Sunday, May 27, 2012

2012 Eastern Conference Finals - Game 6

The New Jersey Devils are headed to the Stanley Cup Final again and this time they defeated arch rival New York Rangers in 6 games 4-2 by winning game 6 in overtime by the score of 3-2.

They will meet the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.  Game one of the Final will be Wednesday May 30th 8pm in New Jersey.  See the game on NBC.

Game 2 will be Saturday June 2nd in New Jersey, with Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday June 4th and Game 4 in LA on Wednesday June 6th.

 The start time for each game will 8pm eastern time.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

2012 Western Conference Finals - Game 5

The LA Kings won the 2012 Western Conference Final with a 4-3 win in Game 5, to win the series 4-1.

This will be the first Stanley Cup Final for the Kings since 1993 when they were led by Wayne Gretzky.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2012 Western Conference Finals

The LA Kings and Phoenix Coyotes will meet in the 2012 Western Conference Finals.  This is the first conference finals for the Kings since 1993, when they were led by Wayne Gretzky and headcoach Barry Melrose.

The Kings swept the ST Louis Blues 4-0


The Phoenix Coyotes knocked off the Nashville Predators 4 games to 1 and advance to their first Western Conference Finals

St. Louis Blues VS Toronto Maple Leafs 1996 - Game 6

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Stanley Cup Playoffs May 2nd 2012

Two games last night and one became an instant classic even though the Rangers won.  The Capitals and Rangers Eastern conference semi-final game 3 went into 3 Overtime periods before it was settled 2-1 and Ranger series lead of 2 games to 1


The Western Conference semi-finals saw the Nashville Predators awaken finally at home in game 3 of their series.   The Preds took a 2-0 victory of the Phoenix Coyotes but the 'Yotes still have a 2-1 series lead.


Happy Birthday Ron Hextall

Today May 3rd is the 48th birthday of former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ron Hextall.  Now normally I wouldnt acknowledge a former Flyer since I am a Penguins man but I will make and exception today.   Hextall was no ordinary goalie, he played like a ticked off bull moose and had no problems fighting anyone or slashing anyone with his stick, much like Billy Smith of the Islanders.
Hextall was called by Wayne Gretzky.."the greatest goaltender I have ever played against".

In his rookie year of 1987 Hextall led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals against Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers and pushed the high scoring Oilers to 7 games.   That effort in goal earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs and became only the 4th player from the losing team to be named MVP.  Later that summer Hextall was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHLs top goaltender for the 1986-87 season.
He was also a 3 time winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers MVP (1987,1988,1989)

Today he is the General Manager of the AHL Manchester Monarchs, the top minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stanley Cup Playoff Highlights April 30th 2012

St Louis gets pushed around and scored on by the surprise LA Kings in game 2 of their second round series
 The Washington Capitals survive on a great save Henri Crossbar in the wanings seconds of game 2 of their 2nd round series against the New York Rangers.