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2016 Stanley Cup Champions

13 June 2016 Leave a comment
Pittsburgh Penguins players and coaches pose for photos with the Stanley Cup after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Penguins won 3-1 to win the series 4-2. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images via AP, Pool)

Pittsburgh Penguins players and coaches pose for photos with the Stanley Cup after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Penguins won 3-1 to win the series 4-2. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images via AP, Pool)

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins on winning the 2016 Stanley Cup. The Penguins defeated San Jose Sharks last night in Game 6 of the series, 3-1 and winning the series 4-2. It is the fourth championship for the Penguins in the franchise history.  Congratulations to Sidney Crosby on winning the Conn Symthe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

At first, I felt that gave it to him out of popularity, but his contribution in the last game probably gave it to him.  I thought his teammates, Phil Kessel or Matt Murray, had far more contributions in leading the team to winning their fourth Cup.  But, it is not about the best player in all the series, but the one would made most impact in the final series.

So alas, I guess it is alright to touch the Prince of Wales trophy before the Finals.

 

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2016 NHL Eastern Conference Champions

May 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly (L) presents the Prince of Wales trophy to Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14), center Sidney Crosby (C), and center Evgeni Malkin (71) after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to win the Eastern Conference Championship in game seven of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

May 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly (L) presents the Prince of Wales trophy to Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14), center Sidney Crosby (C), and center Evgeni Malkin (71) after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to win the Eastern Conference Championship in game seven of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins on winning the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference champions.  The Penguins defeated last year’s Eastern Conference champion, Tampa Bay Lightning, last night 2-1 and winning the series 4-3.  The Penguins will play the the Western Conference Champion, San Jose Sharks, next Monday in Pittsburgh.  Good luck to both teams.

2016 NHL Western Conference Champions

May 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; The San Jose Sharks stand with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 to win the Western Conference Finals of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

May 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; The San Jose Sharks stand with the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 to win the Western Conference Finals of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to the San Jose Sharks on winning the Campbell Bowl as the NHL Western Conference last night by defeating St Louis Blues in best of seven, 4-2. The Sharks will play the winner of the Eastern Conference, Pittsburg Penguins or Tampa Bay Lightning, on Monday. It will be their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.

2015 Stanley Cup Champions

16 June 2015 Leave a comment

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Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2015 Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks defeated Tampa Bay Lightning last night in Game 6 of the series, 2-0 and winning the series 4-2. It is the third championship for the Hawks in the last 6 years. It is the first time in 77 years that the Hawks won the Cup on home ice. Congratulations to Duncan Keith on winning the Conn Symthe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.  It was the ninth time a defenseman won it.

 

Looking forward for a repeat performance in 2016.

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