no idea on a time table but rierden is pissed and doesn't seem optimistic. Sure looked like a collar bone the way he was holding his shoulder

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Rierden should channel that anger into doing something useful for the team. Dirty hit or not, suspension-worthy or not, it doesn't matter when you can't score goals. I've said this a million times, but I'm going to say it again: Kuznetsov led the playoffs in points last year PLAYING ON THE FIRST LINE WITH OVI AND WILSON. Inexplicably moving him to the second line at the end of the season was the dumbest thing he has done since becoming head coach, and the Caps will pay dearly for it if he doesn't fix it.

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Agree wholeheartedly with this. Rierden is not impressing so far. I mean, sure, the guys on the ice ultimately have to execute, but he has not put them in the best position to be successful.

Thankfully he appears to have gotten over whatever it was between him and DSP. Sad it took Oshie going down to do it, but hopefully DSP can bring back a little toughness that's been mostly missing so far in this series. It may not ultimately make any difference, but I expect DSP to go balls-out now that he's being given a shot.

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I'm not sure its fair to suggest that there was something 'between' DSP and Reirden (unless there were reports of this and I missed it?). DSP simply wasn't performing, he deserved his demotion.

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Yeah he cleared waivers which means there were 30 other teams who also didn't think he was good enough. Hopefully he can return to his 2018 form.

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Oh I agree, he was out of shape and had, what, a 30-game scoreless streak? No issue with him being demoted or put on waivers. And obviously the fact that he cleared waivers means that it wasn't just the caps who had concerns. However, I read recently that Reirden had resisted bringing him back in advance of the playoffs, with the clear implication that he had some issue with DSP. Maybe I misread, or read too much into it, and frankly I can't remember where I saw it.

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Wow, Canes fans on here making Flyers fans look reasonable by comparison.

Quite a few on Twitter celebrating Oshie's injury or claiming he's faking it.

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Faking a broken shoulder/collar bone and missing the rest of the playoff potentially takes real commitment...

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Might as well go all in since we are here:

I'll also add that I'm not sure that we are the crazy ones on this thread? I definitely felt the way you did (but in regards to Caps fans) before this individual thread was started. I guess it is all what color lens you are looking through.

Washies fan here and I think Ovie likely did ask him to fight. The two had been going at it for several games, Ovie probably got tired of it or wanted to spark his team. Svechnikov didn't have to agree to it but you can see that he did and as soon as he did 8's gloves were off. The fight was stupid from Ovie's part... break your hand and then the best goal scorer in the league out. I don't think he's a villian for it though. He rarely fights and I've seen more than enough rumbles in the NHL where a big guy ends up going after a little guy. Vrana got his ass kicked earlier this season by a much bigger opponent.

As far as the hit on Oshie, it was complete horse shit. I watched it live, watched replays and then decided to sleep on it and rewatch a few more times. I think it looks less bad in slow mo from one angle and worse in regular speed from another. It's not a hard hit but it is completely unnecessary, obviously dangerous and I'd say the same thing if a Caps player did it. One of the most important players for the Caps is likely out for rest of the season, I think a one game suspension was warranted. I don't feel all that bad for Oshie as he gets to have his wife wait on him while he recovers and wow, that woman can stop a clock.

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The Caps need to stop dicking around with the puck and have some urgency. Canes put so much pressure on the clears. If Washington would be smart about it there could be some serious breakaways odd man rushes. They've also got to clean up the power play. The Canes obviously aren't scared and have come to play.

Will be interesting to see how DSP does.

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I would say all of that is a fair take. We disagree on Foegele/Oshie w/ the suspension; I think the injury really makes it look worse. Either way, Foegele should have pulled up, but this has been a physical series and that was a very tense stretch to end the period and the rookie made a mental mistake.

Hopefully Svech and Ferland come back for game 6 and give the Canes the spurt Smith-Pelly has given the Caps tonight.

I really didn't like the hit after watching it multiple times but the death threats are dumb. Personally, I've got too many other people to wish poor things upon than a hockey player. Funny wishes from a porn star though!

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Still no first line Kuznetsov for the Caps tonight. Hagelin will play on the second line with Vrana and Kuzy with Oshie being out. The big news, though, is that Devante Smith-Pelly is back baby. 7 goals last year in the playoffs as a 4th liner. He had a pretty bad regular season, but hopefully the moment is his tonight.

Go Caps!

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Awfully quiet in here so far

VB born, class of '14

Everybody is clinched... especially Caps and Canes fans!

Glad the Caps are looking more like the team that won the cup last year. Maybe playing for Osh after that garbage to end last game.

Where's the beef?

Haha everyone is definitely a bit tight right now. Dude i'm a caps fan, but you gotta let it go. I'm just happy DSP is back! Watched him in Norfolk many years ago

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Hah, I've let it go. Just thought maybe I could stir the pot a bit more for fun.

Where's the beef?

I'll bite. The penalty on Carlson is BULLSHIT. WTF do these refs do all day?

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100%

Where's the beef?

Loving seeing DSP back man's plays with a punch hoping he can find his goal scoring streak again

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Horse shit fucking interference call!

Where's the beef?

DC Stanley Cup dress girl is way more qualified than Raleigh Stanely Cup dress girl.

Where's the beef?

I guess Mrazek thought Backstrom would shoot so hard he needed fo duck? Wtf?

Where's the beef?

Hurricanes practice tomorrow....

Where's the beef?

Lovely line change by Foegele right there right after passing it to no one. He should stick to boarding.

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Did anyone hear the mic's pick up someone yell, "Ah fuck off!"??? LOL

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That was me in my living room in Springfield!

Where's the beef?

Wahhh! Keep down voting you loser!

Where's the beef?

Dude chill out

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

Hey, for the record. i was petty chill all night. Maybe you should stop being sensitive.

Where's the beef?

Ovie is an underrated passer

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Damn Hamilton bails out and Ovi with a beautiful pass!

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Serves him right after the elbow to Kuzy

Where's the beef?

A down vote? Boo hoo baby!

Where's the beef?

And dougie shits his pants again. Keep down voting me you little terd!

Where's the beef?

Wow. Karma's a bitch Dougie...

Where's the beef?

Tommy!!!

Where's the beef?

Dougie hamilton first star!

Where's the beef?

Ovie with the bomb!!

Where's the beef?

I've got to say, the Raleigh arena (forget the name) is loud as hell on TV. I figured they were all similar but it is much louder than Capital One.

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They pump sound in. Like at the collesium in LI.

Where's the beef?

Good God you are a dumbass

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Haha, so chippy!

Where's the beef?

Did you really downvote all my post? I thought we were friends!

Where's the beef?

I figured it was you downvoting. Why the dumb ass comment though? You just dont like losing?

Where's the beef?

Nah but you're constantly trying to get alum to bite at a comment and when he does you're shoving the game in his face.

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Excuse me? What other comments were directed at Alum07?

You're wrong here. I wasn't baiting Alum.

Where's the beef?

You don't have to say their name too know who's these comments are directed too

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It's cool, I'm enjoying watching him make an ass out of himself

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I'm sorry. Before you to clowns engaged, when did I direct a comment at you? Alum07 got his panties in a wad when I implied the arena was pumping noise in and called me a dumbass.

Where's the beef?

To? I think you meant say two buddy

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Oh shit, hah. I did that. And you actually made a valid point!

Where's the beef?

A lot of similarities between this game and game 3. Home team has a guy go down injured (svechnikov/oshie) and then plays with their hair on fire, executes, and takes advantage of the PP while killing pens. Have a feeling itll take 7

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Playing in an elimination game is much different than what the Canes were facing in games 3 and 4. They're a young team. I think the Caps will take game 6 and the series. I won't be surprised if I'm wrong though. The away team hasn't led one time in this series.

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This probably is going 7

Caps will win, but the Canes are showing their home ice in the future is a goddamn nightmare to face. They looked awful tonight. Weren't ready from the start. It happens, especially with teams this young.

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Caps won on tougher home ice last year.

Where's the beef?

Ya'll real sensitive around here

Where's the beef?

For all the keyboard diarrhea, that one about over arenas definitely does NOT deserve a down vote. It can be argued, but that's not a down vote.....

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Well that was neat!

Where's the beef?

Hey poopy pants down voter. I hope tomorrow is better for you. Go Caps!

Where's the beef?

Also quit crying over one downvote

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I honestly do not care. It wasnt downvotes though, someone went through and downvoted every post. End of the day, it doesnt matter. Caps are up 3-2!

Where's the beef?

Hey congrats my team is up 3-2 as well. On the other side of the bracket

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Good for you! I still dont get why you're coming at me like this. But I hope you have a good night.

Where's the beef?

Nah I just want you to chill a little bit my man

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Im totally chill. You are making up this agression, man!

Where's the beef?

No U馃槄

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You two are so cute!

Where's the beef?

You're just adorable your self

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I know, right?

Where's the beef?

I still dont get where you "two" idiots think I was I calling out Alum07 earlier. But enjoy protecting each other on the internet. Good night.

Where's the beef?

Hey I never called you a asshole. I was just calling you out for being a little obnoxious

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Oh, now we're friends?

Where's the beef?

I mean we could be. Friends don't let their friends get too obnoxious. I have no problem with you just need too chill out with sticking the caps into the canes fans

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We'll see. Maybe.

Where's the beef?

Just as I thought we were connecting you down voted me again. Stop being a baby And say what you mean!

Where's the beef?

Dude it ain't me dawg馃槄

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All good. i don't really care. Who ever it is, I applaud your steadfastness.

Where's the beef?

I mean I have a guess who it is. It's about a 75% guess but I gonna make it confidential馃槄

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Well this thread turned into something馃槄馃槄

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Didnt it. Everyone starting downvoting people for rooting for their team!

Where's the beef?

Post

Where's the beef?

There it is! Good night you fucking loser!

Where's the beef?

Goodnight!

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Buncha JERKS!!!

Lol

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Alright, now this is getting obnoxious. Just stop.

I get how you feel, because I can be a dick that hones in on something I deem logical and then I won't let it go, but I'd like to read something worthwhile on here regarding other folks thoughts on their teams, the games and the playoffs rather than wading through 38 comments of nonsense. The Canes fans aren't rooting for Duke basketball or Miami football. Let it go.

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See you on Monday!

Where's the beef?

Dude, with how much you spammed this thread I'm surprised you haven't gotten more downvotes. Just relax.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Yeah, I'm as big a Caps fan as anyone here, but you did not necessarily make us look good last night. A little banter is fine, but you definitely were being a little obnoxious for a forum that isn't exclusive to Caps fan.

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Oshie out with a broken collarbone. Excuse my language but Fuck. Losing him and having Kempny out for playoffs are major blows for the Caps repeat chances.

I still think that play warrants a suspension or some type of suspension or fine but I don't understand the league and its punishments.

You'd think the guy would maybe at least apologize. Hell even Ovie said he didn't hope that Svechnikov was hurt too bad.

I know little about Seigenthaler #34 on the Caps but I thought he played great paired along with Carlson. Hopefully he can step up for Kempny.

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Seigenthaler has been getting better but I still worry on our D play especially orlov at times is reckless as hell with the puck. Loving what we saw aggression wise last night but still am worried about our defending at times

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I don't think they repeat with the loss of Oshbabe and Kempny. I'm hoping for a six year run like the Blackhawks had a starting a decade ago where they won every year. Of course that is some seriously wishful thinking

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Yeah, Orlov had a pass last night early on in the Caps zone that was so bad I almost threw up. Canes got a chance off of it too. That's something they'll capitalize off of in Raleigh.

While Oshie and Kempny are out, it definitely helps our chances that the Pens and Lightning are already knocked out. I know people are going to reply with "well if the Lightning and Pens were really better, they would have won or, at the very least, not gotten swept." That's fair, but it's also fair to say the Caps get every team's best shot as defending champions. The Lightning and Pen's best shots worry me more than anyone else in the East to be honest.

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Poor passing has plagued the CAPS all series. It was nice to see the Canes return the favor a couple of times.

That being said, the CAPS played their best game last night and if they continue to trend in that direction they could make a push for the Cup.

The beauty of playoff hockey is the unexpected players who show up out of nowhere to contribute.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

The beauty of playoff hockey is the unexpected players who show up out of nowhere to contribute.

Namely DSP last season. I'm thinking Dowd could be that player this season if we make a run. His penalty shot was BEAUTIFUL last night, and he showed he was capable of scoring during the regular season. I hope he has some confidence now.

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Let's get this thread back on track a little...is it an advantage or disadvantage to sweep a series if others are going 6-7 games? Is extra rest beneficial? Will that cool off teams like CBJ and the Islanders?

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I'd call it a net positive because of the reduced potential for serious injuries but I do think an extended time off can disrupt a team's rhythm. Also there's something to be said for a team's confidence moving forward when they've already had to close out a game 7.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

I've always felt that unless you're trying to come back from injury, it's a disadvantage because it totally kills any rhythm you had. Would be interesting to see if there's aa correlation between # of days off and game 1 loss % in the subsequent series.

ETA: Found this story from last year that gives some perspective on this.

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Tomas Hertl with the shorthanded goal in double OT to force game 7...playoff hockey is the best.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Hey guys, just out picking up couple of pies. Finally back. I-HOLY CRAP!!!

I'm not sure if VTeorr53 knows you're a Pens fan but I've got the popcorn ready for that one.

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Lol! It's ok. I saw. I've dealt & adjusted with it. In actuality, the reaction was more about the thread devolving (for a time) further up, not about the actual playoffs.

Everything's fine, really!!!

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"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I haven't see this written anywhere, so I'll ask. Do the capitals now have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs? with losses to tampa, calgary, they have the most standings points among division winners.

Don't even look that far ahead. One game and series at a time.

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The only team they would not have home ice advantage over would be the Bruins if they were to play them in the Eastern Conference Finals.

And as a Bruins fan that wouldn't matter, because we can't beat the Caps

Given the way every other series has gone, I'm not sure home ice means jack this year.

Columbus looks scary. They loaded up at the deadline and sold their future to win now. Took them a while but they finally put it together and they look dangerous. If they can play to the best of their abilities, they might be the best team remaining, including the series that haven't ended.

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Everything is wide open. From the East, I'd be pretty surprised if the Islanders or Canes advanced to the finals. From the West, I like the Vegas/SJ winner to make it, but who the hell knows.

It would be very nice for Kuzy to wake the hell up. Please just shoot the fucking puck and stop trying to be so damn cute by making the extra unnecessary pass/move

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Completely agree. Backy has really picked up the slack but with Oshie out, Kuzy needs to start showing up ASAP.

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I'd argue he could use a move back to the front line but it would really help if he could get the second line firing as well

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Alright, I keep hearing this reference to a "slingshot" play in hockey. What does it mean?

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It's basically a flea flicker. You give it to a front man and then he gives it to the dude behind him when he crosses mid ice. The options should be better when you change the point of attack coming into the offensive zone. Doesn't always work as we found out in game 4.

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Thanks brother

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In Hoc key brother

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Hahaha well done. Been awhile since I've heard that salutation

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This Foegele guy is annoying as hell as a Caps fan. He has a very punchable face.

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Where are the Canes fans at? Does VTeorr have them tied up in his basement? This is a crazy game. Caps lucky that goal just got washed out.

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I don't know about the rest, but I was at the game tonight.

At the very least, glad we didn't lose a home game this round.

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You have a very difficult team to root against.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

The team just has a lot of fun out there, and they give it their absolute all every shift. They completely bought into the Brind'Amour philosophy and its been something else to watch develop.

They better bring back the Storm Surge and keep embracing the Bunch of Jerks moniker next year.

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How was it?

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Loud.

I had lower level tickets for Game 3 and it was a mad house. The noise level is oppressive down there. Had upper corner tickets about 2 rows from the top last night and it was still loud as hell. And before someone says it, no, they don't pipe in noise, that's silly. The arena was designed specifically to trap and redirect noise to the playing surface to help increase home court/ice advantage for NCSU and the Canes much like in the same way the Seahawks stadium was built to do the same in football. But it also doesn't hurt that people were out tailgating in the lots from as early as noon yesterday before the game. We got out there at 5, and it was already pretty packed.

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That's got to be a fun experience. I went there a few years back for the opening round of the NCAA tourney with a free ticket from a friend. Wasn't loud at all. Of course there as a wide mix of fans supporting like eight teams and a third of the people there were LOLUVA fans.

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Its difficult to really explain, but people just go nuthouse about the Canes in the playoffs around here. Complete bandwagon effect, but holy hell the bandwagon brings the noise.

I think a large part of it is that most of the year, this area is fragmented between 3 main bases (Duke/UNC/State) and this is the one team that unites the region. And then when the games come, they bring a collegiate fanbase mindset to the games, because that's all they know. The difference I am seeing between now and the 2002 or 2006 runs is that I just haven't run into the kind of people who know nothing about the sport. They were all over the place back then, which leads me to think that building will fill up again regularly as long as the team is good.

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Embellishment? Wow

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Well after that no goal call... I'll just say tonight was not the caps night

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Looks like the Caps are back to jacking off in their own zone with no sense of urgency clearing or on the PP. I don't understand why this team has lapses like this so often.

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Caps have no life whatsoever. Hope they show up for game 7 in DC. Although they are 2-5 in the last 7 game sevens at home. Yikes.

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Whether you agree with the no goal call or not, it absolutely does not excuse the caps standing behind their own net and literally having a Canes player come take the puck from them to score yet another goal. Pathetic effort again. If they can't play hard in the playoffs, they can't win. Incredibly frustrating.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Well, they only would have been down 1 with one of the best one man advantage teams. So I disagree.

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Completely agree. They just get lazy as hell and refuse to play for long stretches of games. They won't win when they shut it off like that. I just don't get it.

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Bull shit call there saying mrazek had that puck no way he had it

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Love the emotion by ovi I'm not too worried about a game 7 at home we smeared em last time I'm confident they'll be pissed enough to turn up

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When ovi does it: passionate, leader, fired up
When Crosby does it: cry baby, sore loser, whiner

I loved the passion showed by ovechkin last year. He has reverted to his old self this post season

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Old self? His previous old self, I didn't find him to be a fiery leader. He's playing out of his mind right now and the team needs to follow suit.

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Another awful performance by the Caps on the road. Kuznetsov should just get demoted to the Hershey Bears. Refs didn't help at all. That embellishment call on Orlov was horrible, the disallowed goal call was horrible, and feeding off Carolina's perpetual booing all night was horrible. To be fair, Caps wouldn't have scored on that power play, they still would have lost if they tied it at 3, and part of what makes Carolina so good is their home crowd.

I hope the Caps have their shit together in game 7. Carolina is a young team playing in a game 7 on the road, so they're not going to have the mental advantage. Caps have to take advantage.

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Kuzy is becoming a slight issue he was huge last year but this postseason he has been anonymous I still wonder if slotting him to the top line wouldn't help but I'm no coach to be frank. His confidence looks shot at times

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I think he just likes playing with Ovi. Ovi is always in the right spot and can put the puck away. On the second line, he has Vrana and now Hagelin. I think his confidence in them, or lack thereof, is why he is so lackadaisical right now. I think Backstrom can be good on any line because he's that good of a passer. I think Backstrom should stay on the first line for game 7 just so we go with what's been working at home, but against the Isles, those two have to switch.

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Refs didn't help at all.

The officiating in the playoffs across the NHL has been really poor. That Bruins-Leafs game where Kadri lost his cool (not hard, to be fair) comes to mind as a particularly egregious example.

People talk about "playoff hockey," but I think it's being exacerbated by refs swallowing their whistle too often and letting players get away with too much and the games get far chippier than they need to be if they'd just call things early on to set the tone.

Post-season = fewer calls. That's normal, and expected.

There have been some *egregious* calls in just the last two games that are completely and totally unacceptable.

You cannot call goalie interference on Carlson when the CAR goalie was clearly out of the net. You cannot call embellishment on Orlov and ALSO CALL A HOLD ON CAROLINA!

I'm sure there have been piss-poor calls that went the Canes way, it would be idiotic to suggest otherwise but the NHL has had a problem with their officiating for years and seems wholly uninterested in fixing it.

Fuck you Bettman.

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

Siegenthaler was slashed right before the second goal too. Led to an immediate turnover and goal for Carolina.

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The problem with the CAPS is they are the CAPS and despite last year's Cup...CAPS playoff hockey happens...so it's on to game seven.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I get it, leg.

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Can't believe the upsets this year. Even with my Pens being shut down its been a great Stanley Cup playoff first round!

Great series win for Dallas!

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Yeah it's been amazing. And it it will be nice to see a cup winner that hasn't won in a while again. If Toronto wins and the Canes squeak out a win against the Caps in game 7, these are the remaining teams last cup:

Canes: 05-06 (12 seasons)
Avs: 00-01 (16 seasons)
Stars 98-99 (18 seasons)
Islanders 82-83 (34 seasons)
Leafs 66-67 (50 seasons)
Sharks/Kinghts - Never
Blues - Never
Blue Jackets - Never

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

and this is why I love playoff hockey!!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Personal opinion: Caps win this one by a couple goals.

But.... if you believe in history and trends and all that, the Canes are 4-0 in Game 7 since moving from Hartford. 2-0 at home, 2-0 on the road, with both road wins coming either in OT or with less than a minute in regulation. And the team is captained by Justin Williams aka Mr Game 7.

Hopefully we get Svech back, and we are rolling the best lineup we can. Martinook played really well last night, and the team was able to contain the Caps a hell of a lot better than they did the previous game.

That said, win or lose, its been a fun series and a fun season. Hopefully the Canes are going to be able to carry this momentum into the future and continue to build on the fanbase that came alive this series.

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Yeah, it's not the Canes that worry me. Like you said, it's this guy.

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interestingly enough, that reputation began with the Canes when he scored in both Game 7s for us back in 2006, both to put the game out of reach for the opponent. Once against Buffalo with 50 seconds remaining to send them to the Finals and the empty netter against Edmonton to win the Cup.

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Justin Williams is gonna make a hell of a coach!!!

I'm actually going to say the Canes win game 7, CAPS playoff history would suggest so!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

When he retires, I think Brind'Amour is reserving a spot for him on the coaching staff. The two loved playing together, and Brindy being a coach was one of the big reasons he came back. I have heard Williams say before that he wishes he never was traded away, but given the number of Cups he won in LA, I think he made out alright.

Plus, our power play needs all the coaching help it can get. Because its just utter crap under Brindy, and has been for a while. He's a great head coach, but man they need to delegate the PP to a specialist. We literally have one line that only passes, and another line that only shoots. And the one that only passes gets the most PP time.

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The Caps only have one power play line that can even enter the offensive zone, and even then they can't shoot or pass. Count your blessings.

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Well, if Kuzy would get his head out of his ass that might change.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Justin Williams (along with Erik Cole and Ryan Whitney) are guys I always wish could have been Rangers. Kind of like my east coast Keith Tkachuk.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Keith's a neighbor of mine and I've been fortunate enough to play golf (and wiffle ball) with him and his brother several times, although he doesn't get back to the Cape that often now with both Matthew and Brady playing.

My son can now say he grew up playing wiffle ball & stuff in the summers with two first round draft picks in the NHL.

Justin Williams aka Mr Game 7.

Except a few years back when he was with the Caps and no showed in game 7 versus the Pens.

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Too busy planning ways to run into the goalie.

Just saw on Twitter that Carl Hagelin is 8-1 in game 7s. He has been huge on the PK for the Caps since being acquired at the trade deadline. Hopefully he can provide an offensive spark in game 7.

At the very least, we have someone in red who we can bring up when it is mentioned that Justin Williams is 7-1 in game 7s (yes, I know that 1 loss was in a Caps uniform).

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Who stayed up to watch the Sharks and Knights? Absolutely unreal. 3-0 lead for Vegas with 11 minutes left in the third, and then the refs called a five minute major (horrible call I might add) on them leading to FOUR Sharks goals in that five minutes. Then Vegas ties it up with 47 seconds left, and overtime lasts nearly 15 minutes before San Jose ends it.

Great game, but the NHL has a problem on their hands right now with the way the refs have been performing thus far. Bad calls happen. A missed penalty here, a wrongfully assessed penalty there happens. It does in every sport. What we've seen in the first round is unacceptable though. Losing control of games, changing entire games with one egregious call or no call, etc. I know it's easy to fixate on the bad things, but it has been all too common this year. Hopefully they fix it.

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I went to sleep after VGK's 3rd goal. Unbelievable. Glad Thornton is still alive.

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I did. Couldn't sleep then realized it was on midway thru the 2nd pd. That 5 minute PP was epic! Plus they were 0-4 on the PP up until that and then scores 4 in five minutes. Logan couture said Joe Thornton came over to the bench and looked at the forwards and said go score three F'ing goals.

And yes Hockey does have a consistency in reffing issue. Don't all sports? From strike zones to what is a catch actually?...
However, I do believe the cross check was correct. He got cleaned out by the former Cap Eakin. Should've been 2 minutes; I don't like seeing it be such a deciding factor in a game 7. I think if that exact same play and penalty call happen in game #49, there would be very little uproar.

Tweedy can run like a dadgum antelope or whatever. I like to use scalded dog. Do antelopes lumber? Cheetah, OK. He runs like a cheetah. He's fast. - Bud Foster

Did not but now I'm regretting it!

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I hurting for sleep but it was worth it. If you were on the edge of liking hockey or not, that game had to put you over the edge. Even not counting the last 10 minutes, it was great back and forth throughout the game and very physical.

But that SJ comeback, being down 0-3, scoring 4 goals in 4+ minutes, Vegas tying it after pulling their goalie, and then SJ winning it in OT with 1 minute left is just insane.

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Who will be at the caps game tonight? I got tickets hoping that it wouldn't make it to game 7 but this was the only first round Game I could make. There is no sport environment like playoff hockey.

Lets Go Canes!

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Our season is just beginning!

Vroom Vroom

Great effort by Bura!

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Why do I have a feeling overtime may be looming?!!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

No. Caps close it out 4-3.

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I was confident before, now I'm not. I do not like this going to OT. Caps should have closed this out.

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I don't want to say I told you so, but...

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I tried being confident for once. Per the usual, it didn't work out for me.

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Holtby with two brilliant assists for the hurricanes the caps need to pick it up canes are starting to feel the mojo

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Welp, the Caps have turned it back off. I don't get it.

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Hats off to the Canes. The Caps had so many chances and continued to blow them and not show up for long stretches.

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Can't say I'm impressed with the caps coaching this year embarrassed by a rookie coach with a weakened side at home and we looked lazy arrogant and flat

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Can't say I'm impressed with the caps coaching this year embarrassed by a rookie coach with a weakened side at home

Just putting facts out there...
-Caps did win their division, with only 1 fewer point this year than last.
-That rookie coach played for his national team for a long time and had 7 years of coaching experience before stepping behind an NHL bench. He's not just some joe-smo off the street.
-The Canes scored 21 goals in the series. The Caps scored 20. That OT was THE factor.
-The Canes had a weakened side? How about Oshie and Kempny?
-Reirdan is also a rookie coach in the NHL...

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I think he's a good coach. I think question marks are raised about his demeanor. He doesn't exactly ooze confidence or a persona that a hockey coach would. It's known he was the good cop to Trotz's bad cop and I'm not sure it will work. It very well may, I just have questions about it. Clearly the team lapses for long stretches and did a lot in this series.

I saw some lineup changes a bit during last nights game and it was refreshing to see.

As noted below, the Caps probably should have paid to keep Trotz with their window for winning being another 2-3 years at best.

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As noted below, the Caps probably should have paid to keep Trotz with their window for winning being another 2-3 years at best.

I'm furious with Ted and all Caps fans should be as well.

He's done an atrocious job with the Wizards, and deciding to get cheap with Trotz after winning THE ONLY STANLEY CUP IN FRANCHISE HISTORY almost cancels out the credit he deserves for moving on from GMGM to GMBM. He's avoided detection because of Dan Snyder's status as arguably the worst owner in all of NA sports and the Lerners moronic attitude towards paying managers.

And honestly, I saw a team that seemed mentally and physically unprepared for a long series. A lot of that blame falls on the coaching staff. Reirden may end up being a good coach, but not extending Trotz was a horrible move.

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And its not like Vegas is struggling under GMGM.

Tweedy can run like a dadgum antelope or whatever. I like to use scalded dog. Do antelopes lumber? Cheetah, OK. He runs like a cheetah. He's fast. - Bud Foster

I mean, the move to GMBM was fine. GMGM had been around forever and his teams couldn't get over the hump - I don't mind that move as a shakeup and hey they won a Cup! But low-balling Trotz was idiotic.

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Congrats to the canes y'all outplayed the caps tonight

This caps team played like they were leading the whole game fucking pathetic effort from this team last year's cup definitely spoiled this team

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Congrats Canes. Your team wanted it way more than ours.

Disgraceful performance in overtime by the Caps. Lots of soul searching to do this offseason starting with the head coach.

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His interview at the second OT intermission was a bit odd. He basically said he's not going to get after the players.

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My thing here is why the hell are the caps so bad exiting or simply just clearing the zone I'm not a die hard hockey nut so I'm not sure but they just look arrogant and lazy as hell from my eyes. Ovi played his ass off but man was there alot of sloppy play everywhere. Almost zero fore checking as the game wore on and incredibly sloppy exit play leading to more sustained pressure.

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He's an absolute moron who is totally in over his head. Not paying Trotz is literally the most DC sports team thing to do ever. He had nearly the same exact team as last year and couldn't get it done in the first round against Carolina who was also missing two players. The second line was absolute garbage the entire series, and he never changed it one time aside from switching Oshie and Wilson before Oshie got hurt. Everyone with half a brain for hockey knew Kuznetsov should have been on the first line, but he refused to do it. The Caps have 2, maybe 3 seasons before their current talent starts fading, and every last one of them will be wasted if Reirden is the head coach. He's an absolute idiot, and it manifested itself multiple times during the regular season, especially in that 7 game winless streak. They won the division just off talent, but you need more than talent in the playoffs. Caps paid for it dearly.

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Playoff hockey man!

So proud of the Canes!

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And that's why they call him Mr. Game 7! So clutch!

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Congrats, Canes!

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Now just need the Rangers to not be a complete joke, next year

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Stars win another round and we get better picks!

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I'm a Canes fan now

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Go Canes!!!!

I'm looking forward to hating the canes in the very near future. Metro conference is only getting tougher by the look of it

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Thank god the caps lost. Their fans were unbearable all year since the cup. Now dc can go back to not hearing people scream about ovechkin all the fucking time.

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Chanting back-to-back all season only upset the hockey gods. You only do that when you are about to be back-to-back. As a CAPS fan, I found it tacky all season.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I find just about every fan base of every team to be unbearable after they win a championship.

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But here's the kicker, they were unbearable before they won. And each year they would get so far up their own asses that we depended on them getting eliminated in the first round to put them back in their place.

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Not sure where this is coming from. Most Caps fans I know knew we were going to choke in the first or second round every season. We enjoyed our Cup and blamed no one but ourselves for last night. The fans you are talking about are a part of every fan base. Carolina has them despite not making the playoffs in a decade, Pittsburgh definitely has them, and even Vegas does. It's unfair to classify an entire fan base as their minority of fans that are obnoxious unless a majority of their fans are obnoxious (WVU).

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Yea, I really think you're describing a UVA basketball fan, not a Caps fan.

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Caps fans are the worst... Seriously, I have an all UVA family and grew up going to football games at Scott Stadium, but Caps fans are worse than UVA fans...

Wow. This year teams are playing for the "Chaos Cup".

Holtby will have nightmares about letting that puck slide right across the crease in front of him for the game winner.

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Man not just that one. The SH goal he gave up was pretty bad. Juicy rebound that only goes in because he lifts his pads off the ice.

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There is only so much he can do when his team had zero energy or ability to skate and play any form of team hockey. He shouldn't have let it in, but one was bound to get by him.

Of all people to blame for that game, Holtby doesn't deserve much of it. He absolutely kept the Caps chances alive in the first OT period, and the rest of the team did diddly squat to help him.

That being said, congrats to the Canes because they took it to the Caps and never let up.

Definitely not blaming Holtby exclusively for the loss. Sure, he gave up a juicy rebound but that was a short handed 2 on 1 chance that the team in front of him gave up. Plenty of blame to go around I'm sure.

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It was a weird game. Early on, it looked like the Caps were going to run away with it, but then the Canes settled down. Once they got their forecheck going, they really flipped the script. By the time OT came around, it looked like the Caps were on the ropes just waiting for the Canes to finish them off. And even then, it took goal mouth heroics by the Canes to keep the game alive before the eventual winner.

Very fitting end of the series. I think I saw that the eventual goals in the series were something like 30-31 in favor of the Canes, with the OT winner being the difference. Very even, which showed on the ice. Still can't believe we won.

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Yeah. That was a bad rebound to give up. I would assume Holtby lifted his pad thinking that the shooter would try to lift the puck. Grubauer made a fantastic save (link) just like that a few games ago. He lifts his pad in anticipation before the shooter shoots the puck.

*edit to include gif of awesome pad save and canes goal

As a former goalie it's a pet peeve of mine to see you let a puck slide right through the crease only to be tapped in by a guy you knew was standing there waiting on it. Stick your pad or stick or blocker out and intercept that mother.

*Upon review of the gif that puck MAY have been tipped on it's way to the goal. Looks to me like Holtby did reach for it with the blocker and just missed. Bummer for you CAPS fans.

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30+ years of Capitals playoff history has taught me never to be surprised or shocked, which made last year so fun. Great series by the Canes, they outplayed the Capitals for long stretches every game and are deserving of moving on.

It'll be nice to have more games in my "backyard", hopefully, I can make it to a game against the Isles.

Go Canes!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

hopefully, I can make it to a game against the Isles.

The more the merrier. But be warned, the tickets on the secondary market have been absurdly expensive this year

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oh, I know.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

You're a Caps fan but also rooting for the Canes?

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Stockholm Syndrome?

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Nah...I'd just rather not see Columbus, Boston or the Islanders win the Cup and who cares about the Western Conference!!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

who cares about the Western Conference!!

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I have no problem rooting for the Canes, I live in NC, so cheering for them as my number two team.

Growing up in southern Virginia in the 80s ice hockey was not very popular, but I found an appreciation for hockey watching the CAPS. I remember all the heartbreaking playoff losses.

I'd be willing to bet "under" many Cane's fan gear is another team they are ready to cheer on.

While there is definitely a rivalry brewing between the two teams, it's not enough to make me dislike the Canes the way I would say, Pittsburgh.

I can appreciate good hockey no matter who is playing, even the Penguins.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Interesting, I think if I'm "rooting" for a team the rest of the way out, I'd like to see the Sharks win.

For whatever reason, I'm die hard enough for my teams that I cannot root for another team in my division and at times, conference.

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I'd like to see the Sharks win

Yes.

I'm an Avs fan first and if they go all the way I'll be ecstatic but, I would also love to see Joe "Treebeard" Thornton get his hands on the cup.

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Rooting for the Stars, because 1) ZUCC 2) if they win this round, the Rangers get another 1st round pick.

Rooting for Carolina, Colorado, and Columbus. If all 3 win, the Rangers pick from Winnipeg is the 18th pick in the 1st.

It would be possible to get 2, 18, and one additional first rounder. That is tasty.

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Canes steal game 1! Heck of a game by Mrazek!

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Congrats canes. Tough break for Lehner with that puck bouncing off the boards right to staal.

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What a game for the Canes. Well for Mrazek. Stood on his head and stole one we needed him to steal. The energy level between the two teams was glaring from the start, so it's huge to steal that one.

And now I'm hearing Svechnikov will be back for Game 3. Passed the concussion protocol, and he just needs a full practice to get ready. Probably would play Game 2 if it were 8pm instead of 3pm.

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I think this is a very winnable series for the Canes!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Canes bringing a 2-0 lead back to Raleigh!

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I really don't have many words for how this series is going. We should be down 2-0. NYI has been the better rested team that has been able to skate circles around the opponent. We finished this game down 6(!) starters with injury.

And we are up 2-0 coming back to Raleigh with 2 days rest and playing the next 2 in front of one of the toughest home ice advantages in the league.

There is some strange voodoo going on with this team.

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Jobu earning that live chicken and rum!

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Playoff hockey comes down to puck luck sometimes and getting hot at the right time.

It's as if this hurricane is building strength may be a Cat 2 now...

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

We've had some insanely bad 'puck luck' for a while in Raleigh. For those who are able to calculate it, I think the stats say we've been the league worst in puck luck for 3 or 4 seasons now, which has been keeping our results looking bad vs how we actually play.

If that is starting to turn around, this team could have a shot this year. The advanced stats guys are already saying they are the favorites to win the Cup right now, which I find to be crazy, but....

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Momentum is fickle in the playoffs, two-game series leads can vanish quickly. Playing off the energy from the home crowd could propel them on to end the series in 5 games or the improbable sweep.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Meanwhile, on the west coast:

Great game in San Jose last night with the Avs tying the series at 1-1. Both goalies were on point and every goal was blue collar (tipped in or scrum for loose pucks in front of the net) save for the empty netter at the end of course.

In other news, I predict if the canes don't make it to the finals this thread won't either.

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In other news, I predict if the canes don't make it to the finals this thread won't either.

I just checked in for the first time in awhile. I LOVE playoff hockey but with the Caps out, I've just decided to step away from it, not watch and focus on more important things.

Crazy the Canes are up 3-0.

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This is why I have backup teams. Unfortunately two of them are out already and the other is trying to eliminate the avs as we speak.

I don't get to watch much during the regular season so when the playoffs roll around I treat myself. Even if my teams are all gone I'll still watch, just with less enthusiasm.

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Canes didn't let up tonight which is nice to see.

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Holy hell what the what?!?

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I dig the canes blacked out threads.

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There is an absolute gem of a goaltending dual going on right now between grubauer and martin jones.

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A sentence I did not think I would read this postseason. Martin Jones is heating up at just the right time.

GIVE IT TO ME ROSCOE!

Yeah, I don't really get it. I didn't watch their first couple of games agains VGK and I'd heard that he wasn't playing well. Then Vlasic came back into the lineup and boom, Jones is back to his old playoff self standing on his head every night. Makes me think the D had more to do with their early struggles in the first round. But like I said, I didn't watch the games so I don't know.

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For a beat up Cane's team a sweep could be just what the doctor ordered especially since the other series is going at least six games.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I'm still not convinced a sweep is necessarily always a great thing in the playoffs. It will definitely help Carolina injuries wise, but recent trends show that teams who sweep or win in 5 games don't always have the best success in the next round if the other team went to 6 or 7 games. There is a lot to be said about rhythm in the playoffs, and clearly the Canes kept it after winning game 7 against the Caps while the Isles lost it after sweeping the Pens. We'll see if it holds true in the ECF if the Canes finish off the Isles and the Bruins and Jackets go the distance.

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I saw this posted on a Canes forum yesterday...

Since there aren't many sweeps, it's probably easiest to just calculate this by hand rather than trying to find it somewhere.

Post-sweep records in the cap era:
2018: 0-1
2017: 2-0
2016: nil
2015: 2-2
2014: 1-0
2013: 0-2
2012: 1-0
2011: 1-2 * BOS/TBL matched up two teams which both came off sweeps, so produced a 1-1 record by default
2010: 1-0
2009: 2-2
2008: 2-0
2007: 0-1
2006: 0-2
TOTAL: 12-12

Not sure I would want to mingle this with data from a non-capped league, where the parity dynamic was different. But here's info going back to 1991, which is the next era cutoff in my mind.

2004: 1-0
2003: 1-1
2002: nil
2001: 1-2
2000: 1-1
1999: 2-1
1998: 0-2
1997: 1-0
1996: 0-1
1995: 2-2 *CHI/DET matched up two teams which both came off sweeps, so produced a 1-1 record by default
1994: 1-1
1993: 1-2
1992: 2-2 *PIT/CHI matched up two teams which both came off sweeps, so produced a 1-1 record by default
1991: nil
TOTAL: 13-15

There really is no trend

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Great stuff. I have always suspected that performance following a sweep/7 game series has more to do with individual team factors like, health, youth, playoff, experience, etc. than any broad feeling of momentum or rhythm.

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Looking at the Caps last year, the Lightning and Knights both played less games than the Caps in the series before the Caps played them. The Islanders swept the Pens and are now on the verge of getting swept by the Canes who played in 7. Maybe it's overrepresented because you think the team that just swept someone should have their way in the next round, but I definitely think there is something to be said about rhythm.

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See ya Islanders!

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Here I come, crawling out of the penalty box. Congrats Canes! I am happy for you guys.

Where's the beef?

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Big f'n jerks!

Where's the beef?

I'm not ashamed to admit I watched the Canes game last night, and shook a broom at the tv every time they scored.

The Avs/Sharks series has been fun. Martin Jones has been outstanding so far.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Both goalies have been fantastic in that series. Fun to watch.

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Agreed!

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

If the Stars win, the Rangers get an extra first rounder. The Canes win moved the Rangers 1st round pick acquired from Winnipeg up to 20th. Three first round picks!

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My Bruins vs. the Canes with a trip to the finals on the line. Something to watch - Charlie McAvoy with a controversial hit against CBJ and I think could be suspended. He's the best defenseman on our team.

That was definitely shoulder to head.

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*drools ...

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The fact that his social media is AIM is awesome.

Joe Pavelski is the man. Wasn't sure he'd see the ice tonight and he gets the first goal.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Sharks gain pavelski and the Avs lose MacKinnon in the first few minutes of the game. What a huge shift in power from the rest of the series. Can't help wondering if things might have gone differently if MacKinnon hadn't missed those 10 minutes or whatever it was. The disallowed goal as hurt as well.

Both goalies were great again. Looking forward to the next few years for the Avs. They are young, fast, and have played with a ton of heart under Bednar through the last two playoffs.

Pulling for the Sharks the rest of the way. Hope they can finish the job.

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Yeah, I don't love how both of the Sharks' series have been colored by officiating at key moments, but I won't complain too much. The Avs indeed look like they'll be a force for a while. I told a friend when the game started I'd be pulling for whoever wins the rest of the way regardless. They're a fun team to watch, and it was a great series.

Hopefully this is the year we finally raise the cup.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

From what I can tell they got the call right by the letter of the law. I can't tell if I don't like the rule or if I'm just sour because it went against my team. I don't feel like we ever saw a conclusive view of the situation to overturn the call. In any case, the Avs had plenty of good scoring chances after that so it's not like the outcome hinged on that call alone.

I guess in the playoffs it helps to be lucky and San Jose has done a good job of capitalizing on the opportunities they need to capitalize on.

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Game 1 between the Canes and Bruins was much closer than the score indicated. If the Canes can steal game 2, I think they win the series in the 6. The home ice advantage in Raleigh is unmatched.

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there were some.... questionable... calls tonight

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Both ways....I thought the refs were pretty bad last night. The first penalty on Hamilton was weak, but I thought the first period penalty on Kuraly was weak too. Krug also got slew-footed in the first, they missed a high stick on Pastrnak in the 3rd and Staal broke his stick across Marchand's ribs behind the play and no call.

Staal broke his stick across Marchand's ribs behind the play

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

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He seems VERY friendly.

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He is such a d-bag

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Bruins ran the Hurricanes out of the building today. Looks like a big mismatch in goal to me.

Canes have responded well to getting punched in the mouth before when their next game was at home. I'm excited to see how them feeding off their home crowd plays into how they attack Marchand because clearly that's going to happen. If the Bruins win, though, you can call it a sweep.

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It got awfully quiet in here.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Tuukka has been outstanding. Bruins are the better, more experienced team. Carolina has nice pieces to work with though going into the future. One thing that is crazy to me is how much Justin Williams has been thrown off his game. He seems completely rattled out there.

I don't get it with Williams. He's been SUCH a great leader this year, and he's completely melted down this series. The whole team in general looks like shit, to be honest. I'd be ok losing to Boston, but hell, we didn't even show up, and that's frustrating.

On the other hand, the team is incredibly young, and getting their ass handed to them by a team that is just outworking them in all phases should make them stronger in the future. We have the most cap room in the league, and I hope to hell that they use it this year. Svechnikov is going to be a force in this league for a long time, he just needs to grow into his body.

One thing of note for the Canes. They are the first franchise in the history of professional hockey to have all 3 levels of their organization make the conference finals in the same year. The Canes (NHL), Checkers (AHL), and Everblades (ECHL) all made it, which shows the kind of organizational depth they have. Hopefully this is a good omen for the future.

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Sharks get another push over the finish line from the zebras in OT to take the 2-1 series lead.

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It's honestly getting ridiculous. Especially with it being overtime, that goal HAS to be reviewable. It would take 5 seconds to realize that was a hand pass.

At least the questionable calls from the VGK and Colorado games were made with time on the clock. Sharks benefited but the other team still had plenty of time and chances to win. Last night was an obvious blown call that led directly to the win. I was happy to see them get the win but it's a shame it happened that way.

I get why all hand passes aren't reviewable, but on a scoring play where the guy would get an assist for his hand pass and you can clearly see it in the video the booth should be able to get that call right no matter what the refs on the ice saw.

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Yeah, I'm happy to see the Sharks having some post season success, but man, I wish there weren't so much controversial officiating involved.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Jones hasn't looked as quite as good this series; made some great saves, but he's also let in a few that looked pretty stoppable.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

I only saw the 3rd period last night and watching the highlights it looked like he gave up a couple that he shouldn't have. I watched every minute of their series with Colorado and unless the puck was tipped, screened, or it was a bang-bang one-timer, or rebound type of play he was making the saves. If he could see it he was stopping it pretty much. Hasn't been that way so far with the blues.

That said, he made a handful of excellent game saving stops in the last half of the 3rd last night to give his team a chance to tie.

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Congrats to the Blues. Always love to see long droughts broken, and now all of the teams from the first expansion who still exist have a Cup.

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Agreed. Not much in the way of drama last night, but after the Washies won it last year, super stoked to see the Blues win. Ridiculous story with them being in dead last in January and winning the thing with a rookie goalie.

The only downside was the Boston fans just incessantly booing Bettman when he was trying to present the Conn Smythe. I know he isn't liked but holy hell, give it a break for a minute and let the Blues players and fans enjoy the moment. What a bunch of jackwagons.

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The only downside was the Boston fans [...] What a bunch of jackwagons.

Yup.

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