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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:35 am 
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and the games have begun :

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:39 am 
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Sharks' Pavelski scores goal off jaw, loses teeth

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Pavelski's face was numb, but his spirits were high. The Sharks' captain opened the scoring in Game 1 of San Jose's series against the Vegas Golden Knights with a goal that sparked the Sharks to an emphatic 5-2 victory on Wednesday night. But with the goal came some self-sacrifice -- namely a few of Pavelski's teeth, as a Brent Burns shot bounced off his jaw and behind goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

"I feel all right," said Pavelski after the game, his chin and bottom lip swelled over, blood visible on his bottom row of teeth. "But enough with the dental questions."

At 14:42 of the first period, Pavelski was in his usual spot in front of the opponent's crease.

"I saw Burnsy had it. Sometimes, there's a shot. Sometimes, there's not. It kinda looked like he was trying to release it, and I didn't even see it come off his stick," he said.

Was this the most painful goal Pavelski ever scored?

"Yeah, I suppose," he said. "It didn't feel good."

Pavelski knew he had lost a few teeth as he skated off to the Sharks' trainers room, the crowd cheering loudly for the goal he scored off his face. He would enter the NHL's concussion protocol and have his wounds stitched up, but Pavelski was never worried about having to leave the game.

"You know, I think I knew right away. On my way to the bench, I knew I would be OK," he said.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:52 am 
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I am hoping for the following:

Jets over Blues

Stars over Preds

Leafs over Bruins

Columbus over TB

So there is a great chance all those teams lose.

Jets v Blues was a good game until the 3rd. F*CKING BLUES!!!

Would love to see a Jets v Leafs Stanley Cup.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:09 am 
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Well the Leafs v Boston series has turned into a rough one. Lot of good checking going on, some legal, some not.

Ovechkin knocked the shit out of a dude last night. Ovie hadn't fought in like 9 yrs and this young 'un had never fought once. KO.

Glad to see the Jets had some life in them Sunday night. Glad to see them light up the hated Blues.

Tampa and Pitt facing elimination, down 3-0. Love it.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:55 am 
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Ovi's knockout was a perfect overhand right, below the face guard and right on the button ... early reports today say he may miss the next game too because of a possible concussion

for those who missed it :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeUmmkn4meg


been a pretty wild opening round ... biggest surprise to me is Tampa Bay ... I thought they would be the team to beat from the east

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:39 pm 
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TB = gone

Penguins = gone

Great news, love the upsets.

Blues just go down, that series tied. I think the Jets finally found their game. Hope they take the next 2 and end this series.


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The Bolts just made the worst type of history. Perhaps the biggest failure in the long history of the NHL playoffs.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:31 am 
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What The Hell Happened To The Lightning?

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Six days in April can change a lot.

Six days ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were champions-in-waiting. They were a 128-point team, and no team in the history of hockey had ever had more wins. Of their 62 wins, 30 had come by three or more goals. They had three 40-goal scorers and one truly historic season from Nikita Kucherov. They officially clinched a playoff spot a week into March, though had unofficially clinched the Presidents’ Trophy around, oh, Thanksgiving. They had the MVP, and the Vezina winner, and the likely runners-up for the Norris and Jack Adams. They had no flaws.

Those things are mostly all still true, but nobody will remember any of the feats except as set-up for the punchline: The 2018–19 Lightning tore ass through the NHL only to get swept in the first round.

Six days ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were kind of a punchline. They had been a mess all season, sputtering along in post-contention, pre-rebuild limbo, just waiting for their disgruntled goalie and disgruntled star forward to leave, whether in the summer or at the trade deadline. Instead, they shockingly decided to be buyers at the deadline, mortgaging picks that would’ve helped with a rebuild in exchange for veterans, and accepting the possibility that Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin could leave them for nothing. Even after the trades the Blue Jackets sputtered along, only clinching a playoff spot on the season’s final weekend. And what did it matter anyway? This franchise had never won a playoff series in its history. And what did that matter anyway? They had to play the Tampa Bay Lightning, one of the greatest teams in the sport’s history.

Those things are mostly all still true, but right now, nobody cares. The 2018–19 Blue Jackets stumbled their way through a dysfunctional season and might’ve harmed their future with an inexplicable trade deadline strategy ... only to win their first-ever playoff series by just totally beating the Lightning’s asses.

“For six days in April,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said, “Columbus was the better team.”

That is the long and short of it, and any exegesis—and there will be much—will be at heart an attempt to understand why and how that statement could possibly be true, to understand why and how 82 games can have absolutely nothing to do with the next four.



first ever Presidents Trophy winners to get swept in the first round of the playoffs

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:39 am 
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While I have nothing against the Bolts, kind of like the way they play really, upsets in the playoffs are always a good thing. This upset was beyond awesome. Most everyone's pick to win the Cup, they get their asses handed to them in 4 games.

What is more interesting is how this will impact Columbus. Will the Breadman remain? What about Bob?

Tortorella's pre game speech the other night, I wanted to go out and beat some ass after hearing it. Talk about motivation, fiery speeches, they can and do work from time to time. I want to sit down with Torts, have a beer and watch a fuckin hockey game......that would be a helluva night right there.


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