NHL’s Second Season Begins Tonight!

Posted: April 13, 2011 by ksteets in hockey, Sports
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Hayden Panettiere shows us why everyone loves Lord Stanley's Cup and why it's good to be Vladamir Klitschko

The chase for the most celebrated prize in sports begins tonight. The NHL may not be the biggest sport around but it’s famed championship trophy, The Stanley Cup, is the most coveted. Unlike championship trophies from the NFL, MLB and NBA, Lord Stanley’s Cup is not made every year. The trophy is given to the winning team and each player and member of the staff gets their day in the sun with it during the NHL off-season. Stories from eating cereal out if it, feeding the dog or even baptizing a child in it have been circulated since this unofficial tradition began.

Tonight, ten of the sixteen teams that made it to the playoffs stop shaving and begin their quest for the cup.

The Brothers Niedermayer sporting their Stanley Cup winning beards

 

The Vancouver Canucks won the President’s Trophy, ending the season with the most points of any NHL team, and are trying to win the first championship in the franchise’s history as the take on last season’s champs, The Chicago Blackhawks.

The Washington Capitals, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, take on the eighth seeded New York Rangers who squeaked into the post season this year after being locked out of last years playoffs on the final day of the season. Washington, like Vancouver are chasing their first championship while the Rangers last Cup win was in 1994.

Also in action tonight, Hockeytown’s Detroit Red Wings take on the Phoenix Coyote’s for the second post season in a row. Last year’s series went a full seven games.

The number four and five seeds in each conference square up in Pittsburgh as The Penguins take on The Tampa Bay Lightning and in Anaheim as The Ducks face Carrie Underwood and The Nashville Predators. The Penguins are playing without two of their superstar players, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Malkin is not scheduled to return at all while there has been no timetable set for Crosby’s return, though the playoffs are not being ruled out.

On Thursday night the action continues with the fiercest rivalry on the ice. Two of the original six, The Montreal Canadians and The Boston Bruins, start battling for the 33rd time in their playoffs. The Canadians have won the NHL Championship 24 times and are looking for another, while Boston is trying  to forget their epic collapse in round two last year against The Philadelphia Flyers.

"Piss on Eddie Shore"

The Flyers themselves finished second in the East and will start tomorrow night against The Buffalo Sabres, who hope their superstar goalie, Ryan Miller, is close to 100% after being injured towards the end of the season. The Flyers embarrassed The Bruins last year after coming back from a 3 game deficit to take the seven game series and advance, eventually loosing in the finals to Chicago.

The final series to start is only the second time in NHL history to have two teams from California to face off against each other as The San Jose Sharks take on The L.A. Kings. For the first time in the NHL all three teams that call California home have made the post season.

Coverage starts tonight on The VS Network with Detroit/Phoenix at 7pm followed by Vancouver/Chicago at 10pm. The New York market can catch the Rangers/Caps game at 7:30pm on MSG+.

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Comments
  1. frankthetank44 says:

    Didn’t Jackie Martling drop a deuce in the Cup??

  2. Weston says:

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