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Corey Crawford has given up 9 goals in 2 games for the Blackhawks. Will they start Darling on Sunday? They should.

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Quite the ending to the Flames/Canucks game last night

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broke wrote: Quite the ending to the Flames/Canucks game last nightQuite an ending to the Montreal/Ottawa game last night!  What happened you say? Habs win, baby!  They may have just microfractured Ottawa's chances of advancing to the next round!  The hamburglar looking a little more like a BK mini to me.

Chicago is damn lucky they aren't down 2-0 and if a team like Nashville is scoring  6 on you that's reason for concern.   I would say Darling should get the start in game 3.  If the Hawks lose they are down 2-1 and you go back to Crawford.  If the go Crawford in game 3 and lose they will likely have to ride him out or risk losing game 4 behind a rookie G.

Many of the so called favorites looking not quite in playoff form but when you consider 16 points separated 1-16 you're going to get teams that can beat anyone on any given night, even in an extended series. 


 

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Go Blue!

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Well, we never make it easy.  Of course we'll go 6 or 7 with the Penguins, regardless of what my Pittsburgh friends think.  We looked lackadaisical out there last night.

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Can Pittsburgh just die already, I want the 16th pick, not the 27th-30th.

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Cory17 wrote: Can Pittsburgh just die already, I want the 16th pick, not the 27th-30th.
Greedy bastard. :tongue:

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Fuck! Just Fuck!

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The refs called game 3 of the Rangers/Pens last night like they had money on the 95 grab and tackle NJ Devils.  What a farce of enforcement!  In years past it would have helped the Rangers, but in this rare year where we are the more talented team it's not helpful. Fuckers!

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Finally this sneaky little fucker has gotten some bad karma back from his bite on Bergeron back in 2011.

from tsn.ca:

Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows was assisted off the ice during practice on Tuesday afternoon in Calgary.

It was later revealed that Burrows suffered a broken rib.

EMTs attended to the 34-year-old in the Canucks' dressing room before he was stretchered into an ambulance.

The team confirmed on Twitter that Burrows had suffered "an upper-body injury" and will not play in Tuesday night's Game 4. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.


Jon Abbott @HockeyAbbs
Burrows hospital visit is injury related, not medical. His condition is not life threatening and not believed to need surgery #TSN1040
12:02 PM - 21 Apr 2015


Jon Abbott @HockeyAbbs
Trevor Linden was on @TSN1040 prior to the Burrows incident and did not have any update, so it was unfortunate timing for comment #Canucks
12:06 PM - 21 Apr 2015

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Rob Ford might have started using crack again:

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HAYES!

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DET-TB update

The Wings are breakin' my heart! When Tyler Johnson's shadow Luke Glendening went down to injury, the suddenly freed-up Lightning struck for 2 late goals and won in OT!!

The Wings snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory, what could have been 3-1 up, is now deadlocked at 2. And they lost the home-ice.

Winner of this series faces Montreal (assuming they'll dispatch the Senators) so I am just gonna go ahead and say that it don't matter who wins between the Wings and the Bolts....yeah, that's the ticket....if the Wings lose it's just that much earlier on the golf course for them and then all the Babcock-watchers will start circling the Motor City.

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chrob61 wrote: DET-TB update

The Wings are breakin' my heart! When Tyler Johnson's shadow Luke Glendening went down to injury, the suddenly freed-up Lightning struck for 2 late goals and won in OT!!

The Wings snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory, what could have been 3-1 up, is now deadlocked at 2. And they lost the home-ice.

Winner of this series faces Montreal (assuming they'll dispatch the Senators) so I am just gonna go ahead and say that it don't matter who wins between the Wings and the Bolts....yeah, that's the ticket....if the Wings lose it's just that much earlier on the golf course for them and then all the Babcock-watchers will start circling the Motor City.
LOL!  A friend that was over last night needed Detroit to win last night(the rest of his sport select picks panned out) and with less than 8 minutes to go he was sky high and singing the praises of Mrazek and then boom it all fell apart.  Told him should have kept his mouth shut.

As far as the next round I'm not sure if you are saying the Habs have it locked up regardless of who they play but I'm more concerned with them finishing off Ottawa first and while they should beat Detroit I'm not at all confident they can get by Tampa Bay.  

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IMO, as long as Carey Price is healthy.... it's

Montreal, then the rest of the NHL.

MARK IT DOWN!!!

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Yeah Rangers! Knocked off Cindy's Penguins!!!

No love lost between MTL-OTT. OTT stays alive and that was not the Carey Price that is a Vezina finalist.

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chrob61 wrote: IMO, as long as Carey Price is healthy.... it's

Montreal, then the rest of the NHL.

MARK IT DOWN!!!
Oh I want to believe you but tonight has got me a little nervous.  In my experience, and I could be wrong but pretty sure you have to score to win games.  Can't see Price giving up 5 goals on Sunday but if the Habs can't score then he won't have to give up more than a couple to lose.   NY won't be easy for the Habs if it comes to that as well.

Pittsburgh is out simply because they couldn't score.  Shouldn't be any crapping all over Fleury this off season, he didn't lose it for them, but it's nice to see them gone. 

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Hagelin comes through.

Obscure reference of the night: Kevin Hayes being compared to my favorite cokehead hockey player of all-time, Don Murdoch.

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There's nothing more fierce than a team facing elimination, they always say....so look for Ottawa to cause MTL fits in game 6.

Now, are my Wings gonna bounce back in Tampa? Babcock doesn't have last change on the road, and I'm not sure how healthy Glendening will be. We'll see.

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Last piece of the first round puzzle will be game 7 between TB-Det. This series is too back and forth to make any predictions, but you gotta figure TB with home ice should win. Winner to face MTL.

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Kronwall suspended for Game 7 vs Tampa Bay.


from tsn.ca:





Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall has been suspended one game for his hit on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov and will sit out Game 7 of the first round Eastern Conference series.

Kronwall knocked Kucherov's helmet off near the end of the second period with a high hit, but the Tampa Bay forward stayed in the game.

Kronwall has never been suspended during his NHL career but incurred one major penalty and a game misconduct for interference in 2009.

With the series tied 3-3, Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.

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The New York Rangers will reportedly be without forward Mats Zuccarello for their entire playoff series against the Washington Capitals.

Zuccarello will not play in the second round due to a suspected concussion, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports.

The Rangers winger left Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday after being struck in the head by a shot off the stick of teammate Ryan McDonagh.

Zuccarello was ruled out indefinitely on Monday.

His availability beyond the second round is also in doubt, according to the report.

Zuccarello registered two assists in New York's five-game series win over the Penguins.

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Way to keep it classy Brandon Prust.

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He must be auditioning for the Bruins once his current contract runs out.

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khawk wrote: He must be auditioning for the Bruins once his current contract runs out.
Fuck that - we've already got Marchand. 

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If you brought in Prust instead, you'd save on the cap space that Marchand's nose takes up.

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khawk wrote: If you brought in Prust instead, you'd save on the cap space that Marchand's nose takes up.
Maybe - but Marchand ( and his nose ) are good for 20-25 goals a season which is a lot more than Prust gives you. 

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Frustrated with the Rangers lack of offensive output. We miss Zucc alot, but that's not an excuse.  Nash and St Louis on the first line and can't put the puck in the net to save their lives. That's what a 1st line is supposed to do!   

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I was way off picking MTL- seems that TB has got their number in this series, could be over tonight. I don't think DET would have matched up as well with the Habs.

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So happy mtl lost with one second left :)

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The NHLs version of Joe Theismann ???? It doesnt look so bad at first but just watch the slow-mo replay around the 1:10 mark. 







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OWW! to the nth degree!

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What a fucking shitshow of an eastern finals game 3!  St Louis should be benched, and Hank needs a night off too. What a fucking sieve! 

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A couple of crazy stats from this year's Playoffs:

- 44 % of the games from Rounds 1 and 2 were either tied or there was a 1 goal difference when there was 5 minutes left in the 3rd period

- every single game the Rangers played in Rounds 1 and 2 was decided by 1 goal

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Oh yeah, Keith Yandle sucks balls. Thanks Sather for trading a first rounder for this piece of shit!

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HBF wrote: Oh yeah, Keith Yandle sucks balls. Thanks Sather for trading a first rounder for this piece of shit!

The Yandle trade reminds me a lot of when Boston picked up Tomas Kaberle from Toronto for their Playoff run in 2011. Both the Rangers and Boston traded away future 1st and 2nd round draft picks and one of their top prospects ( Boston traded Joe Colborne and the Rangers traded Anthony Duclair ) to get the guy they thought would help solidify their Power Play. Even though he didn't do very much in the last 2 rounds of the 2011 Playoffs I honestly don't think Boston even gets by Montreal in the opening round without Kaberle. So if the Rangers end up with the same results as the Bruins did a few years ago then the trade won't seem quite so bad. 

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Woke up at 2:30 am to hear the post game Hawks show. I fell asleep listening sometime in the first OT.

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Hank is tired, and 10 goals in the last 5 periods means bench time to me. I'd play Cam.

Marty St Louis is toast. I'd rather have Ray Bourque's not-so-talented kid in there instead.  If Sather re-signs him I am sending Slats hate e-mail every day next season.

Keith Yandle is rapidly becoming my most despised Ranger defenseman since Tom Poti, and has made me forgive and forget the immortal, blind, whiff on many shots Michael "Ray Charles" Del Zotto.  He's already in my top 10 most hated Rangers of all-time, about to pass Bobby Holik.  Thanks Sather, he was really worth Anthony Duclair and 1st rounder, you fucking hack!

And why the fuck can Nash not score?

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HBF wrote: Hank is tired, and 10 goals in the last 5 periods means bench time to me. I'd play Cam.

Marty St Louis is toast. I'd rather have Ray Bourque's not-so-talented kid in there instead.  If Sather re-signs him I am sending Slats hate e-mail every day next season.

Keith Yandle is rapidly becoming my most despised Ranger defenseman since Tom Poti, and has made me forgive and forget the immortal, blind, whiff on many shots Michael "Ray Charles" Del Zotto.  He's already in my top 10 most hated Rangers of all-time, about to pass Bobby Holik.  Thanks Sather, he was really worth Anthony Duclair and 1st rounder, you fucking hack!

And why the fuck can Nash not score?
You're gonna stroke out if you keep shit bottled up inside.  Let it out man!:tongue:

Besides, the Habs are out so these playoffs are irrelevant and should be marked with an asterisk!

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Angelic Assassin wrote: HBF wrote: Hank is tired, and 10 goals in the last 5 periods means bench time to me. I'd play Cam.

Marty St Louis is toast. I'd rather have Ray Bourque's not-so-talented kid in there instead.  If Sather re-signs him I am sending Slats hate e-mail every day next season.

Keith Yandle is rapidly becoming my most despised Ranger defenseman since Tom Poti, and has made me forgive and forget the immortal, blind, whiff on many shots Michael "Ray Charles" Del Zotto.  He's already in my top 10 most hated Rangers of all-time, about to pass Bobby Holik.  Thanks Sather, he was really worth Anthony Duclair and 1st rounder, you fucking hack!

And why the fuck can Nash not score?
You're gonna stroke out if you keep shit bottled up inside.  Let it out man!:tongue:

Besides, the Habs are out so these playoffs are irrelevant and should be marked with an asterisk!
I'm letting it out so I don't.  

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I'll take heat for all 4 of the guys I have been on coming through, as I prefer that scenario and the Rangers winning over being right and them losing.  Go Blue!

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King takes Bishop.  Checkmate in two moves.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: King takes Bishop.  Checkmate in two moves.I think this is accurate.  Rangers were outshot last night, inexplicable as it seems, and Bishop simply shit the bed. That's more of what I expected out of the big lug.

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Both Conference Finals go to a Game 7.

I love the Hawks, but I see the Ducks and Lightning advancing to the Finals. Hopefully I am wrong.

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Ducks looked like a different team tonight, but I think they take Game 7 out west.

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That said, I'd LOVE to see a Rangers/Hawks final.

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First time in 15 years that both Conference Finals are going to 7th games.

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Rangers/Hawks is my call.

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The way the Conference Finals have gone, would it surprise anyone if the Tampa-Rangers game went to 3 OT's and was a thriller, while the Ducks-Hawks was a lopsided affair?

Can't predict anything in either of these series from game to game, so who knows?

I do appreciate that the NHL Semi Finals are both really competitive series as opposed to the NBA semis, where the outcome wasn't really in doubt from Game one onward.

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First two rounds were boring - third round has been excellent. Ducks / TB - Ducks.

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I had picked NYR and Chicago in the finals for a pool I am in.


I'm definitely original six bias as well...  If it ends up being Tampa Anaheim, Bettman should present the cup on the beach!!

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Tampa/Anaheim

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TB wins 2-0. Their first goal was cheap, but 2nd was a nice setup.

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This loss is clearly on coaching. Letting (fucking) Yandle run the offense all the way through is a bad, bad move. I don't know why AV allowed that to happen but that is on him.
Some other thoughts:

Having MSL on the PP at the end was just a poor coaching decision. You get your BEST players on the ice, not your most acclaimed.

Milbury noted that Cooper solved the Rangers PP during the 2nd intermission. We didn't make the necessary adjustments.

I've never seen a Rangers team take so long with the puck than the one I witnessed tonight. They needed a goal guide to show them how to shoot.

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I have half of the finals predicted correctly. Hopefully Anaheim makes it 2 for 2.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I have half of the finals predicted correctly. Hopefully Anaheim makes it 2 for 2.That's the cluster fuck the NHL needs, two beach teams with no national interest in the title game. Fuck the Ducks, go Hawks!

If it's TB/Ducks, I realized I might not even watch the finals.

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The Ducks are actually pretty fun to watch. The Ducks/Hawks series has been fun with the big, tough, hard hitting Ducks up against the finesse of the Hawks.

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In Chicago, he is known as Fucking Cutler. I am doing the same with Fucking Yandle.

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Would love to see Ryan Kesler score the game winner tonight.

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Lightning/Hawks for the Cup. Thinking about making an 18 hour drive to catch a game.

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Should be a very wide-open, exciting series based on their styles. Patrick Kane is simply the best player on the ice, at all times.

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Scary news from Mats Zuccarello.


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New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello said he suffered a brain contusion when he took a puck to the head in Game 5 of the team's opening round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The 27-year-old made the announcement to the media during the team's end of year locker cleanout on Monday.

Zuccarello also said he couldn't speak for four days after the incident.

"I don't know what you guys know, but there was a small fracture in my head. I lost my talking and some feeling in my arm and stuff. I was in the hospital for three days," Zuccarello told the media. "I couldn't talk for a while. I had a contusion, some blood in my brain. That affects a lot. I went to speech therapy. I'm getting much better. I couldn't say a word for four days... I feel much better and I'm getting better and better."

Zuccarello missed the rest of the Rangers playoff run with the injury.

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1 hour to Puck Drop. Lets go HAWKS!

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The Zucc news was really scary. Surprised somebody hasn't died in the NHL from getting hit in the head with a puck. They only started wearing helmets 40 years ago. The first 60+ years  were no helmet.

And Kane proved to be a joy to watch again.  

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In todays game you are expected to provide traffic in front of the net, so getting hit with a puck is considered par for the course. Getting hit n the head doesn't happen too often since most guys are shooting a little lower than that trying to score or get a tip.
The era before helmets was slower paced and I also think guys were more careful about being in front of the net when shots were coming in. The goalies were smaller so a point shot could realistically score a lot of the time without traffic. Now if the goalie sees it, he stops it, they are soooo much bigger now. Screens and tips are necessary.
Plus "back in the day" the shots weren't as hard, sticks weren't built the same for shooting, blah blah blah. Bigger players and faster players combined with a feeling of invincibility from high tech protective equipment makes getting in front of a shot puck a big component of the current game. It's why they need to start playing in bigger rinks (never happen) or make the nets bigger (eventually). There isn't enough room out there anymore.
I would not be surprised if a shot from the point eventually hits someone in the head and kills them, unfortunately.

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This goof from NBC Sports just doesn't get it.


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Jason Garrison's playoff beard is apparently a bad thing.


NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus has a suggestion for marketing the NHL and growing the popularity of individual players around the league: Tell them to stop covering their faces with playoff beards.

Seriously.

One of the most easily identifiable aspects of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, right up there with the Stanley Cup itself and the post-series handshake, is apparently a problem when it comes to marketing the players. At least that is what Lazarus basically told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday when he said that he would like to see players stop growing playoff beards in an effort to help improve their marketability.

He also added that he has taken this suggestion to the NHL, the NHLPA and even individual players around the league.

"I know there are some traditions and superstitions that you can't mess with," Lazarus told Ed Sherman of the Tribune. "But this is one tradition I could do without."

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"The players won't like this, but I wish they all would stop growing beards in the postseason,” Lazarus said. "Let's get their faces out there. Let's talk about how young and attractive they are. What model citizens they are. (Hockey players) truly are one of a kind among professional athletes.

"I know it's a tradition and superstition, but I think (the beards do) hurt recognition. They have a great opportunity with more endorsements. Or simply more recognition with fans saying, 'That guy looks like the kid next store,' which many of these guys do. I think that would be a nice thing."


He also added that the element of a shaggy beard makes it difficult for fans to identify players.

That, of course, is absurd.

Not only because a large portion of the fanbase enjoys the tradition so much that they themeslves take part by growing their own playoff beards as a way to support their favorite team, but because you can't possibly identify players by their face during gameplay. Plus, every player wears a jersey with two pretty important things that help fans identify each player when they are on the ice: Their name and their number. And unless you're a hardcore fan of a particular team (who wouldn't need the players marketed to them anyway), you probably wouldn't recognize a non-superstar player, beard or no beard, if you saw him out in public or on television.

It's nothing more than out of control brand management. Or attempted brand management. The NFL doesn't seem to have a problem marketing its players whose faces are covered by giant facemasks every time they step on the field.

When it comes to longtime hockey traditions just about the only thing that would have been more outrageous would have been suggesting that the league replace marathon overtime games with a shootout.

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Didn't NBC have the GlowPuck as well.  No wait that was those idiots at Fox.

NBC= No Bloody Clue

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I heard that yesterdy and thought it was a joke.

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Congrats to my all-time favorite  hockey team for the past two weeks on their impressive 3rd Cup in 6 seasons. This one's for Claw!

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Glad to see an Original Six franchise win it all even if it wasn't the greatest franchise of all times the Montreal Canadiens.

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HBF wrote: Congrats to my all-time favorite  hockey team for the past two weeks on their impressive 3rd Cup in 6 seasons. This one's for Claw!

This one is for Claw.
You're absolutely right.

Neighborhood still shooting some fireworks off and people are outside on the block talking about the game.
Earlier today there were tornado sirens going off and we had heavy rains all over the area but tonight it's all Black Hawks.

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Unbelievable. The first 30 years of ineptitude I suffered through as a fan have been paid back in spades.

Awesome.



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