East Qualifying and Round Robin Game Thread

TheRealness

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It definitely has. Playoff hockey at noon and at 4pm on a Monday is kind of awesome. Scratch that, it's beyond awesome.
I almost turned the Rags game on while sitting through a needless and tedious deposition I was defending today. Self-control and what modicum of professionalism I had left barely prevailed.
 

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Worst scenario for the Bs. Now behind 3 teams instead of 2
I understand why it’s frustrating, but I don’t think it matters where they finish. Pittsburgh has a great offense, but a defense and goalie that can be exploited. I’m sick of playing Toronto. Columbus’ defense and goalies scare me, especially in a neutral setting. Montreal can fuck off. The Isles are basically Columbus. Florida isn’t a picnic, but likely isn’t advancing. And Carolina could take down any of the top 4.

I just want them ready when they face their opponent in the (true) first round.
 

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Whoever they play in the first round is going to be a good team. The seeding doesn’t really mean anything. Just work the rust out and stay healthy.
 

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I understand why it’s frustrating, but I don’t think it matters where they finish. Pittsburgh has a great offense, but a defense and goalie that can be exploited. I’m sick of playing Toronto. Columbus’ defense and goalies scare me, especially in a neutral setting. Montreal can fuck off. The Isles are basically Columbus. Florida isn’t a picnic, but likely isn’t advancing. And Carolina could take down any of the top 4.

I just want them ready when they face their opponent in the (true) first round.
My main concern isn’t necessary the seed they get. The seeds coming in reflect play of 4 months ago so it’s out the window especially among the top teams. The talent margin between the Bruins and the other 3 teams is small. Everyone is healthy now for the most part so teams are different than they may have been in March.

My concern is that the Bruins are playing with seemingly a lack of urgency. If I were Cassidy, I’d be treating these games like this was the start of the playoffs. It’s not going to be easy to turn the intensity switch up going up against a team coming off an actual playoff series. Both games it looked like the opponent was skating with more energy and more purpose. It better get cleaned up in the next two games. If they play well, the seed issue will take care of itself.
 

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Whoever they play in the first round is going to be a good team. The seeding doesn’t really mean anything. Just work the rust out and stay healthy.
It is probably meaningless, but it is frustrating that this was the solution they come up with, and that it did not reward the Bruins for being the best team at all
 

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That’s probably curtains for Lundqvist.
He's 6th all time in wins. He joins Roberto Luongo and Curtis Joseph in the top 9 of all time to have never won a Stanley Cup.

But in this series, he let up a few soft goals. He also showed incredible flashes of brilliance, but those soft goals are killer. They put the Rangers on their heels in both Game 1 and especially in Game 2. Still, he had quite an impressive career. He took many of those Ranger teams much further than they had any right to go. And in 2014, the Rangers completely blew it against the Kings, twice giving up multiple goal leads and once giving up a one goal lead and losing all three games in OT.

He was thisclose. Especially in those OTs, the Rangers had a multitude of golden opportunities in every game. But never could finish. I will say this, for a series that ended 4-1, that was one of the best Stanley Cup Finals ever. 3 overtime games, two of which went to double OT. The intensity was insane.
 

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Pretty innocuous fall too, just right into Bjorkstran’s leg. Neck injuries are always scary.
Muzzin was crosschecked from behind by Dubois and fell into the knee of the other Columbus player. It is interesting now in the NHL that cross checking is hardly ever called while you can get 2 minutes for touching a player's glove with your stick. Anyway piss on Mike Milbury for hinting that Muzzin might be faking to get a whistle.
 

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Muzzin was crosschecked from behind by Dubois and fell into the knee of the other Columbus player. It is interesting now in the NHL that cross checking is hardly ever called while you can get 2 minutes for touching a player's glove with your stick. Anyway piss on Mike Milbury for hinting that Muzzin might be faking to get a whistle.
I thought that cross check was one of those you see 30 times a game...more of a shove, Muzzin went down and the result was horrible.

But piss on Milbury for everything that comes out of his cake hole.
 

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Muzzin was crosschecked from behind by Dubois and fell into the knee of the other Columbus player. It is interesting now in the NHL that cross checking is hardly ever called while you can get 2 minutes for touching a player's glove with your stick. Anyway piss on Mike Milbury for hinting that Muzzin might be faking to get a whistle.
Yeah, the amount of cross checking that guys get away with, while interference and slashing are regulated like mad, is astounding to me.
 

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Petry's shot was an absolute snipe - and one of the reasons I wasn't too worried about the prospect of playing Pittsburgh. Murray hasn't been all that
 

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The Penguins were not going to make the playoffs without the shutdown saving them...they'd lost 8 of 11 going in with their only wins against BUF, OTT, and NJD with a brutal stretch of Metro games to conclude the regular season.

It's an awful defense with a rotten coaching staff and a bad goalie and it's all getting exposed.
 

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The Penguins were not going to make the playoffs without the shutdown saving them...they'd lost 8 of 11 going in with their only wins against BUF, OTT, and NJD with a brutal stretch of Metro games to conclude the regular season.

It's an awful defense with a rotten coaching staff and a bad goalie and it's all getting exposed.
Absolutely, I cleaned up in fantasy towards the end of the first segment of the season stacking against the Pens. Granted in a short series anything can happen and Sid is Sid. All that said there are definitely worse possible first round matchups for whoever gets them.
 

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Is the NHL re-seeding after the qualification round? I am assuming if Montreal wins they are playing the 1st seed (likely TB).
 

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It will mostly likely be Pittsburgh, Carolina or NYI. I‘d prefer the Isles. For that to happen, the Bruins need to beat Washington and then the Habs and Isles close out their series.

They made quick work of Carolina last year, but Carolina looked real good against the Rangers. They are still weak in net. Pittsburgh hasn’t looked good but they’ve still got Sid and Geno and a championship core. Coming off a scare against the Habs, I wouldn’t be thrilled to see them. They have D and goaltending problems though.