Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:THE D IS FINALLY HERE. NO EXCUSES!! STANLEY CUP OR BUST 2012!!
hate to be negative, but after 7 years of saying "this year is the year we finally win the cup!", being a top seed in the playoffs, and then choking the season away every time, its hard to believe the preseason hype.
Most of us will attribute many of those past years of playoff failure to due a poor defense and a choking goaltender that had a history of not being able to step up in big games. Nabokov held up until the WCF, where he allowed some horrifically soft goals (one horrible memory is the Sharp shot from I believe at the blue line -- with no traffic) which changed momentum and helped us blow leads in almost every game against the Hawks. Last year, many of us thought we wouldn't even win the division because of an unaddressed, and still very poor defense and a new goaltender settling in. Somehow, we made it to the Conference Finals.
This year, we still have offense, but we have built a big-time defense (or so we hope), and have a SC-winning goaltender that shows up in the playoffs.
There's reason to believe we can make it. Last year we overachieved really. We'll see if we can seal the deal this year.