Rangers-Senators Postgame Notes & Quotes

James G had a family emergency last night. Everyone is OK, but there’s not going to be a review. I’ll update this with some of the quotes from after the game, but my general impression after watching this game was that our team still has a long way to go this season. We are still very one-dimensional as an offense and need to be able to play more than one kind of game in order to have more consistent success. We are also in a bit of a slump; 2-3-1 in our last six.

The Postgame notes and quotes are from the Rangers, via my anonymous source  the quotes I don’t usually get, but I’m glad I got them for today when I don’t have a review.

Postgame Team Notes
– TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation/overtime in 15 of their last 20 games, dating back to Oct. 19 vs. Detroit.
– SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 33 shots on goal in tonight’s contest. New York has recorded at least 30 shots on goal in three of the last five games and in 10 of 23 contests in 2016-17.
– HOT AT THE DOT – New York won 30 of 55 faceoffs in tonight’s contest (54.5%).
– FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 198th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 239th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.
– Antti Raanta stopped 18 of 20 shots he faced in the contest. Raanta has posted a 4-1-0 record, along with a 1.71 GAA and a .945 SV% in his last six starts. In addition, he has posted a 2.05 GAA and a .934 SV% over his seven starts in 2016-17.
– Derek Stepan led all skaters with 16 faceoff wins and won 76.2% of faceoffs he took (16-for-21) while logging 20:46 of ice time. Stepan’s 16 faceoff wins in tonight’s contest were tied for the third-most he has registered in one game in his NHL career. He has won 62.7% of faceoffs he has taken over the last four games (47-for-75).
– Ryan McDonagh was credited with four blocked shots and registered two takeaways while skating in a team-high 26:00 of ice time. McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in 22 of the team’s 23 games this season.
– Alain Vigneault coached his 269th career game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, tying Colin Campbell for ninth place on the franchise’s all-time games coached list.

Postgame Quotes:

Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach

On tonight’s game:

This is the type of game we expected. (Ottawa) is a real tight-checking hockey team, clogging up the neutral zone, clogging up the front of their net. We knew there weren’t going to be a lot of grade-A opportunities. They were able to get their first goal on a mistake in front of our net and they were able to score one that hit the referee, so then they had a 2-0 lead. They were making it very difficult for us to build any type of speed or transition through the neutral zone. So give them credit, they played a strong checking game and made it very hard on us tonight to get anything as far as grade-A opportunities.

On the power play:

The first two power plays I liked some of the looks we got. Our execution the last two wasn’t what it needed to be. Power plays are about execution and quick releases and getting pucks to the net. Five-on-five I think you have to give them credit. They did a real solid job.

On J.T. Miller:

I thought tonight he worked hard. He took a shot from Zuke off the front of his leg where he missed a 7-8 minute period there where he had to get stitched up, but I thought for the most part he tried hard.

Guy Boucher, Ottawa Senators head coach

On playing back to backs:

We had a real terrific buy-in for a while now and I think tonight was a back to back for us, we came in late last night but even more difficult I find is the three in four nights. Sometimes you get a back to back and you’re home and you’ve been home for a while, you had a break for 2,3 days before and then you get a back to back it’s one thing. But to have to play here back to back on the road and get a team that’s been firing from all cylinders and one of the best offensive teams in the league and to get a shutout you can’t ask for better.

On switching back-ups:

You always consider your back-ups for back-to-back games, whether it’s the first or the second. We played really well defensively yesterday and the previous days. Anderson felt he had the energy and he wanted it and we know he’s going to be missing some games pretty soon, so he wants to play all the games while he can. He wanted this one and you can see what happens when your number one wants to play, you can’t say no.

Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers defenseman

On tonight’s game:

We are a team that likes to create on the rush and they didn’t give us many opportunities to do that. They didn’t turn pucks over; they made sure they got pucks in deep. They made us go the full length of the ice for the majority of the game and they had numbers back. But in the end we have to find a way – some in-zone plays, running our cycles, getting pucks up top, and getting shots down at the net. There are other ways to create offense and that was a test for us tonight that we didn’t accomplish.

More on tonight’s game:

We certainly worked hard. I think one miscue in our own zone there where we were caught away from the net, and obviously a tough bounce on the penalty kill hit the ref and created an odd-man look for them. Certainly we want to be a little bit sharper in our special teams. I think that would have helped give us some momentum and backed them off with some early power plays there. In the end we have to continue to find ways to create offense in different fashions for us.

On the lack of offense recently:

Obviously teams have seen a lot of us now. You might be seeing teams for a second time now at this point in the season. They understand our speed game is a big strength of ours. It is up to us defensively in units of five creating those turnovers and not spending a lot of time in our zone and us moving the puck up to our forwards quick, catching them when they are not in their structure. That was something we probably could have tried to do a little bit more tonight but they had numbers back. But at the same time [we could] try and spark a long pass, create a turnover before they can get in their setup. But credit them, they played a well-structured road game.

Antti Raanta, New York Rangers goaltender

On tonight’s game:

I think nothing today really surprised us. They were five guys doing a really good job in their own end, blocking lots of shots. In the second period they got their early goal there and after that it was a battle to get the pucks through and try to get the scoring chances. Their goalie played a great game and he has been one of the best goalies early in this year. He was good, but when you’re in the other end you also want to do those game savers and I just couldn’t do them tonight. So 2-0 was the score when the game ended.

On the puck going off the official on Stone’s goal:

That’s hockey, sometimes it can bounce from the glass or like that. It was just a broken play and they got a quick shot there. Some of those shots you want to make the save from the short side. It was a bad bounce there. I think we tried to come back and we got lots of shots in the third period, but I think they did a good job in their own end. They were blocking lots of shots. You just have to give them a little bit of credit also.

On Ottawa’s defensive play tonight:

You could see whenever we got the puck in our own end and tried to go to their end, there were four or five guys all the time underneath the puck. They did a great job there. Some days you try to get everything out of your system, but the other team is just playing defensively so good that you don’t get too many great scoring chances. But their goalie played a great game also, so you have to give him a little bit of credit also.

Derek Stepan, New York Rangers forward

On tonight’s game:

We had a couple power plays with some open nets and when a team is playing that good defensively – they didn’t make a single mistake – you have to execute perfectly all the way to your dumps. We just were a little off and they defended extremely well and that’s the story tonight.

On Ottawa’s defensive play tonight:

Zero mistakes. They didn’t make one all night and the two that they did make we had our chances and it didn’t end up in the back of the net. They get a goal in the second and they get one off kind of a bad bounce, but at the end of the day you don’t win any hockey games with zero goals.

On the power play tonight:

We had the puck the whole time and it’s really difficult when they’re in the lanes. It’s hard to generate what you’re trying to accomplish. Give them credit tonight. They were perfect defensively, and when they are perfect defensively, you have to execute perfectly.

Derick Brassard, Ottawa Senators forward

On returning to Madison Square Garden:

That was a nice ovation. I’m really thankful for the fans here and for appreciating my work here the last four years. For us as a team, we played really strong. We didn’t try to open up too much. We know they have a really good offense. We play to stretch our game and we played that way for sixty minutes.

On playing a complete game:

That was our game plan this morning. I think they’re the best offensive team in the league. For us we couldn’t change anything. That’s how we’ve been playing all season long. We played really well defensively. We didn’t give anything to the other team. I know this building pretty well. After one or two periods, the crowd was pretty frustrated. It was a really good effort on both ends.

Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators goaltender

On getting a shutout:

It’s just one of those things where you try to stay in the moment as best you can and focus on the next shot. It’s all about the mental game at that point. Staying focused and giving yourself the right messages.

On playing a complete game:

It’s one of those buildings where you know there’s a lot of history. They have a great team over there. It’s one of those things you get up for. Historic buildings, who knows how long they’ll be around for. You’re fortunate enough to be a part of it. That’s the way I address that mentally.

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86 thoughts on “Rangers-Senators Postgame Notes & Quotes”

  1. Unfortunately I’m starting to see the warts from last year coming out now. Too much fancy pants passing and trying to force skating into the zone. On defense when the dmen are pressured they don’t make the smart play.

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  2. Adjust AV adjust! Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity! Wake up AV!

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  3. They played a good first period, but when they came away with a 0-0 score it was an omen of things to come. The power play has become a problem again. A lot of passing around the perimeter and no shooting or shooting and missing the net by a wide margin. Looks like last season.

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  4. Last season the team had a similar record, more due to Henk but never-the-less, they were October – Nov champs and then played .500 rest of way.
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    The problem is not the forwards. Have to laugh watching the ‘best top 6 in the league’ unable to make a pass out of the zone. Offense starts from Defense.
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    AV “Whistle to Whistling past the graveyard” Marquis of Queensbury approach of Go-Go hockey requires at least 9 skilled forwards and the supposed forward depth is not there. I mean if Fast is part of that depth?
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    Zika is out for another 7 weeks so AV better come up with Plan B. Miller in pivot (and Pirri-wrinkle on wing) is a start. If PP doesn’t score (1 of 19 stretch now) and teams trap; there is little opp for Ozone possession.
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    Nash-Step-Zucc
    Kreider-Haze-Miller
    Grabner -Oscar-VC
    Fast-Joost-Pirri

    Pimple on bench
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  5. Let’s be honest, that effort out of the Rangers last night doesn’t deserve a review. I would be even more pissed off if it wasn’t any other goalie than Anderson. I know what he must be going through in his personal life so I am willing for the Rangers to give him one. Mind you just one 🙂

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  6. Terrible effort last night. What are the odds that every pass our sexy boys made would be in the skates. They had some chances but it wasn’t to be.

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  7. Well, Puemple came in a scored in his first Ranger game, but I really haven’t seen anything from him other than that. I’m not impressed.

    What has happened to Vesey? He starts off the season on the top line and now he’s a fourth liner? I know they had to do some juggling because of injuries, but they started Fast on the top line and Vesey on the fourth. Does that make sense to anybody else?

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  8. On the PP, the Rangers are content to just play keep away. Round and round the puck goes on the perimeter, intercept it if you can.

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  9. I think Vesey is getting lost in the grind of his first NHL season. He is not used to the NHL’s compact schedule. In college teams play a couple of games on the weekend with an odd weekday game thrown in now and then. I would guess it is probably more of a mental thing than a physical one. If Zika and Buch weren’t out they could give Vesey a game off.

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  10. Others now saying this team is one trick pony and D is not so great in D zone…hmmm nice to see some of you back in reality. Does not mean team is doomed, just need some adjustments and at some point during the season a few roster upgrades.

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  11. “The Postgame notes and quotes are from the Rangers, via my anonymous source”

    *******

    Why “my” anonymous source? He is, after all, friend of “ours” 😉

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  12. Re easy peazy jimmy vesey…I think it is more to do with him being juggled around the line up. Why not just plug players into spots of missing guys and leave the other lines alone? Too much line juggling.

    Every D man paired with the beat wide anchor becomes the D man in the D zone whipping boy…coincidence?

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  13. Someone else mentioned it but THE has taken his foot off the gas. I’ve noticed him impersonating Brassard’s defensive effort at times. Overall, the rest of THEM look like a tired team. It looks like the compacted schedule has already taken it’s toll… really? Already? This is a relatively young team!

    Reminds me of the story about Parcells who brought an empty gas can to the locker room and placed it in front of someone’s spot. Not sure, but it might have been LT.

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  14. First, all the best to James G.

    Second, he or she is MY anonymous source. If you knew who the source was, he or she would no longer be anonymous. 😉

    Third, would there be any interest in me doing a podcast? I’m thinking about a weekly podcast just to discuss the state of the team, usually with a guest, who would most often be a member of the blog, unless for some unknown reason someone with actual credentials takes notice and becomes a guest.

    Of course, I’d first have to figure out HOW to make a podcast, but I’d be willing if the interest was there.

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  15. We knew they weren’t going to continue getting 5 a game. So between now and Christmas we find out what we have-contender or pretender. Teams are settling in and have established their lines and D combos now. The exhibition season is over. I think they are better than last year, but, Hayes, Kid K, VC and Miller have to play like they did at the beginning to make them better. Right now only Miller is. AV has to adjust too. Dump it in and beat them to the puck with the speed. Short crisp tape to tape passes, not “hope” passes that are really giveaways.

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  16. They get a pass. These guys were home for the holiday weekend and cared about their jobs as much as we all did. Which is zero. Break is over and back to it this week. No worries.

    Also, no review? This place is now downgraded to a 1/4-ass venture.

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  17. AV knew full-well what to expect from this Ottawa group, yet didn’t have his boys prepared. For the most part, hockey players gravitate to and enjoy pond hockey and like teenagers, look to have as much fun with as little serious work as possible. The Coach’s job is to see to it that his team is prepared to play the opponent of the evening, taking into account all their strengths and weaknesses.

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  18. Ohio, please read the introduction. James G was to be covering and had a family emergency. And it really would have been 1/4 ass if I tried to whip up a review this morning after not watching the game very intensely.

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  19. Shoot me if you must, but I think that, to ever get to the Promised Land, this team needs at LEAST one tough guy who can play at a high level and needs, too, a reevaluation and revamping of parts of this D.

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  20. ilb, I’m not going to lie, I was thanking my lucky stars that James was going to review this one.

    I did watch some of Valliquette’s breakdown in the postgame show… His goaltending stats are kind of lame (an uncontested shot from in front of the goal is more likely to go in? wow!), but his breakdown of the defensive play was actually really, really good.

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  21. coos, tenacity and toughness are very different. Crosby would be the most tenacious player on just about any team. That’s part of why he’s so great.

    But how are you defining toughness in this context?

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  22. I was just looking over the Penguins roster from last season. It’s shocking to me that the only guys on their team that were in all three of the Crosby-era finals were Crosby, Malkin, Letang, and Fleury. Kunitz is the only other guy who was there for the prior Cup win. Perhaps it shouldn’t be so shocking. I think the only guys still on our team from 07-08 and 08-09 (the Penguins Cup Final years) are Lundqvist, Staal, and Girardi. In fact it’s not until 10-11 that we get another Ranger currently on the team (Stepan, plus McDonagh halfway through). Crazy.

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  23. Opie the Victim is Opie the Victim for good reason. I sense that McDonagh, however, is much tougher than is apparent and that he is under orders to not leave the ice for any reason whatsoever, and as a good soldier, lets himself be embarrassed by rag- dolling.

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  24. Donuts reminds me of Eli to some extent in that, because of a questionable O Line, the coaching staff has told him to get rid of the ball as soon as possible and they have made his game dump-off to make up for no running game. His strength is sapped by coaching in that he’s told to get rid of the ball before his (very capable) receivers even have half a chance to get downfield.

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  25. Eli is probably the most disrespected star in NY sports history. Here is a guy who is top 10 in TD passes, passing Yards, and completions, and yet he is still talked about like he has been some kind of bust. Yeah he throws interceptions. He was 29th all time when the season started, but of the 28 guys who have thrown more, 14 are either in the hall of fame or will be in the hall of fame.

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  26. I’m actually surprised that The has not emerged yet as this year’s whipping boy. He got off to an amazing start, his passing game has improved quite a bit, and so here comes his big year, right, the one everyone’s been waiting for? He’s 25, when just about all the great players begin their peak years, and this is it!

    It could still happen, and I sure hope it does, that he becomes determined to give his opponents something to worry about night in and night out, but he still gives himself permission to glide out there much of the time. Not a bad approach, especially considering his playoff résumé, but not one that will get him to where he could be, up there with the big boys.

    I still believe he’s got trade written all over him, possibly the best shock treatment for his career, and possibly the best thing for the Rangers when you consider the return his great potential could bring. All that said, when Gorton calls me for my advise, I’d say wait another year.

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  27. Only saw beginning of 1st, but what the F are the refs thinking in giving Step a penalty for knocking an aggressive checker on his arse. What has that call? The guy finally gets physical (in reaction mode, but whatever) and the stripes throw him in the sin bin. BS. Horrible.
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    What do AV, Don Cherry and Lynn Patrick have in common?

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  28. Eli is already in the Hall of Fame, and all the crap written about his goofy resting face should have disappeared by now. But it’s New York, so be it–he’s laughing all the way to the bank and the Hall.

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  29. if the pens repeat, then I’ll consider their roster “build” a little more seriously, but at this point one hit wonder imho.

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  30. Toughness and grit (at least when I bring them up) are not about a player like mcgratton. It’s about a player like simmonds or Andrew shaw or Ferland etc. Guys that can and will defend a teammate, play in the crease with malicious intent, aren’t afraid to play a bit after the whistle, willing to cross check and face wash, will throw a hit, and have some skill.

    It may not be possible to get everyone of those attributes in a player all the time (pretty rare I’d say) but at least 75% of those attributes isn’t too difficult.

    The pens have letang, Crosby, hornqvist, Kunitz, Malkin (at times) that are all willing to do most if not all of those things. A key factor in this as well is they are all top pair or top two line forwards (Kunitz is debatable at this career point) so they are doing it more frequently because they are on the ice more. Not an easy team to play against and far tougher and grittier in my book than the current ranger line up.

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  31. Hawks also had big buff, lads, Brouwer on the first team…have panik who plays edgy, seabrooke, hjalmarson, Keith will all play chippy…kings always had bigger chippy roster…ducks were chippy team when they won

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  32. This is just my opinion but the Rangers have some tough guys on their roster. Miller Kreider, Holden, and even Klein. The problem I believes lies with coach and his speed game philosophy. Our coach is the one who is as soft as Doctors cotton and that reflects on the players and the way they play! Game after game he refuses to adjust! Take away his gum and it might bring out some real emotion!

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  33. Because I have literally nothing better to do today, here comes some statistical anal alice of the toughness question. It’s half-Fast, to be sure, but if points per game are a reflection of success, and PIM per game are a reflection of toughness, the top five teams in the league in PIM/Pts are: NYR 4.74; CHI 5.65; CLB 5.85; WAS 6.18; CAR 6.36. The lowest five are CLG 13.24; NYI 13.13; VAN 12.3; COL 12.26; ANA 11.67. Montreal is in 8th place at 6.79 penalty minutes per point earned. Make of this what you will.

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  34. The key word is “reflect”, rr2, so just as points merely reflect success, PIM merely reflect toughness, just as they reflect laziness and frustration. When you have your teammate’s back, as is often requested here, it comes at a price.

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  35. To catch up on Fearless Leader’s Podcast mention, I might know someone who could help. He has always pestered me about doing one so he might be a resource for you if you go ahead with it. We need something to replace The Charps – unless the Capo di Tutti Carpi would be able to do one of them 🙂

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  36. To illustrate, when Konecny ran Pirri, having Manning’s back, he rang up 17 PIM. So the have-your-teammate’s-back stuff is in the PIM, along with lazy-Lindberg and frustration stuff. My take on the surface-scratching Pts. per PIM stats is that there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and that a desire for more grit is a matter of personal taste for the hockey you’d like to see rather than a predictor of success or lack thereof.

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  37. I agree with AnthonyM’s assessment of Vesey’s recent slump. Granted that earning a Harvard degree while training for and playing hockey is nothing to be sneered at, it is not the greatest preparation for an 82-game grind.

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  38. Apologies to all for being unable to put together a review last night. Been a crazy 24 hours but all has settled down and Dad is doing well.
    Doesn’t look like I would have enjoyed watching this one as these guys have work to do.
    Will be interesting to see how AV handles adversity now that they’ve come back down to earth a bit. Jumbling line combos and claiming shleps off the waiver wire won’t be enough

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  39. Standing up for a teammate or themselves doesn’t always mean a fight or even a penalty. It can simply be a face wash etc.

    I would also point out that in the case of a fight in response to a transgression, there isn’t always a 2 and a 10 minute misconduct incorporated it’s just 5 and 5, so those PIMs are a wash imho as well as matching minors. Yes, the PIMs go in the book, but they do not result in an overt disadvantage for the team.

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  40. Face washes aren’t what they used to be, sadly. Back in the day, those gloves stank enough to make you vomit right on the ice. And you could sneak your fingers through holes, do some minor damage. These days, with the modern palm materials, it’s pretty benign.

    As to the stand-up PIMs, you’re going to get more of those if you do than if you don’t, is all I’m saying. The fighting teams aren’t doing so well so far, but they may in the long run.

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  41. Norm
    I don’t disagree.
    Ilb
    He was best at shoving a guys helmet from the back down over his eyes…one of my personal favourites

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  42. Everytime I get my hopes up and start to believe something good is going to happen I get flashbacks of Ken Morrows OT goal in the 84 playoffs. I always hope for the best then reality sets in and I’m prepared for the next let down. I still feel like 1994 is an event that may never happen again! Does anyone ever feel the same?

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