There are 2 games remaining in Round 2. Game 7 tonight between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks and Game 7 tomorrow night between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks.
The current Kings team is experiencing something for the first time playing a game 7. In the Kings history making run to the Cup last year they never played a game 7. The New Jersey Devils pushed a Game 6 and that was it. All the other series ended after game 4 or 5. Head Coach Darryl Sutter isn't worried about a Game 7. Maybe that is because all 6 games so far have been won by the team with home ice advantage. Tonight's game is at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Either way you have a team trying to win a 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup and another team trying to win their first cup ever in franchise history. Tonight will be a great game!
Tomorrow night Round 2 wraps up with another "all bets are off" Game 7. The pucks drops between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago won game 1 in the series and then lost games 2,3,4. Meaning that games 5 and 6 were both elimination games for the Blackhawks. Now game 7 is an elimination game for both teams. A winner takes all and gets a spot in the Western Conference Finals. Game 7 will not let down. It will be crazy! This has been a great series so far. After the Blackhawks record smashing start to the regular season they have struggled a bit in the playoffs but forcing a game 7 and winning would give them the confidence they need for the next round. The Red Wings on the other hand almost didn't even make playoffs. They snuck into the 7th seed position in the last few days of the regular season. The odds were stacked against the Wings especially since Round 1 was against the über talented and strong Anaheim Ducks. Let's just say Game 7s have been a success for the Wings thus far. It was Game 7 3-2 win over the Ducks that sent the Wings to Round 2!
Good Luck to every team playing and may the best teams win!
When Pittsburgh won I noticed something different happen here in Vancouver and I am sure it is happening in other Canadians cities and maybe some American cities as well. With Vancouver out of the running Canuck fans had to pick another team. I noticed most were choosing another Canadian team hopping on Toronto's wagon mainly and the others hitching a ride with Montreal or Ottawa fans. Once Toronto and Montreal where out it was Ottawa who was getting a lot of Canadian love. Now with all of the Canadian teams out I noticed it wasn't what team but a player everyone in the Great White North is cheering for. Jarome Iginla has the support of an entire country behind him and it isn't even the Olympics! I am always asking people "who are you cheering for?" Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh is the most common answer. Then I ask "are you cheering for the team or rooting for Iggy to win the Cup?" Iggy to win the Cup, Iggy to Win the Cup, I want Iginla to Win a Cup. Most common answer. I have a few good friends who are Calgary Fans to the bone. But when Iginla was traded from the Flames to the Penguins they were still loyal Flames fans but they were dividing their love with the PENS. At my Mum's office she works with one of Iginla's cousins and safe to say the whole law firm is "Team Iggy" My Dad is rooting for Iggy, my brother is and every other random person I ask during the day.
Not only is Iginla one of the classiest players (if not the classiest) to ever play in the NHL he is an amazing player. Like I taught you when Iginla was my Fantasy Friday he has won 5 of the 6 trophies or medals a hockey player is after. Iginla has won the Memorial Cup twice, Gold at the World Juniors, World Cup and World Championship and Gold twice at the Olympics! No Canadian will ever forget that Iggy was the one to pass the puck to Sid the Kid who scored the Golden Goal. The only trophy Iginla hasn't won is the Stanley Cup. He came close in 2004 but lost Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. I read that after that game his father walked into the locker room and said to his son "I am proud of you. All of Canada is proud of you." and he didn't lie. All of Canada is proud of him now! Good Luck Iggy! Win a Cup! Go Pens Go!