2011 NHL Western Conference Finals Preview

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2011 NHL Western Conference Finals Preview

 

The Eastern Conference Finals kicked off last night with the fifth seeded Tampa Bay Lightning knocking off the third seed Boston Bruins in Boston.  Check out the preview for it here.  Tonight, the President’s Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks host the second seeded  San Jose Sharks in the first game of the Western Conference Finals.  On the line for these four teams is a chance to continue the dream:  chasing the Stanley Cup.  Find out who to watch, what to watch for, who has the advantages, and more, all after the jump.

Bryan Vickroy

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2011 NHL Eastern Conference Finals Preview

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2011 NHL Eastern  Conference Finals Preview

 

The Eastern Conference Finals drop the puck tonight with the fifth seeded Tampa Bay Lightning squaring off with the third seed Boston Bruins in Boston.  Tomorrow, the President’s Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks host the second seeded  San Jose Sharks in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. For a Western Finals preview, click here.  On the line for these four teams is a chance to continue the dream:  chasing the Stanley Cup.  Find out who to watch, what to watch for, who has the advantages, and more, all after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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Sharks vs. Canucks: First NHL Conf Finals Strictly in Pacific Time Zone

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We’ve now arrived to the Western Conference Stanley Cup Playoff finals and a battle that pits the no. 1 and 2 playoff seeds, respectively, in the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks.

Would we want it any other way?

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Blackhawks and Canucks Heading Back to Chicago, UNRULY Fans

With a resounding 5-0 win in game five, the Chicago Blackhawks took a game from the Vancouver Canucks in their building and got right back in goaltender Roberto Luongo‘s head. They’ve out-scored the Canucks 12-2 in the last two games, and 17-11 in the series (yet they still face elimination being down 3-2).

Maybe the Chicago fans and their taunts are getting to them? Much was made of Hollywood A-Lister Vince Vaughn taunting Roberto Luongo (see picture above, click for larger view), but apparently there are some meatball Hawks fans out there who are crossing the line of good taste and harassing the Canucks front office.

(Why am I not surprised?)

By Paul M. Banks

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Blackhawks Look 2010 Style, for 1 Night at Least

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Like the group of very late 20 century American poets, 98 Degrees once said, “Give me just one night, una noche,
I’ll give you the time of your life.”
And for the Chicago Blackhawks, that one night stand was as exciting and as invigorating as possible.

Facing their first elimination game since ’09, they looked like the NHL Stanley Cup Champions of last year, dominating the Vancouver Canucks, and going on a scoring spree that would make Wilt Chamberlain proud. They rode a four goal second period to a 7-2 win, and stayed alive; for one more night at least.

As the scoring barrage ensued, I’m sure many of the Hawks fans (maybe even Vince Vaughn who was in attendance with his daughter again) said to themselves, “hey, save some of that for Thursday in Vancouver.”

By Paul M. Banks

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Chicago Blackhawks Still in Contention After OT Loss

With three games remaining, the Hawks barely hang on to 8th in the Western Conference, only two points ahead of 9th place Calgary.

Thirty-seven seconds into OT, Hawks’ Captain, Jonathon Toews, gets called for a tripping penalty on rookie defenseman, Subban, and the Canadiens went on a 4-on-3 advantage. Incidentally, 33 seconds later, Subban scores the game winning power play OT goal to help the Canadiens clinch their playoff spot.

The Hawks may still be in contention but are skating on very thin ice.

By Harrini Krishnan

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