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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:26 pm 
 

STANLEY CUP FINALS

Tampa Bay Lightning (2E) vs. Dallas Stars (3W)
The Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Semifinals, and the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Finals. This marks the fourth appearance for the Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals; their lone Stanley Cup victory to date was against the Buffalo Sabres in 1999. They last made the Stanley Cup Finals in 2000, when they fell to the New Jersey Devils. Their other two Stanley Cup Finals appearances were in 1981 and 1991, when they were known as the Minnesota North Stars. The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in franchise history; in their first appearance in 2004, they defeated the Calgary Flames, while they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015. In this year's playoff rounds, Tampa Bay have defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins, and New York Islanders. This marks the first ever playoff meeting between the Stars and Lightning. Dallas coach Rick Bowness used to be the assistant coach to Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper; this marks the first time a coach and his former assistant face each other in the Stanley Cup Finals. Dallas and Tampa Bay met each other twice in the regular season; Dallas won both games in overtime.

Prediction: Dallas in seven games.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:19 am 
 

As much as I predicted Tampa Bay to go that far, I'm surprised how good Dallas played throughout the playoffs. I had rather expected Colorado to make the finals. Nevertheless, I expect Tampa Bay to win this one in six games. Their team is overall more balanced and their window of opportunity is slowly closing as well. They might play with some more urgency. I don't really have a favourite team here though, so any outcome is fine with me.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:22 am 
 

Bettman says he “anticipates” 82-game season for 2020-21, with normal playoffs. Also thinking about gradually raising an allowed number of fans to attend, somewhat like the NFL is doing.
https://www.nhl.com/news/bettman-nhl-pl ... -319107938

That’s good news, with the minor exception of the playoffs. As mentioned earlier, I loved the expanded format with the short wild-card round.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:59 pm 
 

Tampa Bay just won the Stanley Cup.

Last year, Tampa Bay tied a regular season record by winning 62 games. They were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round of the playoffs. As a result, they became the laughingstock of the hockey world.

This year, Tampa Bay ended up meeting Columbus in the playoffs again, and won four games to one. They then managed to defeat Boston, the top team in the NHL during the regular season. After defeating the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Finals, they faced Dallas in the Stanley Cup Final and won the Stanley Cup.

They redeemed themselves from their epic collapse last year.

With that said, this video is still funny.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:59 am 
 

Tampa Bay has certainly deserved winning the Stanley Cup this season. They were overdue for it as well. Their window of opportunity might slowly be closing as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:16 am 
 

I wanted a game seven, but fuck the Lightning looked really good so hats off to them.

Go Avs.
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