Posts Tagged ‘Eric Staal

18
May
09

Staal Brothers Competition

I’m back from New York City, and from the looks of it most of our viewers are now in their off-season. That’s cool though, the true Logers are sticking around. A few house-keeping items before we get into it today. First, the trip to NYC/NJ went pretty smooth, the roughest part was getting up at 5:30am the following morning trying to catch the Orange Line train at Haymarket. Luckily for me, the train was running more late than I was.

 Second, Versus sent me a bunch of shirts and posters over the weekend, actually a toooon of posters. The shirts are actually really cool so I’m going to give them away in a competition type format. Everytime I think of something clever I’ll post it, and the winner gets a shirt and a poster. If you want just the poster I’m sure I can send it, I have a bunch. Since I was gone this weekend I was not able to do anything for the Wings/Hawks Game 1, but that’s fine we’ll start it with Game 2. For the Penguins/Hurricanes series, which starts tonight, we’ll start it off with this. Which Staal brother will have more POINTS, Jordan or Eric? Here is what you have to do, in the comment section post which Staal brother you think will have more points throughout the series. Here is how the tie-break will work, since we’ll have a bunch. The first tie-breaker is giving us the exact number of points the winning brother will have, and the second tie-breaker will be giving us the number of points the losing brother will have. If we’re still tied after that, I guess we can give away a few shirts considering we’re just starting off. So, in the comments section  post your selection, be sure to use your real email address so we can contact the winner. Other viewers cannot contact you because your email address is not visible, but we can see it. 

Tonight I’ll take a picture of the shirt and poster so you know what you’re competing for, please make all selections no later than 7:30 pm Eastern Time. 

Bear with us today, it’s going to be slow. I’m going to be catching up on a lot of stuff today and I think the other writers are still recovering from their night at the Liberty Hotel. Check back in tonight, and make your pics now for the Staal Brothers Points Competition.

 Here are the rules again: 

  • Pick which Staal Brother, Eric or Jordan, will have the most POINTS in the series. (Goals and Assists combined.) FYI Jordan plays for Pittsburgh, Eric plays for Carolina.
  • The winner will get a Versus t-shirt and poster
  • Please submit how many points you think each brother will have as that will serve as the tie-breaker
    • First tie breaker is guessing the correct amount of points the winning brother will have
    • Second tie breaker is guessing the correct amount of points the losing brother will have.
  • Post your submission in the comments box, it closes at 7:30 pm EST tonight
  • Be sure to use your real email address so we can notify the winner
  • You don’t need to create a login or password, the comment section is open to everyone
  • Duplicate submissions will be deleted along with the original
15
May
09

Boston Loses Game 7; 3-2 in OT

Not much to say about tonight. Boston took it on the chin with a 3-2 OT loss. Ironically Walker with the OT goal. I really don’t want to go over the game right now, nor do I care, I wish the B’s had played better. But from what I did see, Boston had 35 shots blocked or miss the net. Among the entire team, Boston had THIRTY FIVE SHOTS BLOCKED OR MISS THE NET. In a Game 7 that goes to OT, give me 5 shots that hit the net, and I’ll show you a game that ends in regulation. And for a team to get 36 shots on goal for the entire game, that’s terrible. Not to mention that Boston had 4 PP chances to Carolina’s 2. But, I’m not going to dwell on this, I need to go to bed and sleep it off.

Either way, rest assured a few things. For one, don’t tune away from Loge19.com, we’re going to continue covering the NHL playoffs. Although give us the weekend, I don’t think much will be posted. Second, I’m looking forward to another Bruins season in a few months. Third, lets go Blackhawks, I think they may do it.

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14
May
09

Game 7: Win or Go Home

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Here we are, Game 7 tonight of the Eastern Conference semi-finals at The Boston Garden. This is why the Bruins fought all year to keep their top spot in the East. To be rewarded with home ice for a decisive game 7 that will decide who moves on to face the Penguins and who has to admit the old cliche “we just didn’t get it done”.

The easy favorite tonight is the Boston Bruins. They have won two games in a row; a strong 4-0 home win against Carolina in game 5 and a resilient 4-2 road win over Carolina and their tailgate-happy fans. The Bruins have home ice and 17,000+ screaming fans behind them while Carolina will be settling for a few red shirts and some pathetic Whalers fans that still think that their rivalry with the Bruins lingers.

I know I made the comparison to the 2004 Yankees-Red Sox, when Kevin Millar made the famous “don’t let us win this game’ speech in my game 6 preview . However this is NOT the same situation,  series, game 7 or team that the Red Sox were waltzing into game 7 at Yankee Stadium against (h/t to Cameron Frye for the intial reference).

First, the Hurricanes are not crippled by three losses in a row. Yes, they have lost two in a row but that is nothing for a team that twice climbed back from behind in their first round series against the NJ Devils,  the #2 team in the East, and ultimately pulled off an amazing regulation win in game 7 when trailing 2-3 with less than 2 minutes left. Second, the last 6 games are already out of the Hurricanes heads. These guys have shorter memories than a gold fish. They know this is do-or-die and nothing in the past is relevant anymore. Sure there is momentum, but momentum can last about as long as it takes Staal to come down the right side and snipe low-toe on Thomas. Third, this team is full of playoff vets. They have been here before. As I notes in the series preview, they have 10 players that have won a Stanley Cup! That is huge in games like these. When they last won the Cup in 2006 they played two game sevens on their road to the Cup; against the Sabres in the Eastern Conference finals and against the Oilers in the Stanley Cup finals. That is some great experience to draw on. Fourth, they have Cam Ward. The Saskatoon native is a great playoff goalie and a former Conn Smythe trophy winner. All it takes is one strong game from your goalie in a game like this.

With all that said, I will stick with my game 6 preview and say that this series is over. The Bruins will win this game 4-1 as long as Claude gets on his internet box, types in www.loge19.com and reads these 4 keys to winning game 7:

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13
May
09

Boston Bruins Force A Game 7

Game 7 Here We Come!

First off I want to apologize for those of you who visited this morning looking for the Game 6 recap. Last night I was too tired to create a recap and Commissionerdangle needed his beauty rest, and trust me, he needs all he can get. As for the rest of the day, here is my mini rant, some of you may get some enjoyment out of it. On Friday I’m leaving for New York City, New Jersey actually, for my girlfriend’s sister’s wedding. Because of that, I have about 2 weeks of work to do in 4 days. I literally have 47 projects that need to be completed before I take off Thursday night. Here’s where the comedy comes in, on top of that I need to make my own travel arrangements to Red Bank New Jersey. See, I’m not leaving with my girlfriend tonight to go to the wedding. I told her I’m missing her sister’s rehersal dinner in order to go to Game 7. If any of you saw fireworks in Boston last night, it wasn’t the Fourth of July. It was me deciding to watch the Bruins Game 7 at the Garden Thursday night, instead of head to the Garden State. Now I’m taking a 6:30am Mega Bus, Friday morning, to some corner in New York City, walking 6 blocks to Penn Station, taking a train to Red Bank, NJ, and somehow making it to the wedding by 4:30pm. Mind you, I don’t know where the wedding is at, the hotel, or the reception. If you think the Bruins have pressure tomorrow night, call me around 3pm Friday and see where I’m at.  Continue reading ‘Boston Bruins Force A Game 7’

08
May
09

Bruins face adversity: Game 4 preview

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Well if the Bruins really want it as bad as I do, they better get there heads out of their ass or as “The Kiiid” always says, “they will be in for a summer long tee time”. Now I know this isn’t a do or die situation yet and that the Bruins are only down 2-1 in the series, but in my eyes, tonight is basically it for the Bruins. In the History of the NHL playoffs there has been 229 occasions when a team has been down 3-1 in a best of seven series. Of those 229 times, only 20 times has a team come back to win that series. That is a mere 8.7%.  As a betting man, I certainly wouldn’t put money on those odds.

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07
May
09

Boston’s Talent Lost in Transit

Bruins Hanging Out

Is that the end of the season I see?

Hey, Boston Bruins, welcome to the second round. I know it’s been a long time since you’ve been here, but stop hitting on the chick checking coats and take advantage of the opportunity inside. This is two games in a row you’ve admired a 5-game winning streak and have played around wearing Jills instead of Jocks since then. Well here are the facts: this Carolina team is no joke, and you’re now 2 losses away from making a summer-long tee time. While that may be fine for you guys, I’d like to postpone my hacking abilities at Leo J. Martin for as long as possible. Everything about tonight’s game was ugly. From the power play(0-9 so far this series), to the defensive zone break downs to the lack of physical play;  the entire performance was god-awful.

The first period started out strong, and Boston looked like they may have righted the ship after Sunday night’s 2-0 loss (empty net goals don’t count- ask Al Iafrate) in Game 2. Milan Lucic started off the scoring by pocketing his first goal of the series after a few quick passes from Wideman and Savard. After Lucic’s goal Carolina and Boston traded penalties with nothing happening on the advantages. However, this is when Boston seemed to start falling apart. The first period did not end strong and Boston started coughing up the puck and forcing it up the boards.

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06
May
09

Bruins keys for Game 3 success

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After their sweep of Montreal and the drumming they gave Carolina in Game 1, I can relate to the B’s collapse in Game 2. Boston defenseman Aaron Ward said after game 2.

“If we thought we were going through here 16-0, we’re kidding ourselves, and it’s a big test for us now”

A big test is right, and I am very excited to see how the Bruins respond to the lacksadaisickle performance they put forth in Sunday’s 3-0 loss. The good news is that I don’t think it is going to take anything drastic for the Bruins to rebound.

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