You Win Some, You Lose Some

9 06 2012

I can’t say I didn’t see a loss for the Kings coming.

My beard is better than your beard…

Sweeping a series is unbelievably hard, and the Devils got to the Finals for a reason:  they’re a great team.  I hate to admit it, strictly because I do want to see the Kings win so badly, but if history serves us, when a good team goes down 3-0 in a series and their backs are against the wall, you see some magical hockey being played in Game 4.  Marty Brodeur was on like Donkey Kong, which is the least you could expect from a future Hall of Famer.  The interesting part was that even though the Devils scored 3 goals, Jonathan Quick wasn’t playing poorly.  He never does.

So why did the Kings lose?  They got cocky and too confident.  They didn’t keep the pedal to the metal in Game 4 and they didn’t play better than the Devils.  It almost looked like the ice was tilted in favor of the Devils, considering how much time was spent in the Kings’ end.  But, as the old saying goes, tomorrow is another day.  And in the last few years, the Stanley Cup has been awarded on the road.

Do you think it’ll happen again?  Who is going to win Game 5?  Let us know in the comments!

-M





Kings of the Castle, Masters of Their Domain

31 05 2012

*If anyone gets the reference from this post’s title, you’ll be my bestie for life.  But seriously.*

Oh, the Kings.  A team after my own heart.  I’ve always rooted for the underdog, and since every “favorite” team (save for the New York Rangers) lost in the first round of these seemingly backwards playoffs, this year will be forever known as the year of the upset.  I’m not even going to go through which teams lost in the first round (because then I’d have to relive the heartbreak of my Blackhawks blowing it), but you all know what happened.  And let’s be honest, if your reaction wasn’t:

…then you’re either crazy, a liar, or both.  It’s going to be a special thing to see Los Angeles win, but then, there’s the other guy.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils, though not as much my favorite as the Kings are, they deserve to be here.  How they dethroned King Henrik and the New York Rangers, coming back from 2 games down in the Eastern Conference Finals will be the stuff of legend.  Every game was a classic in that series, and they worked hard to get to the Finals.  No Doubt.

Now, I’m not going to make any predictions for this series.  But, if I’m honest (which, lezbehonest, I always am), I want the Kings to win for a few reasons.  One, Colin Fraser is on that team, and I always root for former Blackhawks.  They’re coached by Darryl Sutter, another former Hawk.  And, finally, probably my most legitimate reason, I want Mike Richards and Jeff Carter to succeed.  As much as I despise the Flyers, and they are the former captain and alternate captain of that team, what happened to them last summer was brutal.  They were the faces of that franchise, and were blindly traded away.  Carter struggled quite a bit this season with injury, and it’d be nice for him to get some vindication.

Either way it goes though, I’m so excited for this series.  It’s gonna be magical :)

-M





C-H-I-C-A-G-O

21 05 2012

Four days until my butt is on it’s way to the Windy City to visit S. (M was supposed to be there too…but college calls…BOOOO. So much for a Hockey’s Finest party) :(

Anyway, I’ve already got my Toews and Kane shirseys in my suitcase — so far that’s all I’ve packed. But that’s all I need, right? Since I’m on my way to Blackhawks land, I figured I’d creep to see what the boys were doing so far this summer. Maybe I’d get lucky and someone will still be in the city. PKane? Tazer? How about the two together? One for me & one for S?? No?? Ok, fine.

But I did just want to let y’all know I’ll be in town. So if you see a couple girls in the clubs doing this…

bottoms up.

…stop and say hi. It’s probably S and I.

Ok…just kidding. That makes us look like alcoholics.

But for real, S is new to the city and I’ve never been. So we’re opening this up to you guys. We know we have some readers out there. Where are the best places to go? What about sports bars? Things to do while in town? I just saw that The Underground closes at 5am on Saturdays — you best believe we’ll be there until last call.

But that only kills 1 of my 10 days in town. So keep the suggestions coming. If I see anyone important (doubtful), you’ll be the first to know.

Anyway, signing off until I get back! Time to focus on packing, cleaning, and getting my nails done.

*L

….flat line….

This picture has nothing to do with me going to Chicago. Nor is it new. This just has to do with the fact that I miss my favorite boys. And this picture is just plain sexy. Work it boys!





Sweet Baby Jesus…

16 04 2012

I was planning on waiting until the end of the first round to give my thoughts on who came out on top, but considering the way a few series have been going, all I have to say is this:

For the Vancouver/LA series:

For Pens/Flyers:

In the name of all that is good and holy, what the FRICK is going on?!

 

What do you guys think about these series?  Let us know!

-M





The Time Has Come.

10 04 2012

Am I the only one having a complex? NHL Playoffs start tomorrow and I’m already ready to vomit.

Why I thought this video was a good idea to watch, I don’t know … because now I’m borderline sobbing. Tomorrow, life will be put on hold for 2 months.

Dearest Friends — don’t ask me to come out to a bar unless the games will be on. You all know me…so this shouldn’t be a surprise.

To my Family — my apologies in advance because my butt will be planted in front of the television EVERY night.

And to all our loyal readers — stick around. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride. If you don’t have a team in the Playoffs…adopt one. If you do have a team in the playoffs, I have one thing to say: Bring It On. ;)

*L





#SwagSauce

10 04 2012

Yeah. It’s that kind of a day.

Dubi and Boyle make me fangirl all the way in Italy. *Drool* AHEM sorry. Just watch and enjoy. Between this video and Letang’s flow feature on TSN, there’s some serious intercontinental fangirling going on over here at Hockey’s Finest.

-M

PS After watching HBO 24/7, every time I see Brian Boyle, all I can picture him saying is, “SANTA! I KNOW HIM!” Who’s with me? No one….? Alright then….





It’s Knuckle Puck Time!

10 04 2012

Favorite time of year.  EVER.  Except for maybe my birthday (for those of you who are dying to know, my 21st is coming up on April 15!)  I love the playoffs, because it’s completely anything goes.  Every fan comes out with their predictions and hopes to God that they can say “I told you so” to their friends in the form of stealing their money from the pot.  My friend’s family does a pool every year, and even the dog gets picks.  Take a wild guess as to who has won the last 2 years.  The dog.

Always wondered how they did this without opposable thumbs

So, even though I’m your resident Western Conference girl, I’m gonna give you my picks for both the Eastern and Western Conference first rounds in two different posts just to give your eyes a break form reading my obviously riveting ideas.  Get pumped guys, $#!+ is about to get real.

That's right, Georgie. Time to put on your big boy pants.

Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings

This is definitely a matchup that will be an interesting one to watch.  The Red Wings are a staple in the NHL playoffs, having qualified for the playoffs every season since 1990-1991 (not including the lockout).  The Predators, however, have lost in the first round of the playoffs 5 years out of the 8 they’ve qualified in their short history.  But I think this year will be different.  They have home ice advantage, and Detorit is constantly riding the struggle bus on their road games.  Shea Weber and Ryan Suter can shut down Pavel Datsyuk, not to mention making major contributions on the power play.  Then again, the Red Wings are the Red Wings.  Their roster is stacked, with players like Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Kronwall, and Stuart, making them a very intimidating team on paper.  At the end of the day though, with their injury problems and road woes, I don’t think that this is Detroit’s year, especially with a first round against Nashville.  The Preds have waited long enough, and they deserve to make it through the first round, especially with their depth.  Predators in 7.

St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

I’m still in shock that St. Louis is sitting just below Vancouver on the top of the Western Conference.  But this is why I love hockey:  any team could just be the one to win it all.  Alright, let’s get down to business.  In my opinion, it’s just this side of no contest.  The Blues are going to take this series.  They’ve dominated the regular season and took over the toughest division in the NHL, which, in case you’ve forgotten, holds 4 out of the 8 playoff spots.  Their goaltending tandem is completely solid, as opposed to the Sharks, whose goalies have struggled throughout the season.  Even given that, the Sharks are a playoff-built team.  They’ve made it very far in past years, but have yet to reach the coveted finals and seem to always fall short.  This might be another year for that.  Blues in 6.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

Ah, the Canucks.  Anyone who has read my posts before knows what I think of the Canucks.  I’m not a fan.  However, they’re the President’s Trophy winners for the second year in a row, so you have to give credit where credit is due.  Truly, I think the Kings have a shot with a goaltender whose name should speak for itself.  Jonathan Quick is one of a few goalies in the league that send shivers down the spine of any player skating towards him down the ice with the puck on his stick.  But, aside form the goalie duel that will be one of the best, I think this will be one series that will absolutely go to 7 games.  Like everyone says, now the regular season doesn’t matter.  It’s win or go home, and I’m hoping for an upset on this one.  The Canucks aren’t drastically different than they were last year or the year before, aside from the acquisition of David Booth from Florida earlier in the season.  I think they can only make it past the first round if Roberto Luongo stays hot, because when he’s on he’s great, and when he’s not, it’s a collapsing Jenga tower of crap.  Their forwards are phenomenal, but they’re such perfectionists as well.  You can see it so easily when something doesn’t go their way, they start yet another collapse of frustration.  And for those of you reading this thinking I just want an upset because I’m not a huge Vancouver fan, just hold your horses.  I simply think the Kings’ cooler heads will prevail.  Kings in 7.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

I wish I could say I wished for this matchup.  If we’re being honest, I wanted both Phoenix and Chicago to make it to the semis, but unfortunately for me and one of these teams, they can’t both make it.  Now, given past experience, normally this would be a shoo-in for the Blackhawks to win the series in probably 5 games.  However, the Coyotes have won 3 of the 4 regular season meetings with the Blackhawks and have one hell of a solid goaltender in Mike Smith, who is coming off of an absolutely stellar 5-game run.  This is an underdog team, and the underdog fights a hell of a lot more because they feel they have something to prove.  Not to mention, poor Captain Sexpanther is still sidelined with an injury, which could prove to be a major break for the Coyotes.  With that said, I don’t believe that Phoenix is a playoff-built team.  They don’t have the playoff experience to survive against a team that is truly stacked.  Basically what I’m saying is forget the regular season.  The Blackhawks are the legitimately deeper, better, more talented team, and I think the only thing that can save the Coyotes is one hell of a performance from Mike Smith.  He’s their not-so-secret weapon.  With that said, if the Blackhawks don’t underestimate the Coyotes and Captain Sexpanther comes back healthy, they should be unstoppable.  Blackhawks in 6.

What do you guys think about the Western Conference?  Let us know in the comments, and get your playoff beards ready!

-M