Round 2 Begins of Stanley Cup Playoffs

We are through the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and it has already been a exciting one.   Both of my favorite teams, the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins, have advanced to round 2.   

I was able to go to game 6 of the Dallas Stars series against last years champs, the Anaheim Ducks.  It was an absolutely great experience that I will never forget.   I had great seats behind the goal where Marty Turco was in the 1st and 3rd periods.   Turco was amazing throughout this series.   I was also extremely impressed with the play of young D-man Mark Fistric.    He played in only half of the games in the series, replacing the injured Philippe Boucher, and he did a fantastic job.    I see him becoming a great player in the next few years. 

Another defenseman who doesn’t get as much respect as he should was the hero of game 6, Stephane Robidas.    Robidas scored the first Dallas goal of game 6 and had the assist on the game winner.     He had to play game 6 with a face cage on since he broke his nose in game 5 when he took a fast puck to the face.    A broken nose is nothing new for Robidas since it has happened to him countless times.   

Now the Stars will face another division rival in round 2, the San Jose Sharks.  This should be a interesting series.   In the regular season the series between these two teams was even and in the last game of the season the Stars beat the Shark  4-2.  There was a total of 160 penalty minutes in that game.  I expect this to be a hard hitting series.

For the rest of the league:

Eastern Conference

Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers:   In the regular season the Canadiens dominated the Flyers, but don’t count the Flyers out.   The Flyer’s Daniel Briere leads the league in goals and points so far in the playoffs.   While the Canadiens rookie goalie Carey Price has been doing wonderfully, the Boston Bruins proved in game 5 that if you can get Price on a tilt you can do some damage.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers:  This series will be a close one and I am betting it will go to a game 7 decision.  The Rangers in the regular season had a record of 5-3-0 over the Penguins.  It will come down to which team’s top players perform better.   For the Penguins, Crosby and Malkin need be on top of their game.   For the Rangers, Jaromir Jagr will need to do what he does best and Scott Gomez needs play with the same intensity he played with against his former team the New Jersey Devils in round 1. 

Western Conference

DetroitRed Wings vs Colorado Avalanche: The Red Wings won all four reagular season games against the Avalanche.  So the Red Wings looks to keep that ball rolling and make short work of the Avalanche.    The Avalanche have become a different team since the trade deadline though.  With the adding of Peter Forsberg back on the Avalanche bench.  Also, Jose Theodore’s goaltending is looking more like he did in his prime when he was with the Canadiens.

San Jose Sharks vs Dallas:   This looks to be a series that could go either way.   For the San Jose to win Evgeni Nabokov will have to be better than he has been so far in the playoffs this year.    Nabokobv is the front runner for the Vezina Trophy but with a save percentage of  .895 in the playoffs he will need to step it up.  Dallas rookie defensemen will need to continue  to be there and keep the Stars in it and not make the job of defense fall completely on Marty Turco.

 The second round looks to be a good one, so get your tickets from TicketCity for all your Stanley Cup Playoff needs.  

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Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Race for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins April 9.   There is nothing quite like playoff hockey.   This year both of my favorite teams are in, the Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins.  

The Dallas Stars are coming in with having lost in the first round the last two years with not the best of performances.    This year the Stars are hoping that their newest player Brad Richards does what he did in his first game with the Stars.   The Stars acquired Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lighting at the trade dead line this year.    In his first game with the Stars he recorded an amazing five assists.   But since that game the Stars have stumbled with a record of 4-8-2.    Stars fan are hoping that keep the momentum going from their last game where they beat the San Jose Sharks in a game with over 160 penalty minutes.    The Stars will have to face last year’s Stanley Cups winners and division rivals the Anaheim Ducks.  It should be a good hard series make sure you don’t miss out and get tickets here:

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have been doing amazing this year with all their young talent, most notably Sidney Crosby their captain.      The Penguins also hope to get out of a playoff funk.  Last year they lost in the first round in five games to the Ottawa Senators.   This year they again face the Senators in the first round this time though the Senators are the underdog.   Penguins’ fans aren’t willing to underestimate the Senators though.     The Senators started the season extremely strong with a record of 13-2-0 in their first 15 games of the season.   Even though the Senators squeaked into the playoffs.  If they can find the magic they had at the first of the season.  The Penguins will have their hands full against them.   So don’t miss Penguins as the young Crosby looks to raise the Cup, find your tickets here:

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Also, if you are a fan of one of the other teams that are looking to win the one of the most coveted trophies in all of sports; you can find tickets for you team here:

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Loser of the Day

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Today’s Loser of the Day goes to (drum roll, please)……..Daniel Briere. This Sabres center moron turned down a 5 year deal worth about $25 MILLION dollars to remain with his team. opting to remain a free again. In case you never went to school and learned your “times-tables’, that comes to 5 MILLION DOLLARS each year to play hockey.

Ducks can clinch Stanley Cup Finals

Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators is going to be huge. The Ducks are up 3-1 in the series and can clinch their first Stanley Cup at home. The Honda Center will be buzzing for this huge hockey game.

What’s not buzzing about this series? The TV ratings. NBC reported a 1.1 Nielsen rating for Game 3 of the series in Ottawa. That rating was the lowest Saturday night in NBC’s history. The game tied for the 3rd lowest rated prime time show in the “peacock’s” TV history. And it was also the lowest rated NHL Finals game in history. Ouch!

So don’t watch the action on TV. Get out with Snoop Dogg and see the game live. Ducks mania is spreading in California.

Snoop Dog at Ducks Game

Ducks vs. Senators is heating up.

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OK, so this is the hottest Stanley Cup I’ve ever personally witnessed. Ducks fans, you guys are fiending for Game 1 tickets like they’re hard drugs. Senators fans, Game 6 tickets are already almost gone.

This is amazing. Such support for such a great sport.

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-Adam