Archive for the ‘Stanley Cup’ Category

#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.

Bonus Hockey Content: Lord Stanley’s Cup

16 Jun

The Bruins deserved Lord Stanley’s Cup. And Tim Thomas most definitely deserved the Conn Smythe. It was a hard fought series, and yes, Canucks fans were disappointed not to win their first Cup, but the Bruins outplayed them, plain and simple.

And losing a game, no matter how big, is not a reason to riot. Very few people actually participated in destructive behavior, but our 5 minutes of fame society meant that a lot of people were trying to get pictures, and ignored police requests to clear the area, increasing the risk, even if they weren’t technically doing anything wrong.

Bonus Hockey Content: The Stanley Cup Finals

02 Jun

The Stanley Cup Finals have started. Go Canucks!

I missed the first two periods of the game last night, so I missed all of the penalties. Instead, I only saw the third period, which was 20 minutes of hard fought 5 on 5 play. It was amazing.

The Canucks were definitely on offense more, but Tim Thomas stood on his head in net for the Bruins. When Torres scored the game’s only goal with 19 seconds left, it was a thing of beauty. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be inVancouverat that moment.

Canucks Win

27 Apr

I know they were playing the defending Stanley Cup champions, and I know they have had a hard time beatingChicago, especially in the playoffs, but this was supposed to be easier for the Canucks. They were the number one seed in the west going in to the playoffs, playing the number eight seed. They won the first three games easily. But game six went into overtime and the Hawks tied the series at 3 each. It was 1-0 Canucks until minutes before the end of the game. Luckily, sudden death overtime in game 7, the Canucks pulled it out.

In Honor of My Brother’s Birthday – Stanley Cup Playoffs

20 Apr

Last night, the Vancouver Canucks had the chance to sweep the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, out of the first round of the playoffs. They failed- miserably. After winning three straight, the Canucks lost, 7-2, and for that last point, the Hawks weren’t trying to defend.

With the series lopsided in one direction, and the game lopsided in another, the final period was an exercise in what do we call/ don’t we call for the refs.

Tonight, my brother’s favorite team, the Detroit Redwings also have the chance to sweep. Will they have better luck than the Canucks?

New Jersey Devils

07 May

It’s Stanley Cup playoff time, and I love it. I am a New Jersey Devils fan because of Martin Brodeur, well, actually because of what a sports writer wrote about Brodeur. It was during the Patrick Roy era, and I was being introduced to hockey. A friend of mine, who played goalie, was helping me pick a team to cheer for in that year’s playoffs, and we came across an article that began “If Roy had a cousin, an identical cousin…” and was about Brodeur. I wish I knew who wrote it, because I owe that person a thank you.

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