As I sit on my very first day of vacation, I am reflecting on how two of my favorite teams have been playing in their respective hockey play-offs. Although both teams are in different levels of experience, they are both teams that had huge expectations entering their post seasons after compiling very dominant regular season records. Who are the two teams that I am writing about you may be wondering. Well, they are the Pittsburgh Penguins from the National Hockey League and the Halifax Mooseheads from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Although they are both playing for different championships, they both had a great year, have lots of scoring depth and have a kid from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia as their marquee player.
The Halifax Mooseheads won their very first President’s Cup as they defeated the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in front of a sell out crowd of 10, 595 at the Halifax Metro Centre. After scoring 3 goals in the first period, they ended up hoisting the trophy after winning game 5-1.
Although Nathan MacKinnon has had the majority of the spotlight this season (and rightfully so) it was Jonathan Drouin who took home the President’s Cup most valuable player award. He dominated the tournament by scoring 35 points in only 17 games.
The Mooseheads are looking to continue their dominance as they head out to Saskatoon to play for the Memorial Cup. The Canadian Hockey League’s grandest stage may see some of the most exciting and explosive hockey from this group from Halifax.
GO MOOSE GO!!!!!
Well I really have no idea what to say about the first round play-off series that pitted the first seed Pittsburgh Penguins against the 8th seed New York Islanders. Although I am extremely happy that the Penguins won the series in 6 games, I am a little nervous about the team.
I have been a Pittsburgh Penguins fan for over 20 years and I do not remember a Penguins play-off team that was that inconsistent. There was enough scoring for the team to win each game outright but the play-off breakdown of Marc-Andre Fleury escalated this post season. I want to put this out here right now but I am a huge Marc-Andre Fleury fan. I have supported him since he had played for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship and it hurts for me to say this but…..he has to sit.
The team has lost confidence in Flower, the management and coaching staff has lost confidence in Flower, the fans have lost confidence in Flower and most importantly, Flower has lost confidence in Flower. Tomas Vokoun needs to continue to pick up his fellow goaltender by winning games.
The Penguins are still primed to make a deep run for their fourth Stanley Cup and as long as Vokoun is playing better than Fleury, he should be in the net.
GO PENGUINS GO!!!!
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