We Are The Champions

12 06 2012

There you have it:  The Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup Champions.

This is the stuff that’s only written in fairy tales.  An eighth-seeded team, with enough heart and determination, knocking off the top 3 seeds in the Western Conference, and taking the last game of the Stanley Cup Finals in a dramatic and dominant fashion.

I can’t even begin to say how happy I am for the LA Kings and their fans, but first we have to acknowledge their opponents:  the New Jersey Devils.  They fought back in an amazing way, coming back from a 3-0 game deficit in the SCFs and gave the Kings a legitimate run for their money.  Honestly, if the Kings hadn’t played the Game 6 that is now etched in the record books, the Devils could have easily taken the series.

But, alas, the hockey gods didn’t want it that way.  The entire hockey world respects the Kings and their organization.  See for yourselves:

The great part about all of the praise for both organizations is that it shows the class of hockey players, officials, and executives.  The exchange between Martin Brodeur and Jonathan Quick, in particular, was great to see, because they have such a mutual respect for each other.  At one point, I could read Brodeur’s lips and he told Quick that he was “incredible”.  I mean, seriously?  That’s a unbelievable compliment coming from a future Hall of Famer like Brodeur, and obviously well-deserved.

Conn-Smythe Trophy

Was anyone surprised?  If Quick hadn’t gotten the Conn Smythe, I think a riot would have broken out in the streets of Los Angeles, Vancouver-style.  No?  Too soon?  Meh, whatever.  But back to the point, Quick’s performance was unreal.  Completely dominant from start to finish, and he never missed a beat.

16 wins, 4 losses.  Only one road loss.  A .946 save percentage.  WHAT THE WHAT?!  He’s amazing.  Can’t even handle it.  So deserving, and he’s got a long career ahead of him.

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter

It’s really almost funny at this point.  The picture says it all.  When both Richie and Carter were traded away to markets that, let’s be honest, weren’t the most desirable for them as players, you had to wonder if they’d ever see the success they deserved.  And now look:  Carter was traded at the deadline from Columbus, the bottom of the NHL food-chain, to the Kings, and reunited with former-Flyer Richards.  It’s a cinderella story if you’ve ever heard one.

Colin Fraser

Frazzle Dazzle, I’m so proud of you.  As a former Chicago Blackhawk and member of the 2010 Championship team, I always root for those players.  Kings fans, keep this in mind:  you can and always should root for the players that are important to you, no matter where they’re playing.  It keeps historic moments like this fresh in your mind, and you’ll never get over it.

Fraser was a key 4th line role player on the Kings this season, and was on the ice when the hole blew to end Game 6.  He’s a classy guy, a classy player, but was the ugly duckling of hockey this season.  No one wanted him.  The Oilers and the Kings went back and forth trying to figure something out for him, and thanks to the Kings organization and coaching staff, Fraz has carved out a nice spot for himself in LA.  Let’s hope he sticks around, because he deserves it.  Plus, he’s the first of the 2010 Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup again.  Git ‘er done, Frazzle Dazzle!

Darryl Sutter

Holy schnikes, talk about a 180 degree turn.  Darryl Sutter, HUGE ups to you, sir.  To take an organization and a team that was completely discombobulated (I must’ve swallowed a dictionary, that word is longgggg) and dysfunctional, to getting them into the playoffs, and winning the Stanley Cup as an eighth-seed is incredible.  And to think he did it without ever cracking a smile.

Oh wait, there it is.

It’s moments like this that make me love hockey.  I just fell in love more and more with the sport, watching history happen, and seeing the relief on the players’ and coaches faces to have achieved the most difficult trophy to win in all of sports.  It’s incredible.

Honestly, I could go on and on about Game 6, the hit on Rob Scuderi, and every “what if” moment imaginable.  But I just want to say one thing to the Kings fans:  ENJOY THIS.  It’s history that you just witnessed, and something that will forever go down as the night that cheers erupted from the Staples Center without Kobe Bryant on the court.  I hope LA becomes more of a hockey town, because this organization deserves it.  It says a lot about the resilience of the players and the front office to continue to play and work for an organization that might not have the greatest presence in its location.  So cheers to you, boys, you deserve it.  Now party like you’re Patrick Kane, but try not to get arrested or let the front office get mad at you.  So basically…..party like it’s 1999.

-M

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Holy Potential Sweep, Batman!

6 06 2012

It’s D-Day, ladies and gents.  Game 4, Devils vs. Kings, with a potential sweep on the line.

I don’t even want to think about the game, because I’m going to be jumping at every time move those players make, and my new roommate is going to think I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

And what do I think of that?

Yup.  That’s how I feel about it.

Anyway, how awesome would it be for Richards and Carter to hoist the Cup after being traded away from the Flyers, separated for the first half of the season, then reuniting and becoming the dynamic duo they once were on the east coast?  I’ll tell you how awesome:  it would be nearly as awesome as Stammer growing his flow back, Jeff Skinner and I becoming besties, and Captain Sexpanther walking into my apartment right now and proposing to me COMBINED.  Okay, it probably wouldn’t be as awesome as me and Tazer getting’ hitched, but it’ll be close.

Get excited, everyone.  No matter what the outcome of this game, it’ll either extend an already exciting series, or give a franchise it’s first ever Stanley Cup.  Leggo.

-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





D-Day

12 05 2012

Tonight’s the night, ladies and gents:  It’s Game Friggin’ Seven.

How pumped are you?  Because I’m too excited for words.  I’m pulling for the Rangers, because they completely deserve it, but we shall see.

The winner of this game plays the who-would-have-thought-they’d-be-here New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Get excited, fans, it’s gonna be a rocking game in the Garden tonight!

-M

 





Beasts of the East

12 04 2012

Time for M to show the Eastern Conference just a little bit o’ love.  And heeeeeere we go!  UPDATE:  I know I’m posting this after the first day of games, but the internet in Italy doesn’t exactly understand timeliness.  Or, for that matter, working in general.  Booooo. -M

Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals

This would be a matchup to watch had the Capitals performed the way they should have during the regular season.  But, inevitably as they always do, the Caps find a way to disappoint.  But who knows, maybe that frustration will lead to a deep playoff run.  Personally, I wouldn’t bet on it.  The Bruins are just too good, even though I don’t think they’ll make it to the finals this year.  Thomas is still an elite goaltender, and if you’re Washington, you can’t just expect those issues to go away.  The Bruins have a grittier, deeper team, and they’re going to make a deep playoff run, starting with knocking off Washington.  Bruins in 6.

Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers

Once again, this has to be no contest.  The Rangers have dominated the regular season, and have an elite goaltender (with some sick flow) in Henrik Lundqvist.  Not to mention, they have the character of a championship team.  You see the guys in the locker room they have, they personalities on that team, and honestly I think because to the last few Stanley Cup Champions.  With the Bruins last year you have Marchand, Ference, Seguin, all guys that know how to keep it loose in the locker room.  With the Blackhawks, it was their role players like Burish, Versteeg, Byfgulien, Ladd, and Madden.  This year, the Rangers have characters like Boyle to balance out the offense talents of Marian Gaborik, among others, and I truly think this team can be unbeatable if they keep their eyes on the prize.  Rangers in 5.

New Jersey Devils vs. Florida Panthers

I can’t tell you how happy I am that the Panthers made it into the playoffs.  Dale Tallon made too many big offseason moves for them not to have drastically improved upon previous years, and they did.  I don’t think this series will be a blowout, because they’re both fairly evenly matched, but just for the sake of nostalgia, I’m hoping for a Panthers win here.  They deserve it.  And, as you’ll recall, I did predict they’d win a Stanley Cup in the next five years, so they need to get a little more playoff experience under their belts so they can git ‘er done.  Panthers in 6.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

It’s only appropriate that I put a picture up of these two teams getting into a scrum, because let’s face it:  this is going to be an all out fight to the finish and a series for the record books.  You couldn’t have scripted it any better.  I see this series as the Vancouver-Chicago series from last years playoffs.  It’s two teams that legitimately hate each other, both are extremely talented, and both like to get under the other team’s skin (though I think Philly is a bit better at that).  This series is for sure going to 7 games, and I think there are a few keys to show which team could come out on top.  For the Flyers, it’s their goaltending.  Bryzgalov is a talented guy, no question, but when he hits slumps, he just takes an epic tumble like that girl Scarlett from YouTube.  But, the Flyers have Giroux, Jagr, Hartnell, Briere, Talbot, and all these other offense threats on their teams that give them a chance to balance out potentially poor goaltending every night.  With that said, the Penguins are just too good to be true.  Crosby has scored 25 points in 12 games since coming back for the second time from his concussion.  But when you hear the names Malkin, Neal, Dupuis, Staal, Kunitz, Letang, etc., you might start shaking in your skates a bit.  Too many Penguins are having career years for them to waste away in the first round.  They need to keep a cool head and not let Philly get under their skin, because we all know that’s what they do.  And, to be honest, it works, so why stop?  The Pens need to just play their game and respond to all the trash talk by winning hockey games.  Penguins in 7.

-M





To: @VDub79

14 03 2012

Every once and a while, we get tweets/comments about how our blog has a major flaw and that flaw is the fact that we don’t talk about a certain player or team more often. Well, we got another one today.

This one kind of took me back. Zach Parise! She was right. How could we possibly ignore him. I know he’s a hottie, S knows he’s a hottie. Hell, everyone knows he’s a hottie. Just look at that face. That bone structure. That smile. The hair that looks like he just rolled out of bed…

b-e-a-u-tiful

I’d like to think I’ve over looked him because…well, to be honest, I just look past everything New Jersey in general. Except Jersey Shore. That show…hahaha. Anyway, no offense to all our Jersey fans. It’s just not my cup of tea– being from Boston and all.  Maybe it’s the smell? Then again, Boston smells like an armpit too. But I promise, no more looking past Jersey anymore.

S is probably reading this and mumbling not-so-nice words under her breath because she too lived in Jersey for a few years. (Love you, S)

So…back to the man above. I wonder how he does his hair. Does he follow the no shampoo rule like our boy Nealer?

I love you even if you don't wash your hair <3

Captain of the New Jersey Devils. 5’11 195lbs of pure Midwestern boy man. That’s right. He’s from Minnesota. There’s something about Canada and the Midwest. They just breed purebreds over/up there. Something the Northeast is seriously lacking. (Sorry boys– but it’s true)

DID YOU HEAR ME, S?! I SAID MINNESOTA! <– she loves Minnesota boys.

Anyway, I’m not going to lie. What I know about Zach is limited — except for the fact that he’s hot as hell. So, for all you other ladies out there who are the same– I dug this gem up for you.

Enjoy.

(PS- Wipe your mouth…you’re drooling.) ;)

*L





[Insert your own clever phrase here. We’re feeling kind of ‘do-it-yourself’ today.]

12 05 2011

With all the madness going on with our hometown teams battling it out this weekend, we kind of forgot one MAJOR detail. Like the bad hosts we are…we forgot to introduce ourselves. So, here goes nothing…

The Nitty Gritty about this Belle:

My name is Sarah, I’m number one. My Razzle Dazzle, has just begun. So when you see me…step aside. You know Sarah don’t take no jive.

But in all seriousness, my name is Sarah and I met my best friend Laura through cheerleading. We have since grown up and hung up our pom poms. I am now studying for my masters while working part time in another male dominated sport that is not hockey (GASP!!!!) I guess you could say I have been a hockey fan all my life, after all, I was born in Minnesota. Being a hockey fan in Florida is rough, there is only one bar in town who plays games for me…but don’t worry folks, the owner and bartender now save me a seat with my name on it! I even took applications for a hockey buddy to travel to Tampa games with me, only had one applicant but he’s Canadian so he’s bound to be a winner. My next step in life is to move back north of the Mason-Dixon where people don’t ask you what hockey is. Couldn’t tell ya where I will end up, but you best believe I will be dragging Laura with me kicking and screaming. (as long as it’s in some sort of ‘sports city’, I’m game…  – L)

Age: 21

Hometown Team: Minnesota Wild (Used to be Northstars when I was there), LA Kings, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, and Tampa Bay Lightning…If you are smart you have caught on by now that I don’t have a true hometown.

Favorite Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Hockey Husband: Jordan Staal…or anything STAAL

Favorite Old Timer: Steve Yzerman

Coach of the year: Dan Bylsma- If he doesn’t win the Jack Adams I will question all that is true in this world.

Favorite Tweeter: Colby Armstrong. That boy has me dying laughing half the time and OOOhhhing and Awwwing at how sweet he is.

Least Favorite Team: Boston Bruins cause it’s fun to piss Laura off

Least Favorite Player: P.K. Subban. It’s simple, learn your place Rook! Respect has to be earned.

Scariest Player: This is a tough one. Marty St. Louis. He’s a dangerous player. Looks all cute and cuddly then BAM! He can scoot through a guys legs and become one BAMF

Best Hockey hair: The love child I will make with Sidney Crosby. Hello CURLS (and crazy athlete genes)!!!!!! (while Mr. Staal is away…Sarah will playyy…  – L)

Favorite Blog(s): What’s Up Ya Sieve? and The Hockey Junkies. Fellow female hockey bloggers.

What ya need to know about Laura: 

I’m your resident Masshole. Somedays I’ll try to confuse people by slipping some ya’ll’s or eh’s into my sentences, but then a wicked will spill out…. *sigh* the curse of being born and raised on the outer skirts of Boston…

More often than not, my halo is being held up by my devil horns. Sarah always likes to say that the Holy Water boils the second I step foot in a church. And while I may try to laugh it off…she’s probably right.

Most people try to tag me as the Football girl (which is partially true). What they don’t know about me is that my very first sporting event (at age 8) was a Providence College v Clarkson University hockey game. If any of you know College hockey, you know that back in the day PC and Clarkson were huge rivals (dad went to Clarkson and his little brother went to PC). Pretty sure that was the night I fell in love with the sport. Unfortunately, my love for hockey was put on hold and the cheerleading/football life took over. It was just the way of life in the little town I grew up in. You were either a cheerleader or a football player…and if you were neither, well…I feel bad for you. Once I was sidelined (indefinitely) in high school, due to injury, I began to discover there was life outside football. There’s something relaxing about the sounds of a hockey game. Not sure if its the skates on the ice, the puck being slapped around, or bodies being checked into the boards…but whatever it is, I love it.

Age: 21

Hometown Team: Boston Bruins

Favorite Team: Pittsburgh Penguins — I blame Sarah for this one. During one of my yearly trips to the Sunshine State to visit, she made me sit and watch a game. It was love at first sight. Thank you Sarah for making my life in Boston living hell whenever I rock my Pens gear…

Hockey Husband: Just call me Mrs. Letang ;)

Yeah...I know I look good...

Favorite Old Timer: Bobby Orr. One of these days I will have a “woman cave” in my house and the big picture of Orr tripping while scoring “the goal”….right next to my bubble hockey table.

I believe I can flyyyyy...

Coach of the year: Dan Bylsma, FTW

Favorite Tweeter: Paul Bissonnette (@biznasty2point0) he may be crude…but he has a way of making me giggle…

Least Favorite Team: I’m from Boston….I’ll give you 3 guesses and the first 2 don’t count…

Least Favorite Player: This is a tie for me between Subban and Ovechkin. Subban, well, because he’s Subban. And Ovie because he has that God awful tramp stamp on his back and he’s missing a tooth. You’d think with all the money he has, he could repair it. I could rant on and on about this kid…but we’ll save that for another post some other day. :)

Scariest Player: The Human Tree…I’m a Bruins fan…but Chara scares the you-know-what outta me.

Best Hockey hair: HA…this award goes to my husband. Mr. How’s My Hair?! Well…wait a minute…it could be a tie with Sarah and Sid’s “love child”…

Favorite Blog(s): What’s Up Ya Sieve? –these girls have me rolling all day long. Not sure how I stumbled over there blog, but when I did I spent 5 hours catching up on all the posts I missed. Check it!