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Rite of Spring 2019: The Chase for the Stanley Cup

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1 hour ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

I realize no Bruins fan is going to say this right now, or would've said it at the time, but I did say it at the time and I'll reiterate it now - the Jackets-B's series was going to produce the Cup winner, one way or the other. We all knew Carolina was going to get curbstomped, especially if they got Boston. Neither of the last two from the West are bad teams, but neither would be favored either, I would think. I would've picked Columbus over either of those two teams as well.

 

 

Timestamp checks out.

That's actually what I thought at the time as well. 

 

With Toronto & Tampa out, I honestly thought Boston & Columbus were the best teams left in the whole playoffs. 

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Yikes. What a change from Saturday night. I’ve never seen a more fragile forecheck than what I witnessed tonight from the Bruins. And their “whoopsie!” attitude when inevitably turning the puck over (Marchand, Pastrnak) and letting the Blues mount a rush is not that type of effort you’d expect in the SCF.

 

Better regroup going home.

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I keep writing off the Blues in my mind... but here we are, a best of three.

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I don't know what the hell the Bruins were on tonight, I swear everyone on the team was more surprised by the actions of their teammates than anything the Blues were doing. I saw more passes dink off the skates or stick of some guy who wasn't even looking. And getting chased all the way back to your own goal late in the game like that is awful.

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I am enjoying the Stanley Cup Finals so far, even though I don't care who wins.  Last year, I rooted for Washington because I wanted to see Alex Ovechkin win a Stanley Cup. 

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The Bruins just can't show up two games in a row (Carolina doesn't count). This series is turning into the Blackhawks again. Lazy play hanging Rask out to dry, the first line just disappearing. I'll be shocked if the B's actually win the series.

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So far, this series has followed the pattern for the Blues that the last series did - L, W, L, W, with the first two on the road and the next two at home. 

 

They went to San Jose and clobbered the Sharks in Game 5. I don't think anyone can put a 5-0 beating on the Bruins at the Garden, but my suspicion is at this point that the Game 5 winner will also win Game 6. Get 'em, St. Louis.

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I don't think the Blues will have any problem stealing another one on the road, the question is whether they can handle the pressure of what will either be a clinching or elimination scenario at home.  At any rate I expect this one to go the full seven.  Go Blues!

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I will not hope until "Loss in 6" is out of play.

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I didn't even watch the game cause I was convinced the series was over. Then I check the score on my social media to find out series is tied 2-2.

 

Good for STL!

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18 hours ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

I realize no Bruins fan is going to say this right now, or would've said it at the time, but I did say it at the time and I'll reiterate it now - the Jackets-B's series was going to produce the Cup winner, one way or the other. We all knew Carolina was going to get curbstomped, especially if they got Boston. Neither of the last two from the West are bad teams, but neither would be favored either, I would think. I would've picked Columbus over either of those two teams as well.

 

 

Timestamp checks out.

 

17 hours ago, AustinFomBoston said:

That's actually what I thought at the time as well. 

 

With Toronto & Tampa out, I honestly thought Boston & Columbus were the best teams left in the whole playoffs. 

 

Can't decide if this makes it easier or harder to stomach.

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This is a weird series because there's been no carry-over between games. St Louis looked like the worst team I've ever seen in the Finals in Game 3 and then the better team last night. 

Boston might be dinged up and their top guys didn't look engaged. I don't hate the Blues' chances here. 

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58 minutes ago, McCarthy said:

This is a weird series because there's been no carry-over between games. St Louis looked like the worst team I've ever seen in the Finals in Game 3 and then the better team last night. 

Boston might be dinged up and their top guys didn't look engaged. I don't hate the Blues' chances here. 

There's not continuity between periods or even minutes. Before Boston's SHG last night, the Blues were controlling things so thoroughly 5-on-5, it looked like a Bruin might just drop dead from exhaustion in their own zone.

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While I still think Boston is going to win this series, the puck is in the Blues' favor. They have a golden opportunity to swing momentum completely in their favor and possibly win the series on home ice in Game 6.

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1 hour ago, Dalcowboyfan92 said:

While I still think Boston is going to win this series, the puck is in the Blues' favor. They have a golden opportunity to swing momentum completely in their favor and possibly win the series on home ice in Game 6.

Yes, they need to prove that game 3 was just a fluke.

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2 hours ago, McCarthy said:

This is a weird series because there's been no carry-over between games. St Louis looked like the worst team I've ever seen in the Finals in Game 3 and then the better team last night. 

Boston might be dinged up and their top guys didn't look engaged. I don't hate the Blues' chances here. 

 

Both teams are ones that have been able to show resilience and bounce back after a loss in these playoffs. I think it's a factor of neither team really being clearly better than the other, the fact that they play not dissimilar styles, and they both are too good to simply lose steam and quit because of a preceding loss.

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