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Rite of Spring 2019: The Chase for the Stanley Cup

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The Bruins were in the exact same situation in the first round that they're going to be in on Sunday. They've already scored seven goals in that building last week. This series is far from being over.

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They better not Leafs this one up. 

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23 minutes ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

The first bolded part of your post make it sound like Binnington is precisely the second coming of Martin Brodeur, actually.

 

That's kind of a hot take on my part, yes. Brodeur was very good but I'll never rate him in Roy or Hasek's class from that era.

 

The guy won two Vezinas after that dominant mid-2000s defense broke up. I wasn’t a Brodeur fan by any means, but he’s easily top 3 all-time.

 

While we’re here, anybody else got some goaltending hot takes? 

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8 minutes ago, Ice_Cap said:

About this? Most certainly. And oh so much more.

It would probably be easier to create a list of things the league shouldn’t be embarrassed about.

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14 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

This has been a fun Stanley Cup Finals.

 

It has. Except for game 2.

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Just now, habsfan1 said:

 

It has. Except for game 2.

 

The overtime win for the Blues?  I thought that was decent.

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1 minute ago, Mockba said:

The overtime win for the Blues?  I thought that was decent.

 

Oops I meant game 3.

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1 hour ago, habsfan1 said:

The St. Louis Blues better win lol.

 

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Obvious fake. But nonetheless, I'm good with the city of Boston getting denied a title.

 

PS these ice hockey refs are brutallllllllllll

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Loss in 6 is off the table.

 

*Begins breathing heavily into a paper bag.*

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36 minutes ago, Lafarge said:

While we’re here, anybody else got some goaltending hot takes? 

 

Mike Richter's Statue of Liberty mask was the greatest goalie mask of all time. Period. 

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3 hours ago, infrared41 said:

Mike Richter's Statue of Liberty mask was the greatest goalie mask of all time. Period. 

 

counterpoint:

 

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7 hours ago, Lafarge said:

While we’re here, anybody else got some goaltending hot takes? 

Braden Holtby is the best postseason goalie of our generation

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At least if the Bruins win, now we will get a game 7 out of it. And there’s a good chance that the Cup will be won on home ice.

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I think we all can acknowledge that there was a missed tripping call that should have went against the Blues. But let's not pretend (1) that the Bruins didn't have their chances and failed to capitalize on them, (2) that the Blues are never penalized or that the refs are blind to Blues penalties considering Boston had three powerplay opportunities, and (3) that a single missed powerplay opportunity that could have resulted in a goal somehow means that the game was robbed from the Bruins.

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I feel like Boston has seen like 10 championships in the past decade. I can't really feel bad for them having one call go against them in one game of the Stanley Cup Finals. 

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1 hour ago, Maroon said:

I think we all can acknowledge that there was a missed tripping call that should have went against the Blues. But let's not pretend (1) that the Bruins didn't have their chances and failed to capitalize on them, (2) that the Blues are never penalized or that the refs are blind to Blues penalties considering Boston had three powerplay opportunities, and (3) that a single missed powerplay opportunity that could have resulted in a goal somehow means that the game was robbed from the Bruins.

 

You're right, Bruins had plenty of chances to score and they just could not get it done. That's 100% on the Bruins, not the refs.

 

But to say the refs aren't blind? There we 2 blatant hits to the head in the corner right in front of the ref. The one on Johannson resulting in a meeting with NHL Player Safety, and the hit on Krug which was more of an elbow than anything. The elbow could've been called or not called, I'm not that upset it wasn't. Then you have the holding on Krug that led directly to Krecji having to make a kick save and a beaut. Do missed calls go both ways? Absolutely. But did 2 incredibly missed calls lead directly to scoring chances? Yeah, and that's what you can't have happen - not in June.

 

The fact that the Blues were the least penalized team going into the Final is astonishing.

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1 hour ago, speedy said:

 

You're right, Bruins had plenty of chances to score and they just could not get it done. That's 100% on the Bruins, not the refs.

 

But to say the refs aren't blind? There we 2 blatant hits to the head in the corner right in front of the ref. The one on Johannson resulting in a meeting with NHL Player Safety, and the hit on Krug which was more of an elbow than anything. The elbow could've been called or not called, I'm not that upset it wasn't. Then you have the holding on Krug that led directly to Krecji having to make a kick save and a beaut. Do missed calls go both ways? Absolutely. But did 2 incredibly missed calls lead directly to scoring chances? Yeah, and that's what you can't have happen - not in June.

 

The fact that the Blues were the least penalized team going into the Final is astonishing.

 

My point was not that the refs don't ever miss penalties that should be on the Blues. My point was that the refs do call penalties on the Blues (in fact, they've called more penalties on the Blues than the Bruins consistently, even after Berube's comments after Game 3) so it's a ridiculous notion that somehow the refs aren't willing to penalize the Blues.

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Honestly, I'm  more pissed at what a blatantly missed call that was. 

Sure it takes that goal away, maybe the Bruins tie it maybe they don't (like their PP has done anything since game 3)

 

It's one thing if it was one of those tough "50/50" calls, But to miss such a clear call like that, when the ref is staring directly at it, watching it happen, that's just an embarrassment for the league, and officiating. 

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On 6/6/2019 at 11:40 PM, Cujo said:

 

Obvious fake. But nonetheless, I'm good with the city of Boston getting denied a title.

 

PS these ice hockey refs are brutallllllllllll

No I’m pretty sure that’s very real... However I think it was made back in 2015 when the Wild ended beating the Blues in the first round in 6 games. It’s not that hard to change the 5 to a 9... It’s one little line

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