Will there be a lock out/strike this year?
Do we really care?
LA vs New Jersey
Blake – LA in 6.
Joseph- New Jersey in 6.
Blake 2012 Playoff record: 8-6
Joseph 2012 Playoff record: 8-6
Scotty breaks it down for David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail:
Scotty Bowman knows where the defensive style that is killing the entertainment value of the NHL playoffs comes from but he doesn’t know if it can be stamped out.
The senior adviser to the Chicago Blackhawks can trace it back to the 1979 playoffs when he was coaching the powerful Montreal Canadiens. Roger Neilson, the innovative head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, saw his team swept by the Habs in the previous year and wanted to avoid a repeat.
Phoenix vs LA
Blake – Kings in 5.
Joseph – Kings in 7.
New Jersey vs New York
Blake – New Jersey in 6.
Joseph – New Jersey in 5.
Blake 2012 Playoff record: 6-6
Joseph 2012 Playoff record: 6-6
From Joseph Hall and Paul Hunter of the Star:
As another Maple Leafs season retreats into ruin, the black-and-white memories of a distant championship, a distant time, become a little more golden.
Toronto fans — now seven seasons without even a playoff appearance — have virtually mythologized the 21 players who stare back from the team’s 1967 Stanley Cup portrait.
They were men of sterner stuff. They brought the city pride while staying humble. They had grace. They had dignity. They won.
What a twisted thing the last round was. Pens, Canucks, Detroit and Chicago gone. We shall have some new kings. As long as it isn’t St. Louis. Hitchcock is a fun killer. He’s never seen a game he didn’t want to slow down.
Los Angeles vs St. Louis
Blake. LA in 6.
Joseph. For the love of offense someone has to stop Hitchcock. LA in 7.
Nashville vs Phoenix
Blake. Nashville in 7.
Joseph. The path is clear for the Preds. Preds in 6.
New York vs Washington
Blake. NY in 6.
Joseph. New York in 5.
New Jersey vs Philadelphia
Blake. Philly in 5.
Joseph. Philadelphia in 6.
Blake 2012 Playoff record: 4-4
Joseph 2012 Playoff record: 4-4
Bye, bye Boston. Bye, bye Tea Party Tim. At one time, say last years’ final, one could cheer for Boston. They were the underdog and Vancouver where a bunch of chippy, diving whiners. But then Thomas blew off the American President. Great, another disgruntled white millionaire. Then one started to observe what a little butthead Marchand is and the Stanley Cup sheen started to wear off.
It took 7 games to decide this one, including 4 in overtime and all of them decided by 1 goal. Washington wanted it more and it showed. What also showed was the unpleasant side of the Bruin fan base. After Wards’ goal, twitter lit up with vile, racist filth. For Joel Ward is a black man and the traditional lunch-pail Bruin faithful, perhaps taking their cue from Thomas’s disregard of Obama, found that fact hard to take.
Black Sports Online is shining a light on the hate. Here we’ll take a look at Joel Ward’s triumph.