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No Team Needed 04-23-2014 10:49 AM

Good Series, Tampa Bay
 
I just thought to say I have nothing but respect and admiration for Tampa Bay and their fans and not just in this series.

I've watched quite a few games in Tampa and caught a few of their games back when they were a fresh team in the 90s struggling for identity (had a friend or two on their old teams) and I never got the feeling this was a team followed by people who didn't know their hockey. I know saying that for south fans is getting tiresome that they have to "prove" their passion to Canadians or they get pat on the head compliments about how they like hockey too! but I remember sitting beside a few Lightning fans with Jeff Reese in net and all the hope on Chris Gratton's back and they weren't Canadian transplants. They were from Sarasota and they were discussing their doubts on Gratton and how he was just a product of the size obsessed Lindros era. They ended up being right.

During this series there didn't seem to be the same level of anger and vitriol on either side. Nothing but respect, even when Lightning fans seen their franchise player kneed accidentally. They didn't lash out. Sure they might have hated the calls during the game (so did their coach) but it wasn't like what I see from Bruins fans or Senators fans. There was always class.

Sorry the series wasn't closer. You have a great team and will be a great rival for Montreal for years to come in the Atlantic division. You deserve more respect in NHL circles for showing how hockey is done in the Big Guava. I hope more Habs fans feel the same. Good game, good series, good luck next year!

S Bah 04-23-2014 11:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by No Team Needed (Post 83943845)
I just thought to say I have nothing but respect and admiration for Tampa Bay and their fans and not just in this series.

I've watched quite a few games in Tampa and caught a few of their games back when they were a fresh team in the 90s struggling for identity (had a friend or two on their old teams) and I never got the feeling this was a team followed by people who didn't know their hockey. I know saying that for south fans is getting tiresome that they have to "prove" their passion to Canadians or they get pat on the head compliments about how they like hockey too! but I remember sitting beside a few Lightning fans with Jeff Reese in net and all the hope on Chris Gratton's back and they weren't Canadian transplants. They were from Sarasota and they were discussing their doubts on Gratton and how he was just a product of the size obsessed Lindros era. They ended up being right.

During this series there didn't seem to be the same level of anger and vitriol on either side. Nothing but respect, even when Lightning fans seen their franchise player kneed accidentally. They didn't lash out. Sure they might have hated the calls during the game (so did their coach) but it wasn't like what I see from Bruins fans or Senators fans. There was always class.

Sorry the series wasn't closer. You have a great team and will be a great rival for Montreal for years to come in the Atlantic division. You deserve more respect in NHL circles for showing how hockey is done in the Big Guava. I hope more Habs fans feel the same. Good game, good series, good luck next year!

It's always nice to win, but like Max Pacioretty, fans should show class and good sportsmanship whether winning or losing. Tampa Bay Lightning are building another great team and Drouin/Stamkos are going to be one of the All-Time great duos in hockey very soon. They should walk proudly their time is coming, lots of good signs from their team in this series as well!:handclap::handclap::handclap:

BrimStone64 04-23-2014 11:02 AM

That was toughest sweep i ever seen

DenverHabsFan 04-23-2014 11:05 AM

Kudos to TB indeed. Hard to hate them. Stamkos is a fierce competitor but very likable.

Compared to the garbage we'll be dealing with next round... :shakehead

http://media.giphy.com/media/NGj3yo3DfYJCE/giphy.gif

BLONG7 04-23-2014 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Mats86 (Post 83944407)
That was toughest sweep i ever seen

They have a good young team, and Bishop would have made it a 6-7 game series, I have no doubt...

Agnostic 04-23-2014 11:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by No Team Needed (Post 83943845)
I just thought to say I have nothing but respect and admiration for Tampa Bay and their fans and not just in this series.

I've watched quite a few games in Tampa and caught a few of their games back when they were a fresh team in the 90s struggling for identity (had a friend or two on their old teams) and I never got the feeling this was a team followed by people who didn't know their hockey. I know saying that for south fans is getting tiresome that they have to "prove" their passion to Canadians or they get pat on the head compliments about how they like hockey too! but I remember sitting beside a few Lightning fans with Jeff Reese in net and all the hope on Chris Gratton's back and they weren't Canadian transplants. They were from Sarasota and they were discussing their doubts on Gratton and how he was just a product of the size obsessed Lindros era. They ended up being right.

During this series there didn't seem to be the same level of anger and vitriol on either side. Nothing but respect, even when Lightning fans seen their franchise player kneed accidentally. They didn't lash out. Sure they might have hated the calls during the game (so did their coach) but it wasn't like what I see from Bruins fans or Senators fans. There was always class.

Sorry the series wasn't closer. You have a great team and will be a great rival for Montreal for years to come in the Atlantic division. You deserve more respect in NHL circles for showing how hockey is done in the Big Guava. I hope more Habs fans feel the same. Good game, good series, good luck next year!

Why put this thread here?

I was at Game 2 in Tampa, there is no vibe, no buzz, no discussion about the game. The team had to put free T-shirts on each seat to get the appearance of being a fan base. Go to bars talk to bartenders, customers, you're more likely to find someone who doesn't even know the playoffs are occurring than know something about the team or the game.

They are a minor market, the Lightening's only significance is that they are now in the same division as Leafs and Habs which will give a minor boost to their tourism economy.

Corncob 04-23-2014 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Mats86 (Post 83944407)
That was toughest sweep i ever seen

This is spot on. 4-0 looks like a blowout but three of the games were very close.

Corncob 04-23-2014 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Agnostic (Post 83944661)
Why put this thread here?

I was at Game 3 in Tampa, there is no vibe, no buzz, no discussion about the game.

Game three was in Montreal. Maybe that was where you went wrong?

BobBobrovsky* 04-23-2014 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Corncob (Post 83944747)
This is spot on. 4-0 looks like a blowout but three of the games were very close.

Games one and four were close mostly because Price was less than stellar. For the most part the Lightning sucked in this series. Let's keep it real, people.

Corncob 04-23-2014 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by BobBobrovsky (Post 83944855)
Games one and four were close mostly because Price was less than stellar. For the most part the Lightning sucked in this series. Let's keep it real, people.

Price may have been less than stellar but he was still better than Lindback!

Agnostic 04-23-2014 11:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Corncob (Post 83944807)
Game three was in Montreal. Maybe that was where you went wrong?

lol. still jetlagged I guess. Game 2

Agnostic 04-23-2014 11:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corncob (Post 83944747)
This is spot on. 4-0 looks like a blowout but three of the games were very close.

Nah. How much of the series did Tampa have the lead? 6 minutes?
It was domination from start to finish this series.

Puck Hog 04-23-2014 11:18 AM

It's amazing how far they came in context of the drama in Tampa this season. Well deserved kudos for the season and series. Especially liked listening to Cooper - he is a keeper.

One spiteful little thought though - hope Emelin punches Stamkos with a cheap shot to the face next year. It will be well deserved.

BobBobrovsky* 04-23-2014 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Corncob (Post 83944907)
Price may have been less than stellar but he was still better than Lindback!

You and I would have been too. Price will need to be better than a .910 save % in the next round.

SirClintonPortis 04-23-2014 12:05 PM

Therrien complimented the Bolts during his presser after the game last night.

Habs Icing 04-23-2014 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by DenverHabsFan (Post 83944531)
Kudos to TB indeed. Hard to hate them. Stamkos is a fierce competitor but very likable.

Compared to the garbage we'll be dealing with next round... :shakehead

http://media.giphy.com/media/NGj3yo3DfYJCE/giphy.gif

Maybe not.

MooseOllini 04-23-2014 12:10 PM

The taste of defeat? Fries, Gravy and cheese. Delicious!

http://25stanley.com/after-party-du-...-montreal.html

sp33d 04-23-2014 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by onice (Post 83947603)
Maybe not.

boston is in complete control of this series so far, i'd be surprised if it goes more than 5....hoping i'm wrong.

BLONG7 04-23-2014 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Agnostic (Post 83945061)
Nah. How much of the series did Tampa have the lead? 6 minutes?
It was domination from start to finish this series.

I think last night, they said T-bay had the lead in the series for 3.40 seconds...along that lines...the Habs outhustled them, it was a balanced attack, all 4 lines deserve credit.

1UP 04-23-2014 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by speed11 (Post 83947809)
boston is in complete control of this series so far, i'd be surprised if it goes more than 5....hoping i'm wrong.

Wise Hockey fans never count the Wings out!

SirClintonPortis 04-23-2014 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by 1UP (Post 83948967)
Wise Hockey fans never count the Wings out!

Being shutout twice in row though, is cause for concern.

SB164 04-23-2014 01:07 PM

Tampa Bay fans really hate the Habs :laugh:

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=633

Derfel* 04-23-2014 01:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corncob (Post 83944807)
Game three was in Montreal. Maybe that was where you went wrong?

Magical response! Well done!

tinyzombies 04-23-2014 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by speed11 (Post 83947809)
boston is in complete control of this series so far, i'd be surprised if it goes more than 5....hoping i'm wrong.

I hope you are right, or else Montreal will get stale waiting.

KrejciMVP 04-23-2014 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Agnostic (Post 83944661)
Why put this thread here?

I was at Game 2 in Tampa, there is no vibe, no buzz, no discussion about the game. The team had to put free T-shirts on each seat to get the appearance of being a fan base. Go to bars talk to bartenders, customers, you're more likely to find someone who doesn't even know the playoffs are occurring than know something about the team or the game.

They are a minor market, the Lightening's only significance is that they are now in the same division as Leafs and Habs which will give a minor boost to their tourism economy.

Agreed, send them to Quebec City, waste of time having hockey in Florida


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