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Old 03-07-2019, 05:02 PM
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The Tampa Bay Lightning can clinch a berth in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they play the Minnesota Wild at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

The Lightning will be the first team to qualify this season with a win and a regulation loss by either the Montreal Canadiens or Columbus Blue Jackets. They also can clinch with one point and regulation losses by the Canadiens and Blue Jackets.
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:16 PM
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Columbus at Pittsburgh tonight, and Montreal at San Jose.

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Old 03-07-2019, 07:22 PM
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Let’s go Bolts persevere and get through the clutching and grabbing and score baby just score.
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Old 03-07-2019, 10:10 PM
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That went about as I expected. Top two lines just floating around for most of the game searching for their fucks. They were clearly fresh out of fucks to give.

4th line was best line for majority of the game. Erne likely broke his hand again, so all hail the return of Callahan!
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Old 03-07-2019, 10:38 PM
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The way I see it, you need three components to beat the Lightning.

1) You have to play a near perfect defensive game (especially in the neutral zone and on zone entries.

2) You have to have a goalie that doesn't give up a soft/bad goals.

3) Even if you get #1 and #2, the bolts have to not be playing their A game.

If you get all three of those things, you have a chance to beat the bolts. I still believe it's going to be tough for an opposing team to get all of that 4 times in a 7 game series.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:23 PM
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Minnesota has above average team speed, which is what you need to apply the kind of backchecking pressure they did tonight. That was the secret sauce, IMO, and not every team has the racehorses to pull that strategy off. Most teams try to pull that strategy off through clutching and grabbing alone. Minnesota did a lot of that heavy lifting with speed and tenacity and playing mostly clean hockey.
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One of the ways to beat MIN's defensive alignment is to dump and chase. I didn't see TB doing that. The played right into their hands all night.
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:03 AM
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One of the ways to beat MIN's defensive alignment is to dump and chase. I didn't see TB doing that. The played right into their hands all night.
This is why Pond Hockey style works great and is all oh la la and everything's okey dokey. Then the real season starts and what we see is inept play from the stars with the fancy smancy passes to nowhere, D that is stick checking from behind as multiple opponents go to our net.
It is the same recipe that kicks our ass each and every playoff series. This coaching staff in year whatever still has not learned there is a difference when it comes to playoff style games. Last night looked like a practice for the golf links in mid-april.

I know they were tired, and overworked too much on their minds..... blah blah blah...... They will the next game play 60 minutes of 200 foot hockey. wooo hooo
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This is why Pond Hockey style works great and is all oh la la and everything's okey dokey. Then the real season starts and what we see is inept play from the stars with the fancy smancy passes to nowhere, D that is stick checking from behind as multiple opponents go to our net.
It is the same recipe that kicks our ass each and every playoff series. This coaching staff in year whatever still has not learned there is a difference when it comes to playoff style games. Last night looked like a practice for the golf links in mid-april.

I know they were tired, and overworked too much on their minds..... blah blah blah...... They will the next game play 60 minutes of 200 foot hockey. wooo hooo
Each and every playoff series, huh?
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Old 03-08-2019, 10:22 AM
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One of the ways to beat MIN's defensive alignment is to dump and chase. I didn't see TB doing that. The played right into their hands all night.
Derek, Pete and Narrow are, in their specific observations, all correct in summarizing this game. And yes, we all know very well that “playoff hockey” is much like what you saw last night. ( in what was essentially a 1-0 loss)
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