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NHL Playoffs :: Halfway Review

May 14, 2012

2 rounds are done and 2 rounds are left to go in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. So far almost every series has surprised everyone. 4 out of the top-5-ranked teams have been knocked out! All the Superstars are heading for the golf courses and the only teams left relying heavily on the goaltenders to win. We’re halfway through, let’s do a review…

King Klowns

LA Kings Power ForwardDustin DuckCourtesy of the NHL

The biggest surprise in the Playoffs so far are the LA Kings. The Kings barely squeaked into the Playoffs, clinching a spot on the final day of the regular season. However, they blew past the Vancouver “President Trophy winners” Canucks, and then they swept the #2 St Louis Blues. How are they doing it and will Cinderella become a King at the end of the story?

Scorched Superstars

The Best Player in the NHLClaude GirouxCourtesy of the NHL

 The best series of the Playoffs was definitely the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. Claude Giroux showed everyone that he is the new greatest player in the NHL dumping Sydney Crosby over and over. Claude scored so many points already, that he might be the first player ever to win the playoffs scoring title after getting knocked out of the playoffs in the second round!

Subway Series

Devils Rangers MatchupSubway SeriesCourtesy of the NHL

The New York Rangers are the only top ranked team left in the playoffs. They’re up for a subway series in the semi-finals with the New Jersey Devils. Lucky New York fans are guaranteed one team in the Stanley Cup Finals.  There is definitely going to be some parties in Manhattan in June!

Cup for Coyotes?

Coyotes for SaleCoyote PrideCourtesy of the NHL

Finally, how the heck did the Phoenix Coyotes make it to the Semi-Finals? They have the worst fan support in the NHL and the team is probably going to be sold to Quebec in the next couple of years. Hopefully they lose to the Kings so we don’t remember the Coyotes as the team that won the Cup and then hightailed it out of Dodge.

Goalie Greats

Final Four Goalies4 Top GunsCourtesy of the NHL

The goalies have been the real reasons why these 4 unsuspected semi-finalists have made it this far. THe NHL is now dominated by the goaltender. If your goalie is hot, you can pretty much beat any team. Here are the candidates for this year's MVP:

  • Jonathon "I'm Quick" Quick - LA Kings
  • Mike "Don't call me Mike" Smith - Phoenix Coyotes
  • Henrik "the Swedish Sunflower" Lundquist - New York Rangers
  • Martin "I'm not old, I'm 40, oh yeah, I guess that is old..." Brodeur - New Jersey Devils

Have Your Say

What do you think about all these NHL upsets? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Sports In The Forums

Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
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How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
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Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
reply 6 days
A recent comment on a video gave me this idea , of writing about this whole scenario  the comment was something like this Messi + Ronaldo = Zlatan It was something that made me happy , cuz i'm a Zlatan fan myself , but keeping that aside I'll be honest in stating the reasons due to which Zlatan is considered better among fans  1st - Tired of Messi vs Ronaldo ; For those of you tired of the endless Messi vs Ronaldo debate Zlatan is the middle way , when Zlatan was asked for a word to describe Messi and Ronaldo  he said for Messi - Fantastic , for Ronaldo - Good ( he'd definitely prefer messi since he was in barca , so definitely against Real Madrid , but i'll skip that ) , but when asked about one word for Zlatan - "WOW!" that was his answer 2nd - If you believe in extraordinary and Jaw-dropping stuff; If we talk about Messi and Ronaldo we'll think constant goal scorers and team players and who deliver something great evry time the team needs it , but Zlatan he may also score regularly not as frequent as Messi or Ronaldo , but every time he scores it's another jaw dropping goal , whether that 32 yard bicycle kick vs England or extraordinary volleys Zlatan is Zlatan 3rd Zlatan does things nobody does; You won't see Ronaldo having fun with reporters or Messi bad mouthing his manager even when he is wrong , Zlatan doesn't cares,  like who can forget the epic reply to Arsene Wenger on asking Zlatan to play a trial game , -" ZLATAN doesn't do Auditions" If some of you guys don't agree with me no problem , everybody has their own opinion , and if you don't agree with me cuz you don't know about any of those Zlatan goals or interviews , then you should definitely search the internet for - Extraordinary Zlatan  ZLATAN may had not won the -ballon d'or , but has won large no of trophies and league titles  search for zlatan ibrahimovic - titles and trophies for that
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Well for me, I think totally! Inside that is. When a guy says girls can't play sports I think THEY can't be cheerleaders. But if a guy says girls CAN play sports, yep, they could be cheerleaders
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