Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I'm Going To Party Like Its 1992


In 1992, it was a very good year.
I was 25 and all that entailed at the time. No money, no ambition, lots of fun fun fun. I was a slacker.
Quite a bit of drugs and rock and roll, even some of the sex if I recall correctly. I was poor, stinky and happy. Good times.
The 1992 Stanley Cup finals featured a really quality Chicago club that came into the finals having won eleven straight games. Their opponent was the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had won seven straight themselves as they defended the Cup.
I remember a cartoon from just before the series showing two steamrollers heading right for each other.
Pittsburgh ended up sweeping the Hawks - the scores - 5-4, 3-1, 1-0, 6-5
Now with the exception of the Habs/Flyers series it appears we have three steamrollers heading to the conference finals. The Avs have been beset by injuries but even if they were healthy they just don't appear to be in the same league as Detroit. Meanwhile Ron Wilson sees his job slip away and Dallas gets ready to sweep the Sharks. One thinks that there may be second thoughts about a big contract for Brian Campbell and that Doug Wilson may make some drastic changes to this club this summer in an attempt to put them on the path of Detroit (talented playoff failure in the early 1990s) rather then Ottawa. Games one and three might have gone either way certainly but the Sharks look done. Again.
Out east its looking like the Pens are golden. After the first round I figured the Rangers to be the biggest threat to The Crosbies (or is it The Malkins?) and while the games have been close (does anyone remember the 3-0 lead the Rangers had in G1?) mario jr. can talk all he wants about how the series isn't over. Its over. By the way, nice hands by LeGG on his goal last night.
Anyone think the Penguins aren't going to the Final? Anyone think, like me, that they may actually might be even money with whomever comes out of the west? They're a damn talented club.
As for the Habs and Flyers I watched Game 3 and this one is some fun to watch. Interesting to see our hero Patrick Thoresen playing with Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul. I'm sure with Knuble's return tonight he will be dropped back to the fourth line but good on the intrepid swollen balled Norwegian for carving out a role on this club. He is averaging over ten minutes a game in icetime and is on one of the three Flyer PK units. He was actually on the ice for Richards' shortie in game two. Playing on the fourth line his Corsi numbers are terrific, the ice is tilted in Philly's favour for sure. Playing with Richards and Lupul against tougher opposition his numbers aren't as good but they are still reasonable. The kids is effective and on a team with a lot of guys who can score he is a fit. Its like the great glove shortstop who can't hit a lick. Its ok for a team with a loaded lineup to carry a guy like that but a team that has more of an issue scoring might replace him with a guy like Glencross or Brodziak who will also tilt the ice in a good way but will score you double digit goals as well. Thoresen showed that limitation in game three when he had a gimme and couldn't finish it.
No doubt that Stevens trusts him and that he has earned a spot on this team. Its too bad that it didn't work out in Edmonton but the kid has a career in front of him I would say.
The Flyers are a weird team. A lot to dislike, exemplified by the usual Hatcher cheapshot last game. A lot to like, starting with Thoresen and Smith who is a true beauty of a player. He's lost a step for sure but he is out there grinding it out every shift, punishing guys, facewashing, throwing himself in front of shots, bleeding profusely. He's something else and I wonder what some of Montreal's dandy youngsters think when they look at him. Probably a lot of underwear being changed in the Habs' dressing room between periods.
Montreal has looked a step behind all spring and the Flyers are running them every chance they get (notice Richards' sneaky shot on Halak) but if Higgins had scored when that puck bounced over his stick then last game may have gone the other way. All it takes is a bounce.
That and some goaltending.
Additionally - In the Sun today an article that says that a deal with Glencross is imminent (his agent says it will happen) and that a one year deal for Pitkanen is likely as he tried to hit that home run and have a season that would justify a huge longterm contract.

12 comments:

Bruce said...

Good synopsis, BDHS. Good point that even the Philadelphia Agents of Evil have a couple guys worth rooting for -- I think they lead the playoff teams in ex-Oilers with four -- but I don't like that team at all. Goon owner, goon president, goon GM, goon coach, and plenty o' goons sprinkled throughout the line-up. Figures that Derian Hatcher would wind up on this club, doesn't it? Hatcher was the slow-reacting-out-of-position defensive goat on Kotsopolous' OT winner in Game 1 (although none of the "experts" called him on it that I saw), and his stupid boarding penalty certainly jeopardized what should have been an easy Flyer win in Game 3.

Meanwhile Hatcher's old club is a helluva lot more likeable in his absence. :) The Stars brought it to the Sharks in the third period and overtime yet again last night, don't know why but they got better legs. For the third straight game the Sharks outhit the Stars, this time 43-41 as 31 of the 36 skaters recorded at least one hit in the game. Tellingly, one of the five who didn't was Joe Thornton, the guy who supposedly is going to turn into Mark Messier every playoffs. Hasn't happened, again. Last night the Stars on-ice leader, Brenden Morrow, was credited with 11 hits; Thornton had none. In the last two games "Big" Joe has played over 45 minutes and has landed exactly 1 of the Sharks' 80 hits. Hey Joe: Surf's up!

doritogrande said...

Dallas and Philly in the final. You heard it here first.

The Richards v. Crosby! battle in the East final is going to be fantastic.

Slipper said...

Man is Henrik Lundqvist ever fucking up my playoff pool.

I hate 48 foot goals on the powerplay, and I hate injuries, and I really hate that the only thing seperating the pedestrian looking Marc Fleury from appearing like a goaltending god is the colour of his fucking pads.

I hate sports psychologists with their stupid ideas.

Oh, and $2400 bucks, I really hate that.

Black Dog said...

dg - oh yeah? if Richards faces Crosby, who takes on Malkin? How about Staal?

I mean they're not even dressing Gary Roberts! Gary Roberts is a healthy scratch!!!!!

Penguinos in the final although when I saw the shot totals for last night I figured Lundqvist had gotten hurt or pulled. A dozen saves probably is not going to do it.

I hate the Ducks slipper - six games and I was done; that was a short short run for me

Slipper said...

I think that Detroit does to the Penguins what the Ducks did to the Sens last year.

A swift sail through the East and then a shipwreck.

Although Crosby and Malkin improve with the minute hand on a clock, so anything could happen.

Now that I think of it, if only to prove themselves consistent, the Hockey Gods will see that Ty Conklin gets his name on the Cup this year.

Because they hate me.

I mean they've already seen to extinguishing most of my other fleeting hockey interests in the likes of Ryan Smyth, Sean Avery, and OV (with a Lupul overtime winner for fucks sakes). And if it wasn't for an entire nation of humble observers praying to the Gods of Norse mythology, they would have gotten Patrick Thoreson in the most fitting of ways, too.

All I can say is, to Jason Smith and Brad Richards, I preemptively apologize for whatever unfortunate calamity crosses your path over the next few weeks.

Bruce said...

Enjoying the playoffs, Slipper? I remember a couple years like that, where everything possible went wrong. 1986 springs to mind, where the happiest moment was when the fucking Habs of all teams finally extinguished the Flames.

Because they hate me.

I mean they've already seen to extinguishing most of my other fleeting hockey interests in the likes of Ryan Smyth, Sean Avery, and OV (with a Lupul overtime winner for fucks sakes).


Yeah, that one stung didn't it? As for Avery (figures that you would like him), the Slipper Playoff Hex has already kicked in. Here's the latest, hard on the heels of your post:

Rangers' Sean Avery hospitalized after lacerating spleen
By IRA PODELL � 1 hour ago
NEW YORK (AP)


That's powerful stuff, Slipper. Remind me not to get on your bad side.

Bruce said...

PS, Slipper: my word verification for the above was lgPOX

namflashback said...

I think Thor would have been fine in Edmonton, but it was nut-cuttin time when 3 "smallish" players in Nillson, Gagner, and Cogliano all made the team.

Just too many little guys to juggle at that point.

When Stortini started to do the unlikely, and Glencross was swapped for Dick -- there was no more 4th line opportunities for Thor.

And he wasn't going to roll into Pisani's slot.

therealdeal said...

If I had my way I'd make a team of 24 Mike Richards.

Philly is quite the team to watch though. They can hit, deke, shoot, block and make spectacular saves. They're a beauty team, despite Hatcher's (and Lupul's) presence.

Bruce said...

If I had my way I'd make a team of 24 Mike Richards.

... and you'd lose for at least a year until one of 'em learned how to play goal. A silly expression, but I agree with its intent that the guy does it all, including whatever it takes.

Richards is a slam dunk to make the Olympic team because he's got the kind of game that works on all four lines, in all three zones, and on both special teams. He's a Hockey Player. Whatever role(s) he's given he will excel at, and he will be a consummate team player in the process. Brenden Morrow is a slam dunk for any Canadian best-on-best team for the same reasons, as Ryan Smyth used to be. Whatever role is needed, just plug and play, and you get a plugger who can play.

I really admire guys like that, even if they play for Dallas or Philadelphia. Or (sigh) Colorado.

therealdeal said...

Richards is a slam dunk to make the Olympic team because he's got the kind of game that works on all four lines, in all three zones, and on both special teams. He's a Hockey Player. Whatever role(s) he's given he will excel at, and he will be a consummate team player in the process. Brenden Morrow is a slam dunk for any Canadian best-on-best team for the same reasons, as Ryan Smyth used to be. Whatever role is needed, just plug and play, and you get a plugger who can play.

I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, I have them pegged to play on the same line.

Bruce said...

I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, I have them pegged to play on the same line.

TRD (!): Ha, nice line ... great choice of Doan on the right side, that would be just a dynamite trio. They'd be murder to play against. Not sure that I agree with all your team, but then again, you probably wouldn't agree with all of mine. :)

Thanks for the link. Nice to finally come across a blog that considers the World Championships worth mentioning ... truth be told, right now that means more to me than four American teams battling over Lord Stanley's mug.