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Old September 19, 2014, 10:30 AM
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Default NHL 2014-2015 Season Thread.

A brand new year is upon us. Training camp starts today all across the league. Welcome you all NHL fans here. Please share your comments and posts related to NHL and your team here.

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Old September 19, 2014, 10:36 AM
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As a Pens fan, I am really looking forward to this year. So many changes that were overdue. The room got stale and we desperately needed a new voice and new players. Gone are Shero/Disco. Gone are Orpik, Niskanen, Neal, Engelland, Jokinen, Vitale, Glass etc. New comers are Hornqvist, Spalling, Erhoff, Downie, Comeau, Carcillo etc. I anticipate the first few months to be full of ups and downs. New coach and new system always bring that to the table. We shall wait and see..
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Old September 23, 2014, 03:45 AM
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Not a bad effort against the Pens in our PS opener, despite the absence of a recently injured Anthony Mantha, our most exciting offensive prospect in a decade. I thought our defensive prospects looked good, especially Sproul and Marchenko. Backman and Ouellet also did OK. Hope they'll do in this season what our offensive prospects did during last season. The PP showed promise and both Howard and Mrazek made some good saves. I hope Datsyuk is OK after that Scuderi hit. Bennett, Sutter, and Hornqvist were impressive for the Pens.
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Old September 25, 2014, 10:24 AM
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Did you see the game ? I missed it.

One huge difference for the Pens this year is the continued influx of European players, both on the roster and in the system. Shero avoided them for some odd reason. We now have on D- Erhoff, Maatta. Forwards- Malkin, Hornqvist, Goc. Goalie- Griess. Of course, no 1 pick was Kapannen.
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^Guilty! For us, this is the most important preseason in recent memory. With our defensive prospects trying to break into the NHL, and Anthony Mantha, we're excited.
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Old October 8, 2014, 01:25 PM
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Happy New ( Hockey ) Year !!
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Old October 9, 2014, 07:30 AM
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Season opener against the Bruins without Datsyuk. Not good. Poor Mantha didn't even have a chance to play any of the preseason games. Not good. Disagreement between Babcock and Kenny as to which one of our defensive prospects is NHL ready. Not good.
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It's always great to win the season opener in such a dominant fashion against a contender like Boston. Rask, as always, kept his team in the game by making quite a few clutch saves. Howard also made a couple of great saves when it mattered the most, and our PK looked especially good. That said, Boston's only goal on their first shot was unacceptable. Ericsson's error followed by some pond hockey type defending led to a good Bergeron goal Howard should've had. He guessed short side and was caught totally off guard by the high glove, over the shoulder shot. He needed to be more square. Anyway ...
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Will Follow the season (Will Attend a game, Highlights) but won't pay close attention until the final 1/3rd of the season, when teams start jockeying for Playoff Positioning.

Nice start for Nash, he's got alot to prove this season.
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Man, it's infuriating when a non-call with seconds left determines the adverse outcome of a game you should've won! Then again, we shouldn't have put ourselves in a position to lose. George Malik sums things up well, as usual.

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The good: the Red Wings rallied from another 1-0 deficit, Jimmy Howard steadied himself after giving up a poor goal and the Red Wings were all of 24 seconds from taking the Ducks to overtime via out-shooting, out-hustling and out-working a mean, nasty Anaheim team.

The bad: with 27 seconds left in the game, Ryan Getzlaf very blatantly hooked/tripped Niklas Kronwall, skated toward the net, and as Jonthan Ericsson, who had a terrible game, stood and watched (and forced Howard to remain in his crease), Getzlaf roofed it.

No call. Ducks win 3-2, Babcock stands at the end of the bench after the game and the refs refuse to talk to him. Textbook hooking penalty yields a goal, negates a staggeringly good performance by Gustav Nyquist, Kyle Quincey of all people and what was at least a make-up-for-his-awful-stickhandling performance by Howard.

I don't know what to say here. I did quite a bit of swearing on Twitter that I don't regret, and I have absolutely no respect for that asshat baldy Getzlaf, Underwear Model Kesler or Corey "The Gimp" Perry, nor the chicken-**** game the Ducks play.

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Old October 18, 2014, 05:16 AM
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Good win 1 against the Center of the Hockey Universe. Not sure if we're that good or they're that pitiful. They usually are, but this team seems totally out of sync. Most AHL teams do the small things better than this bunch. Kadri went high sticking last night after being beaten by better players one-on-one. What an impetuous little ****! Good to see a dirty team turning a genuine prospect into a dirty player, again. Maybe he should go to Syria and fight for ISIL. I'm sure he's good enough to captain their hockey team. I'd like to see them crushed again tonight. Shouldn't be hard provided Franzen is OK. Nyquist remains the MAN, and Hank had a great night. Hit repeat at the Joe, please!

That said, Howard stole a point from Boston before this win. He's looking sharper than ever so far. Being pushed by Gustavsson and Mrazek will do that to you. Kenny's boy Andreij Nestrasil has failed to impress so far, and like his other boytoy Bekub Kindl, clearly doesn't belong at this level from the looks of it.
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Come on Bro. Thats a bit too much. I know you dislike Toronto, but, don't you think its getting a bit of of hand ?
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Old October 18, 2014, 03:13 PM
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It is and I apologize. Kadri nearly blinded Franzen with a no-call high stick and then tried to do the same with Helm, and I just lost it, lol! These perennial losers do bring out the worst in me with their dirty play and bizarre arrogance. I'm beginning to hate Boston too but at least those guys can back it up.
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Gustavsson got the shutout and I'm obviously glad that he did, but Bernier stopped better shots and kept Asgard in the game. Anyway, looking forward to the game Thursday. Hoping to get Datsyuk and Franzen back by then. Watching Weiss, Nestrasil, and Kindl have been painful. Sadly, Kindl will get more chances to turn the puck over.
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I know you mean no harm.

It been a small sample size, but what a difference maker Hornqvist has been for us. I don't think we ever a had a player in last six years that brings the element that he brings consistently. He basically parks himself in front on the net and he shoots at every opportunity that he gets. Got nice hands too. 4 goals already and if he stays healthy along with 87 all year, he will get 30+ goals.

MAF still MAF. I don't think we can ever win another cup with him. Too frustrating. A great athlete capable of brilliant saves, but its the normal ones that he lets in all the time...
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Hornqvist is Holmstrom 2.0. Plays hard and unrelenting.
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Thats a lofty comparison, but the guy sure does reminds me of Holmstrom. I don't know what's up with the Pens schedule this year. Only four games so far while other teams have played 6-7 games already. Hate waiting five days between games. Flyers tomorrow. Bylsma always lost to them. Lets see if anything is different this time around. I have no clue whats going on with Oilers. All those first overall picks in a row and they cant win any games.
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What a breathtaking rally to beat the Pens! Our strongest third period performance since 2009. I hope it changes things for a team with arguably the worst third period performances recorded over the past three years, especially with less than four minutes to go in the game.
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Man, possibly the worst call ever! We just had a goal called back because Holtby just lost his edge and fell. Glendening was nowhere near him. So not only were we robbed a goal, but had to kill a penalty without one of our top PK guys. These refs should be punished.
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Just look at this!

http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/616920
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That's comical. I was watching the NHL Network last night and they showed it. Refs challenge has to be incorporated like NFL. The other night, Pens were playing Devils. We were on a PP. Crosby jammed it in. Video replay showed puck crossing the line, but stuck underneath the skate of Schneider. On the same PP, Devils scored a short handed goal, and only then they reviewed the Crosby goal. Incredibly they said no goal ( even though the video frame by frame evidence was indisputable ) thanks to the geniuses in Toronto game room. I don't know why. Maybe, they didn't wanna take a goal away from the Devils. It didn't matter since we scored 7 unanswered. But, Crosby was denied of his hatrick, as he ended up with only two goals.
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Yep, NFL-type challenge is a must.
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Facing the Kings tonight to finish our best first month of the season since Lidstrom's retirement. Good sign for a team that tends to get stronger as the season progresses. Very happy with the overall speed and hustle of the team. Howard's being pushed by not one but two good goalies and as a consequence, is having his best start since his rookie season.

Defensively, Kronwall has been solid at both ends of the ice, and Ericsson has been an imposing presence in our own zone. DeKeyser and Smith have finally become quality NHL defemsemen, and Quincey has been good defensively. Sadly though, he has the most pathetic shot of any, and I mean ANY NHL defenseman in recent memory, and no matter how many he lets loose, those weak and inaccurate shots always end up comfortably handled whenever on goal. Pretty $hitty for what Kenny touted as an "offensive" defensemen. Kindl sucks and should be donated to say, the Maple Leafs for hidden talent their archaic philosophy simply doesn't allow them to recognize and patiently develop. There are real reasons behind their spectacular failures, but perennial losers are never willing to get past their arrogance, and rectify those issues. 1967 guys, 1967! Anyway, I hope Ouellet, Sproul, Marchenko, or Backman replace Bekub Kindl sooner rather than later.

Offensively, Nestrasil's gotta go down to the AHL, and Tatar must get his timing right SOON. Sheahan and Jurco are creating decent chances with their feisty forechecking, and it's just a matter of time before more of their SOGs find the back of the net. No complaints about the current and the next captain. Both Zetterberg and Nyquist have been very good, and with Datsyuk getting healthy and getting his timing right, we're likely to have a formidable offense with at least 3 point-per-game two way forwards going into our 24th consecutive playoffs, InshAllah. Both Tatar and Abdel Kader may join them by the end of the season. Franzen will never have that breakout season but I'll be happy as long as he elevates his lazy game in clutch situations. Kenny will NEVER be forgiven for losing Hossa in order to keep him. Defensively solid Abdel Kader has also been good offensively. Simply love our checking line. Glendening, Andersson, and Miller are very tough to play against. Their combined speed, toughness, and fearless persistence will continue to disrupt the opposition for years to come. That said, it would be nice to have a look at Mantha after the all star break. I have no doubt that a healthy Mantha will tear-up the AHL and earn that look with the big boys.
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