I feel great. Tampa is a great team. And, yes LT, they are sure stacked at center. That 4th line of Cibak, Dingman and Clymer will probably go unheralded... but I thought they were brilliant in the series providing energy whenever the team needed it. Congratulations Tampa.
And for the millionth time, how much was the Bulin wall asking from the Coyotes?
Whatever it was, they sure as hell should hve paid it.
In fairness to the Yotes, Khabibulin was an out of shape chain-smoker who really loved his coffee...
And since going to Tampa Bay, he's really changed his lifestyle adding some trained athletecism to his naturally athletic self, and he's changed into a top end goaltender. He was always a good goalie, but he always ran out of gas... that isn't the case, or at least it wasn't this year.
TheSpecialist - MacT thinks he was that good of a hockey player when in actuality he was no better then a Louie Debrusk.
Sort of sad though, in the end talent had a lot to do with the cup winner. If the effort is a saw off then talent usually prevails and it did this year. A strong team and some game breakers appears to be the formula...sure no problem...we'll get right on that. Tampa did a great job getting Richards at 62nd overall in his draft year and nabbing St. Louis. They went out and got these guys a goalie and some veterans and bammo, Stanley is theirs.
I have a feeling the name Jarome Iginla will be on the cup one day.
I'm pretty happy. My 2nd favorite team won the cup (not really a favorite, just a team that has a bunch of really good hockey players who play the game right on it) and those losers lost again just like I always said they would.........losers.
Also, it helps when guys you said had the goods 3+ years ago like Freddy Modin, Vinny, Brad Richards, Pavel Kubina and Ruslan Fedotenko deliver so big in the clutch. Vinny was the definition of a superstar tonight. He won that game. Friggin AMAZING.
Congratulations to the Stanley Cup Champions, Tampa Bay Lightning. Does this seem a bit strange to anyone else? It is great to see a new team win Lord Stanley's Mug. They are truly deserving champions.
Although it is not popular to say on this forum, I have gained alot of respect for Calgary in their improbable run to the Cup Final. This team benefitted from a great GM and motivating coach in Daryl Sutter. Every trade Sutter made was golden and built an honest hockey team with was seldom outworked and simply believed it could win.
Well, this is taking quite a bit of alcohol to get over, may as well shut down the city tommorrow, no works getting done here, I hope there aren't any water leaks cause I sure ain't heading to work, but hey, its all good, great series, great playoff, great year, great everything really. I hope there's next year. Let's go WC.
I hope that made some sort of sense. I need a drink.
it was only a matter of time before they lost. Carolina-Anaheim-Calgary, next nhl season calgary will be back to normal out of a playoff position. I'd put money on it to.
It wouldn't be that much of a surprise. All those teams were predicated on great goaltending along with a great team defense. However, the fact remains is that the regular season reffing doesn't allow team to get away with that. All the hooking and holding in the playoffs whether on the forecheck or the neutral zone is deemed "obstruction". And we all know those teams are better 5 on 5 than special teams...
All it takes is the goaltending to struggle slightly or the defense unable to adapt to the regular season "defense" and the playoffs could very well end up out of reach.