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2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs thread

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Maybe I hear it more bc I live on LI, but so many dumb ranger fans are acting like they won the cup already, meanwhile they're only 1/2 way there.

 

I really hope they aren't playing in june  but if they are hopefully they don't win it all.   If they do win it all, it would be there first cup with all 30 NHL teams.

1994 only had 20 something teams

and for the first 2 only had 6 teams  

 

That's the biggest win they've had in 20 years. Came back from a 3-1 deficit for the first time and finally beat the Pens. A team I can't stand. The MSL story makes it special. The character they showed was remarkable. I can't remember ever being more proud of a team. It's one of the greatest goaltending clinics I've ever seen. Lundqvist's best moment. That ridiculous $5,000 fine he got for doing something most think Crosby deserved. He gets away with murder. All that inspired a little fun Lundqvist Foundation to raise money for the Garden of Dreams. We're almost up to $2,000. Best money I've spent in a while. And for a good cause.

 

I'm pretty excited about facing the Canadiens. It's a classic match-up between old rivals who haven't seen each other much. 1996 is the last time. A meaningless 1st round. They beat us in '86 and of course '79. Montreal will be tough. They are a very fast skating team who plays with edge. Boast the biggest PP weapon in Subban. A player I have a new respect for. The key to the series will be discipline. The Habs are lethal with the extra man. There are unique storylines. Lundqvist vs Price. McDonagh vs the team who drafted him. Prust vs the Rangers. Vigneault vs the Canadiens. New Habs sniper Dale Weise vs his ex-team. :P

The number 1 storyline is neither side has appeared in a SCF since they won. 1993 and 1994 a year apart. One team will prevail and get that chance.

 

The schedule already is out. Again, there'll be a back-to-back. Games 3 and 4 at MSG will have that scenario. Game 1 is Saturday at 1 PM on NBC. Awful time slot. Similar to last round, the favorite is Montreal. They boast better scorers and the Subban/Markov pairing on the man-advantage is a potential headache. Also, Lundqvist has never played well at Bell Centre. The House of Horrors. Cam Talbot got both starts in the regular season. Unless Stepan and Nash figure out a way to score, they'll be hard pressed to squeeze this one out. I have it going 6 or 7.

 

As for the West, hope the Kings force Game 7. I want to see Kings/Hawks. The Ducks are a very tough team. It's shaping up pretty good for Chicago. It helps when you got the most clutch dynamic duo in hockey along with the best defensive tandem. My original pick was San Jose. Once again, they went belly up. That'll teach me to ever have faith in that franchise. Boston was my pick to win it all. I felt they had the best team. But as I said here last week, Montreal matched up well. Their speed and grit were factors along with Price. To be blunt, the Bruins played a garbage first and didn't turn it on until it was too late. The Canadiens used the same strategy the Rangers did. Only difference they got the 3rd goal from Briere off Chara. If not, I bet the B's tie it and find a way in overtime. What makes the Cup great is it's much harder to accurately predict the winner. This year proves it.

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Wow Lucic was pissed off in that handshake line lol

 

There's been all sorts of rumblings on Twitter. He apparently made a fool of himself to Weise. Great player. But loser mentality.

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There's been all sorts of rumblings on Twitter. He apparently made a fool of himself to Weise. Great player. But loser mentality.

Did you see his post game interview? He was furious

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There's been all sorts of rumblings on Twitter. He apparently made a fool of himself to Weise. Great player. But loser mentality.

idk..  i might take Lucic's side here.  the whole thing started with Montreal getting sad at one of his goal scoring celebrations.  they would mock him after everyone of their goals... and then Weise goes out in his post game interview and says Lucic was disrespectful in the line and in his celebrations.  

 

Lucic said he likes to keep little stuff like that on the ice... and how his goal celebration was disrespectful?? get over it. it wasn't even that bad

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fvckin of course LA forces a game 7.. Please for the love of god let Anaheim pull away with this one

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Kris Draper shook Claude's hand and said nothing. Scott Niedermayer shook Tie Domi's hand and kept it civil. Lucic probably should have just shut the fvck up.

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Can't believe the Rags and Habs are the two remaining eastern teams.

Weak.

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Kris Draper shook Claude's hand and said nothing. Scott Niedermayer shook Tie Domi's hand and kept it civil. Lucic probably should have just shut the fvck up.

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He wasn't wrong with those words. I'm not one to wax poetically over the handshake line, but I do find it amazing how guys let bygones be bygones. Lucic was friggen mocked by a few Habs, and he needs to threaten them in line over it. Weak.

 

Edit: I might be wrong on Draper shaking Claude's hands. Not even sure if he was with the team, but my point still stands with the entire team shaking Lemieux's hand even if it it "really pissed them off".

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Because of course i was right.... Habs vs rangers....

The only reason im not putting a shotgun in my mouth and pulling the trigger at the point is simply cause i dont have a shotgun... My god am i ever entering a dark time. Im seriously considering closing my fb at this point

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LAK is taking the series. Just the way these playoffs have gone for us... 2-1 game NYR, 2-1 game MTL, 2-1 game LAK. Tired of watching PIT, BOS, and ANH dominate in the 3rd period with nothing to show for it these last two nights.

 

But with the Kings... They are going to take it because they seem like they can win at will when they really want to. 

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Will be interesting to see if Iginla comes back for another year. Rangers are stronger than the Canadiens and I think they win it in 6.

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fvck Lucic.  Don't you dare disrespect one of the honor-bound traditions of the game.  Suck it up, be a man, and shake the hand of the players you hate(or love).  Lucic is like school on Saturday.  You go through the line and you say "good game" and move on.  He told Weise, that "I'm going to fvcking kill you next year".  Disrespecting the handshake line should be punishable by fine. 

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Definitely haven't seen that kind of anger in a handshake line since playing hockey as a kid. Some refusing to shake hands (Brodeur-Avery) and a ton of really limp handshakes but nothing like that.

 

The biggest disrespect to me was in all the diving from the Bruins last night. The NHL really needs to start helping the refs out with this. It becomes a safety issue when the refs ignore blatant penalties because they assume its a dive. 

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Minnesota will be solid the next few years.   I would HATE to see Marty win the Cup in Minny next year.

 

I doubt it. This year was just another year of what I think is a short window for them to be Cup contenders. If they can't at least reach the finals next year, I'll be doubting whether or not they ever will in the following decade.

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Will be interesting to see if Iginla comes back for another year.

 

He's still young enough & productive enough (61pts, +34 ! ) so he'll play, it will just be a question of where.

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Definitely haven't seen that kind of anger in a handshake line since playing hockey as a kid. Some refusing to shake hands (Brodeur-Avery) and a ton of really limp handshakes but nothing like that.

 

The biggest disrespect to me was in all the diving from the Bruins last night. The NHL really needs to start helping the refs out with this. It becomes a safety issue when the refs ignore blatant penalties because they assume its a dive. 

Idk, the emotions between those two were so high in that series.  I can't have it both ways, but I would have condemned Marty's actions at the time, albeit not as harsh.  Avery's attitude and the way he went about trying to be effective in that series was equally inexcusable.

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Go Habs go!

Sorry Sterio, but if the Rangers win, then they'll have at least gotten to where we did two years ago. Like I said earlier, at least they won't have a 1st for 3 consecutive years (lost out on last year's because of Nash deal) and their prospect pool is pretty meh so I think their window is obviously pretty short because MSL will be gone next year. Hopefully soon after that Nash and Lundqvist will be declining.

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Go Habs go!

Sorry Sterio, but if the Rangers win, then they'll have at least gotten to where we did two years ago. Like I said earlier, at least they won't have a 1st for 3 consecutive years (lost out on last year's because of Nash deal) and their prospect pool is pretty meh so I think their window is obviously pretty short because MSL will be gone next year. Hopefully soon after that Nash and Lundqvist will be declining.

This....

 

Feel bad for you. You know we know what it's like BUT there is no choice. Habs must win! (then lose in the final :)

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yea you pretty much have to root for the Habs here to beat NYR but then lose in the finals

 

edit: I guess unless you live in Montreal.

 

Still though, a division rival is a division rival

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