Archive for the ‘Hockey’ Category

Weekend Sports News

07 Jan

It was a good weekend for sports I love. In hockey news, there will be hockey this year, as the owners and players of the NHL announced a preliminary agreement before the deadline to cancel the season. In football news, the Seahawks (local team) won their playoff games.

It was hard to watch the injury to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. He is a talented young man with, hopefully, years of playing ahead of him. But after a weak start, the Seahawks played great defense and got their offense moving. Can’t wait to see them next weekend against Atlanta.

Movie Review: Goon

20 Jun

I admit it. I loved Goon. Sean William Scott is one of my favorite young actors, and this role was just perfect for him. Allison Pill was adorable. Jay Baruchel was having fun. Liev Schreiber was also great, but honestly, my favorite bit of casting was Kim Coates as the coach.

This was a fun hockey movie, examining the role we all associate with hockey but rarely make movies about- the goon, the enforcer, the guy whose sole job is to give and take hits, give and take punches, to protect his more skilled teammates from those hits and punches.

#LAKings #StanleyCup Champions

12 Jun

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, StanleyCup Champions. Last night they won the Cup on home ice. That has to be an amazing feeling. Additionally, this marks the first time LA will ever get its name on the Cup, and the first time an 8th seeded team won the Cup. Kings, you have much to be proud of.

As a Devils fan, this was not the outcome I was hoping for, but how much can I really complain? After missing the playoffs entirely last year, New Jersey battled through the Flyers and the Rangers to reach the Cup finals.

Stanley Cup Finals: #NJDevils vs #LAKings Game 5

10 Jun

Game 5 back inNew Jerseywas a tense one. Both Brodeur and Quick were really on their games. Not certain whether or not to call them highlights, but there were two notable fights during game 5- one right in front of Brodeur, where his mask came off and someone pulled his sweater over his head, and one in front of Quick which resulted in matching penalties and the final two minutes of the game being played 4 on 4.

The Devils won and are the first team in the playoffs to force the Kings to go to 6 games.

Stanley Cup Finals: #NJDevils vs #LAKings game 4

07 Jun

How do you come back from a 3-0 game deficit in a series? One game at a time. Will the Devils win 4 in a row and win the Cup? Four in a row is hard; that’s why teams don’t sweep very often. But the Devils won 4 in a row against the Flyers. Of course, the Kings sweptSt. Louisin that same round.

The Kings only need to win one game to win the Stanley Cup, so the Devils cannot afford to think about 3 more in a row. They can only think one game at a time.

Stanley Cup Finals: #NJDevils vs #LAKings Game 2

03 Jun

Last night’s game was a good one. Brodeur had an amazing game, and after the Devils tied it up, the energy and intensity they maintained was fabulous. Jonathan Quick was just one second better than the Devils forwards. Even in overtime, the Devils had some great chances.
Games like this, that are so close, where luck plays as much a part as skill, are why the hockey playoffs run best of seven. It helps even out the skill and luck.
Still, the Devils are now headed to LA down two games to none, and the Kings are playing great hockey.

Stanley Cup Finals: #NJDevils vs #LAKings

31 May

After missing the playoffs completely last year, the New Jersey Devils are playing for the Cup. The first game of the Stanley Cup Finals, Devils vs. the Los Angeles Kings was played last night. The Kings dominated the first period, but it ended tied 1-1. Second period was pretty even, third period was all Devils, but they couldn’t get another one past Quick.

Now, I’m a Devils fan because of Martin Brodeur, and while I would have loved to see Brodeur stop Kopitar’s shot, I have to admit that Kopitar deserved that goal. It was a lovely breakaway and shot.

Hockey & Dogs

03 Feb

How often do I get to write a post that combines hockey and animal rescue? How happy does it make me that I get to do so today?

Over the All-Star break, St. Louis Blues’ captain, center David Backes was not playing in the game. Did he sit home and mope? Absolutely not.

His wife is very involved in animal rescue and Backes, his wife, and his flight instructor did a rescue flight fromSt LouistoHoustonand back to bring three stray dogs to the Five Acres Animal Shelter, which is no-kill.

As of today, I’m a fan.

WHL Hockey: Seattle vs Spokane

08 Jan

We had a good time last night as we watched the Seattle Thunderbirds take on the Spokane Chiefs. The T-Birds started off strong, but then there was a fight and a penalty on Seattle, and it just changed the whole momentum of the game. After that, Spokane scored 3 goals in the first period. Seattle wasn’t able to come back, even though they played much better hockey the rest of the game- except for the power play. Their power play was awful. They did not score a single time while on the power play, but did get scored on. Sad.

Jagr back in PA

02 Jul

Jaromir Jagr is back in Pennsylvania, but not in the black and gold of the Penguins. No, instead he’s going to be wearing the orange of the Flyers. The Flyers?

Okay, so if you’re not a hockey fan, you probably don’t know or care who Jagr is. You certainly don’t care that he’s signed a one year deal with Philly. But for those of us who are fans, even if we’re not fans ofPittsburgh, there’s just something wrong here.

And I know, Gretzsky left the Oilers for the Kings and all, but this is the same state. Same state!

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