NHL Playoff Update


Los Angeles Kings’ Jeff Carter, left, scores his third goal of the game against Pheonix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in the third period in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

Josh Dathe, Staff Writer

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing right now, and honestly, this sport is nothing less than awesome.  What’s more fun to watch than grown male figure skaters shooting a half pound puck around and checking each other into walls?  Answer: nothing.
Hockey players are pure athletes.  They wear full pads, shoot nasty slap-shots, and get in some brutal fights, all while ice skating.  I’d say that’s pretty damn impressive.
Hockey is becoming increasingly popular amongst Matadors, and if you’re not a fan already, then what better time to become one than during the playoffs.
In this year’s playoffs, the L.A. Kings appear to be the front runner, winning some high scoring and shutout games.  However, Alex Ovechkin and his Capitals team seem to also be a high contender.
Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers is leading the playoffs with eight goals, and surging his team toward a likely semi-finals appearance, at least.
For all those non-hockey fans out there who know little to none about the playoffs, I’ll give you something to chew on.  The winner of the playoffs receives the Stanley Cup, a giant silver holy grail that has every Stanley Cup winning team engraved on the outer edge.
The best part about winning the Stanley Cup is that each player gets to take the trophy home during the off-season, and most players eat cereal out of it.  It really doesn’t get much cooler than that.
The playoff tournament has now come to the Conference Finals, which is essentially  the semi-finals of the playoffs.  The New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils are tied at one win each, while on the other side of the bracket, the Los Angeles Kings have a 2-0 game lead over the Phoenix Coyotes.  The Kings are still looking to be the overall favorite.  They have only lost one game in the entire playoffs, which is extraordinary, and as of now, it doesn’t look like they’ll be losing another.

The Stanley Cup Finals are right around the corner, and if you are anything of a sports fan, I highly suggest you tune in. In all honesty, if you’re not tuning in to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, you’re wrong, simple as that.