NHL Playoff Hockey [Live Thread]

Saturday Playoff Hockey all across the continent

4/14/12 in NHL   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Blog Photo - NHL Playoff Hockey [Live Thread]Saturday has always been Hockey Night in Canada, but with the agreement by NBC to air the playoff games, it is also Hockey Night in America.  And it is a full day of hockey. 

The first game of the day is game two between Boston and Washington.  After an overtime win by the Bruins, the Caps will be striving to even the score and head back home with a tie.  Boston, of course, will do everything they can to head to Washington with a two game advantage.  

By all accounts Boston completely controlled game one, yet were unable to score on Braden Holtby, in his first appearance in the playoffs, until overtime.  The Capitals only managed 17 shots on goal through the whole of the first game, but they aren't likely to just sit back and watch the Bruins win again.  They will have to get inside, closer to the net and make some key shots and get rebounds.  None of the shots on goal in game one were in close or provided much of a challenge for Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas.  Game two should have a lot of excitement, but also should show a more focused Capitals team.

The first of the evening games features the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators.  The Sens and the Canucks are the only two Canadian teams who made it into the playoffs for 2012, and the Canucks have already fallen behind the Kings in both games at home.  The Senators are also in a deficit, with the Rangers taking game one, 4-2.  However, the Rangers were leading 4-0 at one point and the game was actually a close one, so look for the Senators to come out strong once again, hopefully scoring more goals than the Rangers.  Neither team was able to capitalize on the Power Play in game one, so that may be an area both teams will try to improve on for game two.
Blog Photo - NHL Playoff Hockey [Live Thread]
Only half an hour after the Rangers/Senators game starts, San Jose will start their second game in St. Louis against the Blues.  San Jose has taken game one, 3-2, and want to head home to San Jose with a two game lead.  It won't be easy.  The first game went to double overtime before the Martin Havlat managed to score the winner on St. Louis goalie, Jaroslav Halak.  The Sharks were not victorious against the Blues in any of the four regular season games, so the win in game one is huge for them.  Martin Havlat is healthy again, and that, too, is huge for the Sharks.  The Blues haven't had a playoff win since 2004, against the Sharks, so for them, a win is a must.  

Once again, this will be a close fought game.

The late game on the schedule will feature the Phoenix Coyotes hosting the Chicago Blackhawks.  The 'yotes have the lead in the series and want to go back to Chicago with two in hand.  Again, the first game went to overtime, with Coyote's bruiser Martin Hanzal deflecting Aucoin's shot into the net.  Coyotes' goalie, Mike Smith is on a hot streak and has only allowed four goals in six starts.  The Blackhawks have a few key players out due to injuries, so the lines will be juggled.  However, the Coyotes also lost Rabin Vrdata early in game one.  His stats for tonight's game is not yet known.

So there you have it.  A full day of hockey, should you be so inclined and here's the place to talk it up.  
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4/16/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

One more post and I'm off to bed, I have to post these because of how funny it is when I saw it on twitter.

Brendan Stiles:

"For a team full of DBs, guys with the initials "DB" seem to annoy the Canucks. Dave Bolland, Dustin Byfuglien, Dustin Brown".

4/16/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

4/16/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

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60 more minutes and the diving champions  will be swept, can't forget the riots that will likely happen after.

As my favorite character on TV in Cartman says at the Staples Center:

GO KINGS GO!

4/15/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect




4/15/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

The ice in LA is gonna to horrible tonight, LA Lakers game went into into OT these afternoon on a pretty warm day.

GO KINGS GO!

4/15/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Tuesday is gonna be a blood bath in Philadelphia. Crosby and his vagina might be out in full force again.

4/15/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

kteacher wrote:
Courtesy of Surly Jacob from lakingsnews.com------

In the name of the Captain, the Son of Philly and the Holy Goalie.
Amen.

Blessed are You, Kings our Team and Team of our fathers, Team of Dionne, Team of Luc and Team of Gretzky, the great, mighty and awesome Team, exalted Team, who bestows bountiful goals, who creates all wins, who remembers the insanity of the fans, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their fans’s children, for the sake of Our Kings.

Our Kings, who art on home ice
Hallowed be thy game.
Thy kingdom come, thy wills be done
On our ice as it was on theirs.
Give us this day our daily goals, and forgive no Canuck their transgressions,
As we pound into submission those who trespass against us.
And lead us past the first round,
Past these evil Canuck f**ks.
Amen.

Hail Kopi, full of grace, the fans are with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst players and blessed are the fruit of thy skills, goals.
Holy Kopi, dominant of centers, play for us sinners,
Now until the hour of our Cup.
A-f**king-men.

LOVE this!!!!!!!

4/15/12   |   kteacher   |   34003 respect

Courtesy of Surly Jacob from lakingsnews.com------

In the name of the Captain, the Son of Philly and the Holy Goalie.
Amen.

Blessed are You, Kings our Team and Team of our fathers, Team of Dionne, Team of Luc and Team of Gretzky, the great, mighty and awesome Team, exalted Team, who bestows bountiful goals, who creates all wins, who remembers the insanity of the fans, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their fans’s children, for the sake of Our Kings.

Our Kings, who art on home ice
Hallowed be thy game.
Thy kingdom come, thy wills be done
On our ice as it was on theirs.
Give us this day our daily goals, and forgive no Canuck their transgressions,
As we pound into submission those who trespass against us.
And lead us past the first round,
Past these evil Canuck f**ks.
Amen.

Hail Kopi, full of grace, the fans are with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst players and blessed are the fruit of thy skills, goals.
Holy Kopi, dominant of centers, play for us sinners,
Now until the hour of our Cup.
A-f**king-men.

4/15/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Loving me some Sunday Hockey:



4/15/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
I think I just witnessed the greatest period of hockey ever in Philadelphia with all the bad blood between them (Pittsburgh). I swear it took over an hour to complete the period. We still have 40 minutes left in the game. These should be good.

LOL They might be down to only 4th liners by the end of the second period

4/15/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

I think I just witnessed the greatest period of hockey ever in Philadelphia with all the bad blood between them (Pittsburgh). I swear it took over an hour to complete the period. We still have 40 minutes left in the game. These should be good.

4/15/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Chicago gets the OT Goal to even the series, 1-1.

4/15/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Chicago scores to tie it up with 5.5 seconds left in the third period.  And again we head to overtime.

4/15/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

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Yes I was an avid fan of the Rage and attended a lot of their home games.  Got the T-shirts, etc too.  They folded after this season.  Dakota was indeed one of the better players (Scott Fellnermayer was the star) and I'm glad he is playing for them.   I heard about Nick's death.  I follow a lot of the hockey that is played around our area.  Here's hoping that Brooks triumphs!

STOKED that Brooks has won this!! Congrats guys!

4/14/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

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@JrCanuckfan. You list your location as Dawson Creek? Just wondering if you followed the Dawson Creek Rage? Dakota Mason who was likely by far the best player on that team last year is playing in the Enerflex Cup (Alberta Junior Hockey League) for the Brooks Bandits tonight in game 6 in Fort McMurray. Brooks can win the Enerflex Cup with a win and are up 2-0 after 40. 20 more minutes and the pain that has been with these team all year will be gone. What I mean by that is Nick Crosby who played on these team last year was tragically killed in a car accident in July of last year. The majority of the team is the same from last year and it was their goal to win it for Nick.

UPDATE: Brooks is the AJHL Champions with a 4-0! win tonight!!!

4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Shaw led with his shoulder on the hit on Mike Smith behind the net.  Smith shook it off and is continuing to play, but it took a few minutes for him to regain his legs.  Shaw gets a major and a game misconduct.

And the Phoenix Coyotes, who showed admirable restraint and didn't go after Shaw or any other 'hawks in retaliation, instead score a goal.  And being as it is a major penalty, they still have 2 1/2 minutes to score as many more as they are able.

4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Blackhawks score then Shaw takes out goalie Mike Smith, who is still down on the ice.  Vandle is down as well, but from an isolated incident
 

Waiting for update....

4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

So Ottawa beat the Rangers in OT 3-2, and St. Louis slaughtered the Sharks, 3-0, in a game which was apparently a fight fest.  Now watching Phoenix and Chicago in the second period.  Phoenix leads 2-1

4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

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looking for that now....I didn't see it either, not a fan of either team blush

Associated Press is reporting that he was hitting on Brian Boyle even after Boyle had fallen to the ice.  Dubinsky came to Boyle's rescue and apparently was penalized as well.  Reports are that the attack on Boyle was retaliation for his hits on Erik Karlsson after the whistle on Thursday night.

4/14/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

I didn't see but Matt Carkner with some dirty stuff in the Ottawa/NYR game that got him kicked outta of the game. Twitter is saying he should be suspended for whatever he did.

4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Vrdata will play tonight for the 'yotes.  

4/14/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Announcement is that Daniel Sedin is out for game 3.  Still suffering from concussion.

LOL, I hate to laugh but he did that himself. He shouldn't have gone after Ducan Keith with a elbow and he might be diving..... I meant playing in the series.

4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Washington win in the second OT period.  Series is even at 1 apiece.  Just about time for the Rangers and Sens to get started.

4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Oh, and Washington and Boston are tied 1-1 in OT. 

4/14/12   |   Debi_L   |   11301 respect

Announcement is that Daniel Sedin is out for game 3.  Still suffering from concussion.