NHL Playoffs

Posted: May 5, 2010 by amyaubrey in NHL
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If hockey is what you’re looking to get into, this is also the second season for that!  Just as the NBA playoffs are the most exciting time of year for basketball, this is also the time of year to jump on the hockey bandwagon!

Hockey can be confusing with some of the terminology that they use, so here’s pretty much all you need to know.  A “Power Play” happens after a penalty so 1 team has an extra player on the ice, so this is a really good time to try to score a goal.  On the other side of that coin, the team down a player can score a “Short Hand” goal.  As far as penalties go, do you remember that band, Five for Fighting?  Well where do you think they got that name from? That’s correct, ladies, hockey!  You get a five minute penalty for fighting.

As for what’s going on right now, we are currently in the Conference Quarter-Finals.  Eight teams have already been eliminated, including the heavily favored Washington Capitals with the best player in the NHL, Alex Ovechkin.  These are best of seven series, so you’ve got to win 4 games to move on.  Just like the NBA, it’s East versus West in the Stanley Cup final.

Representing the East are…

– The Pittsburgh Penguins (with their star, Sidney “Sid The Kid” Crosby) lead the Montreal Candiens 2-1

– The Boston Bruins surprisingly lead the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0

And for the West…

– The San Antonio Sharks lead 3-0 over the Detroit Redwings

– The Chicago Blackhawks & the Vancouver Canucks are tied at 1 game apiece.  In case you’re wondering what a Canuck is, it’s a nickname for a Canadian person.  I didn’t know either.

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