Game 7: Bruins-Lightnings morning skates

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2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Game 7 Morning Skate Transcript
May 27, 2011
COACH GUY BOUCHER

Q.  Sean Bergenheim looked a little bit better out there – at least to us – this morning.  How optimistic are you that he’ll be available for you in Game 7 tonight?
COACH BOUCHER:  I wouldn’t say optimistic for now.  It’s better.  He might try the warm-up.  We’ll see.  I’ve still got to talk to my therapists and doctors.  There’s been some improvement.  So to what extent, we’ll have to wait and see, but doubtful.

Q.  Guy, with what’s at stake tonight? Game 7 is one thing in the first round.  Do the emotions become a little bit harder to control and deal with considering what’s at stake in a Game 7 tonight?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, to say no would be a lie.  But I think that’s the challenge is to be able to control these emotions.  And we didn’t want our players or ourselves playing the game last night or this morning or this afternoon.  It’s our job to make sure that we stay focused on what we’ve got to do, not the hype of everything else that this game means.  And we feel that we can be better than the last game, definitely.
We’ve done some good things.  We want to keep those, but I think we need to focus on what we need to improve for tonight.

Q.  Back to Bergenheim for just a second.  What has his absence maybe caused you to do in terms of maybe some slight of hand, kind of masking his absence, making up for it?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, obviously you want to think of your own team.  But at the same time, when you look at the Bruins’ depth, it does make a difference because instead of equalizing things, it has a tendency to give them a little upper hand on that, because they’ve got Seguin on their third line and Ryder.  And Kelly is doing really well.  And they’ve got Peverley on the fourth line.  First-line guy from another team on their fourth line, and that’s where Bergenheim became extremely important for us in the previous series and this series where the line with Downie and Moore played like a first line.
So right now, we’re trying to find chemistry with some other guys.  I tried things two games ago.  I tried things the last game.  Some of it worked, some of it didn’t work.
It makes me juggle a little bit to try to find some chemistry that is absolutely crucial in any of these playoff games.

Q.  Speaking of finding that chemistry on that line, Blair Jones has stepped in there a little bit.  What have you thought of what he’s shown you in these Playoffs, because seems there’s been a lot of improvement over the course of the season?
COACH BOUCHER:  What I like about Blair right now, is what’s different than before, is when we brought him up, he was good the first game.  Pretty good the second game.  Then they would kind of fade away a bit.
I think the last times we brought him up, he maintained his level of play.  And so that’s what I find really interesting right now.  He’s working so hard.  He’s a warrior.  We knew that.  But I think he’s maintaining the level of play that we’re expecting out of him.  And he’s brought a lot of grit.
We knew he had that.  He’s one of those guys that’s got enough skill, but has got a lot of grit, pays the price, backchecks extremely hard and finishes his check and is first on puck.  So I think that’s a great recipe to have a good playoff.
So I think for him, what I like about this player is that he likes the challenges.  He’s on the bench and he’s looking at me with those eyes:  Put me out, I’ll do the job.  It’s always fun to have those guys.
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May 27, 2011
An Interview with:

COACH CLAUDE JULIEN

Q.  You’ve been in Game 7s before but not at this stage with these kind of stakes.  Do you have to do anything to talk to your guys about emotions and keeping everything in check and under control?
COACH JULIEN:  I think Game 7 is Game 7 whether it’s first or third round.  There’s an opportunity here to move on to the next round.  That to me is what Game 7 represents, no matter where you are in the Playoffs.
Our guys just have to enjoy this whole process here.  As I mentioned yesterday, there’s 27 teams right now that would love to have the opportunity that we have in the Playoffs right now.  This is one of those days where I think if you don’t enjoy the moment, you’re wasting a pretty precious day.  And you take advantage of it today, you get ready, you get excited about it.  You come out tonight and you leave it all out on the ice.  Simple as that.  Anything less than that, it’s a waste of a day.

Q.  What do you take from Game 6 and springboard into Game 7 and work on to get this victory?
COACH JULIEN:  We spend a lot of time on our end and we’re a determined group.  We are going to need more of that.  Everybody knows we’re a team that can do better than 20 shots a game, and we need to improve in that area as well.  Special teams played a big role in last game, and special teams have to be better, both power play and P.K.

Q.  So much has been made of the power play.  At what point do you get concerned that the mental aspect starts creeping into the performance on the ice, specifically with the power play?
COACH JULIEN:  Well, you can’t let it mentally get to you.  I think you’ve got to have some resilience, you have to have some determination.  That’s what we’re pushing our guys to be.  And last game, one out of five is 20 percent, you know?
And I think 20 percent is usually pretty good.  But when the other team is three for four, certainly overshadows that.
The other part is, for example, the first power play we spent almost a whole two minutes in their end.  There’s positives to take from it that we didn’t create any shots.
You’ve got to make some adjustments on your power play.  I don’t think it’s one of those situations where you got panicked and you’ve got to stay positive and you’ve got to find solutions.  That’s what we’re doing.

Q.  Speaking of the power play, you have Chara in front of the net now.  Seems like to be a pretty big advantage to have the biggest guy in front of the net.  What kind of advantage does that involve, that strategy?
COACH JULIEN:  Well, it’s only an advantage if we get pucks to the net.  That’s the bottom line here.  If you are going to put him in front, you might as well get some pucks to the net and find ways to do that.  So that’s part of our process is to move the puck around and create some shots.

Q.  Have you done something to maybe convince Krejci to shoot the puck a little bit more, or is that something he’s figured out?  And also when he does shoot, what kind of impact that can have as far as opening things up for other guys on his line, guys on the ice, if he’ll shoot.
COACH JULIEN:  I think that’s something that we’ve been encouraging him to do all year.  David, in his mind, is a pass-first kind of player.  He always looks to pass first and foremost.  We’ve encouraged him to shoot more because there’s times where he’s in real good shooting position.
And Marc Savard was the same way.  Marc had a real good shot, and a lot of times he’d look to pass instead of shooting.  That’s a natural thing that those guys normally do.  From the Adam Oates back in the day, there are guys the guys that, that’s the strength of their game.  So you don’t want them to lose that strength, but you also want them to be able to make the difference between:  Am I in a good shooting or scoring area here where I should take the shot versus passing.

Q.  Your top D here, Chara, Seidenberg, obviously big-minutes men for you.  Especially given the fact you have last change, would you rely on them even more in a game like this than you would ordinarily?
COACH JULIEN:  I think it makes it easier for line changes.  That’s the one thing, you’re able to get your matchups easier than you would on the road.  And on the road sometimes you’ve got to change on the fly.  And sometimes you’re safer on the road than not.
So they have a tendency sometimes to play even more on the road than they do at home because you don’t take any chances.  At home, obviously with a lot of teams, you see who they put out there, and you determine whether to put those guys or not.

Q.  How would you describe the way Johnny Boychuk has been playing the last few games here?
COACH JULIEN:  Again, this is Game 7.  Sorry not to answer your question, but this is not a day or time for me to question.  And I know why, my players, and I’m going to abstain from doing that today because I think our team needs to be positive and we believe in everybody on our hockey club, so we’re going to stick with that motto for today.

Q.  Kaberle had pretty significant ice time last game versus earlier in the series and gives you two assists.  What would you like — what did you like from that game that maybe he can carry over into tonight?
COACH JULIEN:  I think that’s somebody that you can talk about positively, and certainly one of those guys that I think last game played pretty good.  I liked his game.  He moved the puck well.  He was in there.  He created some opportunities for us.
And the only thing you’ve always heard about Tomas is that you like to see him shoot puck more.  There’s times on the power play where if he has that shooting lane like we said with Zdeno in front, you have got to shoot.  Doesn’t have to be a big shot.  Can be a wrist shot.  Can be anything.
But the rest of the game, I thought he moved the puck well.  I thought he iced well.  He made some good decisions in our own end.  He did a great job.
So I know there’s been a tendency to be hard on this guy at times, but I would say three out of the last four games, he’s been a real good player for us.

Q.  How much are you looking forward to, you talked about the opportunity, but the atmosphere in this building tonight and also the fans throughout this Game 7?
COACH JULIEN:  Again, this is the opportunity that we have to play in front of our own fans.  And when you have the choice of saying would you rather be in Tampa or at home, I think it’s pretty obvious which one we’ll pick.
And this is what you fight for all season long, home ice advantage in the Playoffs.  And this is the opportunity that’s given to us.  It worked for us in our favor against Montreal, and we plan on making it work again in our favor today.

Q.  First of all, are there any lineup changes planned, and in a game of this magnitude, how tough is that decision-making process and deciding who is in and informing the guys who won’t be in?
COACH JULIEN:  It is.  Everybody wants to play at this stage of the season.  All I can say is give you the same answer I’ve given every other time.  We’ll have 23 guys out there tonight, and you’ll have to wait until game time.
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  1. Heyo ilb!

    Nada going on. Long weekend with no plans :(

    No more tornados, at least for a few days.

    What’s up with you and the mrs?

  2. ONECUPIN72YEARSAND COUNTING on

    I’m not sure if it would be more painful in Boston for the bruins to lose tonight or get to the finals and lose . I hope the more painful way wins out.

  3. Good evening all! Haven’t been this nervous about a game since our boys’ last one. Oy. GO BOLTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ilb, I knew you’d be there this weekend!!! How’s the fishing?

  4. ilb

    hes doing great sitting next to me having bottle watching first per. then mom said bed time for him. 15 weeks.

    what a pace so far

  5. Hey Mickey!

    eric, isn’t he a little to young to be hitting bottle for games? :)

  6. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    FIRE SATHER… before he gives Richards 7 and 7.

    Hmmm… 7&7… I need a drink!

  7. fyi all, speaking of the Blechs, which I’m not, I have four (free) copies of our epic comeback against them in April. First to ask first to get…..

  8. Fishing and hockey, that works for me! Hope you catch something ILB, what are you fishing for?

    I am going out for stripers in the morning but will probably end up fluke fishing.

  9. JimboWoodside on

    “going out for strippers in the morning…”

    Now *you* sound like Orr!

  10. Oh man. Just read that Gary Carter’s brain tumours appear to be malignent. So sad

  11. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Going trout fishing first thing tomorrow. I hope I can find the stream under all this water…

  12. I can’t bring myself to type the name of the team I am now rooting against Jimbo. Bad karma.

  13. fluke fishing…ilb, isn’t that what you do?

    hahahahaha. I make myself laugh :)

  14. who’d ya think I was talking about?!

    I’ll take less good hockey and 7 points for Tampa. Not a lot to ask I think.

  15. JimboWoodside on

    I really had no idea, mama – I’ve already forgotten about that comeback – seems like ages ago now, unfortunately.

  16. yes! ilb, please do. especially of casey driving the boat! can he drive and play the music at the same time though?

  17. JimboWoodside on

    Definitely, mama – feels like the Rangers haven’t been playing for months already….

  18. I know it’s the start of a long weekend, but where is everybody??? heck, I’m here and I took a week off! where’s the Tampa love!!!!!

  19. Casey is a smart dog, mama…He knows how to use the iPhone too. That’s the main reason I have to get a new one every year :-)

  20. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 3 Latona lunch points!!) on

    btw, I’m working…shocking!!

  21. wicky!!! wrong answer!!! hey, happy memorial day in advance in case I’m not around Monday :)

  22. lol ilb! here’s how I see the hierarchy in your household. Casey, mrs. ilb, Leo, you….:)

  23. JimboWoodside on

    Let’s go Bolts!!!

    I didn’t think I needed to say that, but OK, there ya go!

    All I know is that I want the winner of this series to beat the Canucks – which will be a tall order.

  24. Jimbo, I don’t even want to think of a B v. Nuck final. Now that would be blech!

  25. Tampa has an amazing ability to come back with a strong offensive shift right after it seems Boston is ready to tilt the ice..

  26. Neither. I’ve had a burr under my saddle about Vancouver ever since 94 (charming post lost behavior) but I hate Boston (the team, not the city!) and if they win my Beantown cousin will be the new burr under my saddle for months. I guess it’s just a question of which will make me boudreau less. Probably Canucks, though it deeply pains me to say that.

  27. ummm, meant post loss.

    Tampa needs to not make me need the colorist sooner than planned …..

  28. JimboWoodside on

    I understand, mama – but refresh my memory, if you care to – what did the Vancouver fans do that ticked you off so badly? I was so happy after we won that I paid no attention to *anything* bad that anyone said for weeks.

  29. Another “stuff on the ice” story. Tie Domi claimed he tripped over a grasshopper on a breakaway when the Rangers played that game against the Kings outdoors in Vegas.

  30. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    I bet his nose sounds like a bowl of rice crispies when it moves.

  31. LOL Carp!

    Fug, now I’m in a position of feeling bad for Stamkos!!!! grrrrr.

    Jimbo, the fans went nuts, bad nuts, torched cars, rioting in streets, awful madness. It was, as they say, adismal.

  32. Stamkos’ face is a fuggin mess. Jeez!

    Lets see Lebron James get hit with a slap shot, and see if that piece of carcillo comes back!

    Basketball players are wimps. Those losers use mouth pieces. For what?

    Hockey Players = Balls of SEAL!

  33. I can’t believe any of you thought Stamkos wouldn’t come back. Puh-Leeze. It’s just pain.

  34. JimboWoodside on

    Aha! I *do* remember that, mama – but hey, what do I care! – if they want to burn their own city down, go ahead, be my guest! I thought they did or said something bad about our Rangers and that’s what you got angry at!

  35. ilb, finally!

    btw, I was at the Bronx Zoo last week and saw seals, but no balls. Maybe cause the dad was in the pool :)

  36. I hear you Jimbo. It’s not so much about the team as it is not wanting those city aasens to be able to celebrate. Then again, some of those aasens are about two decades older (yikes) so I guess, maybe, I can forgive.

  37. Wonder if they gave Stamkos some of those really good drugs now or will after the game.

  38. JimboWoodside on

    Bad second period for the Bolts……they’ll be lucky if the go into the break still tied at zero…..

  39. JimboWoodside on

    He probably got something for the pain, Mickey – but they can’t dope you up too much – he still has to be alert and not have his reflexes impaired…

  40. yes! finally! I’ve been cheated 12 times tonight and finally got a natural hat! Don’t throw things on the blog!

  41. ilb, correct me if I’m wrong….I’m guessing he just got a local, right?

  42. Figured something like Tylenol with codeine or some such stuff, Jimbo.

    Still remarkable,,

  43. JimboWoodside on

    Imagine if the Bolts win, and the goaltenders in the cup finals are Luongo and Roloson – both players were given away by the Isles….

  44. ORR

    could agree more what will be there to watch in a week or two. summer tv sucks

  45. LMAO DOUBLE! we need a JR quote file like we used to have on Greg (where is Greg anyway?)
    Does he not have anyone on staff who talks to him about what he says?

  46. I told a friend of mine (non hockey but a word person) about admisal the other day and she cracked up….

  47. He’s in the Vince Coleman category of stupid.

    Not sure if that is accurate, but I vaguely recall Coleman being dumber than a potted plant.

  48. That rapture thing was all wrong, Manny. It was actually Jesus comng back as a hockey goalie.

  49. Ha! Good one Mickey. I guess they were getting him fit for skates the last few games? Thus, Smith in net?

  50. Yes, Vince Coleman was extremely dumb. Didn’t he get seriously injured by being run over by a mechanical tarp roller or something?

  51. JimboWoodside on

    Harvey Haddocks!

    I meant when he was with the Cardinals, Mickey – but you’re right……

  52. Carp – if they have mechanical tarp rollers what is with all those guys running it out on the field?

  53. Ha! I can’t take Doc Emrick. He is just a constant flow of verboseness. He speaks before he knows what he is going to say. It’s unsettling.

  54. That’s a good theory, Carp. I guess they are using it sparingly to keep all those people employed. 30 baseball teams times 25 people on the crew…..that’s a lot of jobs. Like FDR and the new deal.

  55. Right-o Manny!

    Carp, I think he did. When he was a Cardinal, I think.

    Jimbo, I knew what you meant, silly!

  56. Yeah, Orr, we could here for a while. It’s ok, as long as they’re done by the time lcoal bass wakes up :-)

  57. “…andhereheiswiththepuckhesmovingonthewallooohhhhhwhatahitbycharraabighitbythebigmanooohhhhhhhhhhhheismovedoffthepuckwhereismypenwhereismylifeheadedwwwaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhwhatasavebyrolosonooooohhhhhhhhhhhhanothergreasavebyrolosonooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhandasmartmovebydownieasherattlesthepuckintothezoneooooooohhhhhhheistakendownbythebruinsdefenseoooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhwhatamovebydownieasheenters…” – Doc Emrick

  58. JimboWoodside on

    OK, Mickey – I didn’t know if you remembered him as a Cardinal – but I do!

    Him and that little plick Ozzie Smith……

  59. Mickey, the way this game is making me thirsty, ginger ale ain’t on the menu :)

  60. Jimbo, not really. My awareness of baseball came in about 91/92, shortly before I discovered the awesomeness of hockey.

  61. I have been trying to come up with a way to impersonate Doc Emrick for a long time….

  62. Haven’t been around in a while guys, sorry (not like I contribute much.)

    This has been an AWESOME game. And an awesome thread.

    We’ll discuss lunch points tomorrow or something. Don’t want to interrupt the game-flow.

    VinceAngler?

  63. Manny,

    Paraphernalia-waffleboard-flapjack-shillelagh-scrum WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE! MY GOODNESS!

  64. As of right now, I believe Thomas has either allowed five or zero goals in every game.

  65. Wow. Horrendous D-Fence on that 2-on-1. What a save by Roloson. Too bad he can’t score.

  66. Hell of a series.

    I have no idea who to root for in the Finals. I have NO feelings for either team.

  67. JimboWoodside on

    I wonder if a PP or two for TB would have made a difference? They scored a lot of PP goals in this series…

  68. Hockey is the best sport because no athletes love and respect their sport as much as hockey players do. Stamkos playing with that abhorrent injury isn’t only a testament to his self-respect and the respect of his team, but his respect of hockey in general. I’m glad that I started watching the sport because it truly is something special.

  69. Carp, I check everyday! Just busy with summer and 3 acres of yard work!
    Mama…I’m sorry girl!!!

  70. JimboWoodside on

    It just didn’t look like TB had their offense tooled up for this game – I wonder if their coach stressed playing defense so much that they held back a bit throughout the whole game….?

  71. Olga Folkyerself on

    Boston lost the last five finals they played in.

    6th time is the charm?

  72. JimboWoodside on

    Nobody else throws a ticker-tape parade like New York City does – I hope I live long enough to see another one for our Rangers….

  73. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, ilb – Bergenheim was a scoring machine for them through these playoffs…

  74. Shame on you B rooters who call yourselves Rangers fans! And hartnell that I have to root for the Nucks. Worst SC final ever……!

  75. Kubina has been their best two-way d-man all year. Tough loss. Good team. Bet you very few predicted they’d go this far.

  76. JimboWoodside on

    Roloson was the last piece of the puzzle for them – Smith wasn’t getting it done before January, but Roly stepped in and settled them down and gave them a chance to win….

  77. So sorry Tampa. I won’t say this again, but this year, my congrats and condolences. Hartnell!

  78. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah – rooting in these finals will be tough – one team is a longtime hated Ranger rival, and the other, well……….I’d like to see their streak continue…..

  79. Wicky (Going with the 18" tires on this thing) on

    So, must have been a he’ll of a game!

    Mama
    Welcome to the dark side (go nucks go) and happy memorial day to you as well!

    Mickey
    What up girl?

    Everytime I type nucks into this thing it autocorrects it to “nukes”…assen!

  80. Olga Folkyerself on

    Rangers-Bruins haven’t played against each other in the playoffs since 1972-73.

    Not much of a rivalry anymore…

  81. Seventeen years ago on this night, a Mr. Matteau touched the trophy. Remember? He broke a skate lace or something just before the second OT began. So he was still in the lockerroom when they put the trophy in the hallway. Matteau came out, had to go around the trophy, and tapped it for luck. You might say it worked.

  82. JimboWoodside on

    That’s true, Olga – and since all the realignment took place in the league, the two teams don’t play each other anywhere near as often as they used to…but man, back in the day, they were really bitter rivals…

  83. Oh Lord Stanley help me, I’ve been convinced to be a Nuck “rooter”…. game over, season over, trade everybody!

  84. JimboWoodside on

    Thank you, Stephane Matteau – you got us into the cup finals, and simultaneously deflated that big baloon, Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarty!

  85. LOL! Stan makes a great point seconds ago on Twitter!!!

    StanFischler

    I’m still trying to figure out how Nathan Horton was allowed to play. Didn’t John Tortorella get suspended for a game for tossing at a fan?

  86. JimboWoodside on

    Carp, are you rooting for the Canucks because they have an Italian-Canadian goalie? ;-)

  87. Jimbo, thanks, LOL! Have a great weekend all if I don’t “see” you til June 1! I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to have the weekend off!

    Go, sigh, Cancuks!

  88. Olga Folkyerself on

    Sad to say I never saw any of that rivalry Jimbo. I started watching hockey in 73-74.

    Most of my venom is reserved for the Flyers, then Canadiens, then Islanders. I remember some really intense Ranger-Bruin games, and that disgusting trade(s) of Ratelle Park and finally Middleton. But for me, the hate isn’t quite there… the trades were our own GM’s fault…

  89. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Well I said, here, that it would be Vancouver in 5 and Boston in 7, on the way to Vancouver in 5 in the finals. Maybe I will be wrong this time, but going in, it looks rather one-sided to me.

    Of course if the Bruins win it all, I can say that two years ago, right here, I marveled over the youth movements in Chicago and Boston and predicted big things for them in the near future. Remember, these franchises went with some teenagers with ability to build for a Cup, instead of bringing in a bunch of FA 34-year olds “to make the playoffs.” Wonder if they are sorry in Chicago and Boston, now, that they exhibited a little patience two years ago?

  90. JimboWoodside on

    A great weekend to you too, mama! See you on June 1, definitely!

    Olga, it was every bit the rivalry that the Rangers had/have with the Flyers – the B’s used to regularly beat the crap out of the Rangers back then, when they were “The Big, Bad Bruins”…..

  91. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    The Middleton gift to Boston was John Ferguson doing to the Rangers back then, exactly the same thing Bettman is doing to the entire league now – breaking it down on purpose.

  92. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    You got it Olga, nice to hear from you. I appreciate you consistently sharp input, here.

  93. Olga Folkyerself on

    When Ferguson died I wished him a seat in Hell between Stalin and Hitler for that Middleton trade… he also forced Gilbert into retirement.

  94. JimboWoodside on

    Those trades to Boston were absolute killers to Ranger fans – and yes, it was a self-inflicted series of wounds caused by *our* GMs…..

  95. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    You know what would be great? For ONE SEASON to have five divisions of six teams each and reunite Boston, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Detroit and Chicago, for ONE Season, for old times sake, and give them six or eight games against each intra-divisional rival. Wow!

  96. Olga Folkyerself on

    And as bad as he is, Sather will always be the SECOND worst Ranger GM ever. Ferguson was worse.

  97. Olga Folkyerself on

    Who would be watching the other four divisions?

    Chumps and old grannies with cowbells, that’s who…

  98. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    I wish Ferguson were still alive, really don’t like to take cheap, or justified shots at the dead. But damn, he sure set us back as a franchise at a time when the rest of the players and organization really was right there and with any kind of break, could have stolen a Cup. Loved the Rangers in the late 70’s and early 80’s and will never forget those really talented and dedicated players. Pavelich retiring young was awful, loved Wayne Dillon, too, and it must have been Ferguson, too, who drove him and all his promise out of the game just when his career was blossoming. And Murdock, as we know, went wrong in his personal life, at the same time. Combined with the Middleton dumping, well, it was a long time before the organization was able to regroup, and we had to suffer the Islanders success being rubbed in our faces, as part of the price we paid for the short-sightedness which led to long-term failure.

  99. JimboWoodside on

    You hit it right on the head, Boom Boom…and after the Isles finally fell back down to earth, the Devils became the ascendant team in the area, winning-wise…..

    How many other franchises have had *two* territorial rivals dropped into their area of “coverage”? Seems like we got shafted with those expansions…

  100. Olga Folkyerself on

    Jimbo, when the isles and Devils were brought here they were just patsy’s for the Rangers to smack around. At the time, everyone felt good about having losers to play and pile up easy points.

    That is, until they found competent GM’s to build good teams through high draft picks while the Ranger GM’s floundered around. Eventually, the upper hand was on the other foot.

    Now we are saddled with another sorry excuse for a GM and even though the Devils and Isles finished out of the playoffs, Sather’s incompetence will have the Rangers below both of them in the standings in a couple more years. Sorry to say…

  101. JimboWoodside on

    Well, I understand what you’re saying, Olga – but for both of our “rival” teams, Rangers only got a few seasons of them being patsies – Isles got to us very early in their infancy, and the Devs also beat us out of a playoff spot not too many years after they moved here from Colorado.

    I agree with you 100% about the GMs, though…..like them or not (and I’ve hated them), the Isles had Bill Torrey, who did a great job drafting and trading, and Lou L. in NJ always puts a good product out there on the ice. He drafts well.

  102. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well, we have Sather… say hello to 8th, 9th or 10th place until he drops dead or retires.

  103. Nothing changes in a transvestite girl’s world. Same dull parrot…Yawn…
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  104. Wicky (Going with the 18" tires on this thing) on

    Mickey
    Big plans for the weekend in the Lou?

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