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(NHL Playoffs) Rite of Spring 2017: can't go on, no, I'll go on

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6 hours ago, MiK said:

Why do I get so emotionally invested in Sharks games? Why do I routinely do this to myself?

 

1 hour ago, Crabcake47 said:

dude same 

 

 

Amen, I seem to ask myself this every year with the Caps

 

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14 hours ago, Zeus89725 said:

 

I saw a statistic somewhere that said the Penguins' announcers were the #1 leading cause of suicide amongst NHL fans.

 

Also, sorry if that was too edgy.

We have lots of bridges and I think of jumping off of one each time. 

 

Lange and Borque on the radio side are top notch. Steigy and Bob are clowns.

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8 hours ago, Cosmic said:

I do feel bad for Blackhawks fans, but the Western Conference playoffs are a hell of a lot more interesting without Chicago in it.

Not really.

 

Oilers? Blues?  Sharks?

 

I think we know the Ducks are going to the finals.

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Oh goody. If Washington beats Toronto in 6/7, they get their old buddies in the Penguins. AGAIN.

 

I'm convinced the NHL Playoffs were structured this way to get Pittsburgh to make Washington their little b. (As if they hadn't done that enough times before...)

 

 

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2 hours ago, OnWis97 said:

Not really.

 

Oilers? Blues?  Sharks?

 

I think we know the Ducks are going to the finals.

 

Just like you picked the Hawks to win it all? :P

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12 hours ago, Morgo said:

The Sharks looked they had no business being in that extra frame.

 

Probably the most accurate thing you've typed in this thread. Sharks are old tired bags of crap. Oilers will win either way and this kind of result will be the norm unless they jettison Thornton and Marleau and start bringing up more of the Barracuda kids.

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13 hours ago, worcat said:

It's what we all do. It's what makes NHL playoff hockey so abusive to one's self.

I was just discussing this with a coworker (who is a Pens fan). Playoff hockey ends in general disappointment for 15 of the 16 fanbases. The one that does win, however, has achieved the pinnacle of success, making anything less than another cup, next year, subpar.

 

This is one of the few advantages of being a Predators fan. Yes, it’s true that we don’t have any banners, or much history/success. I fully acknowledge those things, but we swept the #1 western seed out of the playoffs in a decisive manner. We’d never swept anyone, or even won a series against the Blackhawks, before. The same Blackhawks that talked like Nashville was just a pit stop on their way to another conference final (yet again). Last night’s win felt amazing, and we celebrated more than a fan of a “more historically successful” team probably thinks that we should, and that’s okay. We, as a team, and fanbase, have never been in this position before. This win means more to us, right now, than another Conference Championship would to the Penguins. Why? Because once you’ve seen your team hoist the cup, nothing short of another Finals victory will be as meaningful. Winning a championship is amazing, but it does have the unfortunate side effect of taking the luster and wonder out of the smaller accomplishments.

 

That’s why I brought a broom in to work with me today, that’s why Blue Jackets fans are disappointed, but able to still relish the regular season they had, and why Maple Leafs fans are eventually going to throw the parade of the century, when (not if) Matthews and Co. win the Cup. It’s a new experience for us, as a sports fan.

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6 minutes ago, BeerGuyJordan said:

I was just discussing this with a coworker (who is a Pens fan). Playoff hockey ends in general disappointment for 15 of the 16 fanbases. The one that does win, however, has achieved the pinnacle of success, making anything less than another cup, next year, subpar.

 

This is one of the few advantages of being a Predators fan. Yes, it’s true that we don’t have any banners, or much history/success. I fully acknowledge those things, but we swept the #1 western seed out of the playoffs in a decisive manner. We’d never swept anyone, or even won a series against the Blackhawks, before. The same Blackhawks that talked like Nashville was just a pit stop on their way to another conference final (yet again). Last night’s win felt amazing, and we celebrated more than a fan of a “more historically successful” team probably thinks that we should, and that’s okay. We, as a team, and fanbase, have never been in this position before. This win means more to us, right now, than another Conference Championship would to the Penguins. Why? Because once you’ve seen your team hoist the cup, nothing short of another Finals victory will be as meaningful. Winning a championship is amazing, but it does have the unfortunate side effect of taking the luster and wonder out of the smaller accomplishments.

 

That’s why I brought a broom in to work with me today, that’s why Blues fans are disappointed, but able to still relish the regular season they had, and why Maple Leafs fans are eventually going to throw the parade of the century, when (not if) Matthews and Co. win the Cup. It’s a new experience for us, as a sports fan.

 

And that is the understatement of the century!

 

BTW... I'm really loving that non-Leaf fans are saying "when not if" in terms of Toronto Cup aspirations. 

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1 minute ago, BeerGuyJordan said:

I was just discussing this with a coworker (who is a Pens fan). Playoff hockey ends in general disappointment for 15 of the 16 fanbases. The one that does win, however, has achieved the pinnacle of success, making anything less than another cup, next year, subpar.

 

This is one of the few advantages of being a Predators fan. Yes, it’s true that we don’t have any banners, or much history/success. I fully acknowledge those things, but we swept the #1 western seed out of the playoffs in a decisive manner. We’d never swept anyone, or even won a series against the Blackhawks, before. The same Blackhawks that talked like Nashville was just a pit stop on their way to another conference final (yet again). Last night’s win felt amazing, and we celebrated more than a fan of a “more historically successful” team probably thinks that we should, and that’s okay. We, as a team, and fanbase, have never been in this position before. This win means more to us, right now, than another Conference Championship would to the Penguins. Why? Because once you’ve seen your team hoist the cup, nothing short of another Finals victory will be as meaningful. Winning a championship is amazing, but it does have the unfortunate side effect of taking the luster and wonder out of the smaller accomplishments.

 

That’s why I brought a broom in to work with me today, that’s why Blues fans are disappointed, but able to still relish the regular season they had, and why Maple Leafs fans are eventually going to throw the parade of the century, when (not if) Matthews and Co. win the Cup. It’s a new experience for us, as a sports fan.

 

This is what was so fun about the Blue Jackets season. We've never had a season like this so it was all new and unexpected. Fans of recent cup winners or a snakebitten group like the Capitals fanbase all season were like "jeez guys settle down" or "they'll lose in the second round", but when you haven't been jaded and/or spoiled and/or burnt before it was just really fun. You think we'll lose in the second round?! I would've been thrilled to lose in the second round. 

 

My sister lives in Pittsburgh. She told me her coworker who has season tickets sold his tickets to Game 5 because "the next round will be more exciting". Please let me never take a playoff game for granted like that guy. If the world was fair that guy's teams would never win. 

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19 minutes ago, McCarthy said:

If the world was fair that guy's teams would never win. 

 

Thats such a true principle of life. Pens fans went 16 years between their 90s run and the intro to Crosby's reign. Sure, maybe some fans did savor it more since there were murmurs of relocation, but Pittsburgh has been relevant for the last ten years. In a just world, teams like the Jackets, Wild, Blues and Canes would get their moments in the sun and play meaningful hockey for a decade in late May and June. It's kind of true what they say, you don't know how well off you are until you see the plight of others.

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48 minutes ago, charger77 said:

 

And that is the understatement of the century!

 

BTW... I'm really loving that non-Leaf fans are saying "when not if" in terms of Toronto Cup aspirations. 

Just making the playoffs, this season, would have been huge, for Toronto. The showing they've made, though? Give these kids a few years experience, make a few choice off-season signings, and they could be a decade-long powerhouse.

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All this is why I'm trying to enjoy these playoffs as much as I can. The Oilers have been ass for all my life and so finally getting somewhere and being able to enjoy it before the inevitable jaded playoff mindset develops is nice.

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Just now, FGM13 said:

The Oilers have been ass for all my life 

 

10-year-olds are allowed here?.

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2 minutes ago, The Six said:

 

10-year-olds are allowed here?.

 

17. Should have said all my hockey watching life, but the point stands. Not like they were really a powerhouse in the early 2000s anyway.

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6 minutes ago, The Six said:

 

10-year-olds are allowed here?.

Eh, we make exceptions with the age rule from time to time. We let you stay when you signed up after all :) 

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3 hours ago, BeerGuyJordan said:

Last night’s win felt amazing, and we celebrated more than a fan of a “more historically successful” team probably thinks that we should, and that’s okay. We, as a team, and fanbase, have never been in this position before. This win means more to us, right now, than another Conference Championship would to the Penguins. Why? Because once you’ve seen your team hoist the cup, nothing short of another Finals victory will be as meaningful. Winning a championship is amazing, but it does have the unfortunate side effect of taking the luster and wonder out of the smaller accomplishments.

The Predators are playing some scary good hockey right now and the fans should be celebrating with an impressive sweep of the Blackhawks. Now that you've had time to celebrate and digest the success, the fight isn't over though. You have to bury that emotion deep down so it doesn't blow up in your face if Nashville gets eliminated. Building up all that excitement just to have it come crashing down will really hurt. As a Blues fan, I've felt this year after year so at this point, there is no celebrating until it's over. 

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3 hours ago, charger77 said:

 

And that is the understatement of the century!

 

BTW... I'm really loving that non-Leaf fans are saying "when not if" in terms of Toronto Cup aspirations. 

I'm going back to take part in the celebration if I ever see the drought end. I'll pick ya up on the way :P 

 

1 hour ago, The Six said:

And I'm eternally grateful.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ice_Cap said:

I'm going back to take part in the celebration if I ever see the drought end. I'll pick ya up on the way :P 

 

 

 

 

Deal! 

 

It will be summer so we won't need to burn a day off!

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The Bruins are playing like this is a regular season game in the middle of November. If they keep this up, they're toast.

 

And Wideman goes absolute knee-to-knee with Krejci. No call. #OTTAWATYPICAL.

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