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

 

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