Posts Tagged ‘Stanley Cup

22
Oct
08

Caps at Flames Last Night

I was lucky enough to get tickets to Calgary’s game last, and I was so stoked. My first chance to see the high-flying Capitals live… and what a disappointment! Yes, Ovechkin showed what a talented and dynamic player he is with a couple between the leg dekes, but other than that, I am glad I didn’t have to pay for the tickets!

I have a few points that I want to bring up, and they pretty much all have to do with how disorientated I think Flames’ fans are. After the game, as we’re driving back, we were listening the FAN 960 and their thoughts on the game, and then the phone-in portion of the show. Everyone thought that the Flames played a tremendous game, and that this is the kind of hockey that is going to get them places. But, let’s look at some numbers, shall we?

  1. Flames went one for nine on the power play. 1 FOR 9! They also failed to score on 4 separate 5-on-3s (granted out of those they were only actually up two men for approximately 4 minutes, but still.) Their one power play goal was on a giveaway, as the Caps failed to clear the zone, and Iggy just intercepted it and shot a knuckler past Theodore. They other goal the Flames managed to score, came just seconds after their PP had expired, yet everyone failed to notice that the Flames had just spent 20 seconds running around their own end defending the Capitals PK unit. At no point did the Flames seem to even set up in the opposing zone, because they have no set up, their PP set-up is, pass the puck to Dion and he’ll one-time it.
  2. Did Keenan forget to teach the Flames how to break-out of their own end this year? I don’t think I saw them managed to break out cleanly once last night, and the majority of their passes were off target or getting picked off. This also explained why Langkow almost got his head knocked off when he was trying to pick up that Suicide Pass. Which brings me to my next point…
  3. Why does every big hit have to result in someone getting jumped? I understand that Bourque was protecting his teammate, but how’s this for an idea of protecting your teammate… don’t pass the puck up his ass. Side note: The 9 minute penalty was called correctly, and he deserved it.
  4. Kipper. Oh Kipper. You got first star last night, actually managed to only allow one goal, which brings your GAA to 342.4 and SV% to 0.730. Okay, exaggerations I know, but at the start of the game, its good thing the Capitals shot wide 5 times because you were sliding around like you were in a mud wrestling match. I think you’re overrated, and have only had one solid season, all the others you have ridden a hockey team that should be much better.
  5. Pries and I figured out how it was humanly possible for Bertuzzi to play 25 minutes last night… the Flames play at half speed, therefore allowing Bert to play twice as much because he only expending half the energy. I don’t know whether it was the Caps’ speed or the Flames’ lack thereof, but man, were they ever slow going through the neutral zone. This may also explain the terrible break-out I mentioned on point 2.

So there you have it Flames’ fans… if you want to consider your team a Stanley Cup contender, you better hope that the Flames figure some shit out, because if they keep playing like last night, and that was their best effort, I’d hope for an early spring.

P.S. Calgary was out-shot, even with the 9 PP chances, how does that make sense?

22
Apr
08

Crazy Hab Fans

First off, let me just say that I have lived in Quebec, and just outside of Montreal. In fact, I was living there in 93 when the Habs last won the cup, and then preceded to riot on St. Catherine’s, breaking into stores and looting, setting fires all over the place, and just being drunken idiots.

Admittedly, I find that there is nothing wrong with going out on the town and celebrating a big Game 7 win, or a series win… but to go out and torch police cars? That’s a little too far. I was just watching the news, and I saw a clip of guys jumping on the cop cars, kicking in the hood, there was even some guy who just walked up to it, kicked the police car, all the while chatting away on his phone. I’m glad he turned and faced the camera too, I hope his parents saw it, and they feel ashamed of him.

Hopefully, the cops find a better way of dealing with the fans post-game then how this was handled… if the Habs make a deep run, and they have a wicked chance of doing so… then I would hate to see Canadien fans trash Montreal, one of the most beautiful and historic cities I’ve ever seen… but I’ve never left North America so that doesn’t say much.

07
Mar
08

Leafs Beat Up Bruins, Senators Suck, and some other stuff

So first things first. After the Senators came out to the season with their Stanley Cup hangover, breaking records as they mutalated the rest of the NHL. In fact, their lead in the Northeast Division was so great, that when they lost a few in a row, everyone thought it was no big deal. Well as it turns out, it was a big deal. They are now out of the conference and division lead. They’ve even underwent a coaching change, that hasn’t seemed to make a difference, as Murray is now 1-4 behind the bench

I say now, because tonight, they got shut out out by…….THE L.A. KINGS! Are you effin’ kidding me? If you haven’t hit the panic button yet, you might want to think about it. The lowly Sens (can I call them lowly yet?) are only 5 points out of 8th place, and it now doesn’t seem that crazy to think, that at this rate, they could fall out of play-offs. Way not to choke….again!

P.S. I hate the Sens

Secondly, the Leafs embarassed the Bruins again. I say again because after tonight Bruins have been outscored 19-4 in their last 3 games.  The Bruins at one time were sitting pretty in 6 place, pretty comfortable…. but now they are 1 point out of the 8th and final spot.

Now… what the eff’ are the Leafs doing!? LOSE! LOSE!  I am sick of seeing this late season runs that finish 1-4 points shy, its stupid, and it is no way to build a franchise. Idiots.

Craig Anderson won… again. Wasn’t a shut-out this time, but he only had to stop 25 shots this time… poor guy must have been bored back there after facing 93 shots in his last 2 games. I like the Panthers winning… makes the basement of the NHL that much closer for some teams…. one in particular.

Price came back and played a solid game after being lit up the other night. This is a good sign the Habs… he came out and showed that even after a sketchy outting, he can come back and play a solid game, and perhaps steal a game or two. That is always a nice bonus to have with goaltending going into play-offs.

28
Feb
08

Canadiens Putting Hopes With Rookie Goalie: Part 3 & Hossa Hurts His Knee

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Everyone knows that Canadien’s GM, Bob Gainey dropped a bomb on the hockey world they other day when he traded his Number 1 All-Star goalie, and therefore putting the teams season on the shoulders of rookie, Carey Price. Gainey has a serious love affair with Price. He drafted him way high than he was expected to go, and now this. Gainey is a smart hockey man, and I am sure he knows what he is doing.

Carey Price, who I think is making a solid case for the Calder so far this season, says he is ready to step in and be “that guy” for the Habs. He is insanely cool under pressure, and he has the skills to back it up, that was evident when he helped Canada win the World Juniors. But we have to honest, everyone was shocked when Huet (pronounced Whuo-ette or something like that now,) was traded.

If there is one team that can ride a rookie to a championship though, it is the Habs. They did with Ken Dryden back in the day, and then proceeded to do it again with Patrick Roy.

Can they do it again though? I would highly doubt it. Granted the Canadiens are making a solid push in the East right now, I just find it hard to believe that any Eastern team can knock off the powerhouse teams of the West.

If there is one thing that is for sure, it is going to be interesting to see how the rest of the season works out for Les Habitants. I know I’ll be keeping an eye on it, and the other thing that I’ll be watching, is who that 2nd draft pick turns out to be. I personally thought a guy like Huet could have garnered more than a 2nd rounder, but then again, the Ducks gave Bryzgalov away for free.

//update//

Marian Hossa sprained his MCL tonight in a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Wow, that deal is looking greater by the minute. This does suck for the Penguins though, but I kind of find myself not feeling bad for them. Hopefully he isn’t out too long, and then Sid the Kid can come back too, and we can see just how potent the Penguins will be, and if they have a legitimate shot at taking the East and getting their hands on the Holy Grail.

27
Feb
08

Breaking News: John Paddock Fired & the Dumbass Penguins

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Just saw on The Score that Ottawa Senators Head Coach, John Paddock has been fired. This is something that had been talked about yesterday at the deadline, but apparently last night’s 4-0 loss, coupled with the 5-0 loss to the Leafs the game before were the last strings.

The word is that the players had quit on Paddock, and if you had watched the game last night, this was evident.  These losses cannot be blamed on either tender, as both goalies played terribly in those games. The defense was terrible, and the league’s highest scoring line has been useless.

I don’t really care what the Sens do from here on out, I do not think they have a chance to win the Cup, and that brings me to my next topic.

Everyone is trying to call out who won and lost at yesterday’s deadline. If you ask me, the biggest loser has to be the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Yes, they won the Hossa sweepstakes. Honestly though, giving up a core player in Armstrong, a prospect/depth guy in Christensen, and a prospect(iffy?) in Esposito, and in addition a 1st round pick. In return they get a player that is terrible in the post-season, a guy they won’t be able to afford at the end of the season. The Penguins are modeling themselves after the Tampa Bay Lightning, and yesterday when the Bolts traded Richards, and are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, its obvious that isn’t working.

The other kicker about the Penguins is that yes, with this addition they have a legit shot at winning the East, but even if they win that, they are fucked in the Stanley Cup Final.

The way the West powered up yesterday, there is no chance that the East wins the Cup again this season. As easily as the Sens walked through the East, and then got trampled by the Ducks.

The Ducks are a better now than they were last year, the Stars are a better team, the Wings are a better team. The West is clearly better, and the Pens have ZERO chance to take home the Cup.

18
Feb
08

Forsberg Not Returning, and Tragedy Strikes in OHL

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First off, Peter Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley told TSN that Foppa, the most sought after free-agent all year, has announced that he will not be returning to the NHL this season. According to this TSN article, Foppa doesn’t have enough confidence in his ankle to commit to an NHL contract. He did, however, leave the idea of returning next season open.

Seriously though, why doesn’t Foppa just call it a career, and do what Pat Fallon did. Go play in some Senior’s league somewhere. Everyone knows that Peter Forsberg is one of the the all-time greats when it comes to play-offs, averaging 1.15 PPG in the post-season. Forsberg has also won the Calder, the Art Ross, and the Hart during his time in the big leagues. He was also a 5 time All-Star. There is no doubt that he is a great player, but will forever be hampered by his ankle made of glass.

Secondly, as mentioned in the title, tragedy struck the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, when their captain, Mickey Renaud collapsed in his home. He was transported to hospital where he was pronouced dead at the emergency room.

Renaud was only 19 and was a 5th round pick of the Calgary Flames last year. This is a prime example that terrible things can happen to anyone, even if they are in exceptional shape and condition.

My condolences go out the Renaud’s family, and to the entire Spitefire organizition.

08
Feb
08

Murray Wants To Trade Redden, But Redden Says Nay Nay!

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Senator’s GM, Bryan Murray apparently sat down with D-man Wade Redden, and asked him if he would waive his no-trade clause in order for the Sens to make a deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Hello Patrick Marleau?

No, not quite. Redden said thanks, but no thanks. He wants to try to and win the Stanley Cup with the Senators this year.

What do you mean you want to win the Cup, Wade? This isn’t about you!

The reason I am bringing this up, is that TSN currently has a poll, asking whether you consider players to be selfish when they won’t trade their no-trade clause.

Well yeah they are being selfish, but can you blame them? If someone signs a contract, and both parties are confident enough to include the clause, they really shouldn’t change their mind a few months or years down the road, (this is hard for me to say as a Leafs fan, wanting everyone on the team to waive their no-trade clause.) I like to think that if I was signed to a contract with a no-trade clause, management shouldn’t even have the audacity to request that I waive it, especially to go to a place that is less successful.

So in the end, I am saying that I do think players that refuse to waive their no-trade clause are selfish, but at the same time, they should be. Even though you are supposed to play for the logo on the front, and not the name on the back, the ultimate goal in a player’s career is put the name on the back on the silver mug.




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