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RWGR
06-16-2011, 12:57 AM
Stanley stays in the USA!!

RWGR
06-16-2011, 12:59 AM
http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/01287/stanley15_1287429cl-3.jpg

http://http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTgCV0cXvmqvTWjqWF0_ErsHL_QCWlIA 4rt9ySvVnflTyKy7wlv&t=1

RWGR
06-16-2011, 01:00 AM
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STANLEY STAYS HOME

http://www.ace-clipart.com/clipart/american_flag_clipart/usa-flag.gif

RWGR
06-16-2011, 01:01 AM
Tim Thomas, Playoff MVP

Flint, Michigan

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/assets_c/2011/06/thomas_trophy-thumb-300x209-44043.jpg

Blunt
06-16-2011, 01:14 AM
Boston has fewer American players, and more Canadian players than Vancouver...

That must have been the difference.

With that said, the cup will spend more time touring Canada than the USA...

Bill Nash
06-16-2011, 01:49 AM
It stays in Toronto when not on tour, ....

Bill Nash
06-16-2011, 01:51 AM
Tim Thomas was more than deserving of the Conn Smythe Trophy. He was definitely the difference maker.

Blunt
06-16-2011, 01:57 AM
Tim Thomas was more than deserving of the Conn Smythe Trophy. He was definitely the difference maker.

I can't see how anyone could make a case for anyone else getting it...

RWGR
06-16-2011, 09:34 AM
Boston has fewer American players, and more Canadian players than Vancouver...

That must have been the difference.

With that said, the cup will spend more time touring Canada than the USA...

Playoff MVP: Tim Thomas, AMERICAN

RWGR
06-16-2011, 09:35 AM
It stays in Toronto when not on tour, ....

Translation: "I...I...I can't control my anger right now"

Barry Morris
06-16-2011, 10:06 AM
Like they send out the REAL Stanley Cup.

How dumb are you.

RWGR
06-16-2011, 10:23 AM
Like they send out the REAL Stanley Cup.

Did I say it was the real one? Show me where.

How dumb are you

How ANGRY are you??? :)

Jack Butler
06-16-2011, 02:55 PM
The original Stanley Cup is always at home, thanks for pointing that out.
That's the one that never leaves the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
The Stanley Cup found a home years ago and it is Canada.
....oh ya, even the one presented to the Boston Bruins will spend more time in Canada as a result of the C.C.!
......you know the rest of the story. ;c)

lynys
06-16-2011, 04:12 PM
Like they send out the REAL Stanley Cup.

How dumb are you.

Mr Mod! You should be ashamed of yourself!

riggs
06-16-2011, 04:33 PM
Boston has fewer American players, and more Canadian players than Vancouver...

That must have been the difference.

With that said, the cup will spend more time touring Canada than the USA...

Kesler was almost invisible in the finals and the European players were intimidated by the fast hard hitting Canadian style that Boston put out. It was great to see a pound and grind game. I only wish Vancouver could have brought it as well.

Barry Morris
06-16-2011, 07:12 PM
Mr Mod! You should be ashamed of yourself!

Thanks for todays laugh!! :) :) :)

RWGR
06-16-2011, 08:29 PM
Mr Mod! You should be ashamed of yourself!

Yup, that's a Mod calling other people "dumb"

And for the life of him he can't figure out why the Religion section is now dead :)

Blunt
06-17-2011, 02:56 AM
Like they send out the REAL Stanley Cup.

How dumb are you.

He's slightly less dumb than your stupid self.

Blunt
06-17-2011, 02:59 AM
Kesler was almost invisible in the finals and the European players were intimidated by the fast hard hitting Canadian style that Boston put out. It was great to see a pound and grind game. I only wish Vancouver could have brought it as well.

Kesler's the best player on Vancouver; the most complete player.

I don't think Boston was outhitting Vancouver (didn't really pay attention to the stats), they simply did a better job of pinching down to keep pucks in Vancouver's zone, and then always had lots of help in front of Thomas.

If you put more pressure on the other team's goalie, and take pressure off your own, you'll win hockey games.

And to be fair, Thomas was simply a solid goalie.

riggs
06-17-2011, 07:18 PM
Kesler's the best player on Vancouver; the most complete player.

I don't think Boston was outhitting Vancouver (didn't really pay attention to the stats), they simply did a better job of pinching down to keep pucks in Vancouver's zone, and then always had lots of help in front of Thomas.

If you put more pressure on the other team's goalie, and take pressure off your own, you'll win hockey games.

And to be fair, Thomas was simply a solid goalie.

I'm not putting the knock on Kesler. He was Vancouver's best player through the first 3 rounds. I'm just saying he was no better than any other Vancouver players in the finals.

I didn't check the stats on the hits either but I do believe Boston's hits carried a greater impact on a more timid Vancouver team. Vancouver either lost control or simply gave the puck up rather than taking the hit in their end.

As for the pinching and help in front of Thomas, you're bang on. Their size and strength (perhaps aggressiveness) gave them an edge in front of their net. I believe the same attributes should be considered when factoring in their ability to pinch. The impact of those hits time and time again takes it toll physically and mentally.

Like you said, what can be said about Thomas other than he gave a solid gold performance and made some saves he had no business saving. I would have agreed to making him MVP if if they would have lost game 7.

Bill Nash
06-17-2011, 09:14 PM
I think it will come out that Kesler played hurt.

riggs
06-17-2011, 10:55 PM
I think it will come out that Kesler played hurt.

That would make sense. He's a pretty intense player but didn't seem to have that edge.

Jack Butler
06-17-2011, 11:16 PM
Kesler had a torn groin.
They probably had to freeze it for him to play.
.....ouch!