And the (unofficial) winner is … LW3H?


OK, kids, I just finished tabulating the results of our first-round predictions contest.

I will wait to make it official in case anybody thinks I made an error in my calculations. If so, please let me know by midnight tonight. I will double-check if you think I made a mistake. Otherwise, I will declare LW3H the winner at that time.

Here are the final standings according to my findings (and you know how much I hate counting, calculating or any other type of math, and how likely it is that I screwed it up):

1. LW3H … 8-0 record (it didn’t come to a tiebreaker, but he picked three series exactly correct, and had the Caps winning 4-1 in the clinching game).

2. Doodie Machetto … 7-1 record, four series exact, Capitals 4-2 in the clincher.

3. RT … 7-1 record, two series exact, Capitals 3-1 in clincher.

Congratulations, Boneheads. Since we’ve still got to vote on the Paul Mara Beard contest, and we’re having a second-round predictions contest, I’m only going to give out three prizes for this one.

Also, thanks to our good friend, ilb, for donating a few prizes for these contests. He’s the man.

LW3H, Doodie and RT, please email me your addresses to

As for me, I picked six series correctly (including three of the Game 7 series), as did many of you. I was surprised how many of you (us) picked the Rangers to win their series, and even more surprised how many picked Nashville over Anaheim (which was the other one I got wrong). Why didn’t you guys tell me that?

Eight of youse picked seven out of eight series correctly, and most of those lost only on the Rangers.

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  1. bull dog line on

    friggin Preds. I coulda won it all if it wasn’t the Friggin Preds. I hope they get swept.

  2. LOL ilb – I joined a couple of games out of boredom late the other night, mistake.
    I love to make stupid material sacrifices where I can’t take advantage of whatever I’ve gained otherwise.
    I’ll give it a go if you want, but a I can’t play fast. I can’t play slow either for that matter but ..

  3. congrats to LW3H

    off subject

    has anyone heard from Linda?
    wondering how she is due to all the tornadoes in alabama…

  4. eddie eddie eddie on

    we can play here……1. e4 btw, i beat my first GM in a 10 board simul last month…

  5. eddie eddie eddie on

    are any of you on ICC (internet chess club)? or for correspondence chess?

  6. I tried gameknot. Too slow….I never know when I will have time to return…I prefer 10-15 min per player, maybe with adding 10 sec per move kinda thing..

  7. eddie eddie eddie on

    ilb – join the icc, best site in the world…every GM/IM plays there….lots of tourneys/games etc….everything from Game/1 minute (bullit chess) to Game/name your hour

  8. eddie eddie eddie on

    Highest rated I ever played was GM Gadir Guseinov (at the time he was 65th in the world) elo 2660, though now he is 2585 i think….1 draw 3 losses

  9. eddie eddie eddie on

    even cooler, i have chatted a bit with GM Magnus Carlsen #1 in the world….

  10. I’d like to see a Carcillo vs. Roenick match. Loser gets elbowed by Cooke (his suspension is over, right?).

    sorry, ilb. “frield” is an Italian word. I can’t translate it on a family site like this.

  11. for those just joining us … we have a new contest going for the second round. You’ll have to scroll down a few threads to read the rules and enter … contest closes at 9 p.m., before puck-drop for Preds-Nucks.

  12. eddie eddie eddie on

    LW – i just checked…carcillo is not even a member of FIDE, which means he sucks carcillo at chess

  13. Fair enough, Carp…No wonder Google wouldn’t help either :-)

    Eddie- I’m going to register on ICC…I’ll let you know….

  14. im not going to play this time… i never guess ANYTHING! and that upsets me!

    i even shaved my beard right after game five! so i am out of that one, too! buuuhuuuu, poor me! ;)

  15. eddie eddie eddie on

    dde – in the grand scheme, we all suck at chess…I have some good friends that are IM’s (international masters) one step below GM’s and they all insist they know NOTHING about chess.

  16. eddie eddie eddie on

    dde – if you join icc you can watch real time….if not, i send post the aggebraic game scores here if you like…

    ilb – i started playing chess in 5th grade or so….Fischer fever got me way into it in 72…..but i was more into sports….i played every sport imaginable, like most people here,..played college tennis.. very serious into that…played some satillite stuff…..tuned back to chess around ’85……starting playing OTB tourneys in 1989…now mostly on the internet – icc and for correspondence…i have about 300 books….1000 or so magazines (inside chess and New in Chess)…i studied about 4-5 hours a day……maybe a couple of hours a day of study is about all i can afford….you?

  17. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    This is much better behavior children. I will now put away my paddle, but it will come out if that childish behavior returns.

  18. My father taught me when I was 5. Everyone played some chess in Russia. I got serious in middle school, studied it for about 12 years. Was playing at a pretty high level back in Russia, then stopped when I moved to US. Started to pay again around 10 years ago, mostly internet, not the same…Still remember most of the openings, can probably give you a decent resistance, not sure for how long…

  19. eddie eddie eddie on

    tell your dad i met david bronstein at a tourney…talked with the great man for about an hour….he signed my zurich 1953 book

  20. eddie eddie eddie on

    ilb – yeah the mac and icc dont get along so well….i have a night class at 6 pm my time…once you get a platform downloaded, we can play….likely not tonight tho…

  21. Eddie- I’d do the trial membership to watch but I have to leave in about 10 minutes.
    If you can copy and paste it in PGN format,that would be pretty cool. thx

  22. eddie eddie eddie on

    dde – i will be leaving in about 10 or so minutes myself…..i can simply cut and paste the game score(s) to you in algebraic notation here or in email…that is easiest…

  23. eric, shockingly you picked against the Rangers … and were 8 for 8, other than those Anaheim and Phoenix losses. You said the Rangers would lose in double-OT in Game 7, too.

    just so you know I’m checking. haha.

    see you in November.

  24. only playing.

    i was horrible in the first round. go canucks. as long as the flyers are around i want the west powers canucks wings or sharks to be in final. preds will lose to an east team

  25. Good evening all! Off to wash the paint off my mitts from school, but congrats to LW!!!!!!
    Carp, fyi, your post this morning rocked….oh please, when will they give you a break from high school schmorts and you can do that all through the playoffs!!!

  26. True Blue Mike on

    So i just go onto and check the score to the Vancouver vs Nashville game and i see that our favorite former Ranger Christopher Higgins scored. Then i began to think, Wow the Canucks have a great shot at winning the cup this year and then i remembered that Christopher Higgins grew up about 15 minutes away from my house. I then started to think “OMG IF HIGGINS WINS THE CUP MAYBE JUST MAYBE HE WILL BRING IT HOME TO LI!”, I really really hope the Canucks win the cup now. Do you guys think that if he won he would bring the cup to his hometown?

  27. Hmmmm. Boston/ Flyers…can they both just swim with the sharks……blech. If my cousin wasn’t my money manager I’d tell to take a flying leap…..oh wait, I did :)

    Very tired…..TA!

  28. Nashville-Vancouver looks a lot like the Rangers-Capitals series. It’ll probably end the same way.

  29. Canucks now 11 wins away. So I’m going to bed.

    And since nobody said anything, I’m declaring LW3H the champion of the first-round contest … now I have to figure out how to mail his prize to England.

    Congrats, buddy!

    Good night, Sally!

  30. Olga Folkyerself on

    Sorry LW3H but I’m still rooting against.

    Go Doodie!

    (That’s sounds wrong, somehow…)

  31. Lol Olga

    I’m looking forward to Bolts VS Craps series…a bit of a dilemma though…I like Tampa because they are exciting to watch and they gave the Rangers extra 5 games this season…but I’d love for Ovechkin to go deep and possibly win it all

  32. Craps won the season series 4-2, or it’s tied 3-3.

    Roloson is riding a two game shutout streak against the Craps. Should be interesting.

    Tampa has the scorers that NYR doesn’t have, but can their defense do as good a job as NYR did in the majority of that series? And can Roloson play as good as Hank?

  33. Olga Folkyerself on

    I can’t root for the team that just eliminated the Rangers. Can’t root for Tampa either. Just think how bad Torts would feel if the team he left goes and wins the Cup? He’d get depressed and feel like he can’t coach anymore. Then we’d have Keenan back.

  34. Yeah, I honestly kind of want Ovechkin to win it so that everyone would STBU about Cindy Crybaby. But at the same time, I don’t want him to win it.

  35. I’m not rooting for the Caps I’m rooting for Ovechkin…if that makes any sense

    and I don’t think Torts will get depressed seeing Tampa win the cup because he already won o e with them

    Scotty Bowman didn’t get depressed when Babcock won with Wings :)

  36. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    Wooo hooo, go Nucks!!!

    incase you were wondering (you guys probably weren’t) but bieksa KNOWS how to clear the crease.

    I really think we might want to focus on acquiring him (just an opinion though) Have we signed him yet??

    congrats on the win!

    love the boston prize idea, LMFAO!

    I think we should rename the beard contest the “shea weber/zz top beard extravaganza”. That thing is a monster already!

  37. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    For now, I’m rooting for the nucks. If they lose, then I’ll have to re evaluate (if the preds beat them, i’m rooting for the preds).

  38. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    good night assens, have to be up in 4 hours for work!

  39. OvechCANT…that’s racist, ORR! ;P

    He’s the best that mother Russia got to offer…so I have to root for him. Plus, I don’t dislike Craps as much as I dislike Penguins for example

    Speaking of Penguins… Malkin is right there with Ovechkin…but I wouldn’t root for Malkin simply because he’s a Penguin

    I know, it’s complicated

  40. Kovalchuk is a great player…he’s the type of a player that can actually carry a team as we saw in the second half of the season once he got in a groove

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