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my distaste of the ‘nucks and LUUU

STEVE

Let me start to off by saying as being a goalie myself I never root for a goalie to get yanked from a game. I know how stuff goes on and sometimes you just can’t get in front of the puck to save your life. (btw…Yes thats me in net from 4 years ago…..I’m better now just fyi)

But that being said I seriously don’t like the Canucks and Luongo. Yes most of it is probably jealously, but his team and his style of play just irks me. He plays on a team of divers (just ask Stephane Auger). The Canucks are a talented team and they don’t need to resort to that kind of play. They won the President’s Trophy for god’s sake. I think that alot of this loathing has to do with them beating my Preds and them playing against my boy TIMMAH! Luongo is a stiff fundamental butterfly goalie. He has no personalty in net and just isn’t relatable to me, while his counterpart has the aggressiveness of Ron Hextall and stats that won’t be matched for a few years. He didn’t take the traditional route to the show… he played in Sweden earning his way on to the Boston Bruins. His style of play being aggressive and out of the paint is the style I’ve tried to emulate my entire time playing.  Good luck to both teams tonight, let’s hope Luongo isn’t yanked tonight.

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2011 Playoff Predictions (First Round)

Eastern Conference
1 Washington
8 New York R
Washington in 5, While NYR limped into the playoffs and Washington has been red hot since their skid before the Winter Classic

2 Philadelphia
7 Buffalo
Buffalo in 7, once again this is a case of a team entering the playoffs hot compared to another that fell off near the end of the season

3 Boston
6 Montreal
Montreal in 6, Bell Centre is gonna be loud for this series. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say there is gonna be atleast one “fight night”

4 Pittsburgh
5 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay in 7, the Bolts have a lot of offensive firepower and I’m not sure Jordan Staal can carry the Pens

Western Conference
1 Vancouver
8 Chicago
Vancouver in 5, Vancouver won the President’s trophy for a reason

2 San Jose
7 Los Angeles
San Jose in 6, Antti Niemi started out slow but has been unsolvable and Los Angeles has been leaning on shootouts which don’t exist in the playoffs

3 Detroit
6 Phoenix
Detroit in 7, in a rematch of last year’s playoff series Detroit’s goaltending is in question, if it wasn’t I’d pick Detroit in a shorter series

4 Anaheim
5 Nashville
Nashville in 6, in the four games played Nashville handled the Ducks in three of the games, while Anaheim’s only win came with two seconds left on the clock