bman...are your still there?

Just thought I would check to see if your OK!

Your beloved Bruins blow a 3 games to 1 lead and bow to the Habs. Who da thunk it!
Eek
I feel for you buddy!
I'm thinking Mrs. bman had to hide all sharp objects in the house after that final loss...
Razz

I guess you can cheer your local Team now Wink

I offer sound advice.
That's 99% sound and 1% advice
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I've never been a Buds fan, I'm hoping the Sens finally break the Leafs curse...but my hockey sense says the Leafs will prevail...even without Sundin.

vinaigre
I anticipate the Habs - Lightning series will be very entertaining... two extremely quick-fast skating Teams with good goalies in both ends.

Being out West...I was dissappointed that the Canucks and Flames had to meet in the first round, I like both Teams. The hardest working Team won (Calgary) in my opinion.

Dom
re/ Sharks and Avs...I'm waiting for tlily and Vitis to make a bet...

I offer sound advice.
That's 99% sound and 1% advice
Since I was born and raised in Boston and Chicago does not even have a NHL team. I was crushed when the f!!&&## Bruins collapsed again. I believe the B's are now 7-23 in series against the Canadiens.

Pathetic Mad

Patriots' Day in Boston was a good view of sports in Boston at this point in time. The Red Sox win a series from the Yankees, they are on the rise. The marathon is won by some Kenyans - same as usual. The Patriots creatively use a 2nd round pick to get a very productive running back, they just keep getting better. The Bruins get sacked, they need to re-think their approach. Finally, no one really cares about the Celtics they barely make the playoffs and are now fodder for the Larry Bird/Rick Carlisle Pacers.

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever" - Aristophanes
quote:
Originally posted by baird6869:
_vinaigre and duojet_

I can't believe you could post so soon after the miracle last night!!! I would still be in shock if I was a Habs fan Wink Big Grin


What's so shocking? Wink
- That the Habs have beaten the Bruins 23 times out of the 30 times they've faced each other?
- That the Habs outplayed Boston in games 2 and 4 but still lost them?
- That the Habs will get farther into the playoffs that the high-priced Laffs... sorry I mean Leafs?
Duojet

I was -2 (as in not born!) years old the last time the Leafs won the cup. At least you have seen success in Montreal in recent memory as opposed to year after year of miserable failure.

Remember Harold Ballard??? The Corson for Kordic trade??? Peter Ing in net??? Need I go on???

Leaf fans have to be cocky... when we lose we can always make an excuse to explain our failure. We do this year after year and are very good at it!

E.g. If Toronto loses tonight I will blame it on Sundin and Nolan being out and the obvious fact that Francais and Molgilny are hiding injuries Wink Big Grin You can quote me on that!

Go Leafs Go!!!
quote:
Originally posted by baird6869:
_Duojet_

I was -2 (as in not born!) years old the last time the Leafs won the cup. At least you have seen success in Montreal in recent memory as opposed to year after year of miserable failure.

Remember Harold Ballard??? The Corson for Kordic trade??? Peter Ing in net??? Need I go on???

Leaf fans have to be cocky... when we lose we can always make an excuse to explain our failure. We do this year after year and are very good at it!

E.g. If Toronto loses tonight I will blame it on Sundin and Nolan being out and the obvious fact that Francais and Molgilny are hiding injuries Wink Big Grin You can quote me on that!

Go Leafs Go!!!


Baird,

I forget that Leafs can be a sensitive bunch (note that I didn't say whiny!)

There's nothing that would appeal to me more than a conference final matching the Habs vs. the Leafs.

BTW.. Kordic was traded for Russ Courtnall.
Habs blow!!! I hope Tampa crushes them in four straight.

Chitown, I'm also a Bruins fan <shame> and you are right about the Bruins needing to re-think their approach. The owner should start by getting rid of Harry Sinden, who has been there waaaay too long with nothing to show for it.
quote:
Originally posted by baird6869:
_vinaigre and duojet_

I can't believe you could post so soon after the miracle last night!!! I would still be in shock if I was a Habs fan Wink Big Grin


THEY WON ?????
I was talking about the Leafs / Senators !!! Big Grin

LOL !!!!

I actually catched only the end of the game ...
Wacthed the first goal go in.. and held my breath for the next six minutes !!!!

JL

I once had a glass of wine, and haven't stopped since...
Steve8, a bruins fan? Are you kidding me? Did you have any friends growing up? You seemed so normal when I met you, I guess first impressions can be deceiving.

Bman- shame on you too for rooting for the B's.

What jubilation to see that amazing comeback from a 3-1 game deficit!

Go habs go.

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Yes, but I came here for an argument.

Oh! Oh! I'm sorry, this is abuse.
Since grossie did not take me to task for saying that Chicago has no NHL team he must therefore agree that the Blackhawks are at best an IHL team. I think that perhaps in a 7 game series the Wolves might prevail! Big Grin

Steve8 I honestly thought that Sinden had died or at least moved on! Perhaps that is the Bruins curse that he never dies. Eek

Those front runners that cheer for the Canadiens are the same meatheads that jump the Yankees band wagon each year.

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever" - Aristophanes
Chitown- I will have you know that I have rooted for the Blackhawks once in a while only because I have apopted Chicago as my home. I think the Blackhawks could be the worst professional oganization in professional sports, starting from the top with Mr. Wirtz. I think the Expos are a better organization because at least they value their farm teams. (they have other problems, too numerous for this discussion).

Many of the members here are aware of the fact that I am a native Montrealer, born and raised on the Habs. So, if that bandwagon comment was meant for me, think again. I have every right to cheer for mes habitants. It's the craphawks that I'll cheer for on the bandwagon, and that wagon had the wheels fall off a long time ago.

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Yes, but I came here for an argument.

Oh! Oh! I'm sorry, this is abuse.
Of course my heart is broken, but of course I am used to it after 35 years as a Bruins fan. A true fan does not abandon his team even when they find yet another way to lose to the Hated Habs.

My only interest in the Sens is that my wife and daughter are fans, and now everyone in town will be grumpy tomorrow, and for the rest of the week/month/year. Well, not everyone since many of those who were Toronto or Montreal fans before the Sens existed have remained loyal.

For the record, I also continue to be a Pistons, Tigers and Lions fan. Also the English football and cricket teams

Now you know all my sports secrets....

Bruins rule! (please!!!!)
Duojet

No, I would say "whiney" is actually dead on! Leaf fans are the worst for whining.

Ottawa will be a miserable place today... I agree with BMAN... unfortunately my boss lives there.... he mentioned raising my quota if Ottawa lost.... oh oh!
grossie

I now understand you better and can accept you as a fellow forumite could even begin to respect your wine knowledge and experience.

However as far as being a Canadiens fan, I will just have to try and overlook that flaw in your character.

But then we all have flaws Wink

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever" - Aristophanes
Grossie. I'm not a native Montrealer and just because I moved here 19 years ago and love it here does not mean I will betray my loyalty to the Bruins. Even if I live here for another 20 years I WILL NEVER, EVER BECOME A HABS FAN! Habs fans are as bad winners as they are losers. Case in point, the rats were lining up to crucify Kovalev after "he lost game 4 in overtime". Now he's a hero again. Puke.

Chitown. Sinden is definitely the problem.

Futronic. Leaf/Habs series. Yawn. Those two teams play such boring games against each other. Besides the Habs are going down to Tampa. Pleeeeease.

Bman. You're a Tigers fan too?? We need to get together to share some wine and commiserate.
tyee: hey bud, shoot me an email, vitisvinifera98@yahoo.com

I will bet my yet-to-be-conceived first child that the Avs will take down the Sharks. Any fan knows that the Avs have completely owned the Sharks, regular season and post season, ever since the Avs moved to Denver. While the Stars proved to be heartless pushovers, I expect a lot more grit from the Sharks, and am gleeful in expectation for this series to start. If Abby turns out to be the rightful heir to Saint Patrick's throne, life is good for Avs fans.

-Vitis Vinifera

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quote:
Originally posted by steve8:
Grossie. I'm not a native Montrealer and just because I moved here 19 years ago and love it here does not mean I will betray my loyalty to the Bruins. Even if I live here for another 20 years I WILL NEVER, EVER BECOME A HABS FAN!


Steve, you're not alone.

I grew up in Montreal and when I was a kid, there were only two types of hockey fans in the city: those that cheered for the Habs or those that cheered for the Bruins. This was in the late 70s early 80s when both had good teams... no wait. The Bruins were good, the bleu, blanc et rouge were great!
Steve8

The only thing I'll say is that there's only one thing worse than being a Habs fan when they are losing: It's being the person who is always on the other side of ANY team playing the one they hate. So where are your real loyalties? Back where you were raised? You must be from Toronto, Boston or some other Stanley Cup deprived city... Maybe it's Quebec City! You still haven't forgiven us for the game 7 defeat back in 1986 and the loss of your beloved Nordiques.

As if it weren't obvious already, I'm a huge Habs fan (born and raised in Mtl - I remember the glory years of the '70s and the one-offs of the '80s and '90s). I've put up with years of poor play, dwindling talent in the face of a decreasing CAD$ and disappointing near misses in the play-offs. But at least I keep on hoping that this will be the year that the Habs go ALL THE WAY (again)!!!!

Watch out Lightning.

Go Habs Go!!!!
Go Habs Go!!!!
Go Habs Go!!!!

BirDungy

I came here for a good argument!

AH, no you didn't, you came here for an argument!

BirDungy. Nope. Grew up in southwestern Ontario and Bobby Orr was the reason I became a Bruins fan. I also remember the Habs glory years of the '70s and the many great series between the two teams, even if Boston came out on the short end all of the time, except '71. 35 years (!) of rivalry has built up a pretty good level of hatred for the Habs. ANYONE BUT THE HABS!!! Go Tampa. Razz
Growing up...I caught the tail end of the original six (last few years). Hated Montreal, Toronto, and New York...cheered for Boston, Detroit, and Chicago. Then Bobby Orr arrived and I became mostly a Bruins fan.
Funny thing is, over the years of expansion(s) I really don't have a 'Favorite Team' any more.

Being a competitive coach, I am more of an observer rather than a fan just watching the game. I watch for the 'Game within the Game' so to speak...line match-ups, systems, etc. (though it is hard to observe systems watching on TV).

Tyee Predictions:

Red Wings over the Flames in 5 games.
Wings just have too much fire-power...Flames had to work too hard (physically) in a 7 game series vs the Canucks. Sutter's coaching and Kiprusoff may extend this series further...but the Red Wings will win.

Sharks over the Avs in 7 games.
Ron Wilson is just that much better of a Coach over Granato...goaltending will also be a key for both Teams.

Habs over the Lightning in 7 games.
Expectations...tradition...are in the Habs favour, other than that, you could toss a coin with these two teams.

Flyers over the Leafs in 6 games.
The goaltending battle could sink me on this prediction...Leafs line-up just may be too old to 'Bring It' two series in a row.

I offer sound advice.
That's 99% sound and 1% advice
What Steve8 said! Big Grin

The reason I am a Bruins fan is a simple story I've told here before, but am happy to tell again -- my cousin played for the Bruins when they last won the Cup. In fact he was on the ice, alone in front of Glen Hall, when Bobby Orr scored his famous overtime goal that saw him flying through the air, hands and stick upraised, a look of pure joy on his face! One of the great sports photos in history, most copies of which include my cousin.

I grew up in Windsor (JHD - hence my other Detroit loyalties), so whenever the Bruins would play in Detroit, each player could get two free tickets behind the bench. And I got to sit in one them several times a year. This was the era before team benches were encased in plexiglass, so we could actually hear the players talk, since we were only a few feet away.

After each game, my cousin would go out for pizza with my parents and anyone else who came along with us. We'd wait to meet him outside the Bruins dressing room. whenever he came out he'd introduce us to whoever else was there, so I met Orr, Esposito, Bucyk, Derek Sanderson, Gerry Cheevers, all of those golden age Bruins.

All this of course made a lasting impression on a teenaged hockey fan, especially when they won the Cup (though of course they lost as often to the Hated Habs! Mad). But nevermind, it's why I remain a loyal Bruins fan today, notwithstanding another disappointment. C'est hockey! Smile

And BTW, I've purposely left out the name of my cousin - who can guess first? (not counting Tyee, who I think read a version of this story last year about this time!)

Bruins rule! (please!!!!)
Leaf fans (or Leaf haters)...

I have it under very good authority that Sundin has a bigger problem than we have been led to believe.

There is a chance that he is done for the year. The injury might be a groin injury, not the ankle, but who knows.

Keep in mind that Toronto plays amazingly when Sundin is out........
Baird,

It's definitely not an ankle injury. Speculation has been in the upper thigh area, especially after Sundin said he was injured before he went feet first into the boards.

A groin pull wouldn't surprise me as the problem. Hopefully they rally around the falled Leafs and ride this wave through the playoffs.
Ok, its about time I get my 2 cents worth here... GO LEAFS GO! Series starts tonight. Any superstions out there?? Im wearing my "lucky" Leafs T-Shirt (game day) and have my miniature Leafs Stanley Cup proudly displayed on my centre speaker above the entertainment unit!
If Robert Esche chokes in the playoffs like every other Flyers goalie since Bernie Parent, the Flyers will be in deep trouble.

If Esche plays well, the Leafs will be done in 5 or 6 games.

I think the Leafs are going to have a tough time beating the Flyers as guys like Primeau will prevent Belfour from seeing the puck and are too big to be moved out of the way.

I'm crossing my fingers, but I think the winner of this series has a very good shot at winning it all....

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