The Dallas Stars clinched a playoff berth for the first time in eight years, while it has been a while since the Stars tasted post season hockey, this will be an exciting time for the young Stars team. Once you make the post season, anything can happen and the Stars have about as good a chance as anyone else in the playoffs. Because it is about getting hot when it matters most.
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Dallas Stars currently on the outside looking in, for playoff spot
The Dallas stars are so very close to being in the playoff sport, as of the 27th, they are three points out of the last playoff spot in the west. While they have been playing good hockey and could be in position to make the playoffs, they are going to need some help at this point, because they only have one game left against the team in front of them.
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The appearance of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals surprises absolutely no one; they opened the season with 24 straight games recoding a point, obliterating the previous record of 17. Since 24 games represented a full one half of the entire lockout shortened season, they had essentially won their division before the first month was even over. By the time they lost their first game on March 8th they had a stranglehold on the entire Western Conference.
Boston, on the other hand, has flown under the radar all year. They faced questions about their defensive core midseason and a minor goalie controversy. At the deadline, they got left at the altar by Jarome Iginla and were minutes away from elimination against the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. It isn’t unfair or inappropriate to state that Boston’s appearance in the Finals is surprising.
Even more shocking is how they did it. Continue reading →
Let’s not kid ourselves about how this turns out. The Penguins season ended Wednesday night when Patrice Bergeron deftly took a feed from Brad Marchand and tucked it inside the far post behind Tomas Vokoun.
No iron this time, nothing but net.
League rules require the Penguins and Bruins to play until Boston wins its fourth game, but that’s really a formality at this point. The eternal optimists in Pittsburgh will point out the Bruins blew a 3-0 lead in a series as recently as 2010, but that actually makes them less likely to do it again, not more-so. If anything the historic collapse against the Flyers taught them exactly how to avoid it. Continue reading →
I came to terms with the Penguins place in the NHL a few years ago.
They are the Yankees, LA Lakers and the Patriots.
They are the team that die-hard fans outside of Pittsburgh loathe with a visceral hatred usually reserved for Nazi’s, root canals and tofu. Continue reading →