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2018/2019 Quest for the Cup

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Game 3 in the books, 5-2 win for the 'Canes. Curtis McElhinney makes his first playoff start and is the third oldest goalie to ever start his first playoff game. And he was excellent!! Last two goals were empty netters so technically we had a 3-2 win.

The Islanders scored their first actual goal the entire series last night. All their others have been off of Hurricanes players. We just look flat out better than them. It's incredible to watch. Moneypuck has the Hurricanes as the odds on favorite to win the Cup at 29%. Next closest is the Sharks at 15....
 

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Game 3 in the books, 5-2 win for the 'Canes. Curtis McElhinney makes his first playoff start and is the third oldest goalie to ever start his first playoff game. And he was excellent!! Last two goals were empty netters so technically we had a 3-2 win.

The Islanders scored their first actual goal the entire series last night. All their others have been off of Hurricanes players. We just look flat out better than them. It's incredible to watch. Moneypuck has the Hurricanes as the odds on favorite to win the Cup at 29%. Next closest is the Sharks at 15....
That pat on the head though.....
 

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Thoughts on this round...

Cains will sweep
Boston will win in 7
Blues will win in 6
Colorado will win in 7
 

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We were rooting for the 'Canes and they swept the Isles.

Columbus and Colorado are fighting against elimination tonight.

Dallas and St. Louis is taking it down to the wire tomorrow.

The playoffs haven't gone any way I guessed they would have.
 

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I am happy that Columbus lost, but I now want the Canes to sweep Boston... because z-man and I are going to game 4 in Raleigh...

Joe Thornton could hide the Cup in his beard.

People in the D knew that Kenny Holland was being pushed into a “promotion” that he did not want to make room for Stevie Y... and today Kenny was named the GM of Edmonton. I applaud this move. So many people say if such and such happens they are moving to Canada. He actually did! Oprah it is your turn.

The Blues need to stop fooling around. If this game goes into OT, I am going to be pissed because I don’t want to be tired tomorrow.

On a side note... E2C7F1D0-91B5-4BC2-B389-3B91230E1E60.jpeg





Edit: Happy that the Blues closed it out. The Avs need to do the same thing tomorrow. Tomorrow.... ahhh later today as it is after midnight... is going to suck mad I stayed up to watch the game!
 
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The Blues hammered the Stars relentlessly. Bishop stood on his head the entire time and should have nothing to feel ashamed about.

I love that one time Devil Patrick Maroon brought it home for the Blues. Pulling for the Avs to win tonight.

I hope the Canes beat the crap out of Boston.
 

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Gah. I was rooting for Dallas. Partially because I live in DFW now, but mostly because the Sabres would have gotten a better draft pick if St. Louis had lost (we get their first round pick this year.)
 

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It's been a painfully long 4 months since our last title in New England. ;)

Go
 

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Gah. I was rooting for Dallas. Partially because I live in DFW now, but mostly because the Sabres would have gotten a better draft pick if St. Louis had lost (we get their first round pick this year.)
With Dallas' loss the Rangers miss out on their conditional 1st round pick they had hoped to get with the Zuccarello trade. Rangers suck.
 

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Woof, first two games in Boston have NOT been good. IMO we looked better for most of Game 1. There were some atrocious calls/non-calls that really changed the momentum of that game in Bostons favor in the 3rd.

As to the second game...good Lord. I think the Charlotte Checkers would have looked better. Mrazek shit the bed on at least 3 of the 6 goals, but the defense really didn't help. Hayden Fleury is about worthless and needs to take a seat in favor of someone else from Charlotte. Losing TVR for the remainder of the playoffs really sucks and shows. I hope they get it right in Raleigh for Game 3. Otherwise it's done. I don't think either west coast team could beat Carolina or Boston, so IMO the winner of the ECF wins the cup.
 

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Oh the irony. What's happening to the Canes is what happened to the Sabres in 06 (against the Canes)
 

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'Canes are toast now. Tukka Rask absolutely saved that game for the Bruins. Without him, it would have easily been 5-0 in that first period. We had ample opportunity to put more goals on the board with a litany of powerplays and a ton of open net chances, but it just didn't happen. Hockey Gods were our friends for the first 11 games, and now they are not. Nothing can be done to beat Tukka, he's just in the zone right now. If he doesn't win the Conn Smythe when they ultimately get the Stanley Cup I'll go to Boston and riot with them.

We need to get rid of Dougie Hamilton. He's just not worth the headache he brings to the table. He's a "me" minded player, not a team minded guy. He should NOT be on the powerplay, all he does is shoot first, he doesn't care about moving the puck anywhere. Special teams is atrocious. Whichever coach handles special teams needs to be launched directly into the sun. And I don't mean our sun, I mean one in another galaxy so he gets to think about his actions.

We absolutely need some sort of additional scorer too. Aho is great but he is a streaky player. Svech will be an absolute beast as he gets a little older, but he's still a 19 year old kid. He is fantastic both offensively and defensively now, his only weakness are those stupid penalties, but we need to back him up. We also need to consider getting rid of some of these offensive minded defense-men, and focus more on locking down the net. IMO, CMac and Mrazek should remain the pair moving forward, and I think it's reasonable to give them 50/50 ice time next year. They have both absolutely proven they belong in Carolina. Mrazek let some bad ones in during Game 2, but a good portion of the goals and ALL the goals last night were simply poor defensive play in front of the net. All told, it was a successful season. We made it a LOT further than I ever expected.
 

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Wanted... A Captain who will stay out of the Box... Please send Resumes to PNC Arena, Raleigh NC.
 

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Since there isn't a 2019/2020 Quest thread yet, I guess I'll post here that the Sabres have a new head coach: Ralph Krueger, who spent the last 5 years as chairman of a Premier League soccer club in England. Apparently up until then he was a hockey guy, and even spent a season as coach of the Oilers. Supposedly he's a motivational guru and renaissance man, who's adept at turning things around. We'll see.
 

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Wanted... A Captain who will stay out of the Box... Please send Resumes to PNC Arena, Raleigh NC.
That is such a weird thing to me too. Williams isn't that kind of guy, and he never has been. It's really out of character for him.
 

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Will the Blues end the Sharks run tonight or will it go to Game 7?

Who are you pulling for to win the final?
 

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Will the Blues end the Sharks run tonight or will it go to Game 7?

Who are you pulling for to win the final?
Blues or Sharks, couldn't care less which team. It would be cool to see another team secure their first Stanley Cup. I'm a bit partial to the Blues though because they have been waiting a LONG time. They've been in the league since 1967 and haven't even appeared in the Cup finals. This is a team that had Gretzky for a while, and had Brett Hull, Adam Oates, and Brendan Shanahan on the ice at the same time and still couldn't win.

That will be tough for David Backes though. I can't imagine what would be going through his head playing against the Blues in the Cup final. Oof.
 

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I am going to cheer for the Blues. They've never won a cup, I was always a fan of Brett Hull (and loved when he came to the Wings), and most importantly, I will be in St. Louis during Game 4!

Go Blues!

I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for a Blues sweep and my eyes out for relatively inexpensive last minute tickets to Game 4.
 

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I am going to cheer for the Blues. They've never won a cup, I was always a fan of Brett Hull (and loved when he came to the Wings), and most importantly, I will be in St. Louis during Game 4!

Go Blues!

I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for a Blues sweep and my eyes out for relatively inexpensive last minute tickets to Game 4.
x2 for the Blues. I really hope they get their Cup this year. A very long suffering team. Rematch of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals!
 

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I'll hope for the Blues, and will probably check in on some of the games, but not set aside time to watch them all. I will keep an eye on the scoring when it is getting close in the later games to watch one team win.

Then I'll count the days down to Avalanche training camp.
 

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Z-Man Plan and I were there to watch Boston get the Prince of Whales Trophy. I am happy with the run that the Canes made. As I noted before, I will cheer on my local team if it does not negativly impact the success of my Red Wings... which the past few years they have not stood a chance...

I am happy that St. Louis closed it out and now I am looking for St. Louis to sweep Boston.... Why a sweep you say?

The Islanders swept the Penguins in Round 1
The Canes swept the Islanders in Round 2
The Bruins swept the Canes in round 3
So, given the pattern:
The Blues will sweep the Bruins in round 4
 
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