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Rite of Spring 2018-“What happens in the playoffs stays in the playoffs”

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11 minutes ago, Cosmic said:

You're close, but it was May 2nd. I was on vacation for my daughter's birthday when it happened. 

 

Pretty scary for a Lightning fan thinking about what this game would look like without those two power plays in the first period. There's no way the Caps screw up this series now... right?

 

I've been saying May 15 for so many years now and no one has ever corrected me.

 

How come I've always thought it was May 15? Because now that you mention it, it makes too much sense - there's no way Game 2 of a 2nd round series would be that late on the calendar. 

 

Whatever. Doesn't change the broader point but I can't believe I've been spewing bad information for so long.

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This might be a short series, shorter than I thought.

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On 2018-05-11 at 2:56 PM, the admiral said:

I'm giving the Capitals a fair shot at this one. I don't trust Vasilevskiy to see this through, even with as much talent in front of him as there is.

Gonna quote this again because good G-d. Vasilevskiy has looked terrible. 

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5 minutes ago, Ice_Cap said:

Gonna quote this again because good G-d. Vasilevskiy has looked terrible. 

 

Don't single him out. I know admiral did in his pre-series skepticism but don't single him out. It's been a complete effort from all 19 players Tampa Bay has iced in this series.

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.838s and Heartbreak

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I think this is the first time in memory after the final four where I didn't have either a. a clear cut preference to win; or b. despised all remaining teams and didn't care who won. 

 

Now, I'm sort of pulling for Winnipeg, but would be happy if Vegas or Washington won as well. Not a huge fan of Tampa, just for rivalry sake, but still wouldn't be upset. 

 

 

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It seems like the Capitals are playing so much looser than they ever have in the playoffs and that's probably good for them to be the underdog without sky-high expectations. They've never been in that position and after going down 0-2 to Columbus they had nothing to lose by playing wide open and now they're playing with confidence in the postseason that they've never had with much deeper rosters. I think they're starting to get that look where they believe they can go all the way.

 

Just think the Blue Jackets had them down 0-2 and in double overtime of game 3. This could've been a very different playoffs with one more bounce our way. The Penguins would probably be up 2-0 on Tampa right now. 

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10 hours ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

Don't single him out. I know admiral did in his pre-series skepticism but don't single him out. It's been a complete effort from all 19 players Tampa Bay has iced in this series.

It's not all Vasilevskiy's fault but Holtby is far outplaying him.

 

That being said, I fully expect Tampa to come out firing in Game 3.  I'm pretty sure they're going to take at least one game in D.C.  Wouldn't be shocked if we go back to Tampa 2-2.

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Washington is playing so much looser and freer now that they finally got past their tormenting, bullying older brother in the Penguins.

 

That OT win in Game 6 has just fueled the Caps, and they punished a slow, lackadaisical Lightning team with a lightning fast attack.

 

Washington will be rocking and rolling. They are halfway there to the mecca of professional hockey.

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Vegas could easily be up 4-0 at the end of this period. 

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Horrible loss, complete embarrassment.

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I despise the Golden Knights

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I know I should hate the Knights and a good part of me still does, but I just don't like the Jets either for some reason. I keep trying to put a finger on it but I can't. In other news, good going for Sharks East. I'd be happy if they can seal the deal and get Ovi that Cup he's been sorely missing. 

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8 minutes ago, Alex Houston said:

I know I should hate the Knights and a good part of me still does, but I just don't like the Jets either for some reason. I keep trying to put a finger on it but I can't. In other news, good going for Sharks East. I'd be happy if they can seal the deal and get Ovi that Cup he's been sorely missing. 


When the 'Peg got the Thrashers and they did nothing but bash America, American hockey fans, and American teams and didn't let up...

Made me go from being glad to see the Jets back, to hoping they don't get a bit of success...
...and to have them lose to an American market that "shouldn't have hockey" will be fun to witness...

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1 hour ago, Alex Houston said:

I know I should hate the Knights and a good part of me still does, but I just don't like the Jets either for some reason. I keep trying to put a finger on it but I can't. In other news, good going for Sharks East. I'd be happy if they can seal the deal and get Ovi that Cup he's been sorely missing. 

 

?

 

Oh, you're talking about the Capitals. That's really funny, because right now the Lightning, with this core, look an awful lot more like Sharks East than the Capitals do. Lets see - one Cup Final, a couple other appearances in the Conference Final, but no silverware that anyone actually cares about. Sounds about right.

 

I mean, the Capitals couldn't even get past the second round for the last 19 years. They were their own kind of playoff bottlers. 

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Excepts Bolts have actually won a Cup (even if it was more than decade ago) 

 

Sharks & Caps are teams that seem to always make The playoffs, but never win The Cup. 

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Vegas is gonna win the Cup, aren't they?

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2 hours ago, JQK said:

When the 'Peg got the Thrashers and they did nothing but bash America, American hockey fans, and American teams and didn't let up...

 

Not 100% sure this happened...

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4 hours ago, SabresRule7361 said:

Let’s be honest- did we really think Winnipeg was gonna sweep Vegas?

No, but I'd say a team going home tied 1-1 is in the (slight) "lead" in the series.

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