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OT: Lightning Playoff thread.

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by tilly, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. GatorSean

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  2. ExportGator

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  3. tilly

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    Does Kuch have a hole in stick? Fan after fan?
     
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  4. ArtDeco

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    I don't feel the need to kick people when they're down.
     
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    There won't be a need for any rest if they can't win a game. Maybe they read too many press clippings and thought they would just roll the Caps.

    They can't afford to lose game 3, but the way the Caps are dominating 5 on 5 that will be difficult. It will be hard to win without the Lightning getting 5-6 powerplays which is not likely in the playoffs.
     
  6. tilly

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    Have to win 4 of 5 :eek:
     
  7. maxgator

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    Passive aggressive eh? I mean I don't really care if you want to talk smack because the lightning are getting whipped...but interesting you didn't show up when they beat Boston
     
  8. GatorSean

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    Honestly, I don't think anyone beats the Caps as long as Holtby (the GK) keeps playing the way he is.

    The reason the Bolts keep passing the puck instead of shooting is because they think Holtby will stop anything less than the perfect shot and now he's so far in their heads that they aren't shooting at all.

    The only good news is the Caps home record in the playoffs is worse than their away record. Just gotta win the next one, and then you're only one game back.
     
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  9. CHFG8R

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    He's too busy rooting for the Red Wings, Blackhawks, Bruins, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Canadians (never mind that many of these fan bases literally hate each other with the white-hot intensity of 1000 suns).
     
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  10. LimeyGator

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    As an outsider, I still believe. The Caps have had all the puck-luck so far. The late goals swing games. I think Tampa will come out strong in G3 and turn this one around...
     
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  11. tilly

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    A underestimated skill of a goalie is stick/puck handling. While I think Vassy is a future star, Ben Bishop was the king at controlling outlet passes and such. Guy was sometimes like a 3rd defenseman when getting the puck up ice on a break.
    Tampa always struggles clearing the zone, and Bishop really helped offset that.

    I get the economics and understand what the Bolts were doing there irt the future, but it has hurt them in the interem from a pure on ice standpoint.

    The Dallas Stars Twitter account referred to him as "always a man advantage when on the ice".
     
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    Must win tonight for Vegas, otherwise it's possible both Conference Finals will be snoozers. The Playoffs have been pretty exciting so far.
     
  13. tilly

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    Crazy thing is, the road team has won more games than the home team in these playoffs. I would not count Tampa or Vegas out.
    If Tampa can run four straight against Boston, they can against DC as well.
     
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    Bolts have been down 0-2 and come back to win in 6 vs the Caps before.
     
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    What is the over/under on the number of Discover Card commercials tonight? 7
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    Place your bets.
     
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  16. ArtDeco

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    You can't look at it that way. Just like before, you just have to win 4 out of 7.
    It's still possible.
     
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  17. tilly

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    True...but there aren't 7 games left any more. They have really made it hard now.
     
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    Fleury and Holtby are the 2 best goalies right now. Fleury had a couple of "off" games, but they managed to win some of them. Jets are pretty high powered offensively so it will be a real fight. It's always been about who is hot in the net. I find all of these teams easy to root for so I'm okay with whatever happens, but I find myself rooting for the GK.
     
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    I've lived in the DC area for 2 decades (other than Gainesville) so obviously rooting for my Caps here. We need this. This team was possibly good enough to go all the way past couple of years but always had to go through f'ing Pittsburgh. Now we've finally gotten that monkey off our back.

    I'd be ok losing one of the next two in DC and going back to Tampa up 3-1. Obviously we don't have any issues playing there :)
     
  20. GatorSean

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    Screw that. I've lived in DC since it was Crack-Town USA, and I won't ever cheer for a DC team since the way they treated Spurrier.