Despite my team being out, I’m greatly looking forward to the two month test of grit and endurance. My predictions for round 1:

Flames over Avs

VGK over the teal guppies

Preds over Stars

Blues over Jets

Bolts over the Tortorellas - this could be an easy sweep

Bruins over Leafs

Capitals easily over the storm surge

Pens over the Islanders

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No first round upsets Bill? Unless you consider Vegas over SJ to be an upset. A minor one.

My picks for the first round.

Tampa Bay over Columbus in 5

Boston over Toronto in 6

Carolina over Washington in 7

Pittsburgh over the Islanders in 6

Calgary over Colorado in 6

Nashville over Dallas in 5

St. Louis over Winnipeg in 7

San Jose over Las Vegas in 5

I would happily be wrong on the Tampa Bay prediction.

With my son being in Africa for this past season, I honestly didn't watch many games - not even Blackhawk games.  That being said, I predict:

Calgary over Colorado in 6
San Jose over Vegas in 7
Nashville over Dallas in 6
St. Louis over Winnipeg in 7
Tampa over Columbus in 6
Toronto over Boston in 6
Washington over Carolina in 6
New York over Pittsburgh in 7

The fore-mentioned testicularly challenged Bettman gives Kucherov a slap on the wrist. That does not bode well for the punishment to be meted out to the Leafs Khadri. With his history he should get at least six games, if not more.

I didn't see the Bruins-Leafs game last night but from the highlights and what I read this morning, it sounds more like it as far as a B's fan is concerned.

It’s truly amazing how clueless and inconsistent the league is with discipline. That said, with Kuch out for game 3 and Hedman supposedly somewhat banged up CBJ has a great chance to go up 3-0. 

Kadri is lucky that the first Bruin to get in his face was the extremely intelligent Chara, who wisely didn’t get himself in hot water for doing what he surely wanted to. Looking at highlights it appears that DeBrusk went at Kadri’s knee early in the game. Doesn’t justify a stick to the head though. 

The ref’s tried to let them play last night and it backfired.  They didn’t call a thing which definitely played to Boston’s advantage and then just blew up with Kadri’s dumb move.  

He should have just dropped the gloves. Stick play is unacceptable. 

Kadri will have a personal interview with the NHL brass, which means the league has opened the door for a suspension of greater than 5 games. Less than that would be delivered via a phone call.

Regarding that earlier incident between DeBrusk and Kadri, I've watched multiple replays from different angles and it's tough to say the former was going for the knee. He was leading with shoulder and hip, but there was definitely direct knee on knee contact.

Another casualty from that game is Torey Krug. It's sounding like a concussion.

Will take a miracle now to save the Lightning.  Boy did they fall flat - scored 3 goals in Period 1 of game 1 and then held to 2 goals over the next 8 periods.  I leave on vacation next Sunday....and looking likely I won't have to worry about missing anything.

Nice to see the Bunch of Jerks make it a series. That was a nasty game. Kudos I guess to the young kid for taking on Ovi, but LaVar Ball might have suggested he stay in his lane. 

It seemed a tad loud in Toronto’s barn. The Leafs May temporarily quiet down the equally annoying fans of the Bruins.

My picks look a bit better today than a couple of days ago. Carolina has made it a series and the Blues have taken the momentum, although now they have play at home.

That kid fighting Ovechkin was a weird scene. I didn't realize how few times Ovie has dropped his gloves during his career. Despite that he obviously has a good right.

Bruins need to win at home tonight. Hopefully Pastrnak has found his form.

steve8 posted:

I turned the TV off and went to bed when the Sharks got the penalty thinking they were toast. I was very surprised when I saw the final score this morning and read how it went down.

MAF looked on that shot like Martin Jones did for games 1-5.

Unfortunately, debate over the 5 minute call will overshadow an all-time epic comeback by the teal guppies. VGK had multiple chances to close this out and couldn’t get it done. I’m probably rooting for SJ to come out of the west from this point on. No one “deserves” to hoist the Stanley Cup but I’d be happy to see Joe Thornton with it. Maybe he could use it as a shave sink.

billhike posted:

Unfortunately, debate over the 5 minute call will overshadow an all-time epic comeback by the teal guppies. VGK had multiple chances to close this out and couldn’t get it done. I’m probably rooting for SJ to come out of the west from this point on. No one “deserves” to hoist the Stanley Cup but I’d be happy to see Joe Thornton with it. Maybe he could use it as a shave sink.

That was unbelievable.  I finally gave up and went to be with 10 minutes left in the third.  I woke up this morning and saw the score, and kicked myself for not watching it live. 

It's going to be difficult for the second round to live up to this first round.

I almost gave up on the game again last night.  Stayed with it and enjoyed the outcome.  Teuvo was a beast last night.  Washington looked exhausted. 

I only nailed three out of the eight series in round 1, but round two starts tonight:

St. Louis over Dallas in 7
Colorado over San Jose in 6
Columbus over Boston in 6
New York over Carolina in 7

After that bizarre first round, I don't really feel good about any of my picks. 

I got 4/8 right in the first round. Winners not number of games. Only 1 exactly right.

Considering all 4 division winners went out 4/8 isn't bad. Who could possibly pick all those upsets?

Next round. (I wrote these down yesterday but didn't have a chance to post them)

Bruins over Columbus in 5
Islanders over Carolina in 6
St. Louis over Dallas in 6
Colorado over San Jose in 5

 

billhike posted:

Not surprised that BOS and CBJ couldn’t match the physical intensity of game 2, but tonight was still a good one.

So sloppy. Both teams but especially the Bruins in the first 2 periods.

San Jose has definitely stepped up their game.

Thoughts on whether the face licker gets suspended?  Folks around the office (Leaves fans) are saying it was as bad as what Kadri did, so he should be gone for the rest of the series.  I have asked for a share of whatever it is they are smoking.  I say he gets fined, but no suspension, and that's the correct decision.  

Great win for the Bruins last night, but Cassidy needs to rely less on Chara. The old guy was dead on his skates by midway through the 3rd period and nearly cost them.

Clearly Carolina are for real. Really strange how well the wild cards are doing in these playoffs.

5 more to go.

I'm not sure which I prefer in the final, the Blues or the Sharks. The latter would be a homecoming of sorts for Thornton, although by now he is much more a Shark than a Bruin. The former would be a rematch of the 1970 final. It was 49 years ago on May 10 that Bobby Orr scored that goal and it was those playoffs which made me a Bruins fan.

If Rask keeps playing like this it won't matter which team it is. Unbelievable in the first period.

steve8 posted:

5 more to go.

I'm not sure which I prefer in the final, the Blues or the Sharks. The latter would be a homecoming of sorts for Thornton, although by now he is much more a Shark than a Bruin. The former would be a rematch of the 1970 final. It was 49 years ago on May 10 that Bobby Orr scored that goal and it was those playoffs which made me a Bruins fan.

If Rask keeps playing like this it won't matter which team it is. Unbelievable in the first period.

I want to see Blues Bruins if only for the goal tending.   Those two have been simply lights out.  Might be 7 goals scored total in a 7 game series. 

billhike posted:
billhike posted:

That said I’m rooting for the teal guppies the rest of the way.

I may have to re-think this if they keep receiving ridiculous officiating gifts like last night and the VGK incident.

Ridiculous officiating?  No no no.  That’s just normal play!

- Diego Maradona

steve8 posted:

The Sharks have definitely been the biggest beneficiaries of the piss poor officiating in these playoffs.

You guys were dissing Thornton and he gets 2 goals and an assist last night.

Golf season starts tonight for the jerks?

They've got a lot of karma to reclaim still from 04 and 06 when they were the best team in the league and the CBC/NHL handed the finals to two grossly inferior Western Canadian teams.

You retired guys need to stay up later and watch those west coast games, Thornton looked dreadful over the last 7-8 games before last night.  I mean you can sleep in all you want right? 

Wise guy. Now that I could sleep in all the time, I can't. I try to stay up and watch those western games but often seem to fall asleep. Just not enough action to keep me awake.

The Bruins-Canes game last night was boys vs. men. How ridiculous was it that the refs called 5 hand passes in the game? 

Four more wins to go.

I can't recall seeing a team get as far with such terrible goaltending as Martin Jones provided.  There were shots that beat him that I'd expect any senior rec league goalie to stop, and not just one or two in a series but 1-2 a game.  Best teams got through and it should be a good series.  

Really struggling to watch this year.  I liked the bunch of jerks storyline but beyond that i cant seem to get sufficiently interested.    Chara is a beast.  I hate the guy in the most admirable way going back to his Ottawa days.  Going back to the bench with a broken jaw is the stuff of Stan Mikita stories (ok it was ankle, but still).

vinoevelo posted:

Really struggling to watch this year.  I liked the bunch of jerks storyline but beyond that i cant seem to get sufficiently interested.    Chara is a beast.  I hate the guy in the most admirable way going back to his Ottawa days.  Going back to the bench with a broken jaw is the stuff of Stan Mikita stories (ok it was ankle, but still).

+1.  Missed most of the playoffs while in Africa, and I just can't root for St. Louis.  I'm looking forward to the upcoming draft to see who the Hawks take with the third pick.

Even if you don't like them it sucks watching any team get beaten by shitty officiating. I'd really like to read/hear Sutherland's reasoning for not calling that Blowzak slew foot a penalty.

Agreed the officiating has been terrible in these playoffs. I don't even understand the rules for reviewing plays. Early in the last game the refs reviewed a play to see if the puck had sneaked past Rask. There was no challenge or even questions from the Blues. Why can they do that but not review a play like the slew foot trip or the obvious hand pass which cost the Blues an overtime loss against the Sharks?

steve8 posted:

Binnington looked shaky and Rask was solid. Back to Boston for the win in front of their fans.

Binnington has been solid after a loss, especially bad losses and Tuuka has been almost unbeatable in elimination games.  Could be an epic one tomorrow night. 

vinoevelo posted:

Really struggling to watch this year.  I liked the bunch of jerks storyline but beyond that i cant seem to get sufficiently interested.    Chara is a beast.  I hate the guy in the most admirable way going back to his Ottawa days.  Going back to the bench with a broken jaw is the stuff of Stan Mikita stories (ok it was ankle, but still).

Before your time and then some but Bobby Bain scoring an overtime Cup winner on a broken leg for Toronto. Hockey player's toughness put other pros to shame.  

I thought it was a really poor effort by the Bruins.  There's wasn't anything Rask gave up that was what I would call a bad goal.  Nothing at all like the nightly un-deflected, unscreened straight on floaters from angles at the circles Martin Jones waffled on.  What was bad, horrible in fact was the Bruins back checking.  Every goal had a wide open shooter unchecked or someone in front with a free stick to deflect a shot.  It was all on the Bruins forwards.  The defense did their job, but the forwards seemed to forget entirely they have things to do in their end of the ice.

It was Boston dominating possession, making the Blues looked out classed and then going 'I don't give a fuck' as soon as possession changed.  I've played with guys like that, I'm sure we all have, but an entire squad of 12 forwards deciding back checking doesn't matter in a game 7 was mind blowing.

I won't disagree with Paul's assessment of the Bruins back checking but in the end they just couldn't find a way to beat Binnington.

I was a little surprised he didn't win the Conn Smythe. That's not meant to take anything away from O'Reilly who was outstanding. He owned Bergeron during the whole series on face-offs and had 23 points, not to mention important goals in the last 4 games of the final.

I'm a little late to the party, and maybe this only counts as piling on but....

F the Bruins!  As soon as that first goal was scored they played like they didn't care. 

I will agree with Steve on hockey about 1 thing- Binnington should have been the MVP.  He kept that Blues team alive when no one else wanted to.  Other than one game where he was pulled he was brilliant.  

I was really sad for Marchand, that little b**ch (cue the sarcasm).  From what I hear he's actually a nice guy in real life, just has a dual personality once he gets on the ice.  The first guy who licks my face on the ice gets taste of my crotch next time we're in a pile together.  That dude needs some anger management training.  (me too)

Go Habs Go!  

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