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2010-11 Stanley Cup Pick

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by davepoleck

Didn’t do too bad by picking the Flyers to win last year. Although it wasn’t the way I expected them to get there (that’s right, I didn’t predict them to make the Playoffs on the last day, upset NJ and then come back from an 0-3 series deficit from Boston), they still ended up two wins away from Lord Stanley.

Are you ready for my prediction this year……. Continue reading

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2010 Finals

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2010 by davepoleck

Ben Eager Ben Eager #55 of the Chicago Blackhawks fights for the puck against Lukas Krajicek #2 of the Philadelphia Flyers in front of the goal of Michael Leighton #49 of the Flyers in Game Three of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Last night, I ended up watching one of the mezmorizing games from last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. I thought that series was absolutely epic. It was definitely more exciting than the past two season, in which Detroit dominated Pittsburgh in ’08, then dominated them again in ’09 before losing four of five games at the hands of the trap.

The skill and storylines in this series were unreal. Skill players in the series (aka player who would probably be on the top line in Toronto):

For Philly: Briere, Richards, Carter, Gagne, Pronger, Timonen, Leino, Hartnell, Giroux and van Riemsdyk.

For Chicago: Toews, Kane, Keith, Hossa, Sharp, Bolland, Campbell, Seabrook, Versteeg and Byfuglien.

Not to mention other storylines like the awesome play of Hartnell-Briere-Leino,  Hossa’s Cup curse, Pronger vs Byfuglien, Niemi vs Leighton, Richards vs Toews, Bolland vs everyone and definitely not the least, Cup drought vs even longer Cup drought.

All in all it was a great Final and one can only hope we get something half as good in 2010-11. My prediction coming early next week.

NHL.com Videos

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by davepoleck

A few videos from NHL.com.

The final History Will Be Made commercial recapping the Hawks’ run, conveniently titled History Was Made:

http://bit.ly/bYjg3X

CBC’s Toast to the Playoffs that aired after the final game to the tune of “Tonight, Tonight”:

http://bit.ly/99TrIB

No Superstitions for Flyers

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

This gives me the feeling that the Flyers feel like they have nothing to lose. They also know that they are the clear underdogs in this series, so why not play around with something as stupid as not touching the Campbell or Wales Trophy. Chris Pronger said on the Fan yesterday that he told Richards to “do whatever he wants” when he accepts the Trophy, they both know that something like touching a trophy is not going to affect whether they win the Cup.

Round 3 Predictions

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by davepoleck

Alright I’m getting back on track after a busy weekend. For  the record, I would have picked Philly for Game 7 Friday night. Also for the record, I went 0-4 in my second picks, after going 6 for 8 in round 1. Oh well….I’m keeping this short…

Chicago Blackhawks vs San Jose Sharks

Too many fast forwards for the Sharks’ slower defense I think. I know Chicago had its’ issues earlier in the playoffs, but they are rolling now after lighting up Luongo. The second coming of Christ, Joe Pavelski, also slowed way down in the late stages of Round 2, so his nine goals may just have been a slight aberration.

Prediction: Chicago in six

Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers

Who would have thought? The seventh seed vs the eighth seed, winner getting a one way trip to a Stanley Cup Final loss. One team beat the two best teams in the East, the other just came back from a 3-0 series deficit to make history. At the beginning of the season, I picked the Flyers to win the Cup….

Prediction: Philly in seven

Top Concussion Hits

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by davepoleck

I think we can all agree that the NHL needs to somehow take head shots out of the game. But I find it pointless for me to go into a big spiel as to what should be done because in the end it will just be a wasted effort as Colin Campbell will probably not give a very long suspension.  That is just how the NHL rolls. So with that said, I am just going to post some of the better CLEAN knockout hits from my recent memory:

Stevens on Kozlov: Game 2 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals. This was the first of many Stevens’ knockouts and the third of many Wings’ upsets in the 1990’s.

Kasparaitis on Lindros: 1998 regular season. Ouch.

Stevens on Lindros: Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Finals. The Flyers led this series 3-1 with no Eric Lindros in the lineup. After a Devils’ win in Game 5, Lindros returned for Game 6 in New Jersey. Broduer was amazing in the next two games, winning both 2-1, but the lasting image is Scott Stevens absolutely crushing The Big E as he cut across the trolly tracks.

Stevens on Francis: 2001 Eastern QFs. Another clean check by Stevens.

Stevens on Kariya: Game 6 of 2003 Stanley Cup Finals. This game just couldn’t have been written better. I think this is probably the best one on this list because of its’ significance to me. While I remember the other Stevens’ hits, I was pretty young when they happened. This one, I was right into it because I really hated the Ducks for knocking out the Wings that year. After the hit and subsequent return by Kariya, I was chanting Go Ducks Go during Game 7 (which I spend at Copps watching the Bulldogs lose Game 7 to Houston….who the fuck decided put two Game 7s on one night…idiots).

Tucker on Sami Kapanen: Game 6 of 2004 Eastern Conference Semis. Awesome reaction by Kapanen, then even awesomer (sp?) goal moments later to knock out the Leafs in what was their most recent playoff game.

D. Markov on Stoll: 2006 regular season. Awesome hit…awesomer goal right after.

Campbell on Umberger: Game 1 of 2006 East QFs. Ohhhhhhh!! Maybe this is why Chicago gave him a bucket load of money for 8 years.

Armstrong on Patrick Eaves: Game 3 of 2007 East QFs. One of the only good things the Penguins did in this series.

Kronwall on Havlat: Game 3 of 2009 West Conference Finals. Another one of Kronwall’s many monstrous hits. I am still pissed he got a 5 minute major for interference of all things. The Hawks survived squandering a 3-0 lead in the game and won in overtime, but we all know who won in the end.