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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.

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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.

2015 NHL Eastern Conference Champions

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Tampa Bay Captain Steve Stamkos accepts Prince of Wales trophy Source : Yahoo Sports

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Lightning on winning the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference champions.  Tampa Bay defeated last year’s Eastern Conference champion, New York Rangers, 4-3.  The Lightning will play the winner of the Western Conference Finals next Wednesday.

2013 Lady Byng Trophy Finalists

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

NHL announced the finalists for the 2013 Lady Byng Trophy. The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.  This year’s finalists are Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

I would not be surprised to see Martin St Louis win it, but I would like to see Patrick Kane win this year.

 

2013 Lindsay Award Finalists

Hal Lindsay Award (formerly Lester B. Pearson Award)

NHL announced this past Thursday the finalists for the 2013 Ted Lindsay Award.  Lindsay Award, formerly named Lester B Pearson Award, is given annually to most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association. This year’s finalists are  Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington CapitalsAlex Ovechkin and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The winner will be announced during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Crosby and Ovechkin are battle for several trophies this year.  One of these two will win it.  But, which one will likely sweep?  My guess would be on Sidney Crosby.

2012 NHL Awards

10 April 2012 Leave a comment

Here are the known 2011-2012 NHL Awards winners to date:

President Trophy (League best club)
Vancouver Canucks

Art Ross Trophy (League scoring champion)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin

Maurice Richard Trophy (League’s top goal scorer)
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos

William Jennings Trophy (Club surrendered the fewest goals)
St Louis Blues goaltenders Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak

Campbell and Prince of Wales Trophy winners will be known when the Conference Finals are played in May.  Later this month, NHL will announce the nominees for the remaining awards this month. These award winners will be announced at NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas upon the conclusion of the playoffs.

In the mean time, check out this article at NHL.com about the 2011-2012 Season by the numbers.

2011 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals

Well, the Easter Conference Semi-Finals ended quickly this week in sweeps.

In reviewing my Eastern Conference picks, I picked only one winner, Boston.  So, I am 1-1 in this round, 6-4 overall.  I predicted that  these series would go 6 games but they were both sweeps.  So, I am +4 in total games in this round, +3 overall.

#3 vs. #5

Well it has been awhile for both teams, 19 years for Boston and 7 years since Tampa Bay won the Cup, to make the Conference Finals.  The Lightning showed how dangerous they are by sweeping their division rivals Washington.  Everything seems to be clicking for this young team.  Question is will they have enough to get to the Finals.

After getting past their nemesis from last year, Philadelphia, Boston has two issues to date.  A power play that scored only two goals and injury to one of their top players, Patrice Bergeron.  Otherwise, Boston has played like a solid team 5 on 5.

Both net minders has been playing well for their respective teams.  They are the two top goal tenders in the East with nearing identical goals against average and save percentage.  Tampa Bay’s top veteran players are the top two in scoring for the playoffs.  The Lightnings unique defense has stop two offensive minded team to date, can they make it three?

Yet, the ingredients to a championship are solid scoring lines, commitment to defense, and outstanding goal tending.  Although both teams have these ingredients, Boston has the edge.

My pick: Boston in 6.