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  1. RIFan

    2019 NHL Draft

    Jayden Struble to Montreal. Good for him to go that high in the round, but I was hoping the B’s would have another crack at him.
  2. RIFan

    2019 NHL Draft

    That's Cumberland RI's own Jayden Struble. My son played with him in Jr High before he got on the prep track. Fantastic all around athlete. He was part of the Cumberland team that went to the LL WS and could dunk a basketball in 7th grade. There was no doubt back then that if RI allowed 7th...
  3. RIFan

    Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

    I endorse this post 100%. Once they got behind it was an extreme uphill battery. StL played very well and definitely benefited from the whistles being swallowed. With the lead, STL could pack it in tight and really control the front of the net really without any repercussions. It was game 7...
  4. RIFan

    June NHL News

    I guess Washington is looking to lead the league in games suspended with Gudas and Wilson on the same team. Two of the biggest dirtbags in the league.
  5. RIFan

    2019 Stanley Cup Final - No Singing the Blues - Boston is Going Back to Backes

    He had Pastrnak with Krejci to start the playoffs. That obviously wasn't working. Cassidy never showed that he was reluctant to shuffle lines so it is at least puzzling why he didn't do more of it. I do think he saw that they were getting chances but just weren't finishing. If they were not...
  6. RIFan

    2019-2020 Bruins

    A couple of things: 1. They absolutely need to draw penalties and get on power plays to be successful. The later it gets in the playoffs and especially in game 7 the harder it is to get a man advantage. Figuring out a better 5v5 strategy has to be priority 1. 2. The other problem is they...
  7. RIFan

    2019-2020 Bruins

    They moved McQuaid at $2.75 last year, so Miller is definitely movable. I'm not sure I see that happening as they have no one that could fill his particular role, which was definitely missed against STL. The direction they go with D with Vak, Lauzon, and Clifton all vying for a spot will be...
  8. RIFan

    Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

    I said exactly that last night. He has a tendency to stay too far back in his crease and of course his rebound control is not exactly Vezina level. Those are primarily technique issues and possibly correctable. He's probably going to settle somewhere around Matt Murray territory rather than...
  9. RIFan

    2019-2020 Bruins

    The number one acquisition target for this team has to be a new ice plant and/or ice supervisor. If the NHL can make a suitable sheet in the middle of Dodger Stadium, the Garden can keep an NHL quality sheet in a building. It was embarrassing and ultimately costly that the ice was so...
  10. RIFan

    Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

    Reality is this was a team built to win with special teams. Whistles go swallowed had them working from behind. Game needed to be called tight but straight up.
  11. RIFan

    Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

    I read through some of these posts and really wonder why some of you even enjoy sports. Fucking sky is falling mentality. They've largely controlled play and they've got 20 minutes to get at least 2. Hardly insurmountable.
  12. RIFan

    Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

    I'm just dumbfounded that Marchand went for a change with 10 seconds left and the puck 10 feet away. They've controlled play and Binnington is a rebound machine. Come out flying and bury the first one.Get within 1 by the end of the 2nd and pull away in the 3rd.
  13. RIFan

    So, the site's been down only for me, for close to 2 days?

    Could be worse and look like this:
  14. RIFan

    Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

    The ultimate would be Bird, Brady, Orr and Ortiz with a big screen cameo. The living Boston Mt Rushmore would bring down the house.
  15. RIFan

    Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

    My son was born in '01 and took his 1st steps as the Patriots were starting their playoff run. He's know practically nothing but winning literally his entire life. Hockey and the Bruins are his true loves, so it would only be fitting to start his adulthood with a Cup win. We've only been to...
  16. RIFan

    2019 Stanley Cup Final - No Singing the Blues - Boston is Going Back to Backes

    I think they should adopt a rule similar to how the NBA handles technicals. Accumulate a certain number of misconducts and you are automatically suspended. A game misconduct could count double. This is Bortuzzo's only misconduct for the full season regular and playoffs, so it wouldn't...
  17. RIFan

    Officiating and Replay Crisis

    If you want to use objective data, then the Bruins are one of the most penalized teams in the league this year. That doesn't necessarily correlate to dirty and there are certainly some qualifiers that come with it but they are heavily penalized. They ranked 2nd in total PIMs, 2nd in majors...
  18. RIFan

    2019 Stanley Cup Final - No Singing the Blues - Boston is Going Back to Backes

    Game summaries can always be found on the NHL site. 3rd period shots were 13 to 6 at even and 14 to 7 overall. I don't think they were terrible in the second on the whole. The 1st unit PP did not execute well and they struggled with entries at tune, but they still played very solid D and...
  19. RIFan

    Game 5 - Bruins v. Blues

    Yes, Marchand got 2 games for a slew foot. Of course, he had a history and had previously been fined for slew footing. I think if the league was run in any form of consistent manner that actually considered player safety there would be a hearing for that play. It's not a hockey play and it's...
  20. RIFan

    Game 5 - Bruins v. Blues

    Of all the options for post game coverage you chose Felger. With judgment like that you'll make a fine NHL ref.