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    Sharks have gotten some breaks this season. Would have been out in the first round if not for that phantom major penalty call.
    It was the way it was called. I looked at that replay many times.

    I would've called it like this: 2-minutes for Cody Eakin for cross-checking and a five-minute major and a game misconduct on Paul Stastny for pummeling Joe Pavelski on the ice.

    Still, with all those breaks, the San Jose Sharks still have to capitalized them which they did.
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    They still needed to convert 3 times on that power play. Vegas couldn't have limited them to 1 on the penalty kill instead of 3?

    I mean it's not like Jeffery Maier or Don Denkeninger level bad calls.
    Yes the refs totally missed the hand pass but they were screened out and apparently it was not reviewable. That said the game would still have been tied, SJ may have won anyway, though the same could be said for STL.
    It's actually four power play goals in that five minute major power play for Team Teal against the Vegas Golden Knights.

    To Vegas' credit though, they forced overtime and even had their chances to win in the first overtime period before Barclay Goodrow scored the game and series winner.

    Like I said, the next NHL Board of Governors' meeting will have a debate on reviewable plays.
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    The Boston Bruins book their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 2013.

    Bruce Cassidy and the B's complete the four-game sweep over the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-0 in Game 4 inside Raleigh's PNC Arena to win the series, 4-0.

    Boston's main line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored all four goals with Bergeron scoring twice.

    Tuukka Rask had a 24-save shutout as the B's end Carolina's Cinderella run.

    Boston will await the winner of the Western Conference Finals series between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues and will have home ice in the Stanley Cup Finals since they have more points than both the Sharks and Blues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Tripper View Post
    They still needed to convert 3 times on that power play. Vegas couldn't have limited them to 1 on the penalty kill instead of 3?

    I mean it's not like Jeffery Maier or Don Denkeninger level bad calls.
    Yes the refs totally missed the hand pass but they were screened out and apparently it was not reviewable. That said the game would still have been tied, SJ may have won anyway, though the same could be said for STL.
    As far as Wedensday's game you are right. The right call and the Sharks still could of won. But that Vegas game. I think it is extremely unlikely Sharks win that game if not for the phantom major penalty. Funny how 2 seasons back the Isles had a regular season game against the Wings that mirrored the Vegas game. Down 4 goals late in the game Wings were called for a major and the Isles scored 5 PP goals to take the lead. Wings tied it in the last minute and the Isles won in OT.

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    Well, the St. Louis Blues bounced back after their heartbreak in Game 3 to force a Best-of-Three in the Western Conference Finals.

    The Blues held off the San Jose Sharks, 2-1 in Game 4 to even the series at 2 a piece heading back to San Jose's SAP Center on Sunday.

    Ivan Barbashev scored his first goal of the playoffs 35 seconds into the game to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead.

    Tyler Bozak made it 2-0 on the power play at 17:53 for his fourth of the playoffs.

    After a scoreless second period, the Sharks finally got on the board as Tomas Hertl scored his 10th of the playoffs at 6:48 of the third period to cut the deficit to one.

    However, Jordan Binnington stymied the Sharks with 29 saves as the Blues win Game 4.
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    BB55's Series-by-Series Three Stars - Eastern Conference Finals: A2. Boston Bruins vs. WC1. Carolina Hurricanes

    BOS wins Best-of-Seven series, 4-0.

    1st Star:Tuukka Rask, BOS: 4-0, 1.25 GAA, .956 Sv%, 1 SHO

    2nd Star:Patrice Bergeron, BOS 5 P (3 G (1 GWG), 2 A), +3, 51.4% Faceoff Wins, 6 Hits, 5 Blocked Shots

    3rd Star:Marcus Johansson, BOS: 4 P (1 G, 3 A), +3, Two Hits, 3 Blocked Shots
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    Meanwhile in the 2019 IIHF World Championships, Finland, Canada, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic clinched spots to the Quarterfinals.

    The United States has a 11-9 edge over Slovakia with a game in-hand in Group A despite Slovakia's head-to-head edge over the Americans.

    The United States need at least two points in those final two games against Germany and Canada to advance to the QFs while Slovakia needs to beat Denmark in regulation/overtime/shootout and hope that the Americans don't get two points or more.

    In Group B, Sweden and Latvia for the fourth and final QF spot with Sweden having a 12-6 edge in points.

    Both Sweden and Latvia have two games remaining including their head-to-head clash on May 20.

    If Sweden gets a point in their head-to-head game against Latvia, they're in.

    Latvia needs to beat both Sweden and Norway in regulation and hope that Sweden doesn't get a point in their final two games to make the last eight.

    Standings:
    http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/690/IHM690300_76_41_0.pdf

    Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.
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    The San Jose Sharks are a perfect 4-0 in this Stanley Cup playoffs when facing elimination.

    Peter DeBoer in Team Teal have their backs against the wall again after suffering a 5-0 home whitewash to the St. Louis Blues in Game 5.

    The Blues lead the Best-of-Seven Western Conference Finals series, 3-2.

    Jaden Schwartz scored a hat trick to take his Stanley Cup playoff tally to 12 goals.

    Vladimir Tarasenko added a goal and assist and Jordan Binnington had a 21-save shutout as the Blues have a chance to close it out inside Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

    If the Sharks win Game 6, Game 7 back in San Jose on Thursday.
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    The 2019 IIHF World Championship Knockout Stage is set.

    The eight teams who are in the quarterfinals
    Group A: Finland, Canada, United States and Germany
    Group B: Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland

    Seeding to be determined.

    Note: There will be a re-seeding after the quarterfinals.
    https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/...format-changed

    France and Austria are relegated to 2020 IIHF World Championship Division I A.
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    The St. Louis Blues are back in the Stanley Cup Finals!

    Craig Berube continues to lead the Blues' remarkable run for their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1970 after demolishing the San Jose Sharks, 5-1 in Game 6 and win the Western Conference Finals in six games, 4-2.

    Ryan O'Reilly led the Blues with three points, all assists while David Perron chipped in with a goal and assist.

    The Blues went a perfect 2/2 on the power play and killed the Sharks' only power play opportunity where Peter DeBoer and Team Teal battled without Tomas Hertl, Erik Karlsson and Joe Pavelski who were injured in Game 5.

    Jordan Binnington had 25 saves as the Blues have a date with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins in a rematch of the 1970 Final which of course remembered for Bobby Orr's flying overtime Game 4 and series winner in a sweep.

    As for the San Jose Sharks, it's another year they have to wait to win the Stanley Cup and will it be the last time for Joe Thornton to lace up the skates as a player?

    'Jumbo' Joe and Patrick Marleau have played the most games without winning a Stanley Cup and both will turn 40 before the 2019-20 campaign starts. What does the future hold for them?
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    Meanwhile in Slovakia, the Final Eight of the 2019 IIHF World Championship is set.

    All games on May 23

    Canada v. Switzerland
    Czech Republic v. Germany
    Russia v. United States
    Finland v. Sweden
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    BB55's Series-by-Series Three Stars - Western Conference Finals: P2. San Jose Sharks vs. C3. St. Louis Blues

    STL wins Best-of-Seven series, 4-2.

    1st Star:Jordan Binnington, STL: 4-2, 2.32 GAA, .912 Sv%

    2nd Star:Vladimir Tarasenko, STL: 8 P (3 G (1 GWG), 5 A), 16 Hits, 4 Blocked Shots

    3rd Star:Logan Couture, SJS: 6 P (5 G, 1 A), 9 Hits, 6 Blocked Shots
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    Meanwhile in the 2019 IIHF World Championship tournament in Slovakia, it's down to the Final Four.

    Russia will take on Finland and Canada will take on the Czech Republic.

    Russia held off the United States, 4-3.

    Tampa Bay Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev and Vegas Golden Knights F Nikita Gusev each had three points.

    Chicago Blackhawks F Patrick Kane, who had the most points for an American in IIHF World Championship history during the tournament, and future NHL starlet Jack Hughes each had two points.

    Finland needed overtime to send defending IIHF World Champion Sweden packing, 5-4.

    Sweden led 4-3 late in the third period until Jokerit F Marko Anttila tied the game with 1:29 to go in regulation.

    Salavat Yulaev Ufa Sakari Manninen scored the winner 1:37 into overtime to help the Finns book a spot in the semifinals.

    Canada also needed overtime to outlast a heartbroken Switzerland, 3-2.

    EV Zug G Leonardo Genoni kept the Canadians at bay and the Swiss scored two power play goals from Colorado Avalanche F Sven Andrighetto and New Jersey Devil Nico Hischier as Switzerland led 2-1 late in the third period.

    However, Damon Severson forced overtime with one second left to tie the game at 2-2.

    Vegas F Mark Stone scored the winner at 5:07 into overtime for his third point of the night.

    Jan Kovar led the Czechs with three points in their 5-1 rout of Germany.

    All semifinal games on May 25.
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    It will be Canada against Finland for the 2019 IIHF World Championship Gold Medal.

    Finland edged Russia 1-0 in the first semifinal.

    Mark Anttila scored the only goal of the game at 10:18 of the third period and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Lankinen had a 32-save shutout.

    Meanwhile in the second semifinal, Vegas Golden Knight forward Mark Stone led the way with a goal and assist as Canada thrashed the Czech Republic, 5-1.

    Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Matt Murray had 40 saves in the win.

    So, the schedule for May 26 looks like this from Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

    Bronze Medal Game at 15:45: RUS v. CZE
    Gold Medal Game at 20:15: CAN v. FIN
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    2019 Stanley Cup Finals schedule: Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues
    https://www.nhl.com/news/stanley-cup...19/c-289529902
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    BB55's Three Studs and Three Duds - 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals

    Three Studs
    1. St. Louis Blues
    Why? The Blues reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1970 and will have a chance to gain revenge on the Boston Bruins which is famous for Bobby Orr's game-winning and Cup clinching flying goal in Game 4 in overtime.

    2. Boston Bruins
    Why? The Bruins are in their Stanley Cup Final in the 2010s decade and looking for their second as the remains from the 2011 cup run led by Zdeno Chara know what it takes to thrive in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    3. Craig Berube and Bruce Cassidy
    Why? The two head coaches have been amazing stories since they were named head coaches.

    Cassidy went from an assistant to interim after the Bruins fired Claude Julien to Stanley Cup Final participant in two-and-a-half years.

    Meanwhile, Berube continues St. Louis' remarkable turnaround since the turn of the calendar year. Will it continue for the Blues as St. Louis is hungry for a Stanley Cup title?

    Three Duds
    1. San Jose Sharks
    Why? Peter DeBoer and Team Teal thought they were going to be this year's Washington Capitals: a team that was resilient enough to exorcise a lot of Stanley Cup playoff demons and win the Stanley Cup to overcome them.

    The Sharks did overcome a 3-1 deficit to the Vegas Golden Knights in Round 1, outlast a rising Colorado Avalanche squad in Round 2 and had a 2-1 lead against the Blues including a lucky break in Game 3 where the referees missed a hand pass call on Timo Meier that led to the game-winning goal in overtime from Erik Karlsson.

    However, the lucky breaks they had throughout the playoffs vanished and ran out of miracles in the final three games against the Blues.

    It's the same old story for Team Teal: another year, they have to wait.

    2. Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Erik Karlsson.
    Why? Doug Wilson and the Sharks' brass will have very tough decisions this offseason. With Meier and Kevin Labanc potentially getting raises, the Sharks have another headache with the roster. Joe Thornton is turning 40 this year and Joe Pavelski is turning 36. The two Joes and Erik Karlsson will become free agents this coming July. In my mind, the Sharks will probably need to keep two of them.

    Will Wilson also trade Evander Kane? A lot of questions to be answered for the Sharks this offseason.

    3. Carolina Hurricanes
    Why? Sure, the Canes' had a great season making to Round 3. Unfortunately, Rod Brind'Amour ran into a better team in the Bruins.

    Talking about sweeps, it's like the New York Islanders this postseason: swept an opponent in one round, but getting swept and bounced out the next.
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    BB55's Primer and Picks - 2019 Stanley Cup Finals: Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Cardinals

    Keys for BOS
    - Keep rolling all four lines
    - Zdeno Chara, Brandon Carlo and the Bruins blueline keep the Blues' big guns at bay
    - Tuukka Rask outplaying Jordan Binnington
    - Special Teams

    Keys for STL
    - The depth players including Brayden Schenn step up to ease the burden Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz
    - Alex Piertrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester and Colton Parayko having a huge Stanley Cup Final
    - Jordan Binnington outplaying Tuukka Rask
    - Special Teams

    Prediction: St. Louis is due for a Stanley Cup title while Boston is looking for another title in the Gateway City's expense.

    It's going to come down to depth scoring, special teams and whoever shines the brightest in net will make the difference.

    The Blues will also have payback on their minds after losing four straight to the Bruins in the 1970 Stanley Cup Final.

    Boston has all the tools and experience to win another Stanley Cup, but will the layoff play a factor?

    I think this series will go the distance and even though the Bruins are the best complete team left, the Blues' resurgence and momentum make me lean towards the underdog to lift the Stanley Cup over the heads.

    BB55's Pick: STL over BOS in seven.

    Conn Smythe Trophy picks
    If BOS wins: Tuukka Rask
    If STL wins: Jordan Binnington
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    BB55's Primer and Picks - 2019 Stanley Cup Finals: Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Cardinals

    Keys for BOS
    - Keep rolling all four lines
    - Zdeno Chara, Brandon Carlo and the Bruins blueline keep the Blues' big guns at bay
    - Tuukka Rask outplaying Jordan Binnington
    - Special Teams

    Keys for STL
    - The depth players including Brayden Schenn step up to ease the burden Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz
    - Alex Piertrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester and Colton Parayko having a huge Stanley Cup Final
    - Jordan Binnington outplaying Tuukka Rask
    - Special Teams

    Prediction: St. Louis is due for a Stanley Cup title while Boston is looking for another title in the Gateway City's expense.

    It's going to come down to depth scoring, special teams and whoever shines the brightest in net will make the difference.

    The Blues will also have payback on their minds after losing four straight to the Bruins in the 1970 Stanley Cup Final.

    Boston has all the tools and experience to win another Stanley Cup, but will the layoff play a factor?

    I think this series will go the distance and even though the Bruins are the best complete team left, the Blues' resurgence and momentum make me lean towards the underdog to lift the Stanley Cup over the heads.

    BB55's Pick: STL over BOS in seven.

    Conn Smythe Trophy picks
    If BOS wins: Tuukka Rask
    If STL wins: Jordan Binnington
    I hope you're right. I can't stomach Boston winning 3 of 4 titles this year. My nephew just turned 1 and has seen more titles than my 9 year old daughter.

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    I hope you're right. I can't stomach Boston winning 3 of 4 titles this year. My nephew just turned 1 and has seen more titles than my 9 year old daughter.
    Well, there's a lot of years in this century for NYC's Main Four to win titles and then some to win most decades.
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    Unfortunately Bruins pretty much dominated the entire game last night. Must have hit the post at least 4 times or score would have been worse. Blues have now lost 13 consecutive games in the Final round which has to be a record.

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    The Bruins are the one Boston team i like, so I'm quite happy with last night's result.

    If the Bruins destroy them in gm2 I think that will be pretty much game, set, match.
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    At this point, all I want is the first ever Final game victory. The Blues are the only team in the NHL, MLB, and NBA to not win a game in a best of 7 championship series.

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    Unfortunately Bruins pretty much dominated the entire game last night. Must have hit the post at least 4 times or score would have been worse. Blues have now lost 13 consecutive games in the Final round which has to be a record.
    Yeah but the first 12 were under strange circumstances, as the NHL put all 6 1967 expansion teams in the same division, guaranteeing that one of them would make the finals. It just happened to be St. Louis the first 3 years, but while they were better than the other expansion teams they were still an expansion team themselves and didn't figure to have any shot against Montreal or Boston.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    Yeah but the first 12 were under strange circumstances, as the NHL put all 6 1967 expansion teams in the same division, guaranteeing that one of them would make the finals. It just happened to be St. Louis the first 3 years, but while they were better than the other expansion teams they were still an expansion team themselves and didn't figure to have any shot against Montreal or Boston.
    Actually they played Montreal very tough in that first Final. All 4 games were low scoring 1 goal games and 2 went to OT. They had two HOF goaltenders and it actually was suprising that they could not win a few games in those three Finals.

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