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TheMaulClaw

Carolina Hurricanes vs Boston Bruins ECF Game 1. 5/9 8pm

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Good chance we go to 6 or 7 in this series. Possible to do it in 5 but Boston is on a roll. Good news is we're basically full health right now. Hope the rest hasn't killed the focus. If we take game one and flip home ice that'll be huge. Just get one of these next two.

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15 minutes ago, lightsout said:

Good chance we go to 6 or 7 in this series. Possible to do it in 5 but Boston is on a roll. Good news is we're basically full health right now. Hope the rest hasn't killed the focus. If we take game one and flip home ice that'll be huge. Just get one of these next two.

Getting Game 1 would be HUGE. I really like our chances in the series if we take the first game. I am not sure I see them winning in Raleigh.

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4 minutes ago, kungfoodude said:

Getting Game 1 would be HUGE. I really like our chances in the series if we take the first game. I am not sure I see them winning in Raleigh.

If we lose Game 1, delete this thread. I'll make the next game thread. 

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6 hours ago, TheMaulClaw said:

Well Bruins fans think they're going to breeze right through.

Typical Boston sports fan arrogance 

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The Celtics appear to be heading for the exit and the Red Sox aren't exactly tearing it up this season so this is it for them until Our Lord and Savior Tom Terrific is back. 

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20 minutes ago, cookinwithgas said:

The Celtics appear to be heading for the exit and the Red Sox aren't exactly tearing it up this season so this is it for them until Our Lord and Savior Tom Terrific is back. 

Good. Put them in the dirt until fall. They deserve nothing.

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A benefit of sweeping the Islanders is that we got to rest some and get a few bodies back from injury. It's great having Svechikov and Martinook back. Ferland and Mrazek are also both saying that they will be ready for Game 1.

For those that don't follow hockey closely or are new to the game here's why that's important:

Andrei Svechnikov is our star rookie we picked #2 last year. He has a special skillset that we lack on the team. He's a very good shooter, skater, passer, and he's gotten much better defensively over the course of this year. He can make plays that most can't and he's looking to score on a team with a lot of passers. He's going to be a star soon.

Jordan Martinook is usually a fourth line energy guy but did spend some time on the third line for a bit. He tends to stick up for Andrei on the ice and Jordan, Andrei, and Dougie Hamilton (a defenseman on our team) are pretty close. It also means the AHL player filling his spot can go back to Charlotte.

Micheal Ferland is a guy we picked up this year in the Calgary trade along with Dougie Hamilton. He plays a physical game and in the past has laid some big hits to go along with the points he scored. The second half of the season he's been hurt quite frequently and we have no idea what the injury is and his production has stalled as a result. If he can go back to playing the way he was at the beginning of the season he would be a huge asset to the team in this series as a deterrent to Marshand of Boston who likes to take cheap shots at opponents. 

Petr Mrazek is currently our #1 goalie we acquired this year as a free agent. Since January he's had an outstanding record. He's been on the front page of NHL.com several times for some of the saves that he's made this year. You can see that the team has confidence that they can win any game that he or Curtis McElhinney (our other outstanding goalie) starts.

All three levels in the Hurricanes organization are doing really well. It's incredible to think that the Everblades (ECHL), Checkers (AHL), and Hurricanes (NHL) could sweep every major championship in North American professional hockey this year.

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9 minutes ago, Jackofalltrades said:

Any predictions or thoughts on the series? I’m fairly new to hockey. 

 

Well we're starting out on the road in Boston for the first two games. It's a beatable team and we can win on the road there much easier than Washington. 

If we start hot and can run them up and down the ice all night, we've shown we're the best conditioned team in the playoffs this year already. That could play to our benefit to a much larger, slower Bruins club.

If we start slow, we may drop a game or two and have to fight back in Raleigh like we did in the first round. 

We matchup decently, but we can't try to play the physical game with these guys because that'd be a losing battle. Use our speed and skill guys and put pucks on net. Do that and do it well, we win.

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Run them mother flippers up and down the ice until they're too tired to do anything.

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