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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.


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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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.)

Skinner and Pitkanen out with concussions

14 Dec

The Carolina  Hurricanes are down two of their best players plus Brian Boucher being injured recently. As a Canes fan, I’m devastated and I hope for an incredibly speedy recovery and that they are better soon. With that being said, as a Canes fan, I don’t know how the Canes are going to play without them. They obviously haven’t been doing very well and this is yet another obstacle they have to overcome this year. I really hate the fact that Skinner is gone. He’s one of the best on the team!

I don’t want Skins to be another Crosby. I don’t want him out for almost a year. This is horrible news because he’s such a young, talented player and knowing he’ll be out for a long time doesn’t make me happy at all. The Canes not only lost him but Pitkanen as well! Pitkanen, known as ‘Pancake’ in Kristonian, is a promising defenceman who has helped the Canes over the past couple years. I’m not the hugest Pitkanen fan but I know he’s a good member of the team and it’s such a sad loss that he’s gone for now. Not only are these two amazing players gone but also the Hurricanes new goalie, Brian Boucher. Brian Boucher hasn’t won every game he’s played with Carolina but he’s doing much better than people expected. He’s a fantastic new member of the team and the fact that he’s injured early this season sucks!

The fact that these guys are gone is horrible and I, and the rest of the Caniac nation, will miss them very much. I know I am praying for a fast recovery and wish that the Hurricanes do well.

Now if only this could make up for this loss...

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.

Carolina Finally Wins; Kristin Fuming, Part 1

13 Nov

After a 4 game drought, the Carolina Hurricanes finally won a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins!

Now that I’ve congratulated them on their win, lets go on to…

Kristin Fuming, Part 1:
I’m so sick of seeing them lose and lose and lose. The problem? Well I think, pshh-excuse me, I KNOW it’s Mr. Paul Maurice. The Carolina Hurricanes coach of too many seasons. The record with him? 376 wins, 378 losses. Did you notice what I noticed? More losses than wins! The Hurricanes will always be my favorite team but seeing them play like they don’t know what hockey is, disappoints the crap out of me! I know if they got a better coach, they would do a lot better! If only.

Back To Carolina

21 Oct

I’ve been unable to update due to school and pressure but I plan to update whenever I can! Now back to the games…

I’m currently watching the Carolina Hurricanes play at St. Louis against the Blues. It’s been a pretty good game. There’s only 7 minutes left and they’re tied 2-2. The Canes have been doing okay this year: they’ve won three and lost three. Although the Canes are missing a very important player (who recently moved to the Montreal Canadiens…hint, hint), I believe almost every player has improved over the summer. The players have matured and are seeing the Playoffs in the future.

But hey, that’s too far away to worry about now, anyway. Now for the Washington Capitals. They’ve been doing amazing; they’ve won all 6 games they’ve played. Alex Ovechkin is having a slow start but got two goals yesterday in the game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers. Alex Semin has proved himself in this start of the season. He’s gotten two goals and three assists already and I’m ever so proud. Popular players like Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich, Mike Knuble and Mike Green have also had good starts to the early season.

So far this start of the season has been good and I’ve been enjoying it. So far.

Hockey season is back!

9 Oct

I know I’m a few days late but still! Hockey is back! I can actually sit down and watch a game on my TV. This is fantastic news.

Well I watched the Carolina Hurricanes first official game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and I was so disappointed.They played so well until our defense decided to shut down. The game ended 5-1, how horrible. They brought themselves back yesterday when they battled against the Washington Capitals. They actually made it into overtime until Mike Green scored the game winning goal. Yesterdays game was so awesome! First, Jeff Skinner scored the first goal of the season for Carolina on Friday and then Sasha scored the first goal of the season for Washington yesterday!

Oh, life is good.