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Mea culpa, mea culpa May 21, 2010

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I know I haven’t been around in 11 days. I apologize for that. Life got a little out of control – kid sick! hubs sick! me possibly sick! – but hopefully things will calm down soon.

In the meantime, people keep asking me who I want to win these conference finals. Why my opinion matters so much, I have no idea, but here it is: If I had to pick teams to win, I’d pick Montreal and Chicago. Why? Several reasons:

  1. I do not like Philadelphia. Even with Kimmo Timonen and Danny Briere you can’t convince me their bus shouldn’t get lost on the way to the arena.
  2. I’m kinda meh about San Jose. I don’t love them, I don’t hate them. I covet Patrick Marleau, but the rest of the team I can take or leave.
  3. Even though I’m not a fan of Pat Kane, I am a fan of Adam Burish, Dustin Buuufuglen (yes, I know I spelled it wrong – I’m too exhausted from taking care of sick people to put all the appropriate letters together in the correct order), John Madden, and Duncan Keith. I like Jonathan Toews, too, but mostly because for some reason it seems like there are an infinite number of ways to make fun of him. Try it as a drinking game – I dare you. Keep 911 on speed dial.
  4. An Original Six match-up would be cool. Teams with storied traditions, no crazy teal-colored jerseys… good deal.
  5. Did I mention Philadelphia would have lost in this scenario? It bears repeating: Philadelphia would be eliminated.

I might actually watch some of the game tonight, provided my stomach cooperates. Until then, mea culpa, mea culpa.

Well whaddya know… May 10, 2010

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Montreal has taken Pittsburgh to seven games. Especially when you consider how their defensemen are dropping like, well, Sabres circa May/June 2006, it’s surprising they’ve been able to stop the big guns of the Penguins. I give a lot of the credit to Halak, but he doesn’t score goals, so it’s obviously not just him.

And what’s going on with Philly and Boston? Has Boston run out of gas? Has Tuukka Rask suddenly become human? Who knows, but maybe having the 3,604,206’th-string goaltender in nets for Philly will help them break out of their funk.

Detroit is done. Ahhhh, how sweet that is to say. The weird thing with Detroit is: I like a lot of their players. How can you not like a great talent like Nik Lidstrom? They’ve got some of the best role players in the game too.

Vancouver and Chicago continue to beat the hell out of each other. That’s one of the things I love about playoff hockey – bring on the hate!

Until next time, this has been As Amanda’s World Turns.

San Jose advances, for now May 9, 2010

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If I had any money I wouldn’t put it on San Jose ending their choking streak. However, their chances of doing so become better with each passing blood-filled game between Vancouver and Chicago.

So for now, I’ll say this: Congratulations, San Jose.  You just gained yourself a ton of fans throughout NHL-land by eliminating Detroit.

Also, Patrick Marleau, rest up – when the Sabres sign you I want you be in the best health possible./dream sequence

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there. It’s a tough job, but we were biologically bred to do it!

My Mark Recchi rant May 7, 2010

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I don’t like him. I just don’t. I’ve been watching him for years and I can’t warm up to him. He’s made a very nice career for himself in the NHL for the past 3,254,392 years, but he’s done more than his fair share of damage to the Sabres, so therefore I must have a well-developed distaste for him. And I do.

What is it about him that I don’t like? Several things: 1 – I think he’s a diver. 2 – As mentioned above, he’s a Sabre killer. 3 – He’s played on some of my least-favorite teams, namely Philadelphia and Carolina (the year the Sabres lost the ECF to the Hurricanes- grrrrrr). 4 – And what’s the deal with this Pitt/Philly/Pitt/Philly/Montreal/Philly/Montreal/Philly/Montreal/Philly/Carolina/Pitt/Atlanta/Pitt/Boston/Tampa Bay/Boston thing? I can see going to 2-3 teams at the end of your career to try to extend it, but eesh – he ricocheted back and forth, playing six different teams just in his first seven years!!!

Anyway, now I’m torn. I don’t want Philly to win this series. I hate Philly (sorry Danny, I just can’t get past it), but I also hate Mark Recchi, who is responsible for much of Boston’s success in the series.

What to do, what to do…

Playoffs update, from my point of view May 6, 2010

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  1. Detroit and Philly are done like dinner. Stick a fork in them. Take them out back and shoot them. Put them out to pasture. Row the boat back to shore. Ok, I’m done. Moving on…
  2. Montreal is not going to win the series, but Pittsburgh is certainly not rolling over them.
  3. Pittsburgh will then play Boston for the Eastern Conference title. Pittsburgh will win.
  4. The Canucks/Blackhawks series is completely up in the air as far as I’m concerned. Yes, the Blackhawks lead the series, but Vancouver isn’t going to fold up shop. This could be a very exciting seven-game series.
  5. So that leaves San Jose playing either Vancouver or Chicago for the Western Conference title. I’ve never understood why San Jose seems to fold in the playoffs every year, but maybe this year will be different.
  6. And finally, Detroit WON’T be in the Stanley Cup finals. I think we can all give a hearty “Yaaayyyyyyyy!” for that. Personally, I’d be happy with either Vancouver-Pittsburgh or Chicago-Pittsburgh, but I’d rather see the Canucks make it. I am rubbed the wrong way by Pat Kane, Jonathan Toews, et al. Even Marion Hossa, who I’ve always liked as a player, seems like a jerk now that he’s playing in Chicago. I’m sure it’s a skewed perception, but it’s mine, and I can have whatever perception I want. Whew!
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