Thank You, Penguins!

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins saved the hockey world from another boring Stanley Cup champion.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t think the Penguins had a chance at the beginning of the series.  I thought their chances were even slimmer when Detroit won the first two games of the series.  Then, the Pens woke up.

This also means that Pittsburgh is now home to the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup.  Now when the Pirates get going….ah never mind.

So since I’m not really a Penguins fan and I really hate the Red Wings, I’m going to let you all know a couple facts about Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals that you may not have realized.

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NHL Playoff Previews – Semifinals

I’m a little late on this since the Detroit Red Wings already downed the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in their opening game.  It’s a long series, though, so this is still a valid preview post.  Plus, I think this is going to mostly be about why I hate the Red Wings anyway.  Feel free to add your reasons in the comments.

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NHL Playoffs Round 2 Preview

Alright after a double dose of Game 7 last night, the first round of the NHL Playoffs has come to a conclusion.  In the preview of Round 1, I managed to pick six of the 8 series correctly and I got the game total corrent in four of them (Boston in 4, Carolina in 7, Pittsburgh in 6, and Detroit in 4).  I missed the Canucks’ sweep over my Blues and the Ducks upsetting the Sharks, though I almost picked that.  Too bad almost doesn’t count.  Anyway, on to Round 2. Continue reading

NHL Playoff Preview

Playoff Ice

Playoff Ice

Tomorrow is the start of the two month haul known as the NHL Playoffs.  The first round presents us with some interesting match ups and I’m going to break them down for you.  Since there are only about eight people who watch hockey, I’ll try to keep it short.  No promises, though.

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Next Year’s Winter Classic

The NHL’s Winter Classic is about to take place on New Year’s Day from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. But I’m not here to talk about that game, as exciting as it will likely be. Now that game is all about the matchup. And the Blackhawks and Red Wings are pretty evenly matched right now (especially with how hot Chicago is – a franchise-record 9 wins in a row heading into tonight’s game).

The Winter Classic will take place next season (and probably season after season for a while). The outdoor hockey game is a cool thing no doubt, and brining in famous venues from other sports makes it all that more intriguing. Here are a few proposals I have for future Winter Classics. Continue reading

Hockey Season is Officially Over

The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup tonight with a 3-2 victory over the Penguins. Since I am a die-hard Blues fan and a Red Wings hater, I won’t be posting any congratulations or Stanley Cup winning videos tonight. I actually didn’t watch the game, since I had a softball game at the same time, but it worked out for the better anyway. What I will do is link to my favorite Blues Blog and let them describe how all hockey fans feel about Detroit. Enjoy.

St. Louis Game Time

Stanley Cup Finals – Game 5

I haven’t gotten to see any of the Stanley Cup Finals up until tonight’s Game 5. There’s about 7 minutes left in the first OT and this may be one of the most intense hockey games I have ever seen. The Penguins dominated the opening part of the first period, scoring two quick goals. The Detroit absolutely dominated the rest of the game, outshooting the Pens 38-13 since the first. Detroit scored one in the second and took the lead with two in the third. I was resigned to the fact that pseudo-Detroit fans were going to claim their allegiance to the Wings all offseason when Max Talbot delayed my pain with 35 seconds left, putting home a rebound to tie the game at 3.

The Penguins really have no business even being in this game. Marc-Andre Fleury has single handedly kept Pittsburgh’s hopes alive. He made one of the best saves I’ve ever seen, gliding across the crease to kick Valtteri Filppula’s chance out. My jaw dropped on that one.

End of the first OT and everyone gets a chance to breathe…I’m going to change my fish’s water so I’ll have something else to do. This game was been too frantic from the very start.

Detroit has been the better team since the first 10 minutes of the game. They’re just pummeling the Penguins. Obviously, I’m a Penguins fan here. It’s the Blues fan coming out in me, so I apologize for that, but I’ll try to keep that inside. No promises if the Wings score. I’m not going to live blog this, because I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’ll be making comments if I see something interesting.

I’m not sure it would be possible for Evgeni Malkin to be any less of a factor in this game. He can’t move, can’t find space, get the puck, he’s just been awful. On the other side, Marian Hossa has been great for the Penguins. He’d look great in Blue next year. Another questionable interference call on the Wings. I’m not going to complain, but I’d rather the Pens score full strength after that.

Marc-Andre Fleury is no longer human.

I’m going to make a prediction. I think if the Pens score, it’s going to come from a Brad Stuart mistake. He’s been making some poor decisions in his own end all night and that may come back to hurt the Wings. The Wings just look like they’re about to score every 15 seconds.

Apparently Petr Sykora just said he’s going to score. That’s pretty gutsy. My money is on Hossa or Datsyuk. Great. Triple Overtime.

I should also point out that Hal Gill has been very solid for Pittsburgh. How much do the Pens miss Sergei Gonchar right now? Now the announcers agree with me.

Wow, a four minute penalty to Jiri Hudler. What a mistake on the high stick. Pittsburgh hasn’t looked real good on their last two PPs. The injured Sergei Gonchar is now on the ice, this could get interesting.

PETR SYKORA HAS ENDED IT! He called it earlier and he gets it done. Gonchar and Malkin get the assist and we go to Pittsburgh Wednesday night. What a game. Player of the game easily goes Marc Andrew Fleury. He is easily the only reason Pittsburgh didn’t lose by 5. I’ve had enough, I’m going to bed.

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