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  1. Now we are communicating! You summed it up travel_dude. Call that compete level or something else, call it grit if you like, but it comes down to doing what you need to win games. It's two main things; grit (= hunger, tenacity, and physicality) to do ANYTHING it takes to satisfy an insatiable drive to win, at the highest energy level which still accommodates the ABILITY to execute all hockey skills and know-how (acquired during a life of playing and learning the game). None of the things you mention below should be news to any players in the NHL... so what's with it? How many blocked shots that could injure? A couple of players. ... Should be ALL players. How many players gave up on a shift after the puck went the other way in an odd-man rush? I saw it too! More than a few. Should be NONE no matter how tired you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would like to mention here the fact that hockey is not just a game of control but also a game of mistakes and yes, luck; but both teams have to deal with that. Just because the other team has a breakaway, doesn't mean they will score on the first shot. That is a NO_BRAINER people!! Maybe they do on the 2nd or 3rd? Also, keep skating and take a 'good penalty'! I saw Erik Karlsson make such a play with an open net against the Avs here in the playoffs. Soon after Burns bum checked his man into oblivion, Karlsson QUIT! Then he had the audacity to klobber the post with his stick, after the puck was in the net. He should have hit himself in the head. Has he never heard of diving and swinging the stick at pucks and skates for a 'good penalty'? Every player has to do everything in his power to fend off defeat. Grit. Playing a gritty style only works against some teams. This is where our communications may have been struggling. The way I mean GRIT does not mean a style or style of team lacking speed and skill. It's not going to beat the Canes, not NYI. I saw Doug Hamilton jump out of the way and let Ovetchkin have the puck! What a crumb! No wonder he has such a perfectly straight nose You might have to, to beat DAL or STL, but they have great defensive systems and goaltending. To me, they both look beatable by some of the remaining teams, after watching last nights game (series now tied 2-2). We played that way against COL and got burned because we let them come to us and tried to hit them every chance. I saw it too!!! You and I know you NEVER let a team come to you. I saw a team lose that was playing unlike they had the entire year. They did not bring their game up. They didn't make plays well. ...like they didn't know it was going to be more intense?! The Avs picked it up, as required and expected in playoff hockey. They sat back too often. When you're being pummeled you don't sit back!! Sitting back is stupid all of the time. Allowed the other team to gain the zone and then struggled to contain them. You and I saw the same game!! How about all those missed clearing passes and attempts? How frustrating? Allowed the other team to set up on the PP too easily. How frustrating? We were successful in faceoffs, controlling something like 60% of draws. That may have been their only claim to fame. And yet we barely managed to do anything with it. A couple of OT losses and a couple of blow outs essentially. There might be other forum members who will argue these points but between you and I it is inarguable fact. We both saw it! I say it again, none of the things you mentioned should be news to any player in the NHL... so what's with it? (rhetorical question) “The legs feed the wolf, gentlemen,” -- Herb Brooks
  2. I agree with some of your details why the Flames were trampled. "Nothing to do with GRIT." Playoff hockey has everything to do with GRIT. The Flames wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes against the Jackets. They are playing harder and hungrier than the Flames did. You gotta REALLY want it; that's something you can't teach. It's something in your make up. You put yourself on the line and GRIT out every second. That is a fact.
  3. I agree with you on most of your reasons why the Flames crapped. I won't discuss reffing any further than to say every game I have ever seen has been buggered by the refs, win or lose, end of discussion. TEAMS WITH TRUE GRIT ARE STILL IN THE TOURNY. The Flames wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes against the Blue Jackets. The winner of the Blue Jackets and Bruins will win the cup (unless the reffing buggers it). It's nice to see hockey being played the way I think it should be.
  4. The second round, second game between the Blue Jackets and Bruins was a smasher. That first period was the hardest hitting I have ever seen! The Flames wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes. They are presently a 'get to the playoffs' team, not a 'get through the playoffs' team. They need more size and more grit. I am glad to see the Stanley Cup playoffs are still an old fashioned hard nosed style. The Flames gave us a lot of entertainment this regular season. Keep building.
  5. That is a variable for sure. Some guys have the ability to redevelop and some guys don't. We will see if he is one who can achieve something extra special again. If he doesn't reach levels of superstardom, he's still a good defenceman. It'll be interesting to see who is in the lineup tonight.
  6. Have you seen the movie St Vincent? 'It is what it is' really bugged him. Anyway It will be great to see Hamonic take flight next year. That would be great. He is the only defenceman who shows his teeth on a regular basis. He is my favorite Dman on the squad.
  7. Maybe he wants to be at the top of the tradelist. It seems like there are some wrenches stuck in the Flames organization. They need to be removed before the team can contend. Who and what are those 'wrenches'? I don't think it's a case of replacing this player or that player.
  8. Who can argue any of these points? I have never seen any better footwork and edgework either. Can the Flames bounce back tonight?
  9. That is wonderful! (no sarcasm) Now he has to add an ulterior motive to that kind of stuff... SCORING! Douglas Gilmour was a topnotch playmaker too, and he wasn't scared of scoring. Gooder is so close to being the absolute cream of the crop in The NHL today.
  10. You hit it on the head DHT! Often (because of his explosive speed) when he's entered/ing the zone he's by himself. Then he's waiting for help. That explains why he often drifts to the icing line before shooting. I am waiting for him to start going under and around their defense where he can get shots off at a better angle from the slot etc.. There is Nothing wrong with passing but he needs to utilize the Times when he is by himself, and go for it himself. I like what you say about generating assists off of his shots too. That will happen. Those extremely wide angle shots do not produce as many tasty rebounds out front. I wish I had his tools!
  11. That's right but for a guy of his caliber he should be able to veer up ... and he can veer under them too. I know it, I know it. I've seen him do it
  12. Absolutely! DHam and BroD have made a rep for themselves, and I agree I don't like what I see now because they are not biting down for whatever reasons. You know how that goes; out of a pool of excellent players, different guys prefer different players because of their approach to the game. I'm not the world's biggest Goodroe fan either but I am starting to like his spirit. He tries to go that extra mile. I wish he would push the throttle in just a couple of notches so he could increase his control a bit. He often tries his luck handling through traffic when it isn't always necessary. He has got league recognized tools, he just needs to use them in a few more ways. He is already having good success but he doesn't seem like the kind that thinks good is good enough.
  13. Ya, I partially agree with what you say... they look lazy but not just in a smooth skater way. I see them hesitating on the puck; waiting for the puck to come. That is not a good idea for any type of player. To take control, you need to initiate the play. Look at Goodrow, he is a gifted skater, and he is gifted with gumption; you don't see him lollygag very often, nor for very long.
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