Posts Tagged ‘Matt Cullen

29
Apr
09

Round 2: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

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Well, there has been a lot of talk about The Whale around Loge 19 lately so I will stick with the theme (above). After some late heroics in game 7 by Eric Staal and an epic defensive collapse from Fatso and the Devils, the Hurricanes punched their ticket to Beantown. I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I did have the Hurricanes winning in 7 games. I know that an all encompassing knowledge of the league is expected from a Commissioner, but I can’t help but being proud of that pick. Almost as proud of my prediction that the Sharks were going to tank it against the Ducks (too bad I was too much of a Sally to actually put that on the Loge). Either way, the Hurricanes are coming to town and I could not be happier. The Bruins were 4-0 against the Hurricanes this year. They won 4-2, 4-2, 5-1, 5-1. 18 goals for 6 goals against. Looks pretty solid. I would say we have this locked up,  right? Hummm, I guess there are a few other things that may factor into this series:

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15
Apr
09

It’s Playoff time!

 

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I know this is the logo from 1994, but its the year the NY Rainjuzz took home the hardware!

 

So I need to start this post by apologizing for my lack of chatter the past two weeks…work, moving into a new place, and a men’s league championship inthe 2009 Hooter’s Cup have kept me away from the blog-o-sphere.  But I’m back, and just in time for the playoffs.  A lot has happened the past two weeks, but that’s all old news; so I’ve decided to talk playoffs for a bit.  My NY Rangers clinched a spot in the 2009 Lord Stanley Cup playoffs, however out of any team from the East, they drew the team I think they will have the toughest time beating.  Washington has a 30-goal defenseman, while the Bueshirts leading goal scorer (besides Nik Antropovwith 28, who was acquired at the trade deadline) is Markus Naslund with 24.  The Rangers have played their best hockey this season in tight scoring games, and that why I would have prefered to open up the playoffs on the road in Boston.  The Rangers know they can play a tight scoring game with the Bruins, as they did all season with some success, however what happens when Ovechkin & Co. break out for a three-goal lead?  My guess is the Rangers crumble, but I have seen crazier things.  New York lacks top line scoring, and their power play has been god awful (if this were football, I would decline every penalty), two very important aspects come playoff time.  Who is going to score that big goal when you need it?  Ryan Callahan???  I love the kid (and hope is a Blueshirt for some years to come), but I don’t think you can count on him to put the puck in the back of the net when elimination is on the line.  Playoffs are an entirely different bread of hockey, and I have some doubts with my Blueshirts.  Can they win?  Absolutely!  Jose Theodore could be the blessing the Rangers need, as he has played mediocre all season, and doesn’t appear to be the same goalie he once was (Although he has won playoff series’ with Montreal and Colorado).   The Rangers have struggled on the road as of late, so not having home-ice could also come back to haunt them, but at the same time, they are playing some of the best hockey of the year, and when you have Sean Avery trying to get under the skin of each and every young gun on the Capitals, anything can happen.  Unfortunately, I will be missing game one (I know, I know…it’s one of the hardest things to have to do), but my playoff beard has started.

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31
Mar
09

New York Rangers seem to be back on track

The New York Rangers played one of their best games of the season last night and it could not have happened at a better time. Going into the game the Rangers were just two points ahead of the Florida Panthers and in desperate need of a win and in desperate need to play more consistent hockey.  The Blueshirts came out strong in the first period, but did their best work in the second scoring three goals and getting the best of, Martin Brodeur. This win puts the Rangers in great shape in terms of a play-off berth, but they must keep playing great hockey to finish the regular season.

The Rangers will travel to Carolina Thursday to play the well rested  Hurricanes who have not played since Saturday.

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