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

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Sick taps to the Leafs. Put up a great fight, they are going to be a scary team for the foreseeable future. Freddy Anderson gave me flashbacks to Halak when the the Caps took on the Habs in 2010 standing on his head at times

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Just now, Gary. said:

Detroit :P the hate doesn't go away just because they miss one year

 

Oh, I know the hate isn't going away any time soon. I just need something for right now... a "Hating with Benefits" if you will.

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3 hours ago, HedleyLamarr said:

*snipped for space*

You know what Hedley? You do you. You want to do the whole unjustifiably large ego and unwarranted sense of superiority thing? Have at it.

I'm gonna enjoy the surprise season my team just had and the rest of the post-season.

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7 minutes ago, Seadragon76 said:

So much for cancelling the apocalypse, eh Ice Cap?

 

OK, now since my usual whipping boy team (Detroit) is not in for the first time in what feels like eons, I need to hop on a bandwagon  Give me a team to hate, people. Oh, and one I can like as well.

The only team I'm really hoping wins the Cup is Washington, just because it'd be cool to see Ovechkin get the Cup.  If there's a team that's been knocking on that proverbial door the most in the last 10 years, it's been the Capitals.

 

Team to hate? The Rangers.

 

So Washington-Pittsburgh will obviously headline the second round.  Ducks and Oilers should be a fun series to watch.  Predators and Blues sounds like it'll be a lot of 2-1 games.  And much like the Rangers' first round series, them and Ottawa are two teams that don't really excite me, though I won't have an alternative game to watch this time.

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Hell of a show, Toronto. What a series. Hopefully the Pens are up to the task. Always a good time playing Washington. I have a sneaking suspicion this will be the year they finally get by the Pens, but either way this is gonna be a long one.

 

Two bucks says Ottawa bounces the Rangers.

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For all the flaws of the first round and the divisional format, I think what compounds the issue is NO RESEEDING!

 

Once again, we get 1-2 in the East standings wise in round 2. And remember, last year, we had that same situation with STL/DAL in the West.

 

Here are the round 2 matchups by comparison if you simply reseeded:

 

WSH/OTT

PIT/NYR

ANA/NSH

EDM/STL

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Solid Leafs season, not too shabby giving the Prez Troph Caps a worthy run. 

 

Hope that bunch learns to close a bit more often next season, re. not giving away freebie points towards OT &/or SOLs.  Making the playoffs while avoiding a wild card slot should be their primary target.  I know that's cliche, yet this bunch now knows how tough it is to topple a top seed.

Improving their D would be nice, to let the forwards a bit more off the hook.

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6 minutes ago, SabresRule7361 said:

ANA/NSH

EDM/STL

 

One of these teams is going to the Cup Finals. Lots of new blood in the west.

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5 minutes ago, habsfan1 said:

 

One of these teams is going to the Cup Finals. Lots of new blood in the west.

 

It'll be Anaheim.

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1 minute ago, FGM13 said:

 

It'll be Anaheim.

 

Anyone but the ducking :censored:s. 

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2 minutes ago, FGM13 said:

It'll be Anaheim.

 

You're not confident in the chances of your Oilers?

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Anyone but the Ducks. New Blood? Been there done that.

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34 minutes ago, HedleyLamarr said:

Not that I really see American fans here celebrating when all Canadian-based teams are out, at least those that aren't made in obvious jest.

I thought we all drank champagne when the Canadians were all eliminated like the 72 Dolphins do when everybody in the NFL has a loss. Is that not right? 

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3 hours ago, Ice_Cap said:

You know what Hedley? You do you. You want to do the whole unjustifiably large ego and unwarranted sense of superiority thing? Have at it.

I'm gonna enjoy the surprise season my team just had and the rest of the post-season

 

Remember when every Hedley didn't need to write a 13 paragraph dissertation to illustrate why he's great and everyone else sucks? He used to be able to do it in just a few sentences. And he had a sense of humor...sort of. Those were the days. B) 

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Sorry this is a little late, but I've been pretty busy since Saturday...

 

Hats off to Jake Allen... No one else on the Blues though. They all played like Garbage in front of him. The Wild managed to do everything that they needed to do on paper, and yet somehow lost in 5...

 

They shut down Tarasenko for the most part, Dubnyk played his best hockey in almost 2 months, won nearly every faceoff, controlled the puck for most of the game, and outshot the Blues... And yet another disappointing end to the season.  

 

I may seem a little salty, and I am, but I would rather see the Blues go deep in the playoffs than the Blackhawks... 

 

Also I don't understand why some people think that the Wild need to just start over. The Wild are a talented team with some good prospects coming up... 

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My Finals prediction is alive and well (Never said it here, but I got a Caps-Ducks Final). 

 

Feel bad for the Leafs, but this team is young and the core is growing. Just wait till next year when you're stronger & hopefully wiser. 

 

Now it's time for the Leafs fans to become fake Raptor fans again. Yay. 

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28 minutes ago, FGM13 said:

 

It'll be Anaheim.

There is no question that Edmonton is going straight to the finals. I'll go as far and say they'll win the cup. 

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16 minutes ago, chcarlson23 said:

Sorry this is a little late, but I've been pretty busy since Saturday...

 

Hats off to Jake Allen... No one else on the Blues though. They all played like Garbage in front of him. The Wild managed to do everything that they needed to do on paper, and yet somehow lost in 5...

 

They shut down Tarasenko for the most part, Dubnyk played his best hockey in almost 2 months, won nearly every faceoff, controlled the puck for most of the game, and outshot the Blues... And yet another disappointing end to the season.  

 

I may seem a little salty, and I am, but I would rather see the Blues go deep in the playoffs than the Blackhawks... 

 

Also I don't understand why some people think that the Wild need to just start over. The Wild are a talented team with some good prospects coming up... 

Thanks..... I think?

 

It was a good series, only real classless moment was on your coaching staff's behalf not shaking hands. Other than that, I don't have any ill feelings toward the Wild. They will have a good team again next year.

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14 minutes ago, worcat said:

Thanks..... I think?

 

It was a good series, only real classless moment was on your coaching staff's behalf not shaking hands. Other than that, I don't have any ill feelings toward the Wild. They will have a good team again next year.

It was a simultaneous insult/praise... If the Blues actually played better, or at the same level as the Wild, I would have felt a little better. Allen definitely played great though.

 

Also, WHAT THE HELL??? I honestly did not hear about that until I logged on today...

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1 hour ago, chcarlson23 said:

It was a simultaneous insult/praise... If the Blues actually played better, or at the same level as the Wild, I would have felt a little better. Allen definitely played great though.

 

Also, WHAT THE HELL??? I honestly did not hear about that until I logged on today...

Yeah I don't understand either. The Wild coaches shook hands with the Blues coaching staff but immediately booked it into the locker room. I had to watch the video a few times to make sure I was seeing correctly. That's my only complaint.

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