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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Puckmania: Who's Ready for Some Hockey

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Puckmania: Who's Ready for Some Hockey
By Wild on Sports Analyst Josh Tarr

Ready to watch a real sport tonight?

Let me start by asking, who still believes the NBA isn’t rigged? Not that I’m a basketball guru by any means, but how that fourth quarter unraveled was a complete abomination. Not just for the NBA or its fan, but for any association that is deemed a professional sport. Travels wouldn’t be called unless someone stepped three or four times, sometimes they still wouldn’t be called. Both teams were given way too much leeway when it came to flops and other fouls- not that this differs much from any other contest involving the Heat. Nonetheless, the officials have to make the right calls in game 6 of the NBA finals. Since they didn’t, a larger anticipation dawns the Stanley Cup Finals tonight (as it should).

So, what’s at stake tonight for both teams?

For Chicago, the level of momentum that they currently lack, will depend on the status of all star winger Marian Hossa. He is always a threat offensively and he is the last piece on their top line, which is arguable the best in the league. He is one of the Blackhawks biggest investments and likewise, one of their many offensive players whose clutch meter is off the charts.

The Blackhawks will go home down three games to one with a loss tonight. For those who want to say that they’ve already overcome a 3-1 deficit this post season, don’t forget whom they did it against- overpaid goalie, minor league quality defense, injury ridden, blah blah blah you get it. Case in point, Chicago was lucky they were down 3-1 to Detroit, because winning three straight against them is as easy as moving a Brent Seabrook with the puck to the faceoff circle. It will NOT happen again, barring Chara, Rask and Krejci don’t all go out with season ending injuries.

For Boston, the Bruins have won seven straight home games and haven’t faired much worse on the road since the first round. A win tonight will give them 3-1 series lead, but a loss will put them at a tie heading back on the road. Before this round, the Bruins haven’t been tied in a series since the first round. Now, I know that the playoffs vastly differ from the regular season, but if you followed the Bruins during the regular season, you will know how streaky this team was. From their white-hot start to their miserable finish, this team was either consistently good or consistently bad.

Not to mention if the Bruins get completely blown out tomorrow night (which seems very unlikely), I have a tough time believing that they find a way to rebound quick enough to stay as a contender in this series. *

The ratings should be through the roof, and I expect to see a plethora of Bruins fans at Magic Kingdom tomorrow. Rock the Black and Gold!

Oh, and screw the NBA.

* This won’t happen so don’t worry Bruins fans. Just giving an extreme scenario.


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