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ChiSide’s 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Preview

The 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs was an absolute doozy to witness. Although my beloved Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated in a mere six total games, my eyes never ceased to deviate from the rest of the competition that was going on. Thus far, there have been a total of 23 games that have gone into sudden death overtime, the most since 2003, which also had 23 overtime games. The NHL record for overtimes in a playoff is 28, set in 1993. The record could be broken if the extraordinary happens in this year’s final, which would have to result in, at least, a six game series in which every game extends beyond 60 minutes. A side note to those unfamiliar: Nothing is more nerve-wracking than observing your team sacrifice body after body in order to keep that tiny, disk-shaped piece of vulcanized rubber from crossing the goal line. Nothing. A great number of fans from Chicago and Phoenix, as well as myself, had to endure five consecutive cardiac-arrest-inducing wars between the Blackhawks and Coyotes. Even though the Yotes came out on top, it’s safe to say I loved every minute of it (this is easier to say a few weeks afterwards). No sport conveys suspense and sense of urgency like hockey. It’s simply unparalleled.

What makes hockey so great is that, no matter what happens at the end of the regular season, all sixteen teams have an equivalent shot at hoisting the most majestic trophy in all of sports. This year’s playoffs further attest that statement, as we are set to watch the eight-seeded Los Angeles Kings face-off against the six-seeded New Jersey Devils. The Kings have been wiping up the floor with everyone they’ve played so far, losing only two games in the entire playoffs. This includes the top three Western Conference teams, the pesky Vancouver Canucks, the St. Louis Blues, and the Phoenix Coyotes. The Devils, on the other hand, have had scares against the Florida Panthers, who took them to seven games, as well as the number one-seed New York Rangers, who took them to six.

I’m going to compose this preview in a more abnormal way than I usually go about by just giving five thoughts about the matchup, instead of breaking down every facet of each team and comparing the two. I’d like to imagine these opinions will enlighten those new to the sport as well as the hardened veterans that have watched the game for the past 20 years. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Video: All hell breaks loose during the last minute of a Penguins/Flyers game

Things I like about this video:

Huge, clean hit.

There is a line brawl.

The coaches get into it.

Awkward Pierre McGuire.

Potential playoff preview.

Things I do not like:

Clean hits leading to scrums. What happened to enforcing only the dirty shots?

Both of these teams.

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Video: The hardest hockey hit you’ll see all year

Florida Everblades’ Scott Fletcher lays the boom on Chicago Express’ Mike Embach. Keep that chin strap on tight, boys.

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The Top 10 Sports Plays of the Year

As we’re inching closer to 2012, Chi Side is taking a look back at the top 10 sports plays of 2011:

10. Patrick Kane’s shootout beauty vs. Minnesota Wild
Clear your browser history after watching this, because it’s pretty nasty.

9. Kyle Kuric’s dunk vs. Notre Dame

I haven’t seen a white guy fly like this since Neil Armstrong went to the moon.

8. Ellis Coleman’s flying squirrel takedown
Greco-roman wrestler Ellis Coleman stunned the sports world with this unique and complex takedown.

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Video: Weezy’s Sports Corner Ep. 1

Lil Wayne goes an interesting route in his new series of vlogs, titled “Weezy’s Sports Corner”. This is just a basic introductory video explaining Tunechi’s love of sports and who he is a fan of. It will be interesting to see what he has in store for later episodes.

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Video: HBO’s 24/7: Flyers-Rangers Road to the Winter Classic Ep. 1

I don’t care if you’re a fan of hockey or not, but HBO’s annual 24/7 documentaries about the teams participating in the Winter Classic are simply spectacular. A camera crew follows around both teams in the weeks leading up to the outdoor game. All of it is completely uncensored and gives fans a look inside of the lives of the players and coaches for a truly unique experience.

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Video: Patrick Kane shows you how to properly dangle

Kaner with the Gordon Bombay “triple deke”.

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