Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. This was the scene late last night as the Los Angeles Kings (pictured above) clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup. Can they win it all?
By Nick Craddock
Don’t fret about the aging Lakers, good people of Los Angeles, your Los Angeles Kings will win the Stanley Cup and bring joy and a championship banner to the Staples Center soon enough. Without being so bold as to bet my own money, I would assure any willing (and possibly chronic) gamblers to place their bets on the team in Black and White to hoist the Cup as NHL champions in June.
Despite Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference Finals arguably being the sloppiest two games of the Kings’ playoff run to date, the boys from LA managed to edge the Coyotes 4-3 in overtime in Game 5 to take the series in five games and advance to the Stanley Cup to face the winner of the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Somehow, the Kings survived a lackadaisical start, particularly from stars Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, a 5-on-3 Coyotes powerplay in the third period, and a Phoenix powerplay in overtime to avoid giving the fellow upstart Coyotes yet another breath of life in the series.
Really, the Kings were just a “Mike Smith” away from sweeping the Coyotes in four games as the Phoenix goaltender briefly returned to his earlier round form in pushing the series back to Glendale, Arizona for what turned out to be the decisive Game 5.
Still, the fact remains that the Kings have only needed 14 games to dispose of the Western Conference’s top three seeds and own a perfect road record (8-0). The small sample size of games has been proof enough that the Kings are playing the best hockey of any team in the playoffs. Continue reading
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Charles Barkley has found his way into helping out with calling some of the March Madness Games. Strap in for the greatest tournament we have in American sports.
It is the Monday following the one and only “Selection Sunday.” What a week we have ahead in sports. It is arguably the best sporting week we have all year. The 1st, 2nd, and now 3rd rounds of the NCAA’s March Madness will take place. Do your best to remain focused at work. But make sure to utilize your mobile devices and dual monitors to keep in the loop on the day games if it is permitted at your respective offices. You will not want to miss these early round games.
Now I will admit, everything else in sports kind of takes a backseat for the next few weeks. The event of March Madness captures the entire country’s attention and really holds on for the better part of 3 weeks. Will my bracket outdo yours? Do I have a shot at winning my office pool? Now is the time to show off your knowledge. But as is the tradition on Monday’s, we will discuss the weekly top five. Contrary to popular belief, the other sports do not go into actual hibernation during March Madness. Continue reading
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