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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Winning team isn't best team

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8 minutes ago, LeafsFanDan said:

I am sorry

Apology accepted.

 

9 minutes ago, LeafsFanDan said:

Playoffs need to have its own bracket because regular season is where teams truly shine  where players get paid and where most of the money is made.

Playoffs are their own bracket.  There is already a trophy for the regular season and nobody really cares about it.  Many teams basically coast through the regular season, and are focused entirely on the playoffs.

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Committed team game plan wins the cup. A committed, focused team with strong defensive system and an elite goalie (Montreal) can often outlast a team that is too focused on offense.

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1 minute ago, Elias Pettersson said:

The goal of every team in the NHL is to win the Stanley Cup.  The goal is not to win the President's Trophy.  

 

There are teams that are not the best team during the regular season that end up winning the Cup.  It has happened quite a bit.  Look at the Canucks in 1982 and 1994.  We were not the best team in the NHL regular season, not even close, but we went to the Cup finals both years and almost won it in 1994.  In 2011 we were the best team in the NHL regular season, however we did not win the Cup.

 

Your analysis in this thread is simply to discredit Montreal's achievements this year and to state that Toronto is a better team.  Theoretically Toronto was a better team during the regular season.  However, just like the last 54 years, they were not able to win the Stanley Cup.  

 

If you were to ask every player, every ciach, every GM and every owner of every team they will tell you that their goal is to win the Stanley Cup.  And it is the same with the fans of every team. 

Scotty Bowman was asked on 650 recently about what was the key to winning.  He said he always wanted players who knew the individual awards were always handed out after the Stanley Cup.  There are players who play for those individual awards, and there are players who play to win the Cup.  Bowman said he wanted the latter.  

What did Marner and Matthews want more; their individual adulation, or winning the Cup?  

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If you can beat 4 playoff teams in a 7 game series then you deserve to be called the best that year. Because those 4 teams are either the best teams or have beaten the best.

 

Playoffs trump the regular season in terms of overall significance in a year. Every player and team would rather have playoff success than just regular season success. Fans fall in line with that.

 

If watching your team not have any sort of playoff success for a long time has lead you to come to this sort of mindset then you have my pity.

 

I only can imagine how good winning a playoff series would feel for you. Probably be like how we felt after "slaying a dragon".

 

 

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Stanley cup winning teams play good defence from the goalie out. Regardless of regular season results, the team that wins all of its playoff series and eventually the cup is clearly the ‘better’ team. Your thinking is flawed my friend.

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9 minutes ago, Alflives said:

Scotty Bowman was asked on 650 recently about what was the key to winning.  He said he always wanted players who knew the individual awards were always handed out after the Stanley Cup.  There are players who play for those individual awards, and there are players who play to win the Cup.  Bowman said he wanted the latter.  

What did Marner and Matthews want more; their individual adulation, or winning the Cup?  

Yes, there are players who simply look at their individual statistics so they can get their individual awards and get paid millions of dollars.  There is nothing wrong with a player looking after themselves.  However, like every sport, hockey is a team game and the playoffs are really a new season.  There are players who play to win it all and those are the ones you want to acquire.  Sometimes you don't know who those players are, so making the playoffs each year is key to find out which players you can go to battle with and win the wars.

 

Toronto is a perfect example of a team with some star players who play well during the regular season but taper off when the wars start in the playoffs.  Marner specifically looks to be that type of player.  

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