Chat with Matthew Barnaby
Barnaby played 14 seasons in the NHL for eight different teams. He netted 113 goals and 300 total points. He was also one of the league's tough guys, accumulating 2,562 penalty minutes.
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Buzzmaster (3:13 PM)
Matt's starting a bit early, everyone!
Matthew Barnaby (3:14 PM)
The most talked-about series since I can remember is finally over. I think it lived up to all expectations. A couple Game sevens tonight, which I'm sure we'll talk about.
San Diego CA
This has been without a doubt, Crosby's best playoff series. Although he denies it, Crosby must have treated this series differently because of his rivalry with Ovechkin. Playing-wise, how was he different?
Matthew Barnaby (3:15 PM)
They're two totally different players, and again, they both lived up to expectations. To me, what separates Crosby from Ovechkin is that he makes the players around him that much better. Although he denies that it wasn't a statement series, actions speak louder than words, and he made a statement.
Do you think that the ducks will win tonight?
Matthew Barnaby (3:16 PM)
I do not. I think the Red Wings are still the best team in the NHL and will win the Cup. Having said that, it is now a one-game series and they risk the chance that Jonas Hiller could stand on his head. Look for Detroit to attack early and often.
Herman (NYC, NY)
Crosby carried the Pens in the series. Ovechkin is still the best player in the league. Overall, i think Sid makes the players around him better. That said, "Where was the supporting cast on the Capitals"?
Matthew Barnaby (3:18 PM)
You can't go wrong with either one of these guys. This series, to me, came down to the defensive deficiencies for the Washington Capitals. They were exposed in the NY series, but fortunately for them, New York doesn't have a potent offense. In Game Seven, they continued to make the same mistakes and Pittsburgh took full advantage of it. As for the supporting cast, I think Semin's question, "What's so special about Crosby?"...I think he now has the answer to that.
Will there be a letdown for the Penguins after such a hyped series vs. Washington? I hope not!
Matthew Barnaby (3:20 PM)
I really think last year helped the Penguins out in losing in the Finals. You learn more from losing than actually winning. I truly feel that Crosby won't be satisfied until he leads his team to a Stanley Cup.
Vince, Pittsburgh PA
How did you get a job as an nhl analyst. You were a scrub in the NHL.
Matthew Barnaby (3:20 PM)
Sitting on the bench for so many years, I got to see what worked and what didn't. Now I'm a scrub at ESPN and loving it.
Do the B's pull it off tonight and come back from a 3-1 hole for the first time in team history
Matthew Barnaby (3:22 PM)
Not gonna toot my own horn, but toot toot. I picked Boston, even though they were down 3-1 in the series. They have finally, in the last two games, played like the Bruins that had 116 points this year. With Chara on defense, and Boston getting the matchup against Staal, I think Boston will win and be facing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference finals.
If you were in the Pens position today, who do you want to win tonight? How about for the Hawks?
Matthew Barnaby (3:25 PM)
No doubt about it, I would want the Hurricanes to win. This will be their 14th game in the playoffs so far, compared to only eleven for Boston. Boston is a much deeper team, and I think have the best defensemen in the NHL. As for the Hawks, I think Anaheim would be a better fit.
Seems to me that Bruce Boudreau was outcoached by Byslma (and by Torts, too for good chuncks of that series). He couldn't get his guys up for Game 7 -- 1st two periods of Rangers game 7, as well. Didn't exploit Pitt weaknesses. Didn't get the match-ups. Relied way too much on guys like Green, who injured or not, was awful in his own end and didn't deserve the minutes. Couldn't get his forwards to help out on D, etc. etc. Your thoughts?
Matthew Barnaby (3:27 PM)
This is a team that lived by the sword and died by the sword. They've never been known as a defensive team, and it really showed in this series. Having said that, they are one of the bright young teams of the future. Defense will be a must, and more demands from the coach in the defensive zone will be critical.
Randy D: Summerville, South Carolina
Will the Wings blow out the Ducks?
Matthew Barnaby (3:28 PM)
I think if they get a few power plays early, this could be a three-goal game. Ducks are going to try to hit the Red Wings every chance they get, and if the Red Wings are disciplined, they will have several power plays. I predict Red Wings 4, Anaheim 1.
With Gonchar helathy they Pens have a better chance of winning i believe.
Matthew Barnaby (3:29 PM)
Definitely, Pittsburgh is a better team with Gonchar in the lineup. I was a little nervous, as he looked very stiff the first couple of shifts. Got the shot through, and set the tone on the power play for Pittsburgh's first goal. It's not a fluke that Pittsburgh started winning once he returned to the lineup near the end of the regular season.
Qubio Mendez: (Braintree, MA)
Why did Paul Maurice refer to the Gm 6 officials and "The dank of his existance"? Is that a hockey saying that I'm not getting?
Matthew Barnaby (3:30 PM)
I didn't hear it, and that is not a hockey term.
Gilbert, Buffalo, NY
Do you ever get Boughner, Ray, and May to come with you to ESPN and clean some house? I think Bucci's got it coming...
Matthew Barnaby (3:31 PM)
I will bring them down, as we have all lost fights in our careers, but never to five-foot-five ESPN analysts. They get a paper cut, and they're out 2-4 weeks.
Youve played in Game 7, is the pressure as intense as it seems to us fans?
Matthew Barnaby (3:32 PM)
It is. There are so many emotions that go into a Game 7. First is the nerves that knowing one mistake could cost you the season. Second is the excitement and how to control it with all the pressure that comes along with it. The teams and players that deal with it the best are usually the most successful.
Why do you think everyone puts Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin in the conversation as the best player and no one really puts Evgeni Malkin in that conversation?
Matthew Barnaby (3:33 PM)
I think if you look at talent, he is definitely up there with the other two guys. The reason why they are held on a higher pedestal is consistency. Rarely do you see any of these guys criticized for their work ethic. Once Malkin brings it night in and night out, he can be considered in the same breath.
Shawn (Dawson, PA)
If the Wings lose tonight, who is your new Cup favorite?
Matthew Barnaby (3:34 PM)
I will go with the Boston Bruins. Boston will win at home tonight and to me, will be the most talented and deepest team left. Write that down.
Michael Leighton (Raleigh)
Do you think I'll get a chance to play tonight?
Matthew Barnaby (3:35 PM)
Michael, I played with you in Chicago and I don't think you'll overtake Cam Ward. Have fun cheering on the boys.
Joe (Ramstein, Germany)
I think the Pens can get past the Hurricanes, but I think they will end up playin' Boston. Not sure if we can hang without home ice, your thoughts?
Matthew Barnaby (3:36 PM)
I think that's a big reason why the Penguins need to play the Hurricanes. Boston has been so dominant at home, but even more importantly, it is just a better matchup all the way around for the Penguins. Guaranteed, they will all be watching this game tonight.
Do you think that the NHL front office and Campbell have been too lax on the suspension front? It seems like there have been a lot of suspension-worthy moments this post season that have been overlooked...
Matthew Barnaby (3:38 PM)
I totally agree with you. The NHL has been very inconsistent in their rulings this year. Notably, Scott Walker's sucker-punch on Aaron Ward, and Mike Camallieri on Martin Havlat. These two should have been definite suspensions, and nothing was done. A league that is supposedly trying to crack down on head shots should have done something.
Matthew Barnaby (3:39 PM)
Good luck to all of you fans out there with your teams in Game 7s tonight. Next time we talk, we will be down to four teams, and that much closer to a Stanley Cup champion. Good luck, and have sunglasses on when watching Barry.
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