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The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Mon May 23, 2011 5:59 am

As the original thread is archived as most have no doubt lost interest  The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread (by elbandgeek Apr 10 2011 in Non Aviation)#menu56

The team everyone loves to hate, the Vancouver Canucks are one win away from the conference finals after taking a 3-1 series lead against San Jose today after a stellar first period PK and a lethal second period PP during three back to back 5-on-3's.

In the east, Boston & Tampa Bay are tied 2-2.

Well, I cant see San Jose winning three games, particularly if Thornton is injured. Sure, the play hasnt been perfect, and on Friday the amount of penalties given up was a joke, but the Canucks deserve to be where they are, no questions they are the best team in this series. The sisters have finally stepped up their game, Luongo while he has to make an obligatory booboo per game has generally been solid and Salo & Bieksa have led from the back and weighed in with goals, and Kesler... well, we dont need to talk about him   He defeated Nashville on his own.

In the east, most would have said Boston are favorites, the fact the series being tied aside seems to be a genuine reflection that the teams are pretty evenly matched and this is going to be a tough one to call. First game seemed to be a bit of a surprise that Boston were comprehensively beaten, but they then come back with two wins including a 2-0, a clean sheet is something at this level. But they collapsed horribly in game 4. Does that give Tampa some momentum? Rolason seems to be a weak spot, so Im going with Bruins in 7, you cant always rely on out scoring the ones you let in.

Vancouver vs Boston final.
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Mon May 23, 2011 10:27 am

Well I was, and still am rooting for San Jose; however the chances of them winning does appear to be very slim now. I will agree that Sunday nights game certainly showed why Vancouver deserve to be in the final and I am quite happy to see them there. In the east, I prefer Tampa and am holding out that they can and will win 2 more games to make it to the finals.
My prediction now is Vancouver / Tampa with the series lasting 6 games.
I'm usually horribly wrong at these prediction, but we shall see.

Whoever makes it, whoever you are supporting it has to be agreed that this years playoffs have been home to some amazing hockey.

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Wed May 25, 2011 5:12 am

Well, Boston are up 3-2 in the series after a 3-1 win in game 5. Some heroics from Thomas to keep them in it, but I dont think theres much between these teams so far. Could easily have been a 2-2 game and the third was an empty netter.

Vancouver just beat San Jose 3-2 on 2nd OT in game 5 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the final for the third time in 40 years and the first time since 1994. SJ dominated in shots, but any doubts in Luongo's abilities have to be squashed after an outstanding performance with 54 saves and a goal from Kesler who seemed to be suffering from an injury to tie the game with 13 seconds left of regular time to take it to OT.
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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Wed May 25, 2011 5:32 am

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 2):
Vancouver just beat San Jose 3-2 on 2nd OT in game 5 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the final

It's fantastic to have a Canadian team in the final. I would have liked to see a Vancouver-Montreal series, but you can't have everything...
 
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Wed May 25, 2011 5:50 am

Quoting B595 (Reply 3):
It's fantastic to have a Canadian team in the final. I would have liked to see a Vancouver-Montreal series, but you can't have everything...

The NHL would never let that happen.
 
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Wed May 25, 2011 6:12 am

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 2):
Vancouver just beat San Jose 3-2 on 2nd OT in game 5

Fun but stressful to watch...I still have a headache.. 

Not sure who I'd prefer to meet.. I think Boston would play out more like the Nashville series, and Tampa more like San Jose. Whatever happens, I hope they take it to seven so we can rest up - Kesler looked pretty banged up.
 
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Wed May 25, 2011 6:47 am

Quoting Powerslide (Reply 4):
The NHL would never let that happen.

Then the NHL can add me to its black-list, because I would pay good $$ to watch a Vancouver-Montreal final on TV   I can count on one hand the number of other match-ups I'd pay money for.
 
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Wed May 25, 2011 7:05 am

Wow, this could really be our year in Vancouver. This is the first time the Canucks really have a chance at bringing the Cup home.      

In any case, and I know a lot of people who hate on him will disagree with me, Lou totally deserves this shot at the cup. Nobody has worked harder and been more dedicated to the team than him. Yeah he had a few rough games getting to this point, but the fact of that matter is that he kept the faith and delivered 9 times out of 10 when the rest of the team gave up and did jack all.

Bottom Line: If any other goalie deserved to go the final more than Lou, than the Canucks wouldn't be there.

Quoting Powerslide (Reply 4):

  

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I totally agree. Bettman would rather eat his own jockstrap than let that happen.

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 5):
Whatever happens, I hope they take it to seven so we can rest up - Kesler looked pretty banged up.

  

They are going to need all the rest they can get. Boston is going to be really tough to beat.
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Thu May 26, 2011 4:37 am

Tampa just beat Boston 5-4 in another high scoring game. So this will go to a game 7 on Friday which is obviously bad for Boston who could have wrapped it up tonight, but good for Vancouver as whoever they get to play will be tired and there will be chances of more injuries getting picked up.

Again, I think there is little to call between these teams and this really could go either way. Both are able to score a lot, but are leaky on the back end with inconsistent goaltenders. I think it will be tough for either to beat Vancouver who are superb defensively and have an in form, confident and very able goaltender in Luongo with the ability to create and score goals from everywhere and each line. I think the Canucks need to get on and take advantage of the tiredness and draw some penalties, use their PP and take a 1-2 game series lead like they did against SJ. Will be very tough to come back from that even with the inevitable rally and as we have seen all season, even if under the hammer and outplayed, they have enough quality and depth to hang on and do the needful, even if its against the run of play, and get it done.

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 5):
Fun but stressful to watch

Youre telling me. The best team lost on the night, but overall Vancouver deserved the win as the better team of the series. And you know what, this team has been superb since, what, September?? I think they deserve a little bit of luck to go their way too now and again. As always at this level, it comes down to individuals having a moment of brilliance - or stupidity. Kesler is the talk of the town and rightly so, he basically defeated Nashville on his own last series, then he puts SJ to bed by not only coming back on with an injury and basically one leg, but then get down to block a shot then score as he did... you need guys like that to do something like that to get through. Im loving Bieksa's game this season, and what a good thing he was the only guy on the ice who knew where that puck was! Two moments of brilliance right there. Of course, the Sedin's were also excellent and more on Luongo in a sec.

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 5):
Not sure who I'd prefer to meet.. I think Boston would play out more like the Nashville series, and Tampa more like San Jose.

Not sure either, and I agree with you. As I said, both have weaknesses in their goalies and what we are seeing in this series apart from game 2 is relying on outscoring their opponents to compensate. You cant do that against Vancouver... that being said, there are no easy games at this level and it will be tough, probably a 7 game series. If they could choose, my feeling is I think they would go for Tampa for the reasons you say. There are some big mean guys in Boston like Chara who the dainty sisters would probably prefer to avoid and I think Tampa would offer more exciting hockey and allow particularly the top line to play the way they like a lot more.

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 5):
Whatever happens, I hope they take it to seven so we can rest up - Kesler looked pretty banged up.

Got our wish! Sure hope Kes is OK, more for him than anything else after doing so much to get the team here - Im sure he will insist on playing even if he had an amputation... But its all part of the act, keep the opposition guessing if the star man is going to be there or not, or at least on how many cylinders he will be firing on, and keep the fans slightly more subdued too if they think the same. You can almost guarantee game 1 he will let everyone know he is there - BOOM

Quoting TheCol (Reply 7):
Wow, this could really be our year in Vancouver. This is the first time the Canucks really have a chance at bringing the Cup home

Ive tried to avoid comments like this so as not to jinx them, but it really does - its going to be now or another 10+ years. I dont think the teams and fans in the east are that familiar with Vancouver (and vice versa) but we have seen them play like this all season and I think we have become used to how good this team is. Apart from some major hiccups against Chicago, they have carried on with more of the same and the glowing stats that were achieved in the regular season are continuing to be achieved in the playoffs. On paper, they have to be the favorites, but they just cant be complacent, a couple of bad penalties and bounces and its the difference at this level.

Quoting TheCol (Reply 7):
In any case, and I know a lot of people who hate on him will disagree with me, Lou totally deserves this shot at the cup. Nobody has worked harder and been more dedicated to the team than him. Yeah he had a few rough games getting to this point, but the fact of that matter is that he kept the faith and delivered 9 times out of 10 when the rest of the team gave up and did jack all.

Bottom Line: If any other goalie deserved to go the final more than Lou, than the Canucks wouldn't be there.

100% agree. He does not get enough credit. He does let in too many goals he should have done better with, BUT when that happens all the other sometimes miraculous saves are forgotten. On Tuesday, yes the twins played well, yes moments of brilliance from Kesler & Bieksa, but Luongo almost single handedly won that game. It was not the first time he did it, he has being doing it all season and you dont go to the final by being a crap goalie. He has an Olympic gold medal and hes now taken his team to the final. Thats a pretty elite group to belong too. He deserves praise and many may disagree, but of the three goaltenders left, I think any coach would choose to have Roberto between the pipes.

Quoting TheCol (Reply 7):
Boston is going to be really tough to beat.

Not a good show against them back in Feb. You cant expect this to be easy, be it Boston or Tampa and despite being so good, Vancouver do still have a nasty tendency to make things hard for themselves. The hockey is different in the east and they may not be able to play the same tricks to dig themselves out of a hole at this level. Yes, this is the best chance we will have, but its by no means a done deal and they need to really focus on not getting into any kind of hole. Im thinking there is going to be a boom in heart medication sales in BC...

Not to take a cheap parting shot, but I would like to see less officiating being a deciding factor in these major game outcomes. Call what needs to be called, but do it consistently for both teams. In the SJ OT they let all sorts of stuff, mostly hooks, go from both teams. Let them go at it 5 on 5 as much as possible please...
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Sat May 28, 2011 5:59 am

I knew that there was a Stanley Cup thread, and the Bruins are in for the first time since I was in preschool. Obviously I hope they win!
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Sat May 28, 2011 8:03 am

Quoting TheCol (Reply 7):
Wow, this could really be our year in Vancouver.

However, it won't be. 

  
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Sat May 28, 2011 10:30 am

Go Canuckleheads and beat those Beantown Bullies!  
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Sat May 28, 2011 10:39 am

So in any case, there will be a new German Stanley Cup winner, the second after Uwe Krupp with Colorado. Either Seidenberg (Boston) or Ehrhoff (Vancouver). Good  

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Sat May 28, 2011 6:07 pm

Quoting MD11Bob (Reply 12):
Uwe Krupp

Ah, the Mr. "My back hurts so I can't play for your team but I can still bob-sled."
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Sun May 29, 2011 5:25 am

So a rather strange 1-0 win in game 7 for Boston. Didnt seem like a game 7, very clean, not a whole bunch of urgency and unusally in the series, low scoring.

Hopefully they were all just dog tired and I hope it remains that way...  
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Tue May 31, 2011 2:21 pm

I'm a hockey fan from across the pond, and am a huge Bruins fan. I watch as much NHL action as I can on ESPN America. It's through watching Hockey Night in Canada that I have developed such a love for the Bruins - seeing in the titles the game-winning and Stanley Cup-winning shot from Bobby Orr in game Six of the 1970 Stanley Cup finals.

So I have to say ....

GO BRUINS!!!
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Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:21 pm

GO BRUINS! All of Canada, except the loser squad known as the Canucks Nation, is rooting for you!

Defeat the Canucks. End the madness. Right the universe, etc.

The Stanley Cup will lose all of it's glory being manhandled by the filthy scumbags that are the Canucks. That just can't happen!
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Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:18 am

Quoting A332 (Reply 16):
All of Canada, except the loser squad known as the Canucks Nation, is rooting for you!

Think youre wrong... most of Canada is routing for the Canadian team from what I can see.

Anyway, the Canucks take game one with a 1-0 win 18 secs from the end. Pretty even game, story of great goaltending from both sides. The slightly better team won IMO...

I do somewhat agree with the madness though, the parties and celebrations are somewhat premature.

Quoting A332 (Reply 16):
filthy scumbags that are the Canucks

Not sure how that is justified. They have not got where they are by being filthy scumbags.
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Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:43 am

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 17):
Not sure how that is justified.

Haha...sounds like just another bitter flames fan. Can't say I blame him, I'd be bitter at the world too if Sutter had run my team into the ground after eight years. Feaster has his work cut out for him.

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 17):
Anyway, the Canucks take game one with a 1-0 win 18 secs from the end. Pretty even game, story of great goaltending from both sides. The slightly better team won IMO...

Yup. If Thomas (and Luongo) keeps it up, goals are going to hard to come by - just like I predicted. We'll see, it was only game one.
 
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Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:00 am

I only have a passing interest in hockey, but after having been to Vancouver three times, it's hard not to have a soft spot for the Canucks, even if I wouldn't classify myself as a fan. I won't be watching the game (not on free-to-air in Australia), but I will say ... 'Go Canucks!'
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Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:00 pm

Big Canucks fan here - really hope they win! GO CANUCKS!!
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Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:27 pm

Quoting A332 (Reply 16):
GO BRUINS! All of Canada, except the loser squad known as the Canucks Nation, is rooting for you!

What was the editorial in the Vancouver Sun? "Dear rest of Canada: Get your own team!"

I remember the two years the Blue Jays were in the World Series. With all the differences between Vancouver and the rest of Canada, they still were Toronto.

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 9):
the Bruins are in for the first time since I was in preschool. Obviously I hope they win!

Hmmmm.... Boston won The Cup when? The city of Vancouver has not seen a Stanley Cup win since 1915. Cry all you want about not winning for a few years, but I think nearly 100 years is long enough drought!

Quoting TheCol (Reply 7):
this could really be our year in Vancouver. This is the first time the Canucks really have a chance at bringing the Cup home.

As was 1982. And 1994. But, since it is Boston (and the market) I am guessing the powers that be at the NHL will want and need Boston to win. They don't want to see any Western Canadian team to win. Too much to apoligize for and too much back-side kissing to do. It is just easier for the governers to allow an east coast team to win.
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Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:04 am

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 18):
If Thomas (and Luongo) keeps it up, goals are going to hard to come by - just like I predicted. We'll see, it was only game one.

Thomas almost stole it for Boston, but he was far their best player and I dont think he can keep up the one man show. He let in quite a few goals against Tampa for example. Shots were about even, but Vancouver had by far the better real chances. I thought the third line was fantastic, and their effort was well rewarded with Torres' goal. Hopefully we have the strength in depth Boston dont.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 21):
But, since it is Boston (and the market) I am guessing the powers that be at the NHL will want and need Boston to win. They don't want to see any Western Canadian team to win. Too much to apoligize for and too much back-side kissing to do. It is just easier for the governers to allow an east coast team to win.

I dont want to buy all the conspiracy theories, but you do half wonder sometimes. At least they made 6 calls apiece, including a 5 on 3 apiece then put the whistle away for the 3rd, which produced the best hockey inevitably. They they need to realize thats what people are paying the good money to see. Hopefully the Canucks are good enough to win despite all this as they have done up to now and prove all the naysayers and haters wrong the stats are not all a big fluke.

Im also half surprised Burrows got away with the finger chomping incident for this reason lol
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Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:17 am

I live in downtown Vancouver overlooking Robson Street.

It's going to be a long, noisy night tonight.

Damn that Canucks Burrows guy and his 11-seconds-into-sudden-death-overtime goal!

I'll only have to endure two more nights like this and then it will be over.
 
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Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:21 am

So a 2-0 series lead for Vancouver with a 3-2 OT win after a 2nd goal from Burrows just 11 seconds into OT after Daniel evened it up.

Boston gave it all they had and very nearly did it and outplayed Vancouver in the 2nd period. I dont think Vancouver were clear favorites, but they did what they have been doing all season. Somehow, when 2-1 down, its almost seems inevitable they will come back to win 3-2.

Its going to be tough for Boston to come back from 2-0 down in the series, not that they are not going to win a game or two.

As for those pesky fans some love to hate, there are an estimated 100,000 in downtown Vancouver, and after the first real decent say of summer on a Saturday, maybe, just maybe celebrations may be in order.
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Oh-
I forgot to add one last thing:

 
 
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Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:59 am

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 23):
I live in downtown Vancouver overlooking Robson Street.

It's going to be a long, noisy night tonight.

Last time I was in Vancouver I stayed with a friend right opposite Canada Hockey Place, literally (on Abbott and Expo Bvd). Those Canucks fans can be a rather noisy lot!
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Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:09 am

Nice goal from a guy who shouldn't have been playing to begin with.
  
 
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Quoting elbandgeek (Reply 27):
Nice goal from a guy who shouldn't have been playing to begin with.

Same can be said for Horton's winning goal against Tampa in game seven (see the water bottle throwing incident). Karma's even-up now, though it seems Chara (and the rest of the Bruins for that matter) didn't realize Burrows wasn't suspended, and when they did notice he was actually in the game, it was too late.
 
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Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:54 pm

Quoting seb146 (Reply 21):
I am guessing the powers that be at the NHL will want and need Boston to win. They don't want to see any Western Canadian team to win. Too much to apoligize for and too much back-side kissing to do. It is just easier for the governers to allow an east coast team to win.

Oh stop with this crap. You truly are a bonafide Canucks fan. Your team is winning and you still go on with this nonsense 'Bettman's conspiracy' garbage. Get over it already! This is why everyone hates the Canucks, their stupid fans make it happen.

The poor Stanley Cup is going to be forever tainted by the dark side. How awful. Hockey will never be the same again.
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Quoting A332 (Reply 29):
The poor Stanley Cup is going to be forever tainted by the dark side. How awful. Hockey will never be the same again.


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Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:37 am

WTF Game 3 of the finals is not being televised?

This is not good.
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:41 am

It should be if you're a Bruin's fan.

Boston is coming on strong: 3-0, 6 minutes left in the second period.

Canucks are turning into sieves- as they seem to do when they collapse.
 
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:44 am

Score is now 4-0, 4:00 minutes left in the second period.

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Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:48 am

Wow so if you are not a Miami or Dallas fan you don't get to see the NBA finals? Hockey is waning, Such a shame it's a great sport.

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 33):
Score is now 4-0, 4:00 minutes left in the second period.

VAN still has the hot goalie and VAN will be fine I still see them winning this. Just to make Milbury look like a tool.
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:49 am

After that big hit sending a Boston player to the hospital, it jump started the Bruins big time. A win is great revenge for one of you own busted bad.
 
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Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 34):
Hockey is waning,

Maybe in your neck of the woods- never so in these parts. Apparently, all 13,000 seasons tickets for the Winnipeg (Atlanta) franchise- with a 3 year commitment, each valued at $30,000 were gone in 15 minutes.

Heard that second-hand, mind you.

Obama will have to be elected a third term before Canada turns cool on hockey.  
Quoting ltbewr (Reply 35):
After that big hit sending a Boston player to the hospital, it jump started the Bruins big time. A win is great revenge for one of you own busted bad.

   I didn't see the hit- and I'm not watching the game closely. I really hope it doesn't cause serious bad blood in these finals. It was great hockey in this series before this game. We don't need another Bertuzzi scandal on the part of the Canucks.

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Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:03 am

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 34):
VAN still has the hot goalie

sure, keep believing that.
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Quoting czbbflier (Reply 36):
Maybe in your neck of the woods- never so in these parts. Apparently, all 13,000 seasons tickets for the Winnipeg (Atlanta) franchise- with a 3 year commitment, each valued at $30,000 were gone in 15 minutes.

Yes I meant the US. We know it's religion in Canada just like Football and baseball is here.
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Quoting elbandgeek (Reply 37):
sure, keep believing that.

I'm with you on that one- but I'll take it one further- the whole team collapses like a souffle when things suddenly don't go their way. It'll be a 5+ goal rout before this game is done.

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 38):
Yes I meant the US. We know it's religion in Canada just like Football and baseball is here.

(I knew what you meant.   ) Truthfully, it never made sense to me to have ICE hockey in cities that only see frost long enough to turn a world-class orange crop into juicers. And Phoenix? They don't even have water there- never mind ice!

Not much wonder that there isn't the cultural pull to the game south of Washington D.C.

PS- This should be in the "other NHL" thread but I'm going to put my money on the idea that Phoenix will move to Seattle.
 
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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:17 am

So an 8-1 ass kicking for the Canucks, the traditional game 3 reallity check for Canuck nation. Not a lot you can say really, just goes to prove its not going to be a stroll in the park and perhaps those celebrations are rather premature at this point after all.

Some comments:

I for one am a great fan of Luongo. But he had one of those games again where even his biggest supporters cant defend him. Schneider should probably have gotten a shot, rumor has it Lu himself forbad AV to pull him and he wanted to play - the point was raised, who is in charge?

Missing Hamhuis? For sure, but there were at least 4 other top defensemen out there, albeit overworked with the Rome dismissal. Maybe talk about big bucks for Bieksa and Ehrhoff from Detroit et al will be on hold for a while.

I dont think anyone really expected a sweep and the media here were predicting a Boston win tonight. Maybe a 3-2 win, but that was embarassing and theres no excuse at this level for such a quality team to implode like that. And you know what, I expect another game like that. Deja vu Chicago, they made it - just - in game 7...

As for the Rome hit, he was marginally late and there was no way he ever intended to send Horton to hospital. I truly hope he is OK and it doesnt turn the rest of this series into UFC - too much of that already.
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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:50 am

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 40):
As for the Rome hit, he was marginally late and there was no way he ever intended to send Horton to hospital

So Rome gets a 4 game suspension to intentionally throw him out of the playoffs. The hit was deemed legal, but late - by half a second! The length of the suspension was due to the seriousness of the injury, but was made through personal opinion - after consultation with Brian Burke!! Habe fans would have thought this was the sort of treatment Chara should have received.

Im all for suspending him a game or two, you have to be punished for causing harm even unintentionally. But bearing in mind he already missed 95% of game 3 and took a 5 minute major penalty his team had to kill, then proceeded to get annihilated in some measure due to the shortage of defensmen, surely thats enough. You can argue Horton is also out of the series and could have had potentially dangerous injuries, but the fact of the matter is it was an accident, it will happen again and the player has to take some responsibility for his actions too, he knew Rome was there and he was waiting for the pass back from Lukic. Rome didnt have much choice, other than to have done it a second earlier which is easier said than done where youre 250 lbs and on ice.

I think its disgusting to a rob a man of the defining moment of his career due to some whim and coz Burke thought it would be a good idea...
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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:27 am

Another loss for Canuck nation, 4-0 this time with Luongo letting in 4 for 20 and finally got pulled for the third.

Canucks PP is now 1 for 22.

Thomas is 78 for 79 over two games.

Ballard is not Hamhuis.

Nuff said.
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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:19 am

Guess no one is caring about this again...

A gritty 1-0 win from Vancouver to take them one win from the cup. Very much improved performance, Ballard replaced by 21 year old Tanev, who did great. Luongo resumes normal service with a 2nd shut out in the series.

Can they do it in Boston or will they get annihilated again?
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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:47 am

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 43):
Can they do it in Boston or will they get annihilated again?

It's fascinating how different the games have been based on location. And equally inexplicable. Hope the trend stops on Monday, though, and that the Canucks can win the cup.

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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:06 am

As you can see, I'm back and forth on this. For the record, I don't even consider myself to be a bandwagon fan- but now that Vancouver's won this last one it's quite apparent that both these teams are evenly matched- one way or another- so home ice advantage is absolutely necessary. I think it will go to overtime in Game 7 and then it's anybody's game.
 
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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:06 am

Vancouver defence sure looked ugly in the first period, got a little better in the second. Seventh game will indeed be a toss up. Probably will be 0-0 or 1-1 in regulation. I'm not impressed with the chippy play from either side in this one. No need for it just Play the Damn Game.......

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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:44 am

Roberto Luongo should be banned from playing in Boston. That is all.

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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:49 am

I'm just casually following the playoffs, is it just me or is there a blatant media bias favoring Boston? I get that networks like to set up "good-guy vs. bad-guy" storylines to get people to watch, but there comes a point where it just seems like obvious favoritism and I just can't take the coverage seriously.

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RE: The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Thread - Pt2

Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:17 am

Quoting Airport (Reply 48):
I'm just casually following the playoffs, is it just me or is there a blatant media bias favoring Boston?

We know ESPN has a fetish for all Boston sports teams, so that might be part of it as far as the non-NBC coverage goes. I'm sure there's a US vs. Canada element to it as well. I haven't been able to listen to much of the NBC coverage, so I couldn't say how balanced they are, though Doc Emrick is one of the best play-by-play guys in any major sport IMO.

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