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Good afternoon folks. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the playoffs thus far. I certainly have!

As always, I’ve had a bunch of hockey-related questions sitting in my head and wanted to get your thoughts on them:

- Who is the real Roberto Luongo? Is he overrated?

- What about Marc-Andre Fleury - is he overrated?

- Will the San Jose Sharks advance to the second round? Tough question, right?

- Who has been the MVP of the playoffs so far?

- Is Brian Boucher really this good or has he simply pressed the year 2000 button?

- Is Colorado Avalanche netminder Craig Anderson the best bargain of the 2009-2010 season?

- Can Carey Price get the job done for the Habs? Why or why not?

These are just a few things that have been on my mind the last two days and I’d love to get your thoughts!

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LovelyG,RedWings,MeterReader's avatar

Who has been the MVP of the playoffs so far?
Zetterberg

Posted by LovelyG,RedWings,MeterReader from Objectively Looking through a Red Glass Onion on 04/21/10 at 02:12 PM ET

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- Who is the real Roberto Luongo? Is he overrated?
Maybe slightly overrated, but honestly he just seems to be having an off time lately, I’ve seen him play much better, you have to wonder what has happened to him.

- What about Marc-Andre Fleury - is he overrated?
Yup, he’s good but he’s not great and tends to be streaky

- Will the San Jose Sharks advance to the second round? Tough question, right?
I hope not smile but who knows, it seems like it’s all up to Craig Anderson.

- Who has been the MVP of the playoffs so far?
Sidney Crosby or Craig Anderson get my vote, Crosby has been lighting it up and Anderson has stolen 1 game completely and kept them in the two they lost, I didn’t see game 1 so can’t comment on his play there.

- Is Colorado Avalanche netminder Craig Anderson the best bargain of the 2009-2010 season?
Tough to argue against that, not often you can get a legit number 1 goalie for next to nothing.

Posted by Josey Wales on 04/21/10 at 02:27 PM ET

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- Who is the real Roberto Luongo? Is he overrated?

Yes.


- What about Marc-Andre Fleury - is he overrated?

Nope, just mental. Also, I don’t know that he was all that highly thought of to begin with.


- Will the San Jose Sharks advance to the second round? Tough question, right?

This year, I think they will get swept in round 2.


- Who has been the MVP of the playoffs so far?

Crosby.


- Is Brian Boucher really this good or has he simply pressed the year 2000 button?

Rock Paper Scissors. Talented teams have problems with Systematic ones. Systematic teams have problems with Physical, Distracting teams. Physical, Distracting teams get stomped by Talent.


- Is Colorado Avalanche netminder Craig Anderson the best bargain of the 2009-2010 season?

Most likely.


- Can Carey Price get the job done for the Habs? Why or why not?

No. Washington looks like it turned the corner. Don’t think there’s anything any Hab can do to change that.

Posted by steve on 04/21/10 at 02:30 PM ET

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Sidney Crosby or Craig Anderson are MVP’s so far.

Luongo is just having a bad stretch.  Rough time to be having it though.  It may have to do with the pressure of the captaincy

Fleury is a really good young goaltender.  Fortunately, he gets the opportunity to play on a Crosby-led team.  I think he’s definitely an elite goaltender.  He’s been phenomenal the last couple years.

Sharks will advance.  If only by the work ethic of the second and third lines.  It’s unreal… Last year, those lines did nothing.  This year, they’re the only ones doing anything.

Brian Boucher did push the 2000 button.  Having his defenseman help him out surely helps.  Anderson is the best bargain that I can see.

Price nor Halak could possibly withstand the offensive prowess that is Washington.  It’s too much for them

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 04/21/10 at 02:36 PM ET

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- Who is the real Roberto Luongo? Is he overrated?

I think, at this point, he is overrated.  Yes, he won the Gold Medal for Canada, but he wasn’t the reason.  The team in front of him was that good.

- What about Marc-Andre Fleury - is he overrated?

No.  I think he is appropriately rated or, if anyting, underrated.

- Will the San Jose Sharks advance to the second round? Tough question, right?

Yes.  Colorado is getting banged up - no Mueller, no Hejduk - and Mr. Anderson can’t keep playing like Neo in the Matrix forever.

- Who has been the MVP of the playoffs so far?

Crosby.

- Is Brian Boucher really this good or has he simply pressed the year 2000 button?

I think he is playing solid enough.  I don’t think, over the long haul, he really is this good, but he’s always been a streaky goaltender.

- Is Colorado Avalanche netminder Craig Anderson the best bargain of the 2009-2010 season?

Yes.

- Can Carey Price get the job done for the Habs? Why or why not?

No.  Washington is just too good.  Too much offense.  Montreal isn’t sound enough defensively.

Posted by Ajax19 on 04/21/10 at 02:45 PM ET

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- Who is the real Roberto Luongo? Is he overrated?

The real Luongo has to be closer to the one we’re used to than the one we’ve seen since the Olympics. I feel like after the playoffs we’ll find out the truth—that Luongo has been nursing an injury, or needs his eyes checked, or something like that.

- What about Marc-Andre Fleury - is he overrated?

This is a tough one… I think Fleury will end up being a lot like Chris Osgood—people will rag on him for the softies he has a tendency to let in, but he’ll win 300 games, no problem, and will always have that strong ‘09 playoff performance to legitimize his status.

- Will the San Jose Sharks advance to the second round? Tough question, right?

Yes, but they will be obliterated by whatever team they face in the second round. They are too fragile, and potential second-round matchups—Phoenix, Detroit, Nashville, LA—are working way too hard and getting way better goaltending than the Sharks.

- Who has been the MVP of the playoffs so far?

As much as it pains me to say it, Crosby. His team’s defense has been atrocious, and their goaltending has been average, so he’s just gone out and single-handedly scored them past the Sens.

- Is Brian Boucher really this good or has he simply pressed the year 2000 button?

Hahaha, he’s playing well, but he’s also playing a team that’s had trouble consistently generating offense in the second half of the season. And if the refs are “lettin’ ‘em play,” the Flyers, much like the Ducks of ‘07 - ‘09, have a chance to beat anyone with the bruising D and grinding, shut-down forwards they have.

- Is Colorado Avalanche netminder Craig Anderson the best bargain of the 2009-2010 season?

He’s pretty close. I think other goalies have equal claim to that, like Rinne, Howard, and Quick. And what about the rookie forwards in Colorado and Hornqvist in Nashville?

- Can Carey Price get the job done for the Habs? Why or why not?

Sure, Carey Price can do his job, but it doesn’t mean the Habs will win the series.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/21/10 at 02:52 PM ET

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Nathan from Jonny Ericsson’s ice cream truck

Penguins’ defense has not been atrocious, they’ve been pretty good since after game 1 and they’ve been a hell of a lot better since the season ended, their penalty killing has been atrocious - 57.1%. They’ve let in six even strength, and six short-handed. They are allowing 24.5 shots per game. Fleury’s given us small glimpses of his playoff form so far.

Posted by Nathan from BC on 04/21/10 at 03:04 PM ET

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The Penguins defense has been fine. It’s the penalty killing that’s been a problem. But even then, Ottawa’s power play the last two games has scored when the difference was three goals, so maybe it’s just the Penguins relaxing a bit too much with a nice cushion.

Posted by cs6687 on 04/21/10 at 03:09 PM ET

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- Who is the real Roberto Luongo? Is he overrated?

The real Roberto Luongo is a great goaltender. Most of the praise he’s had during his career isn’t undeserved - but he’s in danger of earning a reputation for dropping off when it matters most. His win in the Olympics notwithstanding.

- What about Marc-Andre Fleury - is he overrated?

He probably is a little overrated in that after the last two seasons he’s gained a reputation as a big gamer. I think he’s a good goalie with some consistency issues who is currently playing rather poorly. The Fleury we’re seeing at the moment isn’t the real Fleury either.

- Will the San Jose Sharks advance to the second round? Tough question, right?

Very tough. Seems like anything can happen to prevent it.

- Who has been the MVP of the playoffs so far?

I think you have to give it to Crosby - he’s clearly on a mission, and he’s been doing almost everything right. Anderson is making his case, though.

Having said that, I still hope Crosby falls apart and Fleury plays even worse than he has. Not counting on it, though…

- Is Brian Boucher really this good or has he simply pressed the year 2000 button?

He’s one of a very few goaltenders who is overperforming this playoffs. It may actually help him that everyone expects him to fail. His problem throughout his career has been ability to sustain strong play when it does show up, and as expectations start to rise so does the pressure.

- Is Colorado Avalanche netminder Craig Anderson the best bargain of the 2009-2010 season?

Considering how he was acquired, yes.

- Can Carey Price get the job done for the Habs? Why or why not?

He can’t do it by himself, that’s for sure. As much as I hate to say it, the Habs really are a good team when they are healthy - but they’ll still need to overperform if they want to come back against the capitals. Price gets a rough ride, and it was Halak’s brilliance that got the Habs to the playoffs despite their injuries, but he is a goaltender with the potential to steal games. However, they’ll need to be firing on all cylinders to get out of this series ahead. That means big not only big games from Price, but the rest of the team finding real chemistry as well.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Ottawa on 04/21/10 at 03:19 PM ET

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This is a tough one… I think Fleury will end up being a lot like Chris Osgood—people will rag on him for the softies he has a tendency to let in, but he’ll win 300 games, no problem, and will always have that strong ‘09 playoff performance to legitimize his status.

Or Grant Fuhr, yes. Watching Fleury will always present plenty of wtf moments and he’ll never be a serious Vezina contender, but in 15 years, you’ll look at the all-time wins list, see him a notch or two below Roy in regular season wins and a notch or two below Brodeur in postseason wins and wonder how the heck that happened.

Posted by steve on 04/21/10 at 04:18 PM ET

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Okay so tell me this—what role does the defense play on the penalty kill, fellas?

That defense has been bad. Sorry. Crosby is carrying his team right past Ottawa, buying them the time to work out what’s going so wrong in their own end.

Yes, forwards share a huge part of the responsibility for defense and the penalty kill (gap control is critical, especially on the PK), but the bottom line is the guys called “defensemen” get paid to keep the puck out of their zone and out of the danger areas in their zone.

And Steve, I totally agree… when he retires, Fleury will have the Ws. People might never give him the credit guys like Ryan Miller and Roberto Luongo will get over the same time period, but he’s probably just going to hang out in Pittsburgh, win a boatload of games, and stay quiet.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/22/10 at 11:04 AM ET

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