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06 Jun 2012 22:53

LAK's play well the whole play-off season, and despite it's the last team I'd be rooting for, they truly deserve the cup. Their coach must be a real genius.
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11 Oct 2014 04:42

Go Flyers!! But not this year.... :mad:

Looking forward to:
Fleury's playoff melt-down,
the capitals failing to succeed,
San Jose rocking the regular season only to lose early in the playoffs again,
toronto being terrible,
montreal being better than toronto,
boston regressing,
islanders taking a step up,
rangers not making the SCF again,
detroit continuing the playoff streak to year #24 (I think),

flyer's hopefully getting rid of as many bad players(contracts) as possible
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11 Oct 2014 17:49

Sciocco wrote:Go Flyers!! But not this year.... :mad:

Looking forward to:
Fleury's playoff melt-down,
the capitals failing to succeed,
San Jose rocking the regular season only to lose early in the playoffs again,
toronto being terrible,
montreal being better than toronto,
boston regressing,
islanders taking a step up,
rangers not making the SCF again,
detroit continuing the playoff streak to year #24 (I think),

flyer's hopefully getting rid of as many bad players(contracts) as possible


Agree all but one: Don't expect an Isles' improvement.
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06 Nov 2014 21:06

sweden just beat russia in the Karjala Cup :)

i started watching when the score was 3:3 in the 3d period. the game looked even but the swedes seemed more agressive.

...then it was 4:4..after a 5 min overtime still 4:4. then the decisive 5/5 penalties...

the swedish goalie was superb, deflecting the very first 2 attempts.

a somewhat surprising result given their overall score
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06 Nov 2014 22:24

python wrote:sweden just beat russia in the Karjala Cup :)

i started watching when the score was 3:3 in the 3d period. the game looked even but the swedes seemed more agressive.

...then it was 4:4..after a 5 min overtime still 4:4. then the decisive 5/5 penalties...

the swedish goalie was superb, deflecting the very first 2 attempts.

a somewhat surprising result given their overall score


sweden youngsters are amazing,such a force :eek:
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06 Nov 2014 23:46

ILovecycling wrote:sweden youngsters are amazing,such a force :eek:


I believe it has been a while since Sweden won Karjala, 90's maybe...
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16 Jun 2015 12:00

Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the Stanley Cup. Third time in six years.
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16 Jun 2015 15:43

Good game, good series. Congrats 'Hawks!
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16 Jun 2015 16:57

Even though I lost interest in hockey when Gretzky left Edmonton, it is nice to see one of the original 6 win the Stanley cup (of course when the Oilers win that is OK too). No disrespect to Tampa Bay, but hockey just isn't a southern sport.
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16 Jun 2015 17:06

I stayed up for this. I'm not a hockey fan, but I'm a Hawks fan! First time they won the cup on home ice since the 1930's.
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16 Jun 2015 17:58

Have to agree. As much as I get tired of teams dominating, the Black Hawks really do look like a dynasty now and were the better team. A lot of people in the northeast wonder what if, they had played the Rangers instead. But I still think they would have won. Really a stellar franchise.

Hockey doesn't seem like a southern sport at all to me either. It seems like St. Louis Blues is about as south as it should get. Though I have to admit I like the Sharks, what a great name (can they move to Seattle or Portland?!). And the Coyotes logo is awesome (can we move them to Montana?!).

The NHL still has a lot of problems to deal with, but it seems like they are at least standing on their own two feet (skates) unlike a few years ago.
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16 Jun 2015 18:42

Alpe d'Huez wrote:Have to agree. As much as I get tired of teams dominating, the Black Hawks really do look like a dynasty now and were the better team. A lot of people in the northeast wonder what if, they had played the Rangers instead. But I still think they would have won. Really a stellar franchise.

Hockey doesn't seem like a southern sport at all to me either. It seems like St. Louis Blues is about as south as it should get. Though I have to admit I like the Sharks, what a great name (can they move to Seattle or Portland?!). And the Coyotes logo is awesome (can we move them to Montana?!).

The NHL still has a lot of problems to deal with, but it seems like they are at least standing on their own two feet (skates) unlike a few years ago.
Well as it happens there's talk of expansion to Seattle (and Vegas, which is just...no, but also possibly Portland and Quebec City) and there's a very good chance Arizona will be relocated in the near future.

Blackhawks...gotta give credit where credit is due and it's better than a team called the Lightning winning but really all of this is just time-killing until the Leafs win the Cup again.
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16 Jun 2015 19:03

GAA fourth lowest since the NLL was a 6-team league (in the 50s). Highest Save-Pct ever (.915 league wide*)... IOW: The luck factor still increases. Ok, this year not the 8th seed won, but still not the best team (the finals were between 3rd and 2nd seeds in the division :eek: )...
How one can talk about "dynasty" is beyond me. It´s all about luck. They could also roll a dice pre playoffs, saving many players bodies and health.

* In a few years it will be 1.000... when the first clever coach signs the first Sumo ringer, and puts him between the posts. 82 shutouts per team, per season by 2022.
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17 Jun 2015 01:35

Begrudging respect for the Blackhawks, but glad they beat Tampa. And three Stanley cups in 6 years is a dynasty.


Go Wings!!!
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31 Dec 2015 20:35

...i am quite surprised, given the number of the forum posters from canada, how this thread was allowed to sink, moreover, a total indifference during the winter season :rolleyes:

anyways, i have just watched swedish youngsters teaching the game's birthplace youth a lesson in hockey playing :p

the swedes had out shot the canadians by 12 to 5 even in the 3d period when the canadians being behind were supposed to play better.

really, the swedish boys show the game quality i cant see countered..we'll see in few days.
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02 Jan 2016 01:00

python wrote:...i am quite surprised, given the number of the forum posters from canada, how this thread was allowed to sink, moreover, a total indifference during the winter season :rolleyes:

anyways, i have just watched swedish youngsters teaching the game's birthplace youth a lesson in hockey playing :p

the swedes had out shot the canadians by 12 to 5 even in the 3d period when the canadians being behind were supposed to play better.

really, the swedish boys show the game quality i cant see countered..we'll see in few days.


Yea, doesn't seem like there is all that much interest in Hockey around here.

So much to talk about NHL wise this season too:
-Dallas and Washington's great starts
-Anaheim???
-The pacific division outside of LAK
-No more full on tank teams
-Tampa worse than expected
-Boston better than expected
-Columbus and Tortorella
-Kane rebounding from sketchy off-season to a great start to the year
-Chicago replacing core cup players and still playing well

As for the WJC, it's hard not to see Sweden in the final at a minimum. Maybe an upset by Finland in the semis, need some home ice advantage! Russia looks good too.
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02 Jan 2016 22:36

python wrote:...i am quite surprised, given the number of the forum posters from canada, how this thread was allowed to sink, moreover, a total indifference during the winter season :rolleyes:

anyways, i have just watched swedish youngsters teaching the game's birthplace youth a lesson in hockey playing :p

the swedes had out shot the canadians by 12 to 5 even in the 3d period when the canadians being behind were supposed to play better.

really, the swedish boys show the game quality i cant see countered..we'll see in few days.



Hockey in Canada has changed drastically over the years. What was once a sport that was accessible by most everyone has now become a rich person's pursuit. Forget about rising through the ranks if your parents aren't making $200,000 plus per year to pay for the costs. A hockey stick alone for a 10-year-old kid now goes for 150 bux. That's crazy.
Combine that with the fact that we have a low population density (35 mil?) and it becomes easy to understand why Canada doesn't win the WJC every year.
Also, keep in mind that the players aren't the only one's who try to use the WJC as a springboard to the NHL. Coaches do it too, which often creates disastrous results. This year's coach thought he was smarter than everyone else in the building and started screwing up with line combinations. He made a big mistake by doing so.
Oh yeah, the goalies sucked, too.
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03 Jan 2016 00:00

the delgados wrote:
python wrote:...i am quite surprised, given the number of the forum posters from canada, how this thread was allowed to sink, moreover, a total indifference during the winter season :rolleyes:

anyways, i have just watched swedish youngsters teaching the game's birthplace youth a lesson in hockey playing :p

the swedes had out shot the canadians by 12 to 5 even in the 3d period when the canadians being behind were supposed to play better.

really, the swedish boys show the game quality i cant see countered..we'll see in few days.



Hockey in Canada has changed drastically over the years. What was once a sport that was accessible by most everyone has now become a rich person's pursuit. Forget about rising through the ranks if your parents aren't making $200,000 plus per year to pay for the costs. A hockey stick alone for a 10-year-old kid now goes for 150 bux. That's crazy.
Combine that with the fact that we have a low population density (35 mil?) and it becomes easy to understand why Canada doesn't win the WJC every year.
Also, keep in mind that the players aren't the only one's who try to use the WJC as a springboard to the NHL. Coaches do it too, which often creates disastrous results. This year's coach thought he was smarter than everyone else in the building and started screwing up with line combinations. He made a big mistake by doing so.
Oh yeah, the goalies sucked, too.


Canada didn't use Konecny enough! (Flyers fan)

It really is expensive to get a kid into hockey, compared to many other sports at least.
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03 Jan 2016 00:35

the delgados wrote:
python wrote:...i am quite surprised, given the number of the forum posters from canada, how this thread was allowed to sink, moreover, a total indifference during the winter season :rolleyes:

anyways, i have just watched swedish youngsters teaching the game's birthplace youth a lesson in hockey playing :p

the swedes had out shot the canadians by 12 to 5 even in the 3d period when the canadians being behind were supposed to play better.

really, the swedish boys show the game quality i cant see countered..we'll see in few days.



Hockey in Canada has changed drastically over the years. What was once a sport that was accessible by most everyone has now become a rich person's pursuit. Forget about rising through the ranks if your parents aren't making $200,000 plus per year to pay for the costs. A hockey stick alone for a 10-year-old kid now goes for 150 bux. That's crazy.
Combine that with the fact that we have a low population density (35 mil?) and it becomes easy to understand why Canada doesn't win the WJC every year.
Also, keep in mind that the players aren't the only one's who try to use the WJC as a springboard to the NHL. Coaches do it too, which often creates disastrous results. This year's coach thought he was smarter than everyone else in the building and started screwing up with line combinations. He made a big mistake by doing so.
Oh yeah, the goalies sucked, too.
Unfair to pile on an 18-year-old kid, but...Blackwood was just horrible in the game against Finland today. All due respect to the Finns, who never quit, but Canada really should've won that game fairly steadily, but between the stupid, stupid, stupid penalties and at least 2-3 really soft goals, they played themselves right out of the tournament.
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