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Forum: NHLil y a 9 heures
I know this is the wrong thread. But seeing as how I haven't been on CF since the season ended, just thought I'd share my worthless thoughts on what was an incredible NHL season.

First and foremost, it hurts. They were SO CLOSE. But still, I am so proud of the Lightning. Cirelli hurt both shoulders. Hagel fractured a foot. McDonagh mangled a finger. PEB has a torn meniscus. Perry (I almost cried watching his family crying in the stands, poor guy) sprained a shoulder joint. Paul sprained his MCL. Kuch (who really needs to grow up BTW, it's driving me crazy, and I'm a Lightning fan) sprained his MCL. Not a single one of these players missed a single game throughout the playoffs (and this is not even counting Pointer and his torn quad, he did everything he could to come back but there was no chance of his being 100% in such a short time). And STILL, they were 2 wins away from completing the three-peat (and 3 of their 4 losses to the Avs were by a single goal). What a team. And hey, the dynasty's not over! They should be in contention next year again, hopefully-there's work to do in the offseason (moving McDonagh/Killorn, re-signing-Paul/Palat/Rutta), but they can do it, and hopefully the core will be healthy, fresh, and ready for another run next year. Here's to the 4th Stanley Cup win in Lightning history come 2023. #GoBolts

Secondly, congratulations to the Colorado Avalanche. What a heck of a group, really talented bunch and so many players that had been in the league for so long without winning anything (even through my bitterness, I couldn't help but feel a little bit happy for Landeskog and Erik Johnson-both with the Avs for a decade+ without any success). Even though I felt the SCF was a bit marred by atrocious officiating (which hurt both sides), there's no doubt in my mind that the Avs were the better team. They deserve it. Congrats Avs. Shoutout to <a href="/users/UpsideDownQue" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@UpsideDownQue</a> Here's to a rematch in next year's Cup (just with a different victor ;) )

Finally-WHAT A SEASON!!! From McDavid to Zegras to Vasi to Shesterkin to Makar to Josi to Gaudreau to Marner to Matthews to Tkachuk-what an incredible year. I absolutely love hockey.
Forum: Tampa Bay Lightningil y a 11 heures
Forum: Tampa Bay Lightningil y a 12 heures
I honestly can't find words to describe how proud I am of this team. They went from getting swept by the #8 seed in the first round (after having a ridiculous regular season no less) to winning the Cup in the bubble in 2020 (without Stammer no less), then winning a second straight Cup in 2021. The memories from those two years are unreal.

2020: The acquiring of Goodrow and Coleman to form the death line of Gourderowman. Point's 5OT winner in Game 1 against Columbus. Point's series-winning OT winner in Game 5. Diving-Bogosian to Diving-Coleman against the Bruins. Palat's OT winner in Game 3. Hedman's series-winning OT winner in Game 5. The McDonagh-to-Kucherov game-winner with 7.8 seconds left in Game 2 against the Isles. The Cirelli series-winning OT winner (off a ridiculously underrated pass from Goodrow that never gets talked about) in Game 6 to send them to the Cup. The beautiful Point goal in Game 4 in the SCF, followed by Shattenkirk's PP OT winner. Point and Coleman with the goals in Game 6, Vasi gets the first of his series-winning shutouts. Lightning, 2020 Stanley Cup Champions. (Conn Smythe: Victor Hedman.)

2021: That ridiculous Game 1 against Florida (Kuch with 2 goals in his return, Pointer ties it late on the PP, then Pointer with a late breakaway forehand-backhand-five-hole winner for the ages off a terrific stretch pass from McDonagh to win it 5-4). Pointer's making a pylon out of Weegar in Game 6 with a highlight-reel goal, Killorn with the empty-netter (2nd of the game), Vasi with another series-winning shutout. Goodrow with the Game 1 winner late against the Canes. Cirelli with the Game 2 winner late. That crazy Game 4 and the Lightning's shelling of Mrazek (Stammer with 2 goals, Kuch and Palat 2-on-1 seals it late). Point with the ridiculous backhand-forehand-backhand opening goal in Game 5 off the pass from Killorn. Colton seals it late. Vasi with ANOTHER series clinching shutout. The amazing Round 3 against the Isles, from Point scoring while getting face-planted into the ice in Game 3, McDonagh getting robbed by a diving Pulock in Game 4, to the Game 5 8-0 blowout win, to Beauvillier keeping the Isles alive in Game 6, to the incredible Game 7 1-0 win on the Gourde SHG (first Game 7 in league history to end 1-0 on a SHG). Vasi with ANOTHER series clinching shutout. Cernak with the beautiful Cup-opening goal in Game 1 against the Habs. The ridiculous Goodrow-to-Coleman diving-one-handed-goal-to-beat-the-clock in the 2nd period of Game 2. Tyler Johnson coming up clutch with 2 goals in Game 3. The Colton Cup-winning goal from Savard in Game 5 for the 1-0 win. Vasi with <strong>HIS 5TH CONSECUTIVE</strong> series-winning shutout. Lightning, 2021 Stanley Cup Champions. (Conn Smythe: Andrei Vasilevskiy.)

2022: And now this year. Getting rocked in Game 1 against the Leafs. Winning Game 2. Losing Game 3. Blowing them out to even it up in Game 4. Losing a heartbreaking Game 5. Down 3-2 after 40 minutes in Game 6. Tying it up on the 5-on-3. Point's OT winner sends it to a Game 7. Nick Paul (trade deadline acquisition GOAT, who they MUST re-sign) with the incredible 2 goals to win Game 7 2-1, onto Round 2. The Game 1 win. The Game 2 winner in the dying seconds from Colton. Wins in Amalie in Games 3 and 4 for the sweep, Vasi with a total of 3 goals allowed in 4 games against the highest-scoring offense in the league, onto Round 3. Getting shellacked in Game 1, losing Game 2, down 2-0 to the Rangers coming back to Amalie, and down 2-0 halfway through Game 3. Coming back to tie it. Palat with the late game-winner, back in the series. Game 4 win, series even. Game 5 and clutch Sergachev (Palat? Still can't tell) to take a 3-2 series lead, and then the Game 6 goals from Stammer to win it 2-1 and take the series. Back to the Cup.
But as Cooper said, they weren't playing a bunch of "powder puffs" in the Avs, and they had to do it without Brayden Point. And STILL, 3 out of their 4 losses were by 1 goal, all without Pointer (save for the first 2 games where he wasn't close to 100%). Avs win the Cup in 6, congrats to them. They're a heck of a group.

But still, what an incredible job by this team. And hey, the dynasty's not over! They should be in contention next year again, hopefully-there's work to do in the offseason (moving McDonagh/Killorn, re-signing-Paul/Palat/Rutta), but they can do it. Here's to the 4th Stanley Cup win in Lightning history come 2023. #GoBolts
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