Hockey Playoff Pool


Playoff Pool: Day Twenty-Seven

PuckHow many of you predicted last fall that the final four would consist of Buffalo, Carolina, Anaheim and Edmonton? If you just raised your hand and shouted "me!", you're a damn liar. Lies make baby Jesus cry, please make that the last lie you ever tell.

I'm rooting for a Buffalo~Edmonton final, although I have no ill-will towards the other two teams. I'd like Edmonton to return to the final for obvious reasons and watching the Sabres~Sens series endeared me to our QEW brothers.

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Playoff Pool: Day Twenty-Four

PuckWe're down to five teams vying for Lord Stanley's cup. The poolie with the most players remaining is Alexi who has six, but he's in fourth and will most likely finish out of the money. Should Edmonton advance, Marc will be left with a couple of Hurricanes while Ryan will have a couple of Sabres, a Hurricane and Chris Pronger. A Buffalo ~ Edmonton final would most certainly give Ryan a come back victory.

Conversely, should Anaheim go to the cup and Scott Niedermayer score dozens and dozens of unassisted goals, I could win it all.

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Playoff Pool: Day Twenty-Three

PuckThere are rumours on the internets that suggest Canadian hockey fans always root for the other Canadian teams in the playoffs if their team is eliminated. I'm a Leafs fan through and through, and I assure you this isn't true. I may adopt a team from the west for the playoffs, because they're Canadian based, but I will never, ever root for the Ottawa Senators or Montreal Canadiens.

I know Montreal is our historic rival, but over the past five or six years I've developed such a hate on for Ottawa that it has eclipsed my hate on for Montreal. The sweetest playoff victories over the past five seasons have been over the Sens, and there have been many. This season, I lived precariously through the Sabres and cheered loud and proud when Jason Pominville made Daniel Alfredsson look like a pylon, caught Wade Redden napping and beat Ray Emery to send the Sens to the golf course. Hell, yeah.

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Playoff Pool: Day Twenty-Two

PuckRyan made a little move yesterday, chomping into Marc's lead like it was hot fresh pizza after a night of grandeur. Marc's lead is down to a measly five points after Ekman and Pronger put points on the board. If Buffalo wins tonight, it shouldn't be too difficult for Ryan to out-point Marc the rest of the way.

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Playoff Pool: Day Twenty-One

PuckThe Sens live to play another day but the Avs are down and out. That means Enzo wins the annual prize for being the first poolie to have all ten players eliminated. Contratulations Enzo!

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Playoff Pool: Day Twenty

PuckIn the second round this year, there are only two teams I'm rooting for. I'd like to see the Oil advance, to represent the mother country, and I'd like to see Buffalo stomp the Senators. I wish Ottawa nothing but playoff failure. I can't stand 'em.

During the Pearl Jam concert last night, Ryan used his cell phone to check the scores. He reported a 2-1 Sabre victory in regulation. This made an amazing night even better, but it was a false report. On the drive home we realized the game actually went into overtime. Had Ottawa prevailed in OT, I'd be suing my bro for false hope.

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Playoff Pool: Day Nineteen

PuckJoffrey Lupul had one of those nights last night, scoring all four goals in the big Ducks win. Alexi has him in the pool and now looks poised to assume third place overall. If Lupul keeps up this torrid pace, scoring four every game for the remainder of the playoffs, Alexi could come all the way back and finish first.

Stranger things have happened. Case in point, a Canadian has won the NBA MVP award two years in a row. Do you believe in miracles?

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Playoff Pool: Day Eighteen

PuckWith a 2-0 leader in all four series, we're getting a clearer picture as to who is likely to advance. Marc has a solid ten point lead over Ryan right now, but Ryan has two Sabres whereas Marc has none. When it comes to Hurricanes, Marc has the clear advantage. Neither has a Duck and Marc holds an advantage in Sharks.

Marc will be very tough to catch. Should Buffalo put down the Senators (please God) and eventually advance to the finals, Ryan has a slim chance.

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Playoff Pool: Day Seventeen

PuckWhen the playoffs started, I was intriged by the first round match up between 2004 darling Miikka Kiprusoff and 2003 darling Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Little did I know at the time that Ilya Bryzgalov would so quickly become the coolest duck since Frank McCool, recording his third shutout in a row.

Speaking of Frank McCool, the Toronto Maple Leaf goaltender who had three postseason shutouts in a row as a rookie against Detroit in 1945, is there a better name in all of sports? I'd like to be called McCool, even if only for a day. That would be the McCoolest.

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Playoff Pool: Day Sixteen

PuckIn my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina, Can’t you see the sunshine, Can’t you just feel the moonshine, Maybe just like a friend of mine, It hit me from behind. Yes I’m goin’ to Carolina in my mind.

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