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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Playing at Barclays in no way was responsible for the Isles losing that series. It was a tough series and Canes converted every Isles mistake into a goal. It all snowballed when Clutterbuck back passed in the acting zone in OT (Always a no no) instead of shooting and the turnover led to the Canes winning that game. Isles lost both games at Carolina.
    But I argue the Isles play better at Uniondale. However, losing Johnny Boychuk was another factor.
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    BB55's Primer and Prediction - 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals

    Eastern Conference Finals: A2. Boston Bruins vs. EWC1. Carolina Hurricanes

    Keys for BOS
    - Top line of Patrice Bergeon, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak lead the way
    - Tuukka Rask maintaining his Conn Smythe form
    - Special Teams
    - Been there, done that

    Keys for CAR
    - Starts on the blueline led by Jaccob Slavin
    - X-Factor: Conditioning
    - Special Teams
    - Hold serve at home, win two in Beantown

    Prediction: Don Cherry called the Carolina Hurricanes 'a bunch of jerks.' But Rod Brind'Amour and company have adopted that as their rally cry for their fourth appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals.

    However, the Canes have a much bigger task ahead of them with Boston's depth all across the board despite losing Charlie McAvoy for Game 1 due to suspension.

    Carolina's forwards including the likes of Mr. Game 7 and Canes' captain forward Justin Williams, Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal and Warren Foegele need to chip in with more points to ease the burden off their blueline including Slavin and Justin Faulk.

    With Trevor van Riemsdyk out for the season due to injury, Calvin de Haan will have to be effective with a lot more minutes.

    As for the Bruins, the veteran core group that was in the 2011 and 2013 playoff runs led by Chara know that winning a second Stanley Cup title would be huge.

    The B's power play is the best of the four remaining teams at 28.6% and their penalty kill can improve from their 83.8% clip.

    I think with this wave of momentum after knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champions and sweeping another Cinderella story in the New York Islanders, the Canes will try to use their Storm Surge to give the Bruins all they can handle.

    It will be a hard fought Eastern Conference Final, but in the end, the Bruins get my nod in a seven-game war, but only just.

    BB55's Pick: BOS over CAR in seven.
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    BB55's Primer and Prediction - 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals

    Western Conference Finals: P2. San Jose Sharks v. C3. St. Louis Blues

    Keys for SJS
    - Depth all across the board
    - Martin Jones outplaying Jordan Binnington
    - Little things including faceoffs and special teams
    - Repeat like 2016

    Keys for STL
    - Depth all across the board
    - Jordan Binnington outplaying Martin Jones
    - Little things including faceoffs and special teams
    - Continue the resurgence

    Prediction: This is the sixth time the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues will face off against each other in the playoffs. Team Teal won the wars in 2000, 2004 and 2016 while St. Louis had the edge in 2001 and 2012.

    Both teams are relatively even on all facets of the game including skating, banging, depth and special teams.

    The Blues do need more scoring from Vladimir Tarasenko, David Perron and Ryan O'Reilly to ease the burden off Jaden Schwartz. Pat Maroon is my X-Factor for Craig Berube.

    The return of Joe Pavelski was a huge shot in the arm for Peter DeBoer and the Sharks where it gives them three or even four scoring lines to chip in points.

    Erik Karlsson is due to emerge as a key contributor on his end and the Blues' cycle game will test his defensive skills.

    Will the Blues even the score at 3-3 or will the Sharks repeat like they did in 2016?

    It's a very tough series to call since both teams are similar and both are resilient. Something's gotta give.

    In a coin flip, with Martin Jones getting hot and the Sharks having a little more balance in scoring, I give Team Teal the nod in a series that has the potential to be the best in the 2019 playoffs.

    BB55's Pick: SJS over STL in seven.
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    Re: 2018-19 NHL and AHL Hockey Season Thread

    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    You got tickets? Lucky!
    Nonstop action! Busher Jackson was flying! Dit Clapper tried to keep up but never had a chance! Charlie Gardiner had all the answers in net!

    I shot some footage of the game, great stuff!

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    Re: 2018-19 NHL and AHL Hockey Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by BroadwayBomber55 View Post
    But I argue the Isles play better at Uniondale. However, losing Johnny Boychuk was another factor.
    During the regular season Isles were 12-7-1 at the Coliseum and 12-6-1 at Barclays. And yes, losing Boychuk really hurt. Playoff games were sold out at Barclays with plenty of crowd noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    During the regular season Isles were 12-7-1 at the Coliseum and 12-6-1 at Barclays. And yes, losing Boychuk really hurt. Playoff games were sold out at Barclays with plenty of crowd noise.
    But in the playoffs, the Isles were 2-0 in Uniondale, outscoring the Pens 7-4 while 0-2 in Brooklyn, being outscored by the Canes, 3-1.
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    The Boston Bruins take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series against the Carolina Hurricanes, rallying from a 2-1 deficit after two periods and turning it to a 5-2 pull away victory.

    Steven Kampfer gave the B's a 10 lead 2:55 into the game before Sebastian Aho scored his fifth of the playoffs on the power play 47 seconds to tie the game at 1-1.

    The Canes take a 2-1 lead heading into the third after Greg McKegg scored the only goal in the second frame at 9:18.

    But Rod Brind'Amour's men discombobulated early in the third. Jordan Staal was in the box for boarding and Boston made Carolina pay as Marcus Johansson tied the game at 2-2 at 2:26 on the power play.

    Boston had the man advantage again as Dougie Hamilton was called for roughing and 28 seconds later, Patrice Bergeon scored his sixth of the playoffs to give Boston a 3-2 cushion.

    Charlie Coyle doubled the lead with an empty netter at 17:47 and Chris Wagner added insult to injury 11 seconds later.

    Tuukka Rask had 29 stops in the win.

    Game 2 from TD Garden on Mother's Day Sunday.
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    Meanwhile on the first day of 2019 IIHF World Championship action, host country Slovakia and Finland handed the two North American powers defeats.

    Finland defeated Canada 3-1 as Kaapo Kakko, Arttu Ilomaki and Toni Rajala each had a goal and assist.

    Meanwhile, host country Slovakia blitzed the United States, 4-1.

    In Group B, Nikita Kucherov had three points in Russia's 5-2 victory over Norway.

    Henrik Lundqvist struggled in Sweden's 5-2 loss to the Czech Republic giving up four goals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroadwayBomber55 View Post
    Meanwhile on the first day of 2019 IIHF World Championship action, host country Slovakia and Finland handed the two North American powers defeats.

    Finland defeated Canada 3-1 as Kaapo Kakko, Arttu Ilomaki and Toni Rajala each had a goal and assist.

    Meanwhile, host country Slovakia blitzed the United States, 4-1.

    In Group B, Nikita Kucherov had three points in Russia's 5-2 victory over Norway.

    Henrik Lundqvist struggled in Sweden's 5-2 loss to the Czech Republic giving up four goals.
    These games were tremendous! I got footage of one:


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    Re: 2018-19 NHL and AHL Hockey Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by BroadwayBomber55 View Post
    But in the playoffs, the Isles were 2-0 in Uniondale, outscoring the Pens 7-4 while 0-2 in Brooklyn, being outscored by the Canes, 3-1.
    But what is your point? Isles were 2-0 at Pittsburgh but 0-2 at Carolina. Plus Carolina plays a defensive system much like the Isles. Isles lost to the Canes because they made the most of our mistakes. The arena was not a factor at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    But what is your point? Isles were 2-0 at Pittsburgh but 0-2 at Carolina. Plus Carolina plays a defensive system much like the Isles. Isles lost to the Canes because they made the most of our mistakes. The arena was not a factor at all.
    Probably a good luck charm in Nassau.
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    In the Western Conference Finals, the San Jose Sharks drew first blood after doubling up the St. Louis Blues, 6-3 in Game 1 inside SAP Center.

    Logan Couture got the ball rolling for Team Teal for his 10th goal of the playoffs at 3:31 of the first period.

    Joel Edmundson tied the game at 1-1 at 9:13 before Joe Pavelski gave San Jose a 2-1 cushion with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 11:24 to round out the first period scoring.

    Kevin Labanc made it 3-1 at 7:41 of the second period.

    Ryan O'Reilly pulled St. Louis back to within one, 3-2 at 8:58.

    The Sharks responded with two goals to close out the period and lead 5-2 after two as Timo Meier scored both of them.

    Tyler Bozak made it a 5-3 game at 13:01, but Couture sealed the win with an empty netter at 17:39 for his 11th of the playoffs.

    Both Meier and Couture each had three points.

    Things got chippy in the end with Robert Bortuzzo and Barclay Goodrow both receiving roughing and misconducts.

    Game 2 on Monday from the Shark Tank.
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    The Carolina Hurricanes trailed 2-0 in their Round 1 series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals and rallied to win that series in seven.

    However, Rod Brind'Amour and company have a much tougher task against the Boston Bruins as the B's go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals after routing the Canes, 6-2.

    Torey Krug and Charlie Coyle each had three assists and Matt Grzelcyk scored twice as Boston led 6-0 nearly five minutes into the third period before Carolina grabbed two late goals.

    Game 3 in Raleigh on Tuesday.
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    Meanwhile in the IIHF World Championships in Slovakia, the United States and Canada bounced back from defeats to enter the Top Four in Group A after three games.

    In Group B, Russia is the only remaining team with a 100% record after three games while Sweden is bouncing back after struggling in their first game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    These games were tremendous! I got footage of one:


    Nah. This is better in my mind.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lDdJOjU92A
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    We have a series in the Western Conference Finals!

    The St. Louis Blues steal home ice after beating the San Jose Sharks, 4-2 in Game 2 inside SAP Center.

    Jaden Schwartz opened the scoring 2:34 into the game for his ninth of the playoffs as the Blues led 1-0 after one period.

    Vince Dunn made it 2-0 at 4:16 of the second period.

    But Logan Couture won't let the Sharks go away as he scored twice in a two-minute span to level Game 2 at 2-2.

    Couture has 13 goals in the playoffs.

    St. Louis answered back as Robert Bortuzzo scored his first of the postseason at 16:34 to give the Blues a 3-2 with a backhand.

    Oskar Sundqvist sealed the win at 16:34 of the third period.

    Game 3 inside Enterprise Center on Wednesday.
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    The Boston Bruins are one win away from ending the Carolina Hurricanes' Cinderella run and booking their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 2013 after a 2-1 victory in Game 3.

    After a scoreless first period, Chris Wagner opened the scoring at 1:21 of the second period and Brad Marchand made it 2-0 on the power play at 6:28 for his sixth of the playoffs.

    Calvin de Haan gave the Canes a lifeline at 13:48, but Tuukka Rask held down the fort with 35 saves.

    Boston can close it out on Thursday. If Carolina wins, Game 5 will be in TD Garden on Saturday.
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    Re: 2018-19 NHL and AHL Hockey Season Thread

    Meanwhile in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs, the AHL is down to their Final Four which starts this weekend.

    In the West, the Vegas Golden Knights' AHL affiliate and top seed in the Western Conference Chicago Wolves take on the Anaheim Ducks' AHL squad, the San Diego Gulls who recently eliminated the top two seeds in the Pacific Division bracket.

    As for the East, the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL team and defending Calder Cup champion Toronto Marlies tangle the MacGregor Kilpatrick trophy winning and Carolina Hurricanes' AHL club Charlotte Checkers.

    Schedule
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    The Boston Bruins are one win away from ending the Carolina Hurricanes' Cinderella run and booking their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 2013 after a 2-1 victory in Game 3.

    After a scoreless first period, Chris Wagner opened the scoring at 1:21 of the second period and Brad Marchand made it 2-0 on the power play at 6:28 for his sixth of the playoffs.

    Calvin de Haan gave the Canes a lifeline at 13:48, but Tuukka Rask held down the fort with 35 saves.

    Boston can close it out on Thursday. If Carolina wins, Game 5 will be in TD Garden on Saturday.
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    We are going to overtime in Game 3 of the 2019 Western Conference Finals.

    The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks are deadlocked at four a piece after regulation.

    Peter DeBoer and Team Teal blanked the Blues in the first period as they took a 2-0 lead after the first period.

    Erik Karlsson scored his first goal of the playoffs at 13:37 to give San Jose a 1-0 lead and Joe Thornton made it 2-0 at 16:58.

    But it was all Craig Berube's Blues in the second period as they outscored the Sharks 4-1 to take a 4-3 lead after two.

    Alexander Steen got the Enterprise Center rocking as the Blues were on the board at 1:18 before Thornton scored his second of the game 18 seconds.

    Vladimir Tarasenko made it a 3-2 game with his sixth of the playoffs at 4:05 and David Perron capped off the period with two goals at 16:03 and on the power play at 18:42.

    Colton Parayko had three assists in that period.

    Jordan Binnington and Martin Jones were very good with 25 saves each, but the Sharks were the ones who forced overtime as Logan Couture poked in his 14th goal of the playoffs, a Sharks' franchise record, after both Joes, Thornton and Pavelski, had the assists at 18:59.

    Who will go 2-1 up in this series?
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    Goal?! IT IS! SHARKS WIN!

    The crowd inside Enterprise Center is not happy.

    Timo Meier fired a shot that was blocked and went off a Blues' player and the crowd and the Blues thought that Meier batted the puck down with his right hand in the offensive zone as a handpass.

    The puck comes to Gustav Nyquist who poked a pass to Erik Karlsson who scored his second of the game and help the San Jose Sharks win Game 3 in overtime and steal home ice, 5-4.

    The referees looked at the monitor to see if there was a distinct handpass motion from Meier, but the call on the ice stood as a goal and then skated towards their locker room much to the disgust from the Blues and their fans.

    Karlsson scored the overtime winner at 5:23 of the first overtime period.

    What a break for Team Teal as they go 2-1 up heading to Game 4 on Friday in the Gateway City.
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    Here's the controversial overtime winner by the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues.
    https://twitter.com/NHLonNBCSports/s...60638372081664

    I bet the next NHL Board of Governors meeting will institute another reviewable play after this.

    Even if Timo Meier got a fingernail to that deflected puck in the air with that slap, that's a handpass in the offensive zone.

    What a break for the Sharks.
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    Re: 2018-19 NHL and AHL Hockey Season Thread

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    Here's the controversial overtime winner by the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues.
    https://twitter.com/NHLonNBCSports/s...60638372081664

    I bet the next NHL Board of Governors meeting will institute another reviewable play after this.

    Even if Timo Meier got a fingernail to that deflected puck in the air with that slap, that's a handpass in the offensive zone.

    What a break for the Sharks.
    Sharks have gotten some breaks this season. Would have been out in the first round if not for that phantom major penalty call.

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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.
    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.
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