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 Post subject: Re: Stanley Cup Finals
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 2:08 pm 
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Great for the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh. I admit I was a little nervous when they got the Senators first round after last year's playoff stint, but they proved me wrong rather quickly.

Hockey is my favorite sport, and as a lot of young growing hockey fans, the Pens were an easy team to like growing up. So back then, I considered them my favorite. I followed them to about the time when Edzo took over as head coach, boy were those painful times to be a Pens fan. Pre-Fleury/Crosby/Malkin, but Ryan Malone was still there, and was the leading-scorer! Along with, geez ... Rico Fata maybe? Scary. And we had the goalie tandem of Jean Sebastien-Aubin and Sebastien Caron. Going off on a mini-rant here, but I still feel like Caron had/has the capability to be a great full-time NHL netminder. I really looked his play and style, despite the horrible record he had in the 'Burgh, which obviously had a lot to do with the team in front of him.

Anyway, it is a shame that I stopped following right before something really special happened. I may be a devout Blue Jackets fan now (and have been since 2000, and also follow a lot of ECHL and AHL minor league hockey in the area), but am thrilled to see the Pens make another Stanley Cup run. I caught a handful of the Rangers/Flyers series games on Versus, look forward to watching a great finals series to cap off a great season. 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Stanley Cup Finals
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 3:11 pm 
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TheShark wrote:
Hockey is my favorite sport, and as a lot of young growing hockey fans, the Pens were an easy team to like growing up. So back then, I considered them my favorite. I followed them to about the time when Edzo took over as head coach, boy were those painful times to be a Pens fan. Pre-Fleury/Crosby/Malkin, but Ryan Malone was still there, and was the leading-scorer! Along with, geez ... Rico Fata maybe? Scary. And we had the goalie tandem of Jean Sebastien-Aubin and Sebastien Caron.


I think Dicky Tarnstrom led the team in points the year before the lockout?


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 Post subject: Re: Stanley Cup Finals
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 3:30 pm 
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TheShark wrote:
Great for the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh. I admit I was a little nervous when they got the Senators first round after last year's playoff stint, but they proved me wrong rather quickly.

Hockey is my favorite sport, and as a lot of young growing hockey fans, the Pens were an easy team to like growing up. So back then, I considered them my favorite. I followed them to about the time when Edzo took over as head coach, boy were those painful times to be a Pens fan. Pre-Fleury/Crosby/Malkin, but Ryan Malone was still there, and was the leading-scorer! Along with, geez ... Rico Fata maybe? Scary. And we had the goalie tandem of Jean Sebastien-Aubin and Sebastien Caron. Going off on a mini-rant here, but I still feel like Caron had/has the capability to be a great full-time NHL netminder. I really looked his play and style, despite the horrible record he had in the 'Burgh, which obviously had a lot to do with the team in front of him.

Anyway, it is a shame that I stopped following right before something really special happened. I may be a devout Blue Jackets fan now (and have been since 2000, and also follow a lot of ECHL and AHL minor league hockey in the area), but am thrilled to see the Pens make another Stanley Cup run. I caught a handful of the Rangers/Flyers series games on Versus, look forward to watching a great finals series to cap off a great season. 8-)


It was a dark 5 years for the Pens. It looked like they were becoming the Pirates. But a couple of things happened....1 because they sucked, they were able to draft top talent..and they were lucky landing Crosby. 2 The lock out put an end to the imbalance of payroll and markets like Pgh could be competitive. The cap is going to keep the Pens from keeping the team as is, but their young talent base will be here for many years to come. This may be the most talent you see for the Pens so enjoy, they will not be able to pay everyone.

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 Post subject: Re: Stanley Cup Finals
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 4:00 pm 
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but the forwards were better in the glory days.


Only if you discard little things like backchecking. That team's forwards would give up two shots, to get five. This group is just as talented, but plays a much, much better 2-way game.

I've got to disagree. Lemieux, Francis, Trottier, Gilhen, Errey, Bourque, Loney, Mullen and McEachern were all good defensive forwards. The game was more wide open 15 years ago, so the goals allowed were higher. The Pens were 3rd in the NHL in goals allowed in 1992-93, and part of the credit for that belongs to the forwards.

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 Post subject: Re: Stanley Cup Finals
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 4:43 pm 
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BBF wrote:
TheShark wrote:
Hockey is my favorite sport, and as a lot of young growing hockey fans, the Pens were an easy team to like growing up. So back then, I considered them my favorite. I followed them to about the time when Edzo took over as head coach, boy were those painful times to be a Pens fan. Pre-Fleury/Crosby/Malkin, but Ryan Malone was still there, and was the leading-scorer! Along with, geez ... Rico Fata maybe? Scary. And we had the goalie tandem of Jean Sebastien-Aubin and Sebastien Caron.


I think Dicky Tarnstrom led the team in points the year before the lockout?


You are correct, Malone was actually 3rd. I guess what I was thinking of was that he led the team in GOALS with 22.


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