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  Date Posted #1 Tuesday, April 12, 2016 08:34:18 PM   

yes

Stars in 5
Hawks in 6
Ducks in 6
Kings in 6

Islanders in 7
Lightning in 5
Capitals in 6
Penguins in 6

 
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  Date Posted #2 Tuesday, April 12, 2016 10:11:13 PM   

Penguins to take it all 
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  Date Posted #3 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:19:05 AM   

Stars in 6
Blues in 5
Ducks in 5
Kings in 7

Caps in 5
Rangers in 6
Floriduh in 7
Bolts in 6 
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  Date Posted #4 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:39:34 PM   

Stars vs Wild - Wild in 7
Blues vs Hawks - Blues in 6
Ducks vs Predators - Ducks in 5
Kings vs Sharks - Kings in 7

Islanders vs Panthers - Panthers in 5
Lightning vs Red Wings - Red Wings in 7
Capitals vs Flyers - Capitals in 6
Penguins vs Rangers - Rangers in 5 
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  Date Posted #5 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:44:22 PM   

I made a NHL bracket league if anyone wants to join

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  Date Posted #6 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 01:13:04 PM   

Stars in 5
Hawks in 6
Ducks in 5
Sharks in 6

Capitals in 5
Rangers in 7
Panthers in 7
Detroit in 6

Apparently the password for the league is Gravball  
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  Date Posted #7 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 01:41:11 PM   

oh I guess I set one and forgot

should be public now 
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  Date Posted #8 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 03:02:02 PM   

Countdown until gary asks beelze to keep picking against chicago 
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  Date Posted #9 Thursday, April 14, 2016 03:28:48 AM   

Flyers in 7. All that matters. 
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  Date Posted #10 Thursday, April 14, 2016 10:11:03 AM   

Originally posted by Cruel
Countdown until gary asks beelze to keep picking against chicago


Hey man it never fails.

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Hawks in 6
Ducks in 5
Kings in 6

Panthers in 7
Red Wings in 6
Capitals in 4
Penguins in 7 
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  Date Posted #11 Thursday, April 14, 2016 05:34:57 PM   

what do i get when i win 
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  Date Posted #12 Friday, April 15, 2016 09:12:50 PM   

A firm pat on the buttocks 
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  Date Posted #13 Monday, April 18, 2016 05:00:33 PM   

ooo  
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  Date Posted #14 Sunday, April 24, 2016 08:16:42 PM   

Legit question, why were you guys picking detroit? they seemed like by far the weakest team in the playoffs to me. one of three series i had absolutely no second thoughts on 
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  Date Posted #15 Sunday, April 24, 2016 09:44:34 PM   

sharks are going to win the cup period. 
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  Date Posted #16 Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10:36:50 AM   

Originally posted by Cruel
Legit question, why were you guys picking detroit? they seemed like by far the weakest team in the playoffs to me. one of three series i had absolutely no second thoughts on


I put too much stock in Stammer being out tbh. 
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  Date Posted #17 Tuesday, April 26, 2016 12:08:53 PM   

where all the canadian teams at???????? 
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  Date Posted #18 Tuesday, April 26, 2016 12:47:05 PM   

still #1. damn im good 
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  Date Posted #19 Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:05:07 PM   

Originally posted by Allustrious
where all the canadian teams at????????


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  Date Posted #20 Friday, April 29, 2016 10:38:06 PM   

Originally posted by Gary
Originally posted by Cruel
Legit question, why were you guys picking detroit? they seemed like by far the weakest team in the playoffs to me. one of three series i had absolutely no second thoughts on


I put too much stock in Stammer being out tbh.


same, that was all I had 
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  Date Posted #21 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:28:06 PM   

i just realized none of us made 2nd round predictions so i guess i win again 
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  Date Posted #22 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:42:57 AM   

yeah haven't really given winners much thought this year, kind of burned out after being very involved in a fantasy league for regular season, so just enjoying the hockey without any of the research. 
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  Date Posted #23 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 11:38:43 AM   

shut up cruel you suck 
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  Date Posted #24 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 03:28:25 PM   

I'm just calling for Penguins to win it all. 
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  Date Posted #25 Friday, May 06, 2016 12:10:16 PM   

http://i.imgur.com/38G9rVT.webm 
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  Date Posted #26 Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:26:49 PM   

Washington Capitals. Eat a dick.  
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  Date Posted #27 Thursday, May 12, 2016 01:37:31 PM   

Sharks will 
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  Date Posted #28 Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:21:41 PM   

sharks going strong. my thoughts exactly. they are power hungry. all round. 
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  Date Posted #29 Thursday, May 26, 2016 08:56:22 PM   

pens bolts is going to make me puke blood... getting annoyed by lightning rope a dope defend and counter crud (THIS SERIES IN PARTICULAR). they're just so good at preventing sustained pressure even though they never control the puck. seems like chicago is the only team that is immune to turtle style hockey, their offense always impresses me the most in the playoffs. if the lightning win, we're in for the same clash of styles in the finals with the sharks 
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  Date Posted #30 Thursday, May 26, 2016 08:58:49 PM   

FUCK YOU 
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  Date Posted #31 Thursday, June 02, 2016 02:56:35 PM   

man it sucks not having this shitcan NBC Sports app not work on my Fire TV. Haven't watched a single play off game. 
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  Date Posted #32 Wednesday, June 08, 2016 11:03:29 AM   

The Pens are a very bad match up for the Sharks since they play the same game but the Pens are playing marginally better basically at every position. Their star forwards are better, their supporting forwards are better, their #1 D-man has been better, so have the rest of the D, and their goaltending has been better. It's all still very close, but that's the difference in the games. They are outcoaching the Sharks too, they have covered Pavelski and Burns VERY tightly on the powerplay and the Sharks have not adapted at all, just making slow perimeter passes and shooting into shot blockers. 
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  Date Posted #33 Thursday, June 09, 2016 11:25:24 AM   

Yeah as a pens fan it's been a pretty comfortable series to watch, there have been small stretches where the sharks pressure, ie after pens go up 2-0 and start to play like theyre killing a penalty or game 3. none of the teams have been able to stop pens from amassing huge shot advantage early in the games. but i have hated the way they've slowed the pressure with a lead. their offense is a better defense than when they start to just clear the puck constantly and stop trying to score. 
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  Date Posted #34 Thursday, June 09, 2016 12:34:16 PM   

wow spot on analysis cruel this is a great read. really! i think i speak for everyone when i say THANK YOU!!!!!!!! i think you should send that into ESPN you are onto something with this one. again NICE job!!!!!! 
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  Date Posted #35 Thursday, June 09, 2016 08:07:16 PM   

thanks man 
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  Date Posted #36 Friday, June 10, 2016 12:35:42 PM   

Originally posted by Cruel
but i have hated the way they've slowed the pressure with a lead. their offense is a better defense than when they start to just clear the puck constantly and stop trying to score.


This is discrediting the opposition, talking about your team as if only it is responsible for the pace of the game. In most pro sports, especially in NHL hockey and double especially the cup final (when I say the Pens have outplayed the Sharks in every facet, it is still only marginally and they are an excellent team), there is a lot of parity and it is very hard for any team to completely dominate a game and stay on offence the whole time.

It's also natural that in late game when you have a lead you're not going to be as aggressive because it would lead to more openings, and any kind of opening the opposition can quickly parlay into a scoring chance which could let them back into the game. Likewise the opposition is playing very aggressively because they have nothing to lose, if you countered it by being equally aggressive yes you would have a higher chance of scoring on them, but also a higher chance of giving up the tying goal. You don't start rolling the dice at that point in the game.

Anyway, the one thing that could really turn the series around happened last night, goaltending. Jones put on a spectacular performance while Murray started to wilt. Tough question for Pittsburgh now, do they try the rookie with 30 NHL games again and hope he recovers, or go with their vet who hasn't played in 3 months. Brutal. Wouldn't want to be that coach.