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Denver's Channel 4 sports reporter just butchered the names of Lucic and Bickell in reporting on the game. Embarrassing. He is about to interview Joe Sakic, maybe he can get that right. (Messed up Steve Darcis' name as well, but that is somewhat understandable.)
Sweet finish! Congrats to the Hawks. They stepped up and snatched it away when it looked to be going 7. Maybe now Crawford can afford to purchase a better glove Seriously though, happy for all of them. No shame for Boston, they turned a mediocre season in to a great result. Well done by both teams.
To quote everyone else - Wow, wow & wow. Missed the first period, which sounded like it was mostly Bruins. Watching the second and third period - had two thoughts: which team is going to get the lucky bounce and/or which team will make the big turnover? Just looking at the way the puck was moving around and the way the neutral zone was clogged up, it really felt like it was going to be some chance deflection would wind up on somebody's stick and that would be the game-breaker. Thought for sure we were heading back to Chicago when Crawford put up that horrible clearing pass that lead to Boston's second goal. Who woulda thought that the Hawks would get both a big turnover and a lucky bounce in the space of 17 seconds at the end of the game?
My .02: Rask was the MVP. Know they don't often give it out to a player from the losing team, but the Conn Symth is supposed to be for the entire playoffs and Rask gets my vote as the player that carried Boston to the finals.
Oh I too feel for the poor Boston fans.
Well now that that is over...
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in spectacular fashion in consecutive seasons. There are questions about their goaltending and about the construction of their team.
And yet, somewhat predictably, the Penguins have been established as the favorite for the 2014 Stanley Cup via gambling odds-maker Bovada.
Couldn't agree with you more on the Jagr thing but I wonder about Ference. They didn't say he requested to be traded or anything just that he was not returning. I am sure it will come out on one of the sports channels sooner than later.
They are both UFA's (Unrestricted Free Agents) and can go to any team they want to.
Bruins (along with just about every other NHL team) have serious cap space issues for next year. http://www.capgeek.com/bruins/
They have only 5.8 million to sign Horton and Rask and any others (Jagr, Ferrence, Redden, etc.) Given that Horton made 5.5 this year and Rask 3.5 (and will get a good raise), they'll be losing some more players.
Bartkowski played pretty well in a fill-in job for Ference and Hamilton will develop as time goes on so there is a couple of Defenseman that can step in. They have a pretty tough farm system in Providence and have some good prospects as well. I got a few opportunities to see them play when they faced our local Worcester Sharks,obviously the San Jose AHL team. Time will tell and we'll see what kind of moves they make, it will be interesting to say the least.
glad to see the team I like win the cup but I really thought the Bruins would come out on top[.
Only complaint is Patrick Kane for Conn Smythe ?? He's exciting to watch when he is in form But didn't selectors watch the play of Kieth Toews Secord Hossa Sharp or Crawford in the entire run. Could have been a better pick. And please make this the last cup presentation by Bettman he's an embarrassment to hockey .
Abbreviated season produced some of the most exciting hockey in years, not just the finals.
Inflation of pro sports (82 games NBA, NHL, maybe 18 games NFL, 20000 games MLB) might be good for owners but it delivers inferior product. After all, players are humans - well paid at that. Shorter season = better product = less profit = problem of pro sports
Reflecting on the season - no other team in recent memory dominated the way the Blackhawks did this year (win streak to start the season and will power to finish it off). Well done !!!
Miami Heat is close second (100 or so game win streak) but still can not stand them !!!
And speaking of dominating performances in competition format, let's not forget Ted Ligety !!!
Taught the kids how to skate today. Chance of Snow wants to learn to play hockey. We'll start with a couple of free skates, then try a couple stick and puck sessions. If there is enough money and he still wants to do it next year we may try a kids league.
Lil sis likes skating too!