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L.A. Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions

11 Jun

After 45 years of waiting, the L.A. Kings have finally done it. They have finally won the Stanley Cup! They won the precious and beautiful Lord Stanley 6-1. I have a headache because I was screaming my head off. I’m so unbelievably happy for them! The L.A. Kings were definitely, by far, the best team this post season and they’ve earned what they worked so freaking hard for!

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I became a fan of the Los Angeles Kings a few weeks before the 2012 All Star Game. I was so shocked at how good Jonathan Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, was and how powerful the Kings played. I don’t know exactly why I chose them from the beginning to win in the Western Conference. They were the 8th seed. They had a rocky season. But they had heart and they had Jonathan Quick. I know now how right I was to choose them.

One of the best things about the Stanley Cup Finals is how happy everyone is. Even Coach Darryl Sutter cracked up a few smiles every once in a while. But I don’t think anyone was happier than Jonathan Quick. I’m proud of Quick. He’s got so much talent for a guy who is only 26. His fantastic skills all through the Playoffs has shown that anyone can be a star. He’s definitely been the hero of Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick is the Conn Smythe Winner for a reason: because he’s so damn good.

I’m extremely excited for a few special players on the L.A. Kings. First off, I’m super happy for Dustin Brown. The second American Captain to hoist Lord Stanley. Ever. How freaking impressive. He scored a goal and got two assists in this huge game. He’s definitely the #1 star for a reason. Secondly, I’d like to share how much Drew Doughty has impressed me this entire Playoff run. He’s created plays and has definitely been the best defenseman by far. He even got two assists in the game. Another player that impressed was definitely Jarret Stoll. He was the best King during Game 5, creating plays constantly. Even though he got an assist, I wish he did get a goal. Others I would like to point out include the leading goal scorer of the game, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and Anze Kopitar.

I guess it’s my turn to talk about the New Jersey Devils. I really don’t like them. Granted, my personal opinion of certain players on the Devils overrides my entire opinion about the team in general. In particular, I really dislike Mr. Marty Brodeur. However, as much as I dislike him, I feel extremely bad for him. He has played extremely well the entire post season, not including tonight’s 6-1 loss. The team’s biggest downfall was the hit on L.A.’s Rob Scuderi by New Jersey’s Steve Bernier. This 5 minute major penalty caused the first three goals, shifting the momentum to the Kings, where it stayed. There’s only two sad moments in the Stanley Cup Finals: it’s the end of the season and one team has to lose. New Jersey, although good almost the entire post season, lost the last game tonight and I honestly do feel very bad for them.

There’s nothing better than to see somebody hold the Stanley Cup. There’s nothing better than to hear the crowd screaming. There’s nothing better than to watch a team celebrate their tremendous victory. There’s nothing better than to watch a team go from almost not getting into the Playoffs to winning the Stanley Cup. The L.A. Kings are the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions. And I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.

L.A. Kings win Game 3!

5 Jun

The L.A. Kings have thankfully won Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, leading the series 3-0. They won last night’s game 4-0, with goals by Martinez, Kopitar, Carter and Williams.

I started liking the L.A. Kings when I discovered the amazingness that is Jonathan Quick. It was, I believe, January or February. I was sitting in the middle of the couch watching the L.A. Kings face off against the San Jose Sharks, I think. I was just sitting there, mouth open like a fish, not believing how good a goalie could be. Jonathan Quick deserves every single award. He’s a machine with one goal in mind: the Stanley Cup. And now look! He, along with the L.A. Kings, are one game away, hopefully, to winning the cup!

I’m so glad they’ve made it this far. Whatever happens on Wednesday, whether they win or lose, I’m proud of how far they’ve come. They haven’t lost one away game. They’ve breezed through Round 1, 2, and 3. They’re the true underdogs. They have proven they belong in the Stanley Cup Finals.

But there is still the New Jersey Devils. They have proven to be a team with a solid goaltender, solid forwards and a solid defensive line. I’m not a fan of the Devils myself but they’re a worthy opponent and they’ve made it this far. Nobody should count them out. With the experienced Marty Brodeur in between the posts, the Devils have an edge. They also have some of the biggest and most underrated players in the league including Kovalchuk and Parise. The Devils can do it. If they forget about the loss from yesterday’s game, they have the ability to win the series.

 

And Then There Were Two…

26 May

It’s now officially decided. The Stanley Cup Finals are going to be between two teams that have worked so hard this post season to get here: the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. Did I see it coming? No, I honestly didn’t but it’s going to be good, I know that for sure.

Lets talk about the New Jersey Devils. Let’s be honest: nobody would have ever thought they would beat the Florida Panthers, the Philadelphia Flyers and then the New York Rangers. Nobody. You’re lying if you say you thought they would. Even I am surprised! But don’t undermine them now! They’ve proven they can do it and hey, maybe they will win the precious Lord Stanley this year! They’ve got some of the biggest and most underrated players. First, they have Zach Parise, one of the most underrated Captains in NHL history. They have some of the best players like Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Eliáš and Adam Henrique, the hero in Game 6 yesterday night. And don’t forget the goaltender that helped them get here in the first place: Marty Brodeur. The Devils will prove to be difficult to beat.

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But then there’s the L.A. Kings. They’re probably the most surprising team this post season. They’ve lost literally two games this post season and have only lost by, at most, 2 goals. They had a rocky season but when they got into the Playoffs, they proved they belonged there! And now, look, they’re in the Stanley Cup Finals with only 2 losses behind them! Who would have thought that the 8th seed would make it all the way to the top and win the Western Conference Finals? They’ve got some of the most talented and underrated forwards in the league including Captain Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Mike Richard as well as incredible defencemen like Drew Doughty and Matt Greene! And don’t forget the guy who has dominated every NHL goalie, Jonathan Quick!

I don’t know who will win this year. I don’t know who will take the Stanley Cup. I don’t know who deserves to win the most. I guess I’ll find out. I do know a few things though: I know whether or not the L.A. Kings win or lose, I’m glad they made it this far. I do know whether or not the New Jersey Devils win or lose, this season was incredible. I do know that I’ll be proud of the team that wins, even though I’ll definitely be rooting for the Kings. May the best team win.

L.A. Kings: Heck yes!

17 May

Now that the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals are out of the Playoffs, I’m totally 100% rooting on the L.A. Kings. I’m not a Western Conference girl. I mean, I love the Chicago Blackhawks but other than them, I’m really not a fan. That’s before I saw the L.A. Kings play.

They barely made it in to the Playoffs but look at how things are going now! They’re kicking some serious ass! They’ve lost only 1 game this entire Playoff series and Jonathan Quick has proven to be one of the top goalies of the league after getting his second shutout of the Playoffs on Tuesday! Jonathan Quick was not only amazing but also Jeff Carter, former Philadelphia Flyer, got a hat trick!

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It’s official: I really like the Kings! 

My Capitals Lost; Round 2 is over

13 May

Last night was a pretty horrible night. My Washington Capitals lost against the New York Rangers 2-1. I went straight to my bed right after the game ended, not saying a word to my cheering family (who of course had to support the Rangers) and I lay down, face against the pillow, crying. I was thinking the entire time what’s going to happen to my Sasha? What’s going to happen to Brouwer? Holtby? Green? Wideman? Holtby was the breakout star this post season, I don’t care what people say. If he hasn’t earned a spot in the line up next year, I don’t know what he’ll have to do.

I did tell myself before the game no matter what happened, no matter who won, they did something nobody thought they would do. They’re always underestimated or thrown down but they made it to Game 7 and nobody thought they would. I’m proud of them, I really truly am. I wanted them to win but they didn’t and that makes me really sad. The only thing that is really keeping me from crying right now is the fact that tonight I get to watch Game of Thrones but that’s besides the point.

Round 2 of the Playoffs is officially over. That means no more Capitals and no more Flyers. Two of my favorite teams gone from the Playoffs, just like that.

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Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers

28 Apr

Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are starting and I can barely keep myself sane. The first game of Round 2 is the Washington Capitals vs. the New York Rangers today, starting at 3 P.M. A tough showdown. I’m totally rooting for the Washington Capitals, that’s not a surprise. However, I try to use my head, and not my heart, when I’m thinking about who will win. My house is purely divided on the subject. Me, Shelby (my lovely sister) and Riley (my adorable dog) are rooting for the Washington Capitals 100%. Yes, my dog is too. He’s easy to influence. My father, my mother and my other lovely sister, Kelsey, are rooting for the New York Rangers. There’s going to be a showdown. But who will win and have bragging rights for the rest of the Playoffs?

In my head, I’ve tried to level out who will win this series. First off, the New York Rangers have Hart Trophy Finalist and as my sister likes to say ‘Mr. Beauty Personified’, Henrik Lundqvist. Henrik Lundqvist has been one of the top goalies this year for his amazing play and his ability to withstand hefty amounts of pressure. He’s a fantastic goalie, there’s not an argument there.

The Rangers have not just the most physically attractive hockey player everbut also some of the greatest players in the league. Their fabulous and underrated Captain, Ryan Callahan; their overly defensive forward, Brian Boyle; the again underestimated alternate captain, Brad Richards; and also some of the best defensemen in the league including Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal. This team has star players galore and also the best chances to win but don’t underestimate the Washington Capitals.

After Joel Ward scored the series-winning goal in Game 7, many have now realized how talented the Washington Capitals really are. The star players like Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin and Nicklas Backstrom are not the only ones getting the job done, it’s the rest of the team too! The Washington Capitals have some of the best players in the league too, not just including the star players. Players like Brooks Laich, former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer, Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera, to name a few, have been playing their hearts out this year and it’s showing! And who can forget the amazing play by the breakout star, Braden Holtby, beating defending Champion, Timmy Thomas.

It’s going to be an incredible series, I know that for sure. But what I don’t know is who will win! The New York Rangers are definitely one of the top 5 best teams in the league and have proved that throughout their season games as well as post season games. However, you can’t underestimate the power of the Washington Capitals, who has proven that hard work will most definitely pay off.

League Standings: Who’s In

25 Mar

So as of now, there are 5 teams that are officially in the 2011-2012 Playoffs. Those teams include the New York Rangers (101 points), the St. Louis Blues (101 points), Vancouver Canucks (99 points), the Pittsburgh Penguins (98 points) and the Philadelphia Flyers (96 points). Unfortunately, this bunch doesn’t include the Chicago Blackhawks who have 92 points.

I have to say, I’m disappointed. Not in the fact that these teams have made. I mean, I wouldn’t have believed someone last season if they told me St. Louis was going to make it into the playoffs thsi year, let alone be tied for first with points in the league! Who would’ve guessed?! Definitely not me. I’m disappointed in the fact that my favorite teams aren’t close to being into the Playoffs.

The Carolina Hurricanes have 6 games left. 6. Not 7 or 8 or 9. 6. We have to be on our GAME. That means no losses because Washington, Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg are in our way! We’re 9 points from a playoff spot. Hopefully the odds will be ever in our favor. (Ah, yes, I do enjoy my Hunger Games references every now and then.)