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Rite of Spring 2019: The Chase for the Stanley Cup

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1 hour ago, Seadragon76 said:

 

So, that means 22 postseason trips for them... Of those trips, here's how it breaks down (not including this season since that series is still going on):

 

Did Not Qualify - 6

Out in the 1st Round - 7

Out in the 2nd Round - 9

Out in the Conference Finals - 3

Stanley Cup Finals - 1 (Lost)

 

Of these playoff trips, 16 of them end in the first two rounds... they are the hockey equivalent to Gonzaga basketball.

 

Mostly because I wanted to know, here are the Ducks and Kings since the Sharks began, with the Ducks playing two less seasons. I did include this season though because neither team made the playoffs.

 

Ducks: 14 playoff appearances

Did Not Qualify - 11

Out in the 1st Round - 6

Out in the 2nd Round - 3

Out in the Conference Finals - 3

Stanley Cup Finals - 2 (1-1)
 

Kings: 13 playoff appearances

Did Not Qualify - 14

Out in the 1st Round - 8

Out in the 2nd Round - 1

Out in the Conference Finals - 1

Stanley Cup Finals - 3 (2-1)

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Really kind of just a slow ugly game for both teams. But the breaks just went Toronto's way this time. 

Although Bruins being 0-3 on PP is just inexcusable. 

43 minutes ago, Brass said:

There is something to be said when an organization has three consecutive picks in an absolutely loaded draft and only one of them is suited up for an important playoff game.

That Draft basically cost them at least 1 Cup. 

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Colorado,

 

It's time to snuff this Flame out.

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33 minutes ago, monkeypower said:

 

Mostly because I wanted to know, here are the Ducks and Kings since the Sharks began, with the Ducks playing two less seasons. I did include this season though because neither team made the playoffs.

 

Ducks: 14 playoff appearances

Did Not Qualify - 11

Out in the 1st Round - 6

Out in the 2nd Round - 3

Out in the Conference Finals - 3

Stanley Cup Finals - 2 (1-1)
 

Kings: 13 playoff appearances

Did Not Qualify - 14

Out in the 1st Round - 8

Out in the 2nd Round - 1

Out in the Conference Finals - 1

Stanley Cup Finals - 3 (2-1)

 

Not to pile on but probably the top 2 worst playoff moments in Sharks history:

 

1. Sharks blow 3-0 lead to Kings

2. Top seeded Sharks lose to Ducks in first round

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That was an ugly game, but I'll take it. Close it out at home boys, I can't handle another game seven against the Bruins.

Go Leafs go!

 

59 minutes ago, Wings said:

2. Top seeded Sharks lose to Ducks in first round

"Hold my beer."
-Tampa Bay Lightning

 

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Just now, Ice_Cap said:

"Hold my beer."
-Tampa Bay Lightning

 

The Lightning may have the most embarrassing series loss ever, but at least they have a Stanley Cup. Maybe the Sharks should move to Houston and win a couple titles like the previous Quakes did when they became the Dynamo.

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So Tampa Bay set 2 records:

 

- The first being the highest amount of points for a team in regular season history.

 

- Then they set another record for 1st ever President's Trophy winner to not get a single playoff win.

 

It's like what it going on??? Just incredible how such a talented team cannot in any way crank up to that next gear. I'm not even talking about cranking it up to max, like you're about to face the final boss of the toughest video game. I'm talking about making it through level 1 to level 2. They fall apart in game 1 of the playoffs, after the first little shred of adversity comes their way. Really?

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16 minutes ago, Ice_Cap said:

That was an ugly game, but I'll take it. Close it out at home boys, I can't handle another game seven against the Bruins.

Go Leafs go!

 

It'll be interesting, if the Islanders face the Leafs at some point.

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Poor Calgary. 

Fans must have been so relived when the Lighting got swept.

 

I knew there was a reason I didn't trust them 1 bit in the playoffs. 

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1 hour ago, Red Wolf said:

 

The Lightning may have the most embarrassing series loss ever, but at least they have a Stanley Cup. Maybe the Sharks should move to Houston and win a couple titles like the previous Quakes did when they became the Dynamo.

 

Better yet - re-merge with the Dallas Stars!

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And just like that, both #1 seeds have been taken down by # 8 seeds. And both #1 seeds got their asses handed to them in the process. 

 

Also, Mike Smith, Ladies and Gentlemen. Coming off the momentum of his shutout in game one, Smith caught fire and held Colorado to just 17 goals in the next four games. 

 

Funny game, this hockey. 

 

 

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Wins and losses in the NHL don't matter, much like the WWE.

 

4 minutes ago, SFGiants58 said:

 

Better yet - re-merge with the Dallas Stars!

 

Keep the re-merged team in the Bay Area and you got an instant championship without doing anything!

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2 minutes ago, Red Wolf said:

Wins and losses in the NHL don't matter,

 

They don't? 

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3 minutes ago, infrared41 said:

 

They don't? 

 

Just make sure you're one of the 52% of teams that make the playoffs, but the seeding doesn't really matter. The playoffs are a new season (a thing that's said of the NBA, but actually true of the NHL). The Lightning hadn't lost three games in-a-row in the regular season and then get swept in the playoffs. It's like when Jinder Mahal jobbed for months and then won like three matches to become WWE Champion. Except I'd be interested in seeing the Blue Jackets or Avalanche win it all.

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2 hours ago, Wings said:

 

Not to pile on but probably the top 2 worst playoff moments in Sharks history:

 

1. Sharks blow 3-0 lead to Kings

2. Top seeded Sharks lose to Ducks in first round

 

Add getting curbstomped by goddamn Vegas twice in the team’s first two years and you have a recipe for a team I simply can’t root for any longer. That’s the three biggest rivals the Sharks will ever have and they’ve been flat out embarrassed by all three with zero real redemption. I can’t have an ounce of respect a team like that. 

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I pretty much expect this headline in a few years: 

 

2022 NHL Playoff Update:

 

"Expansion Seattle stuns the Sharks 4 games to 1 in the First Round"

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I think the Flames' loss is bigger than Tampa's. They lost to a team who was basically ranked ninth. The Jackets were technically ranked fifth.

 

SMH, NHL playoff seeding is a joke.

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