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Which NHL team will win the Stanley Cup?
Mon, April 11, 2011

By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

It went down to the last night of the regular season again to determine their identities, but now we know the 16 teams that will start the two-month march towards the summit of Mount Stanley.

For NHL fans, there is no better time of year if your team is one of the Sweet 16.

Heroes will emerge. Which goaltender out there who will be this year's Jaroslav Halak (it won't be Halak; after last year's amazing run with the Montreal Canadiens, he's on the outside looking in with the St. Louis Blues).

Favourites will fall. Which No. 1 seed will be unable to fulfill its promise, like the Washington Capitals last spring? It happens every year.

Underdogs will soar. Which team could be this year's Canadiens, which rattled off upsets of the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Hearts will be broken. That will be the case in Vancouver if the Canucks, the best team in the regular season, don't finally fulfill the potential with which they've been teasing their fans for the last couple of seasons.

It's a two-month marathon that starts Wednesday.

Which team is your pick to win the Stanley Cup? Have your say in our forum.

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I agree, teams with Euros as their best players don't normally have the stuff for a Stanley Cup win - Detroit being the most notable and probably only exception. The Canadian lads have hockey and the dream of a Stanley Cup in their blood. Euros won't pay the price for a win - more interested in longevity and maximizing their earnings over a career so they can go back to their homeland when they retire and live like kings. Playing hard and doing whatever is needed to win, they may risk injury and reduce future earnings potential.

Give me a team of hard-nosed Canadian guys any day of the week.

Having said all that, I think Vancouver may yet pull it off - the series is playing out almost exactly like the first round Canuck/Blackhawk series, although Chicago didn't have Timmy Thomas between the pipes.
Jake, 2011-06-14 14:33:23

Canucks are a bunch of soft euro trash. They talk the talk but can't walk the walk. What I can't figure out is why Boston abandoned the smash mouth hockey when they played in Vancouver. The Canucks with their Euro line up and the American Kessel are wusses when the hitting starts. What ever happened to dropping the gloves?
diatribe, 2011-06-12 12:03:32

Not a fan nuks in 6
dave thomas, 2011-05-31 23:51:14

I go back to 68 (I think). I remember Beliveau lifting the Stanley Cup on TV - black and white. I was 10 years old.

My Mom was a Habs fan

and my Dad was a closet Leafs fan. I am a proud Habs fan, Montrealer, Quebecer, Canadian and

I've been lucky enough to work 35 years in a Chemical processing plant. Some say chemicals rot the brain.

I love the rivalries the Habs have with the division

teams and loathe the Leafs, Bruins, and especially, and formerly the Nordiques. Nothing personal - its hockey.

Forgive me, but I do not get

the boorishness and ignorance that people write about in these threads that they sense from Habs fans.

At the Bell Center, the seats I usually sit in when I go are about $85 each and greys, so any higher and I would be almost sitting on the roof. Usually I bring my daughter.

When I scan the crowd I see a lot of families and children and teens make up a good part of the crowd.

The atmosphere is usually jovial, coordial, and people are generally well behaved win or lose. So we sing Olé, Olé, and Na na hey hey goodbye...and...

The tickets cost enough that if we want to party then why not?

There are exceptions. But it's just wrong to trash a whole fan base on the actions of a few.

I've had the chance to go to Philly, New York - MSG, Ottawa, and Toronto, and quite frankly have heard stuff coming out of some people's mouths there also.

I do wear my Habs jersey.

Do I think all those cities fans suck? No, but there are a few special ones - as in Montreal too.

Real Habs fans are not the troublemakers that trash storefronts after winning the quarterfinals, semis, divisions or even the cup.

Real Habs fans are the one's that expect the team to make the playoffs each and every year, play with intensity and skill, and

I really do not see anything wrong with expecting such standards considering the ticket price in Montreal.

Real Habs fans always back their team win or lose.

Habs fans have been very

fortunate winning 24 Stanley Cups. Yes, it may have been easier in the 50's 60's and 70's and it made a lot fans very spoiled. Most know it now as in the past 32 years the Habs have only 2 Stanley Cups.

I won't defend any team's fan that does not act properly, as for myself I can and will give and take with the best of them.

Did I mention I was a proud Canadian ? Go Canucks!


From The Cheap Seats, 2011-05-26 20:52:52

"ahaha Phili u suck" ?? That's your idea of a comment? You have to be an adolescent.
Pragmatic, 2011-05-09 18:31:58

Hahaha Phili u suck Vancouver is going to own
Cam, 2011-05-06 23:26:36

For someone who grew up a diehard Habs fan, dating from the late 1940s and throughout the next 3 decades, including many trips down then Hwy 17 to the Forum, I must say the ONE thing that slowly turned me away from the Habs was their boorish fans.

Thet have no resemblance whatsover to the blue-collar fans who used to fill the old rink who, while certainly among the most rabid you'd find anywhere, still possessed a sense of class.

Not so now. Ignorance seems to have taken over as the main characyeristic of their fan base. Too bad.

Bruins all the way this year (and I'm no Bruins fans).
Pragmatic, 2011-05-06 13:17:31

Jake,

The Habs went down to a team that was supposed to beat them, so no one here in Habs nation is crying.

They had a decent season given the injuries. As for diving, whining and complaining, there are times where all teams do it, so that isn't even a big deal.

You know for someone who doesn't dislike the Habs but wants to stick it to the guy in the cheap seats,

I'm part of 24 Stanley Cups,

How about you? Ole, Ole !
From The Cheap Seats, 2011-05-02 18:33:10

I did have a comment, but in light of the fact that Glenn Healy is an expert on all things hockey, I'll pass to him. Anyone else sick of hearing him during the games?
Robbie, 2011-05-01 15:36:25

Good prediction Gordie.

My only concern - Ole ole ole ole, they're done and thank God. Not that I dislike the Habs so much, but I like to see them lose just for the fans. Yeah, I mean you Cheap Seats!!! I'm surprised that the Hab player didn't get a diving penalty late in the game last night with the high stick on him - stick nicks his helmet and he goes down like he's shot. Also, couldn't understand the Hab beef with Chris Kelly late in the game. That's how the Canadiens play - they're bringing the European soccer mentality to the NHL. Whiners and divers.
Jake, 2011-04-28 16:32:01

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