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2021 Tampa Bay Lightning Playoff Thread.

Discussion in 'GC Hall of Fame' started by tilly, May 17, 2021.

  1. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    Love Stevie Y for building what he did...
    BUT, Yzerman is getting a little heat up there, meanwhile BriseBois was hired in Tampa at the same time as Y and made the deadline moves that Y never did to get Tampa over the hump.
    I am starting to wonder how much Y depended on JBB and misses him now. JBB went and got really good guys at the deadline last year and did amazing cap gymnastics this season.

    Y's teams were always crazy skilled but lacked toughness. JBB went and build around the skill guys with tough, playoff type guys.

    JBB is an upgrade imo.
     
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  2. Skink

    Skink GC Hall of Fame

    Interesting. The Red Wings with Yzerman as Captain were always more finesse than tough - save for one Darren McCarty
     
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  3. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    It's the era though. To get past the Pens, Caps and Bruins these days, you needed some sandpaper guys. Other than Boyle (Who Y traded) Tampa was lacking those guys.
    JBB went out and got them (Maroon, Goodrow, Coleman, Bogosian). Now you have a couple young guys with some grit. (Ross Colton will fight anyone I seems). Goodrow layed some lumber last night.
    Maroon crosscheck at the end of game 5 to send a message.

    This team is built for playoff runs now, not just Presidents Trophies.
     
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  4. fda92045

    fda92045 GC Legend

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    This and last years teams are way more physical than the 2014-2019 teams. The CBJ series in 2019 was brutal.
     
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  5. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    Carolina makes me nervous.
    Partly because I live up here and see them a lot. They are a really good team.

    Well coached. Disciplined.

    Tampa has to win puck battles and defend the blue line. Avoid penalties and convert on the PP.

    Carolina may be the best team we have faced in the playoffs since Washington in '18.

    (And no CBJ wasn't real good. We just fell apart)
     
  6. Skink

    Skink GC Hall of Fame

    Go Bolts - up 1 to 0 on the road
     
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  7. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    Really gutty playoff style win in a tough environment in game one. House money tonight as home ice has already been stolen.
    Win tonight and Carolina has to win 4 of 5

    Goodrow being back has been huge btw.

    Cernak and Savard were both on the ice for morning skate which is big because we were severely undermanned on D in game one.
     
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  8. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    BTW. 16 of 17 for the Rays!
     
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  9. oragator1

    oragator1 Premium Member

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    2-0 now heading back to Tampa.
    Even if they made the last minute way more interesting than I wanted it to be.
     
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  10. domgator

    domgator Premium Member

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    Whew!
     
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  11. gatorknights

    gatorknights GC Hall of Fame

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    Great win.

    Vasilevskiy was practicing witchcraft in front of the net tonight.
     
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  12. Swamp55

    Swamp55 GC Legend

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    I love all the different ways that this Lightning team can win games. The first round was like MMA, while this round has been more like chess. Very disciplined and confident play. It also helps to have the best goalie on the planet.

    Go Bolts! ⚡
     
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  13. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    That was a perfectly scripted effort. Tampa played perfectly controlled hockey all night.
    Business trip complete. The champs are heading home.
     
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  14. GatorKenW

    GatorKenW GC Legend

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    Playing hard tonight!!! need some of these shots to go in for us. Liking Kuch playing with fire, hitting and playing defense. Not usually like him
     
  15. gatorknights

    gatorknights GC Hall of Fame

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    OT. I'm starting to get nervous. A win tonight would be huge. Great defense on both sides.
     
  16. gatorknights

    gatorknights GC Hall of Fame

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    Tough loss in OT. Still up 2-1 in the series, though.
     
  17. Skink

    Skink GC Hall of Fame

    Passing didn’t seem as sharp tonite - lots of turnovers. Mrazic was great too
     
  18. domgator

    domgator Premium Member

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    Had numerous opportunities to win it at the beginning of OT and didn't cash in and Kuch took a terrible penalty there.
     
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  19. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    Kuch took a stupid penalty at a stupid time. He has those every once in a while.

    Sigh.
     
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  20. up

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    Great game today. I think there were 8 goals in the 2nd period.

    Seems like the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes should trade names.
     
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