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2004 Stanley Cup Finals

View Poll Results: Who were you rooting for?
Calgary Flames 47 53.41%
Tampa Bay Lightning 18 20.45%
No rooting interest 23 26.14%
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03-10-2013, 09:48 PM
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2004 Stanley Cup Finals

Lightning fan here. Just out of pure curiosity, I was wondering who all of you Hab fans were rooting for in the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. The who prospect of a team from Canada winning the cup was pretty hyped up, even on ABC. They made it appear that most of Canada wanted the Flames to win (Canadians have subsequently told me that it was just hype).

While that was the Flames narrative, the Lightning obviously had one with our captain Dave Andreychuk, who ended up winning his first cup in his 22nd season. What also might have been appealing to the Montreal natives was the fact that Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis (Hart and Art Ross winner that year) are both local boys.

Just wondering this out of pure curiosity.

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03-10-2013, 09:50 PM
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Flames. Just for the sheer fact that I was still mad the Bolts had swept the habs in the second round...

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Yes, most Quebecers were rooting for the local boys.

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03-10-2013, 09:56 PM
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Flames, because it was a cinderella run, where they knocked off the canucks, wings, and sharks.

There was some canadian pride for me, but it was mostly me feeling good for a franchise that had not won a series since 89 to that point.

It was not a team with alot of talent, but they brought their lunchbox every night, so I kinda got swept up in the whole underdog, hard work story

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I was mildly rooting for Tampa Bay.

A combination of Lecavalier/St-Louis with the fact that it's better for my pride if the team that swept my team turns out to be the Cup champion. That last reasoning did not apply to Boston, though.

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03-10-2013, 10:02 PM
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I used to work for the Flames and live in Calgary. No brainer for me. Plus, with the exception of the Leafs, I will almost always root for a Canadian team in the finals.

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03-10-2013, 10:46 PM
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Flames, because it was a cinderella run, where they knocked off the canucks, wings, and sharks.

There was some canadian pride for me, but it was mostly me feeling good for a franchise that had not won a series since 89 to that point.

It was not a team with alot of talent, but they brought their lunchbox every night, so I kinda got swept up in the whole underdog, hard work story
This exactly.

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03-10-2013, 11:01 PM
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I don't see teams as being Canadian or American based on city so this whole Cup being in the states thing is no big deal to me when it's not at the cost of the Habs. That said, since everyone makes a big deal of it, I've always wanted Montreal to be the last Canadian city to win. And the next. I was...slightly relieved, when the Lightning won. Was getting tired of that red mile stuff. That and despite beating us on the way, Vinny and Marty are hometown boys. Didn't appreciate them in that second rd, though. The Habs are a very American team FTR. Still Montreal's team. (Reverse is pretty much true for Tbay.)

When it comes to national pride: Olympics, so I'm quite content.

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03-11-2013, 04:53 AM
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Can't remember so voted no rooting interest, been almost 10 years ago...

Maybe we can be the '04 Flames this year?

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I did not have any preference until game 6 of the stanley cup finals as I felt that Calgary were robbed of a goal (I think it was Gélinas who had scored) that would have been the game winning goal and the cup winning goal. From then on, I was rooting hard for the flames.

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I hate Mickey Mouse franchises - especially those who draft Québécois and Canadians.

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03-11-2013, 06:25 AM
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Flames.

No hard feelings for the team's OP, but the 13-year old (back then heart of this particular poster was broken after your team dismantled quickly my Habs in 2004. So, out of spite I cheered for Calgary, who had a player I liked in Iginla and the ''whole cinderella Canadian hard-working team'' angle probably helped to root for them personally.

Although in Quebec most hockey fans I knew were indifferent about the outcome of that final- it was like they didn't seem to have a particular preference, although I sensed they somewhat preferred to see the Quebeckers on Tampa Bay win it all, if they were forced to pick either of these teams.


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I was Flames just because Iginla was a beast.. But I can remember most people you'd hear talking around in the city would be rooting for Tampa because of Lecavalier and St. Louis.. I can still remember a shot Iginla made coming down the right side and scoring a beauty snipe far side blocker and just being in complete awe of him.

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03-11-2013, 07:45 AM
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The Flames. What a great run they went on, I didn't care much when they beat Vancouver but when they beat the Red Wings I was on their bandwagon. Should have won the Cup, game 6 they got robbed of the Cup!

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Tampa for me.

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Martin Gelinas haha , I was rooting for flames , but was so happy for Marty St-Louis , one of my all time fave.

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I didn't watch the whole series. Couldn't. It was the most mind-numbing gawd awful playoff series I've ever seen. The clutching, holding and grabbing in that series was ****ing unbelievable. I was at the Hockey Hall of Fame once during the year long lockout and they were playing a game of that series. It doesn't get better with time. It's horrible hockey. That whole dead puck era just gave 2-1 scores a bad name.

On the other hand, that series did ensure that the NHL changed its rules. I don't think even hockey people could stand watching it.

Much much better hockey being played today. I hope we never get back to what was played in the Calgary - Tampa Bay series.

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I also got swept up in their Cindrellaesque run.

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Flames. Just for the sheer fact that I was still mad the Bolts had swept the habs in the second round...
Same.

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03-11-2013, 10:10 AM
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That is all

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03-11-2013, 12:04 PM
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I was rooting for the Flames, was really pissed about the sweep, I started following hockey that year.

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Im partial to underdogs, so I was rooting for the flames.

Lets all relive a great moment from that series

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Calgary, was a great run.

Doesn't help Tampa swept us.

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