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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

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Poor St. Louis, this really seemed like their year to make a deep run. 

 

Really blows my mind to see a team like St. Louis out of it while one of two absolute sh!t teams like the Rangers and Flyers, probably the Penguins (no one will convince me that they're not crap), and Montreal are through the next round in the East. I am absolutely zero convinced about any other team in the East other than Boston. Pretty amazing how stacked the West is.

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Really blows my mind to see a team like St. Louis out of it while one of two absolute sh!t teams like the Rangers and Flyers, probably the Penguins (no one will convince me that they're not crap), and Montreal are through the next round in the East.

 

the rangers aren't crap like it or not and the Pens have two of the 5 best players in the league. If Miller was gonna keep with his .901 SV% since he got to STL, they weren't going anywhere and weren't particularly good overall

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the rangers aren't crap like it or not and the Pens have two of the 5 best players in the league. If Miller was gonna keep with his .901 SV% since he got to STL, they weren't going anywhere and weren't particularly good overall

 

Martin St.Louis makes the Rangers a serious contender in the East (although Boston with their top 7 Defensemen is still the class of the league).    Pittsburgh isn't mentally tough enough, lost too many of thier grit guys because of salary cap to have the depth to move forward.

 

Boston vs Montreal is MUST SEE hockey.  

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the rangers aren't crap like it or not and the Pens have two of the 5 best players in the league. If Miller was gonna keep with his .901 SV% since he got to STL, they weren't going anywhere and weren't particularly good overall

 

I think you're overestimating the quality of hockey that's been played in the East the past couple weeks:

  • Penalties being called every minute and a half in the Philly-NY series, a complete lack of playoff-level physicality or intensity (for example, 2 NY embellishment penalties in game 2; what team has even gotten ONE embellishment penalty in a PLAYOFF series). Don't even get me started on how piss-poor the Flyers' play has been compared to their March surge against pretty much all the top teams out West. What should've been an easy series for the Rangers has somehow been dragged out to be 3-2 at this point; Flyers just haven't been good all series, while Rangers are taking advantage of almost never having to play 5-on-5 hockey, which their power play numbers are benefitting from. Obviously, their penalty kill is better than Philly's, so special teams has been the story in this series.
  • Top-seeded division team like Pittsburgh absolutely struggling to get past a Columbus team that would've never qualified out West, a noble but still substandard CBJ team I see as on par with the Devils, but who got the odd shootout win or 1 extra necessary win at the end of the season. Pittsburgh, once again, still finds itself in perilous waters and without answers to some of their questions, but probably reaching round 2, similar to the Islanders series last year. We know what happened next.
  • An "okay" Montreal team somehow sweeping a 2nd place Tampa Bay team says everything you need to know about how I view those teams and the series.

Meanwhile, the Western Conference is chugging along. Even Dallas put up a valiant fight and the series was angry, physical, and hard-fought. The only team I saw out West as substandard was Minnesota and even they're putting up a good fight. 

 

I know you're gonna blame my Devils bias, but overall, the Eastern-based playoff teams have been piss-poor, and as an objective hockey fan, it's a bummer that teams like St. Louis and San Jose/Los Angeles will be out when round 1 is all said and done; and that's just a testament to how strong the West is.

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Ranger fans are killing the Garden on WFAN. Saying its quiet as hell with absolutely no atmosphere. I'm amused.

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Ranger fans are killing the Garden on WFAN. Saying its quiet as hell with absolutely no atmosphere. I'm amused.

 

Did anyone mention the infamous "WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP!" chant in game 2???? Never heard anything that braindead.

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Did anyone mention the infamous "WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP!" chant in game 2???? Never heard anything that braindead.

Lmfao. Bright lights brah. Broadway brah.

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Lmfao. Bright lights brah. Broadway brah.

 

bright lights at MSG? You must have the wrong arena  :thumbsup:

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anyway, I think it was game 2, Flyers were up 3-2 with 1:30 to go and all you saw were people streaming out of the garden through the lower bowl, the Rags were down by 1 late in a playoff game and large chunks of the crowd were leaving

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anyway, I think it was game 2, Flyers were up 3-2 with 1:30 to go and all you saw were people streaming out of the garden through the lower bowl, the Rags were down by 1 late in a playoff game and large chunks of the crowd were leaving

 

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on THAT one. Our fans do that too most games. Also, it was Easter Sunday.

 

But generally, MSG has been terrible, when you compare the atmospheres of games in Columbus, San Jose, even Dallas. Who knew?

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bright lights at MSG? You must have the wrong arena :thumbsup:

Lmfao. The lights are blocked by all the championship banners hanging from the rafters. So many great teams have played at the hallowed Garden, as we all know.

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Chicago+Bulls+v+New+York+Knicks+PDuQkx82 I like how they have a 1993-1994 "Regular season champions banner. I mean how much more redundant can they get with that year. Regular season, eastern conference, atlantic division, stanley cup....it's the god damn presidents trophy too. "Regular Season" lol. I half expect them to hang a "best record through october in 1993-1994 champions" banner. "Hey look another thing from 1994 we can celebrate!"

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hey have a 1993-1994 "Regular season champions banner. I mean how much more redundant can they get with that year. Regular season, eastern conference, atlantic division, stanley cup....it's the god damn presidents trophy too. "Regular Season" lol. I half expect them to hang a "best record through october in 1993-1994 champions" banner. "Hey look another thing from 1994 we can celebrate!"

 

Don't forget; 2014 STADIUM SERIES CHAMPS banner.

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Hahahahahaha there's a 91-92 'Regular Season Champs' banner too. Hahahahahahahaha

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wow, San Jose going with their backup tonight playing in LA.  im sure SJ fans getting a little nervous

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wow, San Jose going with their backup tonight playing in LA.  im sure SJ fans getting a little nervous

 

Hey SJ managed to beat us twice with Stalock in net so you never know.

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Chicago+Bulls+v+New+York+Knicks+PDuQkx82 I like how they have a 1993-1994 "Regular season champions banner. I mean how much more redundant can they get with that year. Regular season, eastern conference, atlantic division, stanley cup....it's the god damn presidents trophy too. "Regular Season" lol. I half expect them to hang a "best record through october in 1993-1994 champions" banner. "Hey look another thing from 1994 we can celebrate!"

 

Don't forget all the retired numbers. Plus they probably have banners for the Tri-State challenge

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Don't forget all the retired numbers. Plus they probably have banners for the Tri-State challenge

 

I'm shocked there isn't a 2008 Victoria Cup champions banner up there and the DVD set in the team store.

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Not really. Stalock as been good for them

wow, San Jose going with their backup tonight playing in LA. im sure SJ fans getting a little nervous

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after this year all i need is a wild and/or rags final and send me off to a nice quiet retreat by a lake in northern saskatchua. 

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