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Post by up7587 on Fri May 18, 2018 3:36 pm

About 5 weeks into the NHL playoffs, and the games are getting intense. The Eastern Conf. Final is tied 2-2 between Washington and Tampa Bay. Last night, Ovechkin played great, but the Lightning goalie was better; TB won 4-2. In the West, the expansion team Las Vegas Golden Knights are up 3-2 over the Winnipeg Jets, who dispatched the defending champion Predators. The Jets and Knights play tonight in Vegas, at 5pm PDT on NBCSN.

Can an expansion team really make the Stanley Cup Final? If they do, what do they do for an encore? Meanwhile, the current Winnipeg Jets have never made the Final, and never did when they were in Atlanta either. FYI, the original Winnipeg Jets never made the Final before they moved to Phoenix. Winnipeg fans must be flummoxed at what the Vegas fans are seeing.

Tampa Bay has been to two Finals, in 2004 and 2015, winning in 2004. Washington has only been once, back in 1998 where they lost.
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Post by up7587 on Wed May 23, 2018 7:40 pm

Ovechkin is going to the Stanley Cup Final. Washington Capitals vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights starts next Monday.
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Post by up7587 on Tue May 29, 2018 3:08 pm

Game 1 last night was a wild affair. Lead changes galore, 10 goals scored (1 was an empty net at the end). Vegas wins 6-4 and takes an early lead 1-0. Second game tomorrow night.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue May 29, 2018 4:15 pm

up7587 wrote:Game 1 last night was a wild affair.  Lead changes galore, 10 goals scored (1 was an empty net at the end).  Vegas wins 6-4 and takes an early lead 1-0.  Second game tomorrow night.
This is the time of year Mrs. DD and start watching hockey, not because it's not a great game all year round, but because just like the NBA and MLB, the season is too long.

Great and fun game last night, but in part because the Golden Knights won. 500 to 1 shots to win it all at the beginning of the season, they already have a great fan base and hungry bunch of cast offs for players.

It will be interesting what kind of team Seattle can put on the ice next season...it could happen.
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Post by up7587 on Thu May 31, 2018 7:51 am

Another good game last night.  The Capitals took had a 3-2 lead when their goalie made a great save with two minutes to go. Video at link. holtby-made-incredible-save


The refs called more fouls last night, after a couple obvious penalties that were not called in game 1.  Each team got a power play goal, and another was during 4-on-4 play.  Next game is Saturday.
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Post by up7587 on Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:22 pm

-The Capitals moved closer to their first Stanley Cup, winning - tonight over Las Vegas.  Their third straight win, for a 3-1 series lead.  After two periods, the Capitals had 4 goals, and the Knights, no longer Golden, had 4 shots bounce off the pipes.  Plus they missed a wide open dunk shot.  

Next game back in Vegas Thursday evening.


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Post by up7587 on Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:49 pm

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Post by up7587 on Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:51 pm

The NHL playoffs are underway with 1st round series games being played. One series is already over. The Tampa Bay Lightning were the best team in the regular season by far. They were 62-16-4, with 12 more wins than the next best team. They started the playoffs with a 3-0 first period lead over Columbus, the #8 seed in the East. After that, things fell apart. They lost that game 4-3. Lost the next games 5-1 and 3-1, and played tonight to stay alive. After falling behind 2-0 early, they clawed back to a 3-all tie, but gave up a 4th goal late in the 2nd period. They could not score in the 3rd period, and after pulling their goalie, gave up 3 more goals in the final two minutes to get swept out of the playoffs. What an awful end to a great season.
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Post by pilotram on Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:16 pm

Saw that kid get knocked tf out by Ovechkin. Ouch...
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Post by up7587 on Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:15 pm

pilotram wrote:Saw that kid get knocked tf out by Ovechkin. Ouch...
Yeah, Don't fight old Russians
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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:08 am

up7587 wrote:Yeah, Don't fight old Russians
What?  Is the Cold War over?

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Post by up7587 on Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:22 am

And now the team with the best record in the west, and 2nd best overall, Calgary is knocked out in 5 games by Colorado. Bad year for #1 seeds.
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Post by up7587 on Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:44 pm

Last night in a game 7, the Vegas Golden Knights, last year's losing finalist, lost. Tonight, in another game 7, the defending champs and division winners Washington Capitals were eliminated. Since Nashville was eliminated earlier, all four division winners are now eliminated.

Round 2 games start tomorrow. Columbus faces Boston, Dallas plays St. Louis, Colorado plays San Jose, and Carolina faces the NY Islanders.
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