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A Canadien Fan Or A Canadian Fan?

A Canadien Fan Or A Canadian Fan? Also Read Pat Storto's take: They Will Not Force Us. Before I begin to convey my thoughts on this topic, I have to disclose certain facts. As an aspiring professional in the sports world I am not supposed to be a fan of any team. When I write about hockey I attempt to do it with an unbiased thought process. I do use my own views and feelings when discussing any subject, but I never let my opinions be swayed due to the team I root for. Only this way will I keep continuing to grow and one day eventually become a professional earning the respect of my peers and my readers. That said, I would like everyone to know that I am and will always be a fan ...

Lord Stanley's Foreshadowing Trail Of Conquered Teams

Does being eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup winner signify anything about a team? Other than the fact they were at the dance, probably not. Unless you believe in karma, good omens that defeating specific teams can bring, or are a gambler in desperate need of some crazy far-fetched edge. It's often said that being eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions is the best consolation for a team ousted from the NHL playoffs. Horsespit. Only fans (and players) who are looking for some quick shallow cover will resort to that reasoning, but surely experienced no less anguish due to their victor hoisting the Cup shortly after their own demise. It is however interesting to see which ...

Eastern Conference Semifinal Preview: Flyers vs. Bruins

*Click here to see full-sized graphic* The final series of the second round almost needs no introduction. After four meetings against each other in the seventies, it took 32 years for the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins to meet in the playoffs once again. And when they did, it definitely ended up being memorable. The then-third place Bruins faced off against the seventh place Flyers in the 2010 semifinals, and quickly put up a 3-0 series lead against the Pennsylvania team. They would see that lead dwindle and fade away, and the series head to a seventh game. We all know that 0-3 comebacks in the NHL don’t happen that often, but it was on everyone’s mind. Well, the Bruins wer...

Eastern Conference Semifinal Preview: Caps vs. Bolts

Click here to see full-sized graphic The Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning have taken road to the Eastern Conference Semifinals that are both different and similar in certain ways. It was a season of catharsis for both teams. The Capitals lost a personally embarrassing series to the Montreal Canadiens last year, and head coach Bruce Boudreau decided that wasn’t going to happen again, putting in place a defensive system that would limit, maybe even stifle the offensive output of the amazing European talent on that team, but also ensure that they wouldn’t lose when they didn’t have to. The result was another successful regular season and Eastern Conference title, an...

Western Conference Semifinal Preview: Sharks vs. Red Wings

Click here to see full-sized graphic It was only a year ago that these two teams met in the exact same round of the playoffs. The San Jose Sharks had won the Western Conference during the regular season, but the Red Wings had finished an uncharacteristic 5th place in the conference. San Jose had defeated the Avalanche in six games, while the Wings had gone the distance with the Coyotes and were spent. The end result? The Sharks would defeat the Wings in that year, 4 games to 1. But despite this, it took them four one goal games to get it done, and the one game the Wings won, well, it was a 7-1 blowout. As we all know, the Sharks would go on to the Western finals to get swept by the soon-...

Western Conference Semifinal Preview: Canucks vs. Predators

Click here to see full-sized graphic The President Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks look to avoid the hangover from defeating their long-time rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, in an emotional seven-game series that had everything from injuries, to suspensions, to returns, to blow outs and even a few jobs on the line. Unfortunately, standing in the way are the Nashville Predators, a rugged, hard working team with a Vezina candidate and a Norris candidate ensuring that it won’t be easy for Canada’s only remaining team. Can the Canucks prevail, or will the Predators surprise everyone once again? Blogger Showdown: Jonathan Szekeres, James Edgington vs. Greg Duley Related Posts: - Na...

Broadcasting Unprofessionalism at its Worst

Forget that I’m a Flyers fan. Forget that the Flyers are going up against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Semifinal round. Forget about all of that for a second. The following argument is based solely on professionalism in broadcasting. In case you didn't know what I do, I’m a hockey broadcaster for Millersville University’s hockey team, and a counselor at Scholastic Play by Play Camps. These camps teach kids the art of sportscasting through people who have done it before (such as myself) and actual professionals in the business. I’m a proud graduate of this camp. As a hockey broadcaster, I was taught over and over again that professionalism should come first. The...

Conference Semifinal Preview - Can it Top the First Round?

By Scott Lowe Well, somehow I managed to go seven-for-eight with my first-round picks, nailing the correct number of games in two of the series. Not sure how that happened, because halfway through I thought I might get three or four right at best. Only missed on the Red Wings, but that was a huge swing and a miss. Detroit came out with much more energy than I expected and sustained it. Of course who knew that Bryzgalov would become a sieve or that Phoenix would try to run and gun with the skilled Wings? Ah, the beauty of postseason hockey. So, instead of leaving well-enough alone, here goes for Round 2: Western Conference Semifinal Predictions Vancouver (1) vs. Nashville (5) It rema...

2011 Conference Semifinals Preview

With my beloved Pittsburgh Penguins now eliminated from Stanley Cup contention (and free to rest their healing stars without outsiders clamouring for a Sidney Crosby return to make a full-fledged Cup run at the risk of his long-term career and health), the time has come to analyze the upcoming second round of playoff hockey. If it's even half as entertaining as the first round was, hockey fans worldwide are in for a treat, full of pulse-pounding, heart-stopping action that only the Stanley Cup Playoffs can provide. ----- EASTERN CONFERENCE ----- #1 Washington Capitals vs. #5 Tampa Bay Lightning Washington's offensive firepower will be too much for the Lightning to handle, who will e...

Second-Round Playoff Preview

With the first round over, it's time for Round 2. EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS ( 1 ) Washington Capitals vs. ( 5 ) Tampa Bay Lightning This is the second playoff series between Washington and Tampa Bay. 2003, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Tampa Bay wins series 4-2 ( 2 ) Philadelphia Flyers vs. ( 3 ) Boston Bruins This is the sixth playoff series between Philadelphia and Boston. 1974, Stanley Cup Finals: Philadelphia wins series 4-2 1976, League Semifinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-1 1977, League Semifinals: Boston wins series 4-0 1978, League Semifinals: Boston wins series 4-1 2010, Eastern Conference Semifinals: Philadelphia wins series 4-3, having overcome an 0-3 se...