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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.

The Hero Hockeytown Deserved: Nicklas Lidstrom

31 May

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He officially retired after 20 seasons in the NHL. 1,564 games played, 264 goals scored, 878 assists. He’s been one of the best defensemen in the league. He’s been the captain of Detroit since the 2006-2007. He’s helped Detroit win 4 Stanley Cup’s. He, himself, has earned 7 James Norris trophies and 1 Conn Smythe. He’s been in 12 All Star Games. He’s won Olympic gold. This guy’s in the Triple Gold Club. My hat’s off to this legend. He was the hero Hockeytown deserved. He’ll never be forgotten.

 

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! 

Alexander Semin: Leaving the Capitals?

17 May

Alexander Semin will forever be my favorite player regardless of what team he plays for. He’s dynamic, a real superstar on the ice. I really do love him and his talent. I love watching him play and I constantly talk about him to my family. It’s no secret he’s my favorite. He’s my Sasha. Yes, Sasha.

I’ve heard plenty of rumors all year about how he’ll leave the Capitals, how he’s not good enough, not working hard enough or how the Capitals don’t want him. I’m going to say this: the Washington Capitals are better with Alexander Semin than they are without him. That’s my comment to every single rumor. He’s one of the Young Guns (regardless of them not being so young anymore), he’s one of their top players. Yes, he gets penalties. Who doesn’t? Yes, he causes bad turnovers sometimes. Who doesn’t? I hear how Alex Semin isn’t good enough to play for the Capitals, yet nobody says anything about Ovechkin’s year, Green’s year, Neuvirth’s year or about how their playing has been lacking so far this season. But that’s another story.

There is much speculation on Alex Semin not signing with the Capitals, becoming a free agent and moving somewhere far away from North Carolina and breaking my very delicate heart. I will say there is a chance, his manager has talked about him leaving and it’s a possibility for his career to progress. He’s in his prime right now however I truly believe that Washington is where he belongs and where he should stay. He, himself, has said that’s his second home. I hope he keeps it that way.

I’m going to finish this post on how I started it: Alexander Semin will be my favorite player regardless of what team he plays for.

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.

Sidney Crosby returns to action!

20 Nov

Oh joy! The absent player returns! After 8 months missing in action, Sidney Crosby, everyone’s favorite player, has returned. Can anyone say hallelujah?  Or how about finally?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited; I’ll finally get to see him play again. But there is one part of me, my eccentric right brain, that is telling me this is a little rushed. Heck, the guy got a concussion! That’s some serious stuff right there. Are his doctors really giving him unsparing approval or is this his decision alone? Does Dan Bylsma agree to this wholeheartedly or is he concerned for his health? Will he be better or will he be worse? Is he pressured to start early or does he feel he’s late? So many questions are running through my mind! Although I have many questions, my impartial left brain is telling me that if Crosby wasn’t ready to play, he wouldn’t be in the line up for tomorrow’s game.

Even though I’m not his biggest fan, I’m crossing my fingers that tomorrows game, finally featuring the returning Sidney Crosby, will be great and I’ll certainly be watching it.

Rest in Peace, Rick Rypien. Dead at 27.

16 Aug

Rick Rypien, a former Vancouver Canuck, was found dead earlier today in his Alberta home. He was only 27 years old. The cause of death is unknown. Rick was not only a great hockey player, but also a great person and he had a bright future with the Winnipeg Jets. He will most definitely be missed, not only by the Vancouver Canucks but by his family, his friends and his fans.

Boston Bruins, the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions

16 Jun

I was so pissed. I was so sad. I was so disappointed.  The Boston Bruins won. They did it. 

After 5 minutes of screaming at my computer and TV screen, I found out how happy I was for the Boston Bruins. They deserved it. They won 4-0. Through tough injuries, 82 games of the regular season, 4 Game 7’s in the Playoffs and 39 years of waiting, they did it. They made it here for a reason and they proved that they were the best of this season.

At first, I didn’t like Tim Thomas, the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, but now I think I do. I appreciate him in a way that I never have before. Maybe it was how he didn’t seem like he was rubbing it in the Vancouver Canucks faces (which looked pretty glum to begin with). Or maybe it was how he shook Luongo’s hand and forgot about Luongo’s comments the week before. Or maybe it was the fact that he was awkward picking up the Conn Smythe Trophy and was like “what the hell do I do with it now?” Or maybe it was how he played tonight. How he didn’t let the crowd, of very prideful fans, get in the way of playing his game. I respect him.

I’m really, really, happy for them now especially for Mark Recchi, who played his last game tonight. He is a 3-time Stanley Cup Champion and is now retired at age 43 having played for 22 years.

I guess you can call me a semi-Bruins fan. I’m not 100% there yet but in time, it might happen. I still wish that the Canucks won but they proved they didn’t want it enough and I know that now. It took a lot of yelling and three glasses of water for me to understand that. I do, however, feel bad for every single Canucks fan who bought that really expensive Game 7 ticket and hoped that they were going to win.

What really made me laugh was Zdeno Chára’s man/lion roar when he held the Cup. It was kinda scary but we all could tell he was super happy. He played an incredible season and he deserved to be the first to hold the Cup, although the scream(s) was a little much. He’s a great captain and fun fact: knows how to speak in 7 different languages! Maybe he can teach me Russian after he spends his two days with the Cup, my guess back in Slovakia.

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But I guess now it’s my turn to talk about the Canucks. Honestly, I don’t like the Vancouver Canucks coach, Alain Vigneault. Why? He failed to put Cory Schneider in to replace Roberto Luongo at the most crucial time, when the Canucks needed that change the most. He had too much pride in him and that was their biggest downfall. If it hadn’t been for the third goal, I think that the Canucks wouldn’t have played like they didn’t care. But it’s not just Luongo’s fault. The whole team lost and it’s the whole teams fault. My biggest disappoint was how the Sedin Twins played. Not one single goal in this series by them and that’s saying a lot. Even Alex the “Biter” Burrows was better than them. I was pretty proud of Kesler though, he played amazingly in the first period. If he had continued pounding Tim Thomas, he might have let a goal in. Maybe.

But that’s all in the past now. Boston won and I’m proud of that; I’m proud of them. They deserved it. 

R.I.P. Derek Boogaard. Dead at 28

14 May

New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment on Friday; he was only 28 years old. He wasn’t just a physical guy, he was much more to his family and to his friends. There isn’t much to say except that I feel so horrible for his family, friends and all of his fans out there. Hockey lost a star and the world lost a great man.