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Everything posted by SwampD

  1. You would think that in this day and age of hockey technology, they would have come up with a way to deal with flow by now.
  2. In open ice. Board battles and the cycle have nothing to do with speed. (Footspeed,… kinda. You know what I mean). They’re about taking a beating and still seeing the play, then making it.
  3. I agree. Tuch needs to use his size more. (AND LGR, I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT PUNCHING PEOPLE). He definitely makes a lot happen because of his size, I just feel he could do more with it. Our young guys (they are really young) will get there.
  4. Doubt it. We rarely get to those areas. When we do, we usually scare, too. We had people on here last night actively defending UPL and how he had no chance on (I think) four of the goals. I’m not an idiot. Do we need better goaltending (GT)?… um, duh. But bad goaltending is an easy, simplistic excuse for why the tide shifted in the last 4 minutes of that game.
  5. Sure. Look where they scored from and look where we took our penalties. https://www.espn.com/nhl/game/_/gameId/401458935 (scroll down to shot chart)
  6. You are missing the point. As usual. I’m not talking about punching ppl every night, as much as you want to believe that so you can hang on to your hockey ideals. Why we’re we on the PK? Because they got physical and knocked certain of our players out of their game and forced them into taking bad penalties. Don’t get me wrong. We’re getting there. Our young hopefuls look like they are going to be those players. They just aren’t there yet. And I’m certainly not going to get down on a 19 YO for making a rushed play against the defending SC champs. But we were on the PK because Tampa pushed back hard and we couldn’t deal. Next year. It’ll be next year. …. I have to believe that, otherwise what’s the point.
  7. Hockey is a physical game. That physicality can be and is used by teams to win games. There are plenty of guys that can stick handle and score goals. Tampa is filled with guys that can not only do that, but also get physical and nasty. It’s why they’ve been as good as they have been for as long as they have. I’m sure you’re going to show me a bunch of stats and say, “no, this is why they’ve been good.” And once again, I will say that stats are a result, not the why.
  8. I hate quoting myself, but this isn’t exactly true. Dahlin definitely didn’t bump Kucherov hard enough to for him to hit UPL as hard as he did, but being the cagey vet that he is, knew he that once Dahlin touched him, he had a free shot at the goalie. Dahlin has to be smarter than that. It’s not the first time he has hit guys into our goalies.
  9. I think we are a solid netminder from getting bounced in the first round. Which would be AWESOME!!!!!!
  10. You really don’t think that Kucherov didn’t know what he was doing when it saw an opportunity to hit the goalie?! Really. He did it cuz he knew it would work. Dahlin had nothing to do with him hitting the goalie.
  11. Yes. Every penalty was a penalty. They always are when someone makes this argument and it is bullsh!t. I just watched it again and right before the scrum, Girgs gets tackled (literally) along the boards, right in front of the ref. Arm stays down. We’re not getting that call, Tampa is. It’s just a fact.
  12. I hope with that 20 million in cap space that we get some grit. Like it or not, that was the difference in the game. It was men against boys in that scrum and the game was decided there.
  13. It’s amazing to me how many times all five Sabres are looking at the puck on the ice in front of the net, and have no idea where opposing players are. And on the game winner, why didn’t Dahlin go to the puck carrier and Tuch peel off to cover Stamkos. Not the greatest defense there. Of course, it would be nice to have the goalie make a stop there.
  14. Why don’t the Sabres ever get a timely power play? Curious. Or do they and I just choose to ignore them. I really don’t know.
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