Morning Free Association: They Did It

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Well, they did it.

The Capitals managed to salvage the series they had all but delivered to the Tampa Bay Lightning after dropping their two home games at the Capital One Arena after taking the first two on the road, thus allowing the Bolts to take three-in-a-row. The Capitals, being backed into a corner, won the last two games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final against the first-year Vegas Golden Knights. This series is highly improbable.

I want Vegas to win. I like chaos. Make all the teams whine and doubt the moves they did to make this happen.

Bring on Ragnarok!

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Has the Prince of Wales trophy gotten weirder looking recently?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Nevermind. It’s been mounted that way for quite a while. I’m just having flashbacks or something.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

So, what about that NFL decision? poop

“People died to give you the freedom to protest during the anthem, so we’re taking that freedom away because you exercised it” middlefinger

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

It’s pretty crappy, but perhaps this means the depth of “stupid” during the midterm election cycle will be decreased if the kneeling is less of a hot-button issue.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks,

Well done to the Caps. I’m no fan of theirs but they’ve underperformed in the playoffs so many times and been unlucky to run into the Pens the last two (three?) years. Can’t really begrudge them.

Can’t wait to see all the aftertimers moaning after Vegas win the Cup that is was all rigged in their favour!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Satan81 and I were talking about this the other day. It’s hilarious how so many people are now whining about the expansion draft being rigged when we all agreed at the beginning of the season that Vegas was going to be a horrible team.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I don’t know why they’re complaining. If it was so obvious I’m sure they went down to Vegas to get a bet on. Bet $100 at 200-1, collect $20,000! Easy!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

THAT’S why we’re all mad! We all left gobs of money on the table! lol

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I was one of the few folks who said they had an even chance to make the playoffs.

If only I’d tossed a little money at the possibility. :shrug:

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Satan won Twitter last night:

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I saw the original tweet, I didn’t realize Miro the Hero replied! So awesome!

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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

So I’m excited about this Cup Final. Caps vs Golden Knights is gonna be fun!

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Gonna be weird to see the two teams George McPhee built face off against each other.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Yeah, this is going to be a fun one for sure. Love when it’s unpredictable like this!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I really think it could go either way. I like the Vegas idea but I’m kind of pulling for Ovie since he’s getting up there.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Ovie is showing lots of grey these days!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Hey hockey pals!

I haven’t meant to be MIA, I just kinda needed to decompress my mhockeyness a little bit.

What’s cooking?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. A Caps/Knights Cup Final, just like all the odds-makers predicted! Actually pretty glad the Caps won because I’m still annoyed with Tampa. I’m over Bruins losing that series but it did make me want to root against Tampa because they became rather insufferable and holier than thou. But they’re out now so I can move onto not caring about them.

GO KNIGHTS!
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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I’m over Bruins losing that series but it did make me want to root against Tampa because they became rather insufferable and holier than thou.

Agreed. The Great Licking Controversy was a bit much. Leo Komarov didn’t start world war three over Brad Marchand’s tongue.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Yeah, this was a hard series for me to find my loyalties.
I mean, going into the playoffs, and even after the Bruins lost, I was thinking – well, I would be disappointed if the team to come out of the East wasn’t either the Bruins or the Lightning, since they were so far ahead of the rest of the conference all year.

Then the Bruins lost and I was thinking “hey, at least score a quota on Vasilevskiy once or twice”, because as much as I like him, handing him the Vezina seems rather incongruent*.

Then the Caps beat up on Tampa, and I enjoyed that more than I care to admit.

And I was torn between the team with the shitty sound system, whose fans shout the stupidest nonsense in major league sports during the national anthem, and the team with the fanbase that can’t fill their stadium, who try to taunt the goaltender who is kicking their ass.

I suppose I should have been rooting for the Caps to lose for selfish reasons (my NHL bracket) and because it was funny, but I think I enjoyed the catharsis of seeing the Lightning get vanquished.

*(hey, my spellchecker hasn’t even heard of this word)

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

If the Bolts and their fans had handled The Lick Heard Round the World like the Leafs did (like phony said about how Komarov didn’t get up in arms about it) and perhaps not whined about the officiating in the Caps series, I probably wouldn’t have minded the Bolts so much. But them all acting like they invented hockey and pretending they are the shining beacon of how a fan base should be just made me want to punch them all in the face.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

And banning the other team’s colours!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh right, forgot about that. Yeah, screw those guys!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Yes, they did it. They did it their way, too. The Lightning got manhandled (there’s a sense of violation in “manhandled”). Holtby looked great. In fact, they are clicking on all the proverbial cylinders – you want that heading into the SCF!!!
Oh! The Caps owe their victory to my brother, who sat in his truck to listen to the game (,no cable and when he watches in a bar the Caps lose.)
I need a nap already!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ovi needs to buy this man a truck!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Seriously!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Congrats to the Caps for licking the Bolts!