After a hard hitting night of hockey yesterday, we get the privilege of another night of awesome hockey. Will two teams lose their dream to hoist the Stanley Cup tonight? Or will we only say goodbye to one? So that being said, let’s look a little closer at these games tonight.
When the Penguins went up 3-1 in this series, many believed that this series was over and the Penguins were going to Eastern Conference Finals. But, the Rangers wouldn’t’ allow it and stormed back. The New York team won both Game 5 and 6 and look to make the comeback complete. But let’s be careful! Never, in its history the Rangers came back from a 3-1 deficit. Can the Rangers keep up their momentum to pull off their biggest comeback in team history?
New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins – May 2014
Home ice. Home ice has been the name of the game in this series. Each team been victorious on their home ice against the other team. The Blackhawks hold a 3-2 advantage over the Wild going back to Minnesota to play Game 6. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have both been solid in this series with two goals apiece while, Zach Parise prove to be very good for the Wild with four points in the series. However, the Blackhawks probably have had the MVP in this postseason with Bryan Bickell, scoring six goals this postseason, tied for postseason league leaders, including four of them in this series. Let’s look for Left Winger Matt Cooke who made immediate impact in Game 4 and will certainly make a difference in Game 6.
Blackhawks are looking to make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals to potentially win back-to-back Stanley Cups. The Wild will try their best to make sure that doesn’t happen as both teams try to advance to the Western Conference Finals. While the Rangers and Penguins have to lay it all on the line. It’s either win or go home for both teams. Should be another exciting night of hockey. Enjoy guys!
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Most hockey fans will tell you that there is nothing like playoff hockey. Any game can change in an instant by one single shot. With the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs coming to a close, let’s take a look at tonight closing games.
Two of the original six teams in the NHL have not disappointed in this series. This is the 34th time these two have fought each other in the playoffs, which is also an NHL record! Let’s mention that two of the five games going into overtime (one went into double OT!). But, Boston was able to take a 3-2 lead on their home ice this weekend with a very impressive win and now look to close out this series in Montreal. The Bruins do have all of the momentum going into Montreal especially winning the past two games but expect the Canadians to bring everything they got tonight! They certainly do not want to lose on their home ice, especially against a rival like the Boston Bruins.
Reilly Smith fighting with David Desharnais
Both teams sure do not like to play on their home ice. The Kings took the first two games in Anaheim against the Ducks. The Ducks return the favor by taking the next two games in Los Angeles. This sets up a pivotal Game 5 between both teams. The winner will have a 3-2 advantage going forward in the series and close to 80% of teams leading 3-2, go on to win the series outright! There shouldn’t be any doubt that Jonathan Quick will be back in net for the Kings for Game 5. But how about the 20 year old AHL call up John Gibson for the Ducks? Gibson had an incredible game in Game 4 making 28 saves for his team as the Ducks shut out the Kings. Let’s wait and see what this game has to offer.
Boston will look to close out their series tonight while the Canadians have already showed us what they are capable of. But let’s not forget about the Freeway Face-Off, where one team can put themselves in a great position to move on to the Western Conference Finals. We will find out tonight.
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Wow, NBA Playoffs have been phenomenal so far! From the multiple overtime games we’ve experienced, buzzer beaters, fake buzzer beaters, 4 point plays, and now, the Bobcats losing. Sorry Bobcats fans, we love you! After all, we are all close to a nervous breakdown, right? NHL fans included!
Anyway, we got a bunch of fun stuff this weekend! Obviously we’ll keep an eye open on the end of the first round for the NBA playoffs and the beginning of the second round of the NHL playoffs! But that’s not it! The first leg of the Triple Crown begins on Saturday with the Kentucky Derby and Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana will fight for WBA Welterweight Title. Prepare yourself for an action packed weekend!
Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to find a bar to watch your game!
A sneak peak of this weekend’s schedule (May 2-4):