2013 Stanley Cup Champions

25 June 2013 Leave a comment

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Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2013 Stanley Cup as the NHL Champions.

The Hawks scored two goals near the end of Game 6 to defeat the Boston Bruins to win the series 4-2.

Patrick Kane wins the Conn Symthe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

I am surprised this year to have picked the winner in the correct number of games. So, I finished with 10-5 record with 86 games played out of 92 games predicted.

Cannot wait for next season to begin in October.

2013 NHL Awards – Part II

16 June 2013 Leave a comment

Last night prior to Game 2 of 2013 Stanley Cup, the NHL announced the remaining winners of the 2013 NHL Awards.  Story here.

2013 Hart Trophy winner:Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals My pick: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2013 Calder Memorial Trophy winner: Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers. My pick: Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks.

2013 Norris Trophy winner: P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens.  My pick: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

 

2013 Vezina Trophy winner: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets My pick: Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers

2013 Ted Lindsay Award winner: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins My pick:Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

As I stated yesterday, picking awards winners is difficult.  But, all finalists and winners deserve congratulations on their great season.

2013 NHL Awards Winners – Part I

15 June 2013 Leave a comment

Last night on NHL Network, the NHL announced the winners of several awards.  Story here.

Here are the winners along with my picks.

2013 Selke Trophy winner: Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, my pick was Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.

2013 Jack Adams Award winner:Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators, my pick was Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks.

2013 Lady Byng Trophy winner:Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, my pick was Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks

2013 Bill Masterton Trophy winner: Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding, my pick was Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

2013 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award winner: Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson.  Did not pick a winner.

2013 NHL General Manager of the Year Award winner: Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero.  Did not pick a winner.

Well, picking awards winners is difficult.  But, all finalists and winner deserve congratulations on their great season.

Update 16 June 2013:

Two other awards were also award on Friday, they were:

2013 NHL Foundation Player Award winner: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

2013 King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

2013 Stanley Cup Finals

10 June 2013 Leave a comment

The NHL has announced the schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.  It is the first Original Six Series in the Cup Final since 1979.  It should be a very competitive and exciting series to watch this year.  Here is the schedule:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013 8 p.m. BOSTON AT CHICAGO
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013 8 p.m. BOSTON AT CHICAGO
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013 8 p.m. CHICAGO AT BOSTON
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 8 p.m. CHICAGO AT BOSTON
*SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 8 p.m. BOSTON AT CHICAGO
*MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013 8 p.m. CHICAGO AT BOSTON
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013 8 p.m. BOSTON AT CHICAGO

The games will be broadcasted on NBC or NBC Sports Network in the States and CBC and RDS in Canada.

During the Finals, the winners to the 2013 NHL awards will be announced.

So, which team do I think will it this year?

I’m definitely think the Hawks are the team to beat.  They have proven it all season with someone stepping up each game.  Penalty killing has been outstanding this playoff run as well as goal tending.  Corey Crawford is definitely leading candidate for the Conn Symthe Trophy if the Hawks win.  Better results on the power play, winning face-offs, and controlling the neutral zone during 5 on 5 will be keys for Hawks.

The Bruins playoff run this year has been the production of their top forwards.  This would need to continue against the Hawks especially on the power play.  Like the Hawks, the Bruins goal tending has been solid as well.  The health of their defense will be a key factor in this series.  It will take another team effort like they did against the Penguins to beat the Hawks this year.  If the Bruins win the series, the leading Conn Symthe contenders would be Tuuka Rusk or any one of the top forwards.

I like the Hawks in 6.

2013 Western Conference Champions

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Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the Campbell Bowl as the NHL Western Conference Champions.

Patrick Kane step up last night with a hat trick to help the Blackhawks win this series in 5 games. Since winning the President Trophy, the Hawks look like the favorite team to beat.

It’s going to be Original Six Stanley Cup final series. I am definitely looking forward to a great final series

With this result, I have an overall 9-5 record with 80 games played out of 86 games predicted.

2013 Eastern Conference Champions

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Congratulations to the Boston Bruins on winning the Prince of Wales Trophy as the NHL Eastern Conference Champions.

Although I picked the Pens to win this series in 6, I was impressed with the Bruins’ sweep of the Penguins. They look like a team who wants to win the Stanley Cup this year.

With this results, I am now 8-5 with 75 games played out of 80 games predicted.

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D-Day Anniversary

Today is a important day in history.  It is about the sacrifices made on the beaches of Normandy by our military and those of our Allies.

Ronald Regan speech in 1984 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this event comes to my mind of what these fine men did on this day.  Rush mentions his recent visit to this site here.

It is important to remember it because today many of the remaining survivors of this event are passing away.  Stories here and here.

A special thanks to those who served our country during that time.  Michelle Malkin’s tribute.

 

 

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