#1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #7 Ottawa Senators
The Penguins did what they were supposed to do on home ice. Sidney Crosby scored a hat trick in game two to give the Pens a 2-0 lead in the series. The flightless birds were about to take a commanding 3-0 series lead on the Sens when THIS HAPPENED!!!… Read the rest of this entry »
I don’t have a mullet, but I do have all of my teeth. For these reasons I am not your average hockey fan, and by not your average hockey fan I mean I don’t watch the NHL. I have more fingers on my hands than the amount of active professional hockey players I can name. I was watching ESPN today and found out the Kings won the Stanley Cup last year. Sweet. Way to go LA (they play in LA, right?).
We have several avid hockey fans that blog for us here at TSB, I’m just not one of them. I’m here to tell you who would win the Stanley Cup if team mascots were to fight each other in a 7 game series. Let’s do this. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday night the #7 seed in the East, the Ottawa Senators, head to Montreal to take on the #2 seed Montreal Canadiens. To give us the lowdown from the Senators perspective, we’ve reached out to Peter Raaymakers of Silversevensens.com. Make sure to check the site out and follow them on Twitter at @SilverSevenSens.
1. Congrats on the big win in Boston. How important was it that the Senators avoided the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round? Read the rest of this entry »
I am a die-hard New York Islanders fan and have been waiting for this for 7 years. I sat in the Stanley Cup when I was 3 years old and have bled blue and orange ever since. We are no longer the laughingstock of the NHL and Rick DiPetro is not on the roster. So there will be no need for those kind of jokes anymore.
The New York Islanders shocked everyone covering the NHL this year except for TotalSportsBlog.com, and made the playoffs. Whoever at TSB picked them to finish 8th was a real smart guy. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday night the top seed in the east, the Pittsburgh Penguins face off in their opening round series against the #8 seed New York Islanders. There is a bit of history between these two teams. The fearless leader of Pensburgh.com “Hooks Orpik” (one of the best handles in all of the hockey blogging universe) spends 5 minutes in the box with us discussing the series from a Penguins point of view. Make sure to follow Pensburgh.com on Twitter at @Pensburgh.
1. The Penguins are the team in the Eastern Conference that none of the bottom 3 seeds wanted to face. Between the Isles, Rangers, and Senators, where do the Islanders fall in that group that you wanted to face? Read the rest of this entry »
Could this be the Stanley Cup matchup?
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Now that the NHL and NHLPA have resolved their issues in the meeting rooms. We can get back to business on the ice. The NHL season is going to be fast and furious and will be over before you know it. No teams can have an extended losing streak if they want to make the playoffs. A 4-5 game losing streak could really put a strain on their seasons. Here are the preseason predictions of what the NHL season will end up like at the end of April going into the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Earl tackles the East, while Mike takes on the West. Read the rest of this entry »
No way Garth! Yes way Wayne! Hockey is back. Stan Makita’s donuts would be hopping on Saturday night if it was a real place.
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It took 119 days but the NHL and the NHLPA have come to an agreement to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The agreement came last Sunday morning at 5am Eastern time. While most of us were all sleeping the two parties hashed out a deal after talking for over 16 hours. This deal will allow all NHL to be played for a long time without interruption.
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The NHL is back, and so are the Ice Girls!
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At 4:40 am on Sunday, the NHL and it’s players agreed to a new CBA that will keep the NHL skating for the next 8-10 years without a work stoppage.
They are still hammering out all the little details as we speak. You know, like a schedule, number of games, how the Devils can front load a contract. Actually they can’t, that was a big part of the negotiations.
So in anticipation of the NHL starting up in about 2-3 weeks, what better way to kick off the excitement than with some of the NHL’s hottest “Ice Girls”? Not every team will be represented here, due to the fact that not every team employs smokin’ hot chicks to clean up the snow buildup around the benches and net. Some teams just enjoy looking at 50-year-old dudes with beer belly’s, rockin’ the 1987 sateen jacket that is 3 sizes to small. Read the rest of this entry »
"The Flower" has won 17 of his last 21 starts
The old saying, “April showers bring May flowers” shows that Mother Nature likes to follow a pattern. This pattern allows the earth to show its true colors when spring comes around in May. Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, with his last name meaning flower, has been in full bloom since the middle of winter.
With the Penguins struggling at the end of the calendar year and into the New Year, it seemed like Fleury was losing every game he played. During this six game losing streak “the Flower” had a save percentage of .890 and was letting up on average 2.3 goals per game. Only allowing a little over two goals a game isn’t bad, but he wasn’t facing that many shots and was letting in some weak goals. However, since that six game losing streak ended, Fleury has been playing some of the best hockey I have seen from a goaltender since Broduer was in his prime winning two Stanley Cups with the Devils. Since, January 13th, “the Flower” has won 17 out of the 21 games he has played in, and has a save percentage of .919, allowing only 45 goals on 561 shots. Marc-Andre also is second in the league in wins with 35 only one behind Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. He along with the resurgent play of Evgeni Malkin have sent this Penguins squad atop many power ranks across the league.
He now puts his name into the running for the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to the most valuable player of the league, and the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goaltender in the league at the end of the year. Fleury has been showing his true colors since winter showing the rest of the National Hockey League that he has become one of the elite goaltenders in the league today.
The Islanders looked for some revenge against Brent Johnson and the Penguins
Oh We’re Not Gonna Take It
no, We Ain’t Gonna Take It
oh We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore
we’ve Got The Right To Choose And
there Ain’t No Way We’ll Lose It
this Is Our Life, This Is Our Song
we’ll Fight The Powers That Be Just
don’t Pick Our Destiny ’cause
you Don’t Know Us, You Don’t Belong
Those lyrics by 80′s hair band and Long Island natives Twisted Sister, have been blasted over the speakers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for over 25 years now. But friday night, they were never so true.
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