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My Stanley Cup Final Pick


Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks

Not that it will come as a shock to anyone who knows me or has read much of what I have written over the past week or so, but I want the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup.  It’s not an easy call for me to make, but I am making it.  Bruins in 6. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 27, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Why Even Play Another Series?


If you ask some hockey experts tonight we should just hand the Stanley Cup to the Vancouver Canucks.  After defeating the San Jose Sharks to win the Western Conference title and advancing to the Stanley Cup final on, without a doubt, the oddest goal I’ve ever seen (watch the replay above).  I’ve seen nothing but the absolute discounting of any potential east challenger by far too many Canadian hockey experts and some hockey fans.   According to @DarrenDreger it’s simply “Vancouver’s year”.  Some fans squawking at me on Twitter are already convinced that neither Boston nor Tampa Bay has a chance in hell against Vancouver.

We should just carve their names into the cup right now.

Why even play the games then?   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 25, 2011 at 12:28 AM

End of Year Awards Picks


I’ve done this the last three years in some form for public consumption.  Time to lay out my picks for the NHL awards. Some of these are sure fire misses but I make picks based on the intent of the award not the agenda of the NHL or sports media.  I of course will not be naming winners of automatic winners like the Rocket Richard Trophy. Also note not everyone I personally select is a finalist this year.

1. Hart Memorial Trophy: awarded to the player adjudged most valuable to his team.  Oz’s Pick: Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins.  No single player was more important to his individual team than the Flower was down the stretch.  Without him the Penguins do not hold on to fourth let alone eight in th East after losing their two highest skill players and then opening a M*A*S*H Unit in their locker room for much of the stretch run.

2. Vezina Trophy: awarded to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at this position. Oz’s Pick: Tim Thomas – Boston Bruins.  Timmy played in 57 games, went 35-11-9 with a 2.00 GAA and .938 Sv%.  No one better with that volume of work. Read the rest of this entry »

This Is Why The Refs Don’t Call Diving


Look, I detest Steve Downie as a hockey player.  He is to me what Matt Cooke is to so many other fans.  He’s a dirty agitator.  That means he’s probably doing his job by my own logic but he’s irritating me when he does it, so I don’t like him.  Anyway, late in the 2nd period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference final Boston’s Nathan Horton takes the play to the end boards with Downie and a hit ensues.  Downie flops to the ice and the official, standing right there, makes a Diving call on Downie in addition to the Roughing call on Horton.

Downie didn’t return to the game.  His penalty had to be served by Adam Hall as Downie was being assessed by the medical staff.  Bolts coach Guy Boucher stated after the game that Downie was “day to day starting today”.  This is why NHL officials are really reluctant to ring a guy up for a dive. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 22, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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