Posts Tagged ‘Stanley Cup Playoffs

18
Jun
09

Coming out of Hibernation…sort of.

 Fleury save

So The Loge has been quiet as of late, but its just that time of year, so you’re going to have to deal with it.  The Penguins won the Stanley Cup, returning the favor to Detroit by celebrating their triumph at the Joe (Detroit beat Pitt in Game six at the igloo last year).  Malkin won the Conn Smyth, YEA, RAH RAH RAH (insert sarcasm), and I believe the weight of the Cup rested on the dirty french canadian (not dirty in a good way…dirty as in, well dirty), Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoulders; and he delivered.  With 1 second to go, Fleury made an unbelievable diving stop on Lidstrom which would have been a soldering-iron to the Penguins face (Not to mention he got a little help from his friend (crossbar) in the final minutes).  The talk of the Cup Finale however, was Mr. Sydney Crosby skipping out on a bit of the NHL-Traditional, series ending handshake.  One of our regulars here at Loge19 (ChickenParm), pointed it out after the game on the previous post’s comments section.  Personally, I can’t stand Crosby, and this is just another reason why.  I know it’s his first Stanley Cup, and its a dream come true to the young wizkid, but C’MON NOW!  This is one of the classiest traditions in sports, and SHOULD be the SECOND thing on EVERY players mind after celebrating with your teammates first.  You should know that the losing players do not want to stay on the ice and be a part of YOUR celebration.  It’s selfish, classless, and should be fineable by the good ‘ole Commissioner Bettman.  There is no place for that in the game, and I had the same reaction last year when Brodeur snubbed Avery during the ritual.   Those are suppossed to be the stars/faces of the league, and they go around pulling beer league stunts like that.  There should be no excuse for that, and you should read this ESPN article about it; has Draper’s reaction (he’s the man), more detail about what happened, as well as the Pittsburgh vice president Tom McMillan’s explanation…absolutely pathetic.  I hope Crosby drops the cup on his day with it, and camera are there to wacth it happen.

Moving on, there are a few things I wanted to post on here before they become old news.  Sean Avery is officially back in his element in the big city.  After partnering up to open his own bar, Warren 77, Avery was a field reporter at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival for FUSE TV (his pictures follow flava flavs on the last page of the album). Like he wasn’t partying as hard as the bare foot hippies dancing around throwing flowers everywhere…yeah right!  And if you want a little more Sean Avery in your life, here is a clip from Monday night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, featuring Mr. Avery.  It’s good to have Sean Avery back in NY! 

 

– Coach

23
May
09

Havlat Dunked By Kronwall

I’m on the Vineyard right now, so I’m not going to do much Loging. However, I wanted to throw up this hit that Nicklas Kronwall put on Martin Havlat. Honestly, I thought Havlat was dead, and it’s kind of creepy to watch him lay on the ice. The NHL should have a good time sorting out this one. Was it legal? Did Kronwall deserve a 5-minute major? I don’t know, you decide. When he made contact, his feet were on the ice, on his follow through his feet left the ice. I will say it was a clean when it comes to the contact, Kronwall’s elbow was tucked in, and it was all shoulder. Either way, Chicago blew a 3-0 lead only to win in overtime.

Congrats to ChickenParm for winning the Guess the Scorer contest, with his pick of the pride of UVM, Sharp. Lets do this again for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Please put your pick of who will score the first goal, in the comments section, along with the period and time to settle a tie.

21
May
09

Penguins Go Up 2-0/Blackhawks and Wings Game 2 Goal Scorer Guess

He Shoots, He Scores!!!

The Pittsburgh Penguins went up 2-0 on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight by winning in a 7-4 barnburner. Congrats to Loge 69 for winning the Guess the Scorer contest. He has won a Versus t-shirt and poster. Did anyone see Malkin’s third goal of the night? Ridiculous!!! As Ross, “The Answer”, put it, “it must have been hot in the Mellon arena tonight because Malkin was handing out snipesicles”. 

Either way, this Stanley Cup Playoffs have been exactly what the NHL asked for. 4 of the leagues top stars, Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, and Kane have all scored hat tricks at some point. Ovechkin and Crosby in the same game! 

So, for Game 3 of the Hawks/Wings game tomorrow, we’re going to do the same format. In the comments section give me the player you think will score the first goal of the game. As a tie breaker, also give the game time the goal will be scored. The winner will receive a Versus t-shirt and poster.

21
May
09

Pens/Canes Game 2 T-Shirt Guess The Scorer

Slow day in the Loge yesterday, and looks like it could be that way today. But, seeing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals is tonight, I want to see if we can give away another t-shirt. Our winner from Monday night’s game was Zambooie for guessing the Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks was going to be the first scorer of the game. Congrats. As for the Staal points competition, neither Jordan nor Eric have any points, therefore LPSnipa is on top considering he guessed that they would tie. For tonight, lets use the same format as Monday night. In the comments section below guess which player will score tonight’s first goal. In order to break any ties, please also put at what point in the period the goal is scored. For example, Crosby at 2:14 of the first. Meaning that when the clock reads 17:46 Crosby scores. The person who guesses the closest to the actual time wins. Again, this is for everyone to participate, and please, no duplicate submissions. The winner will receive a Versus t-shirt and poster:

Versus PosterVersus Shirt

As for today, I have an interesting little piece I’ve been working on regarding the Blackhawks and their recent signing. I’ll publish that sometime this afternoon. Until then, you  have until the puck drops tonight to submit your guess.

19
May
09

Adam Burish Down To 7 Lives

I’m sure most of you have seen this, but those that have not, Adam Burish must have some feline traits in  him. Clearly he has used up 2 of his 9 lives, that we know about. His first, was the car accident he was in as a teenager, and now almost getting his neck sliced open by teammate Ben Eager. When you watch the video, Burish does not have much of a reaction when Eager’s skate cuts him. He knew the blade had made contact, but he checked for blood and kept going. Of course, this was eerily reminiscent to the Richard Zednik incident last year. And who could forget about Buffalo’s Malarchuck getting his throat severly cut. (Warning, this video is graphic) Luckily for Adam he was just grazed and will be OK to play in tonight’s Game 2.

Adam Burish

Immediately after the game NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman caught up with Adam Burish to get his thoughts. Burish had some interesting things to say about the incident with Eager’s skate, and his presence in the lockerroom. Nothing says NHL playoffs like considering a punch in the face as something positive.

From NHL.com

Sunday, 05.17.2009 / 7:50 PM / Conference Finals: Detroit vs. Chicago
By Adam Kimelman  – NHL.com Staff Writer
DETROIT — Adam Burish knew immediately there was a problem.”I saw his skate come right up my throat, and right away I grabbed my neck and said there’s something coming out here,” Burish said. “There were a couple drips, so I was pretty darn lucky.”
It was the second period, and Burish and linemate
Ben Eager were forechecking in the Detroit zone when Eager and a Detroit player got tied up. Eager lost his balance and his skate flew up and clipped Burish in the throat.

It was a play reminiscent to the scary Richard Zednik incident last season, when Olli Jokinen’s skate blade sliced Zednik’s jugular vein.

But Burish was more fortunate; he skated away from Eager’s out-of-control skate knowing he was a lucky man.
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18
May
09

Staal Brothers Point Competition/Blackhawks and Redwings Pick To Score

Versus ShirtVersus Poster
Above is what the poster and shirt look like. If you cannot tell, the poster is Boston’s Blake Wheeler scoring on Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin. I think this was taken during the Bruin’s shootout win during the regular season this year. Either way, above Bulin it says “Sudden Death”, above Wheeler it says “Sudden Life”, and then underneath it says “378000 Seconds. Don’t Miss A Single One”. The shirt is super soft, has goalie mask with wings on the front, the Versus logo, and “2009” behind the logo. 

So, for the Staal Brothers Point Competition, here is what we have for submissions:

Sugar Sean

Eric-4 Jordan-2

Cammi Granato

Eric-6 Jordan-3

LPSnipa

Eric-4 Jordan-4

Freshness

Eric-6 Jordan-3

Loge69

Eric-6 Jordan-4

PatVerbeek

Eric-5 Jordan-3

Here is the competition for tomorrow, and I want a lot more submissions, other than the normies. You really have nothing to lose, and if anything you have a new shirt to workout or lounge in, so lets get some more action. Literally everyone and anyone can submit their vote.

For Game 2 of the Chicago Blackhawks/Detroit Redwings series, give me the player you think is going to score the first goal of the game. Also give me the minute and period you think the goal will be scored, I’ll use that as the tie-breaker. If people choose the same player, the person with the time closest to the goal, their pick will win. Please have your submission in before tomorrow night’s puck drop. Please put your submissions in the comment section. Again, duplicate submissions will be omitted along with the original. The winner will receive a shirt and poster.

14
May
09

Game 7: Win or Go Home

Can you see the Loge??

Can you spot the Loge 19 crew?

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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