Pens Beat Wings in Game 4

What a game! The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Pittsburgh crowd was fun to watch, both inside and outside the arena. And, Eugeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby came through big time. They’re so much fun to watch. Malkin never ceases to amaze me in this series.

Kudos to the Penguins. The Series goes back to Detroit for Game 5 on Saturday. It’ll be telecast on NBC. Actually, from what I heard on NHL Live! today (broadcast on NHL Network)…the remaining games will be on NBC. This’ll be interesting…:?

Detroit Red Wings Clinch Western Conference Title

The Detroit Red Wings were victors over the Chicago Blackhawks in tonight’s Game 5 of the Western Conference Final Series.  It was the third OT game of the series.  What a game!!  The Blackhawks were phenomenal and the goaltending in both goals was unbelievable. 🙂

The Wings won 2-1 and took home the Campbell Trophy that was awarded for being the Western Conference champs.  Henrik Zetterberg didn’t touch it.   (In contrast, Sidney Crosby touched the Prince of Wales trophy which was awarded the Pittsburgh Penguins upon clinching the Eastern Conference. He’s hoping there will be a turnaround from last year when he didn’t touch it and lost the series.)

The final game of the Western Conference series was played at The Joe (Joe Louis Arena) in Detroit.  We all know what that means…THE HOCKEY SONG!!!  By the way, a BIG “thank you” needs to go out to the announcers of the game – Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie Olczyk (sp?).  They did not speak during the playing of  “The Hockey Song”. How fantastic was that?!  Rock on!

So, without further ado…..

The Hockey Song

Oh, the good old hockey game,

Is the best game you can name

And the best game you can name


Written by Stompin’ Tom Connors

Update..Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semis….

Wow…hockey at its best!!!! I haven’t been on here writing about tkr stuff much lately since the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference SemiFinals are in FULL SWING!! I’m usually too pooped after the games to do any writing. Watching the games takes it out of me. 🙂 (Not an excuse, but reality). The Chicago Blackhawks have advanced to the Conference Finals by beating the Vancouver Canucks. Kudos to the Hawks! It’s great seeing an Original Six team advance to this stage.

And….there is a Game 7 on tonight (in 40 minutes!) between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. This has been such an exciting series. Of course, it is pure magic watching Sidney Crosby go against Alex Ovechkin. And, Malkin rocks – plus a swarm of others doing amazing things on ice. Fantastic…..:)

Tomorrow night (Thursday, May 14) is Game 7 between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings AT THE JOE!!! (Joe Louis Arena). WOOHOO!! It is great that Detroit has home ice advantage. That is going to be one great game. Yesterday’s match was a great game, but Anaheim tied the series. And, the ensuing brawl after the last whistle was very entertaining. 🙂 Anaheim can only push the Wings so far….and then…BOOM!!

There’s nothing like Game 7 playoff hockey to get the blood flowing. 🙂

No Hockey Song lyrics today due to yesterday’s loss to Anaheim. 🙁
Get ready for a GREAT GAME 7 showdown!!!

Pittsburgh Penguins V Washington Capitals – 2 Hat Tricks!!

What a fantastic game! Versus did a great job broadcasting it. “Doc” Emrick is such a delight to listen to. It is no wonder he’s in the Broadcaster Hall of Fame. Not only is he informative, quick, and passionate – he’s entertaining. That’s quite a combination. While broadcasting during this game, he called the Pittsburgh fans there “infiltrators”. 🙂

Anyways…. Both Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) had hat tricks. That is a rare occurrence, having two hat tricks in one game during the playoffs.

Seeing that the game was played in Washington, the ice was covered with hats when Ovechkin scored.

When Crosby scored, there was one hat thrown. That just tickles me silly. 🙂

Washington is up 2-0 in the series.

2009 NHL All Star Game

Well, the final tally for this year’s NHL All Star Game lineup is in. And…it’s absurd. The East Team consists of two players from the Pittsburgh Penguins (Sidney Crosby and Eugene Malkin) and the remaining four from the Montreal Canadiens (“HABS”). That makes a lot of sense.

As far as the West goes – it’s only Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks players. There are no Detroit Red Wings nor San Jose Sharks – first and second rated teams in the Conference. That makes a lot of sense.

Up until last year I was recommending to nonhockey fans that they need to watch the NHL All Star Game to get a feel for the sport of ice hockey. There were no body checks nor fighting in the Game, and that was the main point I was trying to make. The NHL All Star Game showed the skill and beauty of the sport. That recommendation has changed…

Last year’s game was a joke. It was nothing but embarrassing and infuriating to see the media turn a world class goalie (Manny Legace) into a clown by miking his helmet. How absolutely absurd can one get. The media has gotten totally out of control, in my opinion. The announcer was carrying on a conversation with Legace while the goalie was trying to play the game. And…a goal was scored. Go figure.

The NHL All Star Game has been turning into nothing but a media circus and this year is the final straw. It has turned into nothing but a popularity contest with the fans voting for their “favorite”. Montreal fans obviously pumped/spammed the voting results. I have nothing against the Montreal Canadiens nor their fans…they just need to get a grip on reality. Due to disrespectful behavior on their part, the best player in the sport – Alex Ovechkin – is not in the starting lineup. Spare me.

When I saw the players voted to this year’s starting team…I vowed not to watch the media spectacle.

I have known for a long time that there is a rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens. Now I know why. I thought the Montreal hockey fans liked the sport of hockey more than this.

Game 3 of NHL Stanley Cup

What a game! The Pittsburgh Penguins won 3-2, so that the Detroit Red Wings lead the series 2-1.  Good for Pittsburgh.  They were playing like the team we are used to seeing.  There were good hits (even though the one against Holmstrom was uncalled for), fantastic speed, and good puck possession by the Penguins.

It’s entertaining to see Sidney Crosby score.  He’s so much fun to watch, with such skill and talent.

I’m sure there are many hockey fans glad to see that the Stanley Cup is not a sweep.


NHL Media Ramblings

Sidney Crosby is a great hockey player, without a doubt. I just wish the media would leave the poor kid alone. Let him do his job. He’s part of a team, not an individual enigma. That ad stating “the entire games rests on the shoulders of a kid” is absolutely sickening. Leave the kid alone.

Don’t get me wrong…I love watching him play, I know he is a remarkable player, and how he conducts himself at such a young age is remarkable. His maturity level is way beyond his age.

That is it for my rambling of the day.