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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:44 pm

OK, I admit it, I've become a Lightning fan!  

Those third periods, especially once a team pulls its goaltender, are as exciting as anything else I can think of in team sport.

Lightning up 2 games to 1....

Oh, just because I prefer the Lightning over the Blackhawks doesn't mean I'm not still a fan of the Blackhawk Ice Crew...

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:02 pm

The Blackhawks missed two shots at wide open nets, and gave up a goal with 3 minutes to go.  That home loss has to sting.

Some of the passing this series has been fantastic.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:14 pm

Another great game tonight, Chicago winning 2 - 1 to tie the series at 2-all.  The last 2 minutes were insane.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:46 pm

up7587 wrote:  The last 2 minutes were insane.
They absolutely were.....and Crawford (the Blackhawks' goalie) was unconscious....um, not literally, but he was also saved a couple of times by the post and cross bar as the Lightning poured it on with their goalie, 20 year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy, pulled for added offense.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:38 am

Time to close out this thread for 2015.....

The Blackhawks were pretty dominant in winning their 3rd Stanley Cup in 6 years.  You had to like Tampa Bay's efforts, especially in the first four games, but the 'Hawks are just so deep they were able to wear down the younger Lightning team.

Being a UP fan, I was rooting for the underdog Lightning......but as we are used to saying, "Maybe next year."

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:38 pm

There were some very questionable goalie decisions in game 5.  But I love the skill players on the Lightning.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:06 pm

The playoff for The Cup is underway again, so it's time to start watching ice hockey.  One note of interest is that there are no Canadian based teams in the playoffs.  Perhaps Dean can tell us if anyone north of the 49th Parallel has noticed this.

I've watched parts of a couple games so far, mostly the Kings/Sharks series.  But tonight's game between the Blues and the Blackhawks was great.  On the brink of elimination, the Blackhawks forged a 3-1 lead going into the 3rd period.  but the Blues tied it, and the game went into overtime.  No goals in the first overtime, then 3 minutes into the 2nd OT Patrick Kane took a shot, raced behind the goal and stuffed the rebound on the other side for the winner (goal and an assist?).   Blues still lead 3 games to 2, but the next game is in Chicago Saturday night on NBC.  Should be good.

Tampa Bay Lightning are the first team to win their first round series, sweeping the Red Wings.  Kings have to win Friday to stay alive, and do the Flyers vs. the Capitals and the MN Wild vs. the Dallas Stars.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:26 pm

The Blues won their game 7 against the Blackhawks, eliminating the defending champs 3-2. The final period was great as Chicago desperately tried to even the score. They had a chance, but the puck bounced of both goal posts and stayed out.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by PilotNut on Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:52 pm

up7587 wrote:The Blues won their game 7 against the Blackhawks, eliminating the defending champs 3-2.  The final period was great as Chicago desperately tried to even the score.  They had a chance, but the puck bounced of both goal posts and stayed out.

The ol' Sporting Kansas City double post treatment, eh?

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:23 pm

PilotNut wrote:
up7587 wrote:The Blues won their game 7 against the Blackhawks, eliminating the defending champs 3-2.  The final period was great as Chicago desperately tried to even the score.  They had a chance, but the puck bounced of both goal posts and stayed out.

The ol' Sporting Kansas City double post treatment, eh?

That's what I thought, too.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Tue May 03, 2016 7:14 pm

More good stuff. DD's team from last season, the Lightning, played the Islanders tonight. They gave up a 3rd period goal on a turnover and trailed 4-3. But they pulled their goalie and scored with about 30 seconds to go to tie, and then won in the OT.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Fri May 20, 2016 8:42 pm

Great game tonight. Tampa was leading 4-0 after 2 periods, time to switch to the Mariners, right. Pittsburgh scored 3 goals, the last with over 6 minutes left to go. The final minutes were wild as they pushed to tie, and Tampa fought to hold them off. Tampa succeeded, and evened the series at 2-2.

St. Louis plays at San Jose Saturday, with a 2-1 series lead.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Mon May 30, 2016 7:14 pm

The Cup championship started tonight, between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Penguins are at home. Currently 2-all after two periods. Penguins scored twice in the first period; Sharks came back with two in the second.

Interesting (to me, a least), that this game is on NBC. Meanwhile, the NBA game 7 between the Thunder and the Warriors is on TNT.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon May 30, 2016 9:02 pm

Excellent game from a fan standpoint. I was of course rooting for the Sharks, but a defenseman's dropped stick created the opening for the Penguins winning goal.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:18 pm

Sure hope others here got to watch tonight's game eventually won by the Sharks 4-2 forcing a game 6 on Sunday in San Jose.  The Penguins lead the series 3-2.  

San Jose is the bigger, more physical team, and that really showed tonight even though Pittsburgh is the better overall team, but with 3 goals in the first period, it was also obvious San Jose had the better goal tender on the night.....Jones ended up with 44 saves, one of which was definitely the game changer.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:26 am

Pittsburgh still leads 3-2 in the series. But they were denied(for now) the opportunity to in the Cup in their home ice, something that franchise has never done.

Game 6 is in San Jose on Sunday.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by up7587 on Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:20 am

And it is over. Pittsburgh Penguins win the cup with a 3-1 win tonight over the San Jose Sharks. Another exciting game. Pens took a 1st quarter lead. Sharks tied it in the 2nd, but then Pittsburgh did some excellent work and quickly took another lead. An empty net goal in the closing minute closed out the game. Pittsburgh won the series 4-2. Sidney Crosby won the MVP award.

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Re: Stanley Cup

Post by Dean Murdoch on Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:48 pm

up7587 wrote:One note of interest is that there are no Canadian based teams in the playoffs.  Perhaps Dean can tell us if anyone north of the 49th Parallel has noticed this.

Oh you can bet it was noticed.

I was perfectly fine with it. Canucks were garbage all year as was expected, and if they're not going to be any good then I don't want all the Calgary/Edmonton/Toronto/Winnipeg fans around here to be happy either. Crabs in a bucket, baby!

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