Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition



  • Well, well, well, Leafs beat the Bruins convincingly in Game One in Boston. They’ll probably collapse (let’s face it, their Game 7 unravelling against those same Bruins several years back was one for the ages), but what a great way to ignite the playoff series.

    Highlights:



  • Speaking of the East - Islanders are up 2-0 in the series v the Penguins.

    With ex-Islander Tavares at the Leafs - a Islanders-Leafs series would be epic.

    A long way of water to go under the bridge yet though.

    Tampa Bay look like one of those star regular season teams that aren't suited to the playoffs. On the other hand Columbus were up 2-0 last year in a first round series and lost.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    With ex-Islander Tavares at the Leafs - a Islanders-Leafs series would be epic.

    His first return there was epic.

    The Leafs are underrated in the East I think. They match up favourably to the Pens teams that went back to back three years ago - very strong down the middle, really solid third line and piecemeal D. They can ride it as long as Anderson stays fit IMO.

    Boston ate Toronto alive last year with their top line and still only just won. Now with Tavares Toronto can roll three lines and should win in 5 or 6.



  • The Winnipeg Jets and St Louis Blues are tied 3-3 right now. Not a bad game.

    Winnipeg had a great run last playoffs but look a little injured this season (especially on their defence), might be a case of one step back to take a huge step forward next season.

    St Louis are probably the hot team in the NHL right now but I picked Winnipeg to win the Cup in my bracket challenge and I'm sticking to it.

    (but I think Calgary will probably win it all now - as long as they get average goaltending)



  • I would have thought Tampa Bay was top seed, but they’re now 2 games to nil in the hole to Blue Jackets, and going to Columbus for Games 3 & 4.



  • Leafs lost Game Two in Boston by identical 4-1 score, all tied one game apiece heading to Toronto.



  • Tampa Bay clinging by their fingernails, now down 3 Games to nil against Columbus.



  • Tampa Bay tied the 1995/1996 Detroit Redwings for most wins in a season (62) and they will be bundled out in the first round by a team which made a bunch of big trades and still barely made the playoffs. MAXIMUM CHAOS.



  • Puffers win Game Three (score 3-2), now lead Boston 2 games to 1.



  • Biggest upset in all of sports this year. The 8th placed Columbus Blue Jackets have swept the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 to advance to the second round. Tampa Bay were the number one seed and had 62 wins in the regular season. They're shocked:

    The New York Islanders, who lost franchise player John Taveres in the off-season to Toronto, have also swept the Pittsburgh Penguins who would have been a Stanley Cup favourite with the Lightning now out.

    Looks like it's going to be a crazy playoffs.





  • The 8-seed Blue Jackets swept No. 1 seed Lightning in the East;

    And now the No. 8 seed in the West Colorado Avalanche have dispatched No. 1 Calgary in 5 games.

    That’s two first round series where No. 8 went 8-1 against the No. 1.

    I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that ever, in any sport.

    Great regular seasons guys, but you’re hitting the golf tees early.



  • Leafs are now up 3 games to 2 against the Bruins after beating them 2-1 in Boston last night. All the scoring came late.



  • Looking like one of those once in a generation post-seasons where all the teams which were meant to be cannon fodder for the title contenders end up winning. Could very well see a Columbus/Colorado Stanley Cup final!

    Winnipeg Jets are eliminated by the St Louis Blues in the first round and now have an interesting off-season coming up with a bunch of young guys becoming RFAs and not much salary cap space left. Might be a blessing in disguise they were eliminated early in the playoffs because now the GM can ship out a bunch of veterans (Little, Perreault, Myers, Chariot) without much resistance.



  • The Leafs took a 3-2 lead home to Toronto, lost Game 6 and are now trailing in Game 7 by a score of 4-1 with a minute in the game remaining. I’m going to step up and make a call: Leafs have choked again. Boston owns them.



  • @Salacious-Crumb said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    The Leafs took a 3-2 lead home To Toronto, lost Game 6 and are now trailing in Game 7 by a score of 4-1 with a minute in the game remaining. I’m going to step up and make a call: Leafs have choked again. Boston owns them.

    Jesus... as a Leafs fan after going through France vs ABs I didn't think I would support a team with a bigger hoodoo.

    I think they dominated the first two and a half periods it as well. Frustrating.



  • I was hoping the Leafs would lose. Not because I hate the team, because I love the over-reaction especially on the Steve Dangle Podcast. Plus I'm a Jets fan and it takes heat off my team's disappointing exit.



  • The Leafs might just be the saddest team in world sports. For half a century, anyway.



  • @Salacious-Crumb said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    The Leafs might just be the saddest team in world sports. For half a century, anyway.

    I'm a Warriors fan. Don't think you can just waltz on in here and take my crown.



  • What a crazy ending to the Sharks-Vegas Game 7.

    Vegas seemingly cruising along at 3-0 up in the 3rd period and Sharks facing another playoff failure then all of a sudden a controversial 5 minute powerplay penalty and Sharks score 4 goals in 4 minutes! Vegas then somehow manage to tie it with 47 seconds left to send it to overtime.

    Plenty of chances at both ends and then Sharks finally nab the series winning goal deep into thr first overtime.

    Vegas season over. Wow.



  • @KiwiMurph

    There’s blood, certainly, but looks accidental in my opinion, no intent, bs call.



  • Need some work on the penalty kill, omg! Going to be a tough summer. Devastating loss.



  • @Salacious-Crumb said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    @KiwiMurph

    There’s blood, certainly, but looks accidental in my opinion, no intent, bs call.

    I'm ok with the call. It was a cross check. Yeah Palavski fell awkwardly but because of the cross check (and shove from Stastny) he got severely injured.

    Saw one of the Vegas players shitty about the call but he should be more shitty about their PK team letting in 4 goals.



  • A bunch of jerks called the Carolina Hurricanes just knocked out the defending champions Washington Capitals 4-3 in double overtime. All the top teams have been eliminated in the first round (Tampa Bay, Washington, Nashville, Calgary).

    Think Carolina is everyone's team going forward unless you're Don Cherry.



  • @Sneakdefreak said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    A bunch of jerks called the Carolina Hurricanes just knocked out the defending champions Washington Capitals 4-3 in double overtime. All the top teams have been eliminated in the first round (Tampa Bay, Washington, Nashville, Calgary).

    Think Carolina is everyone's team going forward unless you're Don Cherry.

    And Justin "mr game 7" Williams with the assist on the winner. Now totals 7+8 in 9 career game sevens.



  • Blues wuz robbed last night.



  • @Salacious-Crumb Sharks have certainly got the rub of the green with the refs in this playoff run.



  • Bruins swept their Eastern Conference 4-0 and been waiting....

    Last night St Louis Blues overcame the refs and will be in their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970, when they lost to those same Bruins.

    I don’t think the Blues will win it, but at the start of the year (Jan 02) they were in dead-last place in the NHL, and now they’re in the final. Great turnaround.



  • I live in STL, and everyone is freaking out today like they've already won the Cup. First time in my life people in this town are talking more about hockey than baseball! My head says the Blues won't win, but they really do seem like the team of destiny at the moment.



  • I don’t know anything about the Blues, except that the city has supported that team through some very lean times for a very long time, and for that reason alone I have always liked them. Excellent fan base, I hope they win it, but I fear they probably won’t, simply because those Bruin vets have won it before and have had a long rest. I understand that the Bruins scheduled an inter-squad game this week with real NHL refs to stay fresh and prepare for the Cup final, and have sold a lot of tickets.



  • I wouldn't call myself a "fan" as such, as i have less than a passing interest in it. But, back at uni, when Sky Sports just showed ESPN during the day, we used to watch hockey, and i sort of adopted the Blues as my side (fucked if i can recall why)

    So, yay team?



  • @mariner4life said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    I wouldn't call myself a "fan" as such, as i have less than a passing interest in it. But, back at uni, when Sky Sports just showed ESPN during the day, we used to watch hockey, and i sort of adopted the Blues as my side (fucked if i can recall why)

    So, yay team?

    Same! But my team was the Bruins and the only reason I was the Bruins is someone liked my cap in the pub and asked to swap and I agreed and it happened to be a Bruins cap. I was stoked as no0one had one like it.

    Ask me to name one player in the history (Current or otherwise), I couldn't. But go Boston!



  • @Hooroo said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    @mariner4life said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    I wouldn't call myself a "fan" as such, as i have less than a passing interest in it. But, back at uni, when Sky Sports just showed ESPN during the day, we used to watch hockey, and i sort of adopted the Blues as my side (fucked if i can recall why)

    So, yay team?

    Same! But my team was the Bruins and the only reason I was the Bruins is someone liked my cap in the pub and asked to swap and I agreed and it happened to be a Bruins cap. I was stoked as no0one had one like it.

    Ask me to name one player in the history (Current or otherwise), I couldn't. But go Boston!

    oh it is on!!!

    Come on you Blues. Especially you, Canadian guy, and also you, Russian dude.



  • @mariner4life said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    ... and i sort of adopted the Blues as my side (fucked if i can recall why)

    I’ve always liked the team jersey, one of the very-very few post-Original Six uniforms I do like. Most of them are pretty awful, whereas the classic Original Six kits are easily some of the best team sporting uniforms in any sport anywhere. Blues is probably pick o’ the rest.



  • @Hooroo said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    ... my team was the Bruins and the only reason I was the Bruins is someone liked my cap in the pub and asked to swap and I agreed and it happened to be a Bruins cap. I was stoked as no0one had one like it.

    Bruins uniform is awesome, I must say. Love that stylized “B” with the spokes.

    Ask me to name one player in the history (Current or otherwise), I couldn't. But go Boston!

    Cough! Probably the greatest player who ever lived — Number 4, Bobby Orr.

    What Bob Mitchum says.



  • When they talk about the greatest player in hockey history, there’s usually only four names mentioned, chronologically:

    Gordie Howe (Red Wings)
    Bobby Orr (Bruins)
    Wayne Gretzky (Oilers)
    Mario Lemieux (Penguins)

    For shits ‘n giggles you could throw in a 5th, it might be Jean Beliveau (Habs), but it’s those four. Seems to depend on generational consensus, but those who’ve seen ‘em all swear Orr is still the best, no other player single-handedly changed the sport the way he did. He could do it all — best offense, best defense, best skater, and could drop his gloves and destroy anybody in a fight. That settles it for me.



  • And while I’m on the topic, the most famous photograph in hockey history is of No. 4 milliseconds after he scored the goal that won the Cup the last two times these teams met in a Final (and for the Blues, the last second they were actually in a final, almost fifty years ago).

    ![alt text](3e144437-aaf2-4ed3-b38e-352c17ddf57e-image.jpeg



  • Hate both teams, hope no one wins.

    Like the Gloria song though.



  • @mariner4life said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    @Hooroo said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    @mariner4life said in Lord Stanley’s Cup, 2019 edition:

    I wouldn't call myself a "fan" as such, as i have less than a passing interest in it. But, back at uni, when Sky Sports just showed ESPN during the day, we used to watch hockey, and i sort of adopted the Blues as my side (fucked if i can recall why)

    So, yay team?

    Same! But my team was the Bruins and the only reason I was the Bruins is someone liked my cap in the pub and asked to swap and I agreed and it happened to be a Bruins cap. I was stoked as no0one had one like it.

    Ask me to name one player in the history (Current or otherwise), I couldn't. But go Boston!

    oh it is on!!!

    As Homer Simpson says! "Sport Sport Sport Sport!"



  • Bruins take Game One.


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