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Round Two, Game One Hotties

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Nashville/Phoenix (4-3 OT PHO)

#13 Ray Whitney, PHO

Whitney scored the game-winning goal late in overtime, his first goal of the playoffs.

St. Louis/Los Angeles (3-1 LA)

#25 Dustin Penner, LA

Penner tallied two points in Game One, one assist and the final goal of the night.

New York/Washington (3-1 NYR)

#20 Chris Kreider, NYR

Kreider came to the Rangers as a rookie shortly after winning the Frozen Four with Boston College, so one could either expect him to be hot or worn out; he’s definitely been hot. Kreider’s goal decided Game One in favor of New York, his second goal of the playoffs.

New Jersey/Philadelphia (4-3 OT PHI)

#48 Danny Briere, PHI

Briere scored two goals in Game One against the Devils, including the game-winner in overtime.

Round One, Game Seven Hotties

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Los Angeles over Vancouver in five.

St. Louis over San Jose in five.

Phoenix over Chicago in six.

Nashville over Detroit in five.

New York/Ottawa (2-1 NYR)

#5 Dan Girardi, NYR

Girardi’s goal in the second period was the game-winner for New York in a nail-biting Game Seven.

Boston/Washington (2-1 WAS)

#42 Joel Ward, WAS

Joel Ward provided a surprise ending to Game Seven, scoring in overtime to win the series in favor of the Washington Capitals.

Florida/New Jersey (3-2 NJ)

#14 Adam Henrique, NJ

Adam Henrique, a finalist for the Calder trophy (awarded to the NHL’s best regular season rookie), scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime of Game Seven in Sunrise, Florida to take the series home for New Jersey.

Philadelphia over Pittsburgh in six.

Round One, Game Six Hotties

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Los Angeles over Vancouver in five.

St. Louis over San Jose in five.

Chicago/Phoenix (4-0 PHO)

#23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, PHO

Oliver opened the scoring in Chicago, as well as contributed an assist to really stick it to the Blackhawks.

Nashville over Detroit in five.

New York/Ottawa (3-2 NYR)

#21 Derek Stepan, NYR

This hockey prodigy tallied three points in Game Six for the Rangers, putting New York on the scoreboard in the second period and assisting both following goals.

Boston/Washington (4-3 BOS)

#19 Tyler Seguin, BOS

Mr. Sexypants, errr, Seguin scored the game-winning goal in Game Six for the Bruins, as well as tallied an assist.

Florida/New Jersey (3-2 NJ)

#19 Travis Zajac, NJ

Zajac contributed one assist in regulation for the Devils and scored the game-winning goal in overtime to force Game Seven.

Pittsburgh/Philadelphia (5-1 PHI)

#30 Ilya Bryzgalov, PHI

Bryzgalov played a solid game, turning away 30 of 31 shots to bump the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the playoffs.

Round One, Game Five Hotties

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Vancouver/Los Angeles (2-1 LA)

#28 Jarret Stoll, LA

Stoll scored the game-winning goal for Los Angeles in overtime, practically lighting the match for any ensuing disasters in Vancouver for the series loss.

San Jose/St. Louis (3-1 STL)

#27 Alex Pietrangelo, STL

Alex Pietrangelo was the only multiple-point man of Game Five in St. Louis, tallying two assists to propel his team into Round Two.

Chicago/Phoenix (2-1 CHI)

#19 Jonathan Toews, CHI

Captain Serious quieted the Coyotes’ crowd with his overtime goal in Game Five, forcing the Yotes to pay another visit to the Windy City for Game Six.

Nashville/Detroit (2-1 NSH)

#11 David Legwand, NSH

I almost didn’t recognize him in this picture, w-o-w. It’s amazing what a clean shave and some fake teeth can do for you. David Legwand had two points in Detroit’s demise, including the game-winning goal.

New York/Ottawa (2-0 OTT)

#19 Jason Spezza, OTT

Spezza was pretty much a one-man band in Game Five, scoring the only two goals of the match.

Boston/Washington (4-3 WAS)

#20 Troy Brouwer, WAS

With no multiple-point players on the night, I selected the game-winning goal scorer, Mr. Troy Brouwer.

Florida/New Jersey (3-0 FLA)

#60 Jose Theodore, FLA

Jose Theodore was perfect in Game Five, turning away all 30 shots he faced to shut out the Devils.

Pittsburgh/Philadelphia (3-2 PIT)

#58 Kris Letang, PIT

Tanger had two assists in Game Five, helping his team fight off elimination once again, forcing a Game Six.

Round One, Game Four Hotties

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Vancouver/Los Angeles (3-1 VAN)

#35 Cory Schneider, VAN

Vancouver should be thanking their lucky stars for Schneider. I firmly believe if not for him, the Kings would have swept. Unfortunately for LA, Schneider stopped 43 of their 44 shots.

San Jose/St. Louis (2-1 STL)

Berglund assisted both St. Louis goals in Game 4.

Chicago/Phoenix (2-3 PHO)

#67 Michael Frolik, CHI

No, this is not a cruel joke. I’m aware that Phoenix won. I chose Frolik because he has been there when his team needed him most. In back-to-back games Frolik has scored the goal which tied the game to send it into overtime, including in Game 4. He has been the hope of the team this latter half of the series and that is incredibly important.

Nashville/Detroit (3-1 NSH)

#8 Kevin Klein, NSH

Klein’s goal just made me giggle, I’m sorry. Three Red Wings and Jimmy Howard all covering Erat made for an incredibly easy “empty-netter” for Klein in Game 4.

New York/Ottawa (1-0 NYR)

#7 Kyle Turris, OTT

Turris scored the game-winning goal in overtime for Ottawa in Game 4.

Boston/Washington (2-1 WAS)

#28 Alexander Semin, WAS

Semin scored the game-winner in Game 4, tying the series for Washington.

Florida/New Jersey (4-0 NJ)

#9 Zach Parise, NJ

Parise opened the scoring in Game 4 for the Devils. Yes, I kinda cheated with this one, Zajac and Salvador had two point nights but you can’t honestly expect me to not include Parise if he does something.

Pittsburgh/Philadelphia (10-3 PIT)

#11 Jordan Staal, PIT

Jordan Staal had a hat trick in Game 4 in Philadelphia. Also to be noted, Malkin had a three-point night (two goals, one assist); Sullivan had a three-point night (two assists, one goal); Matt Cooke, Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis, Matt Niskanen, Chris Kunitz, and Tyler Kennedy each had two points. Something finally kicked the Penguins into gear!

Round One, Game Three Hotties

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Vancouver/Los Angeles (1-0 LA)

#32 Jonathan Quick, LA

Quick shutout the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3, stopping all 41 shots he faced. No disrespect to King Henrik, but there’s definitely royalty in the league outside of the Big Apple.

San Jose/St. Louis (4-3 STL)

#10 Andy McDonald, STL

Ol’ McDonald had one goal and three assists in Game 3 for the Blues.

Chicago/Phoenix (2-3 PHO)

#89 Mikkel Boedker, PHO

Pretty adorable, can’t deny that. Boedker had one assist in regulation and scored the game-winner for Phoenix in overtime in Game 3.

Nashville/Detroit (3-2 NSH)

#35 Pekka Rinne, NSH

God, I love Pekka. He is so adorable! As well as arguably one of the best netminders in the league, if not of all time. Peks stopped 41 of 43 shots in Game 3 in Detroit.

New York/Ottawa (1-0 NYR)

#30 (King) Henrik Lundqvist, NYR

All hail, King Henrik! The king made 39 saves in a shutout in Game 3 in Ottawa.

Boston/Washington (4-3 BOS)

#33 Zdeno Chara, BOS

I can just imagine the photographer saying “You don’t fit in the frame, bend over.” Chara is a beast, and he let the Caps know it in Game 3, tallying two assists and the game-winning goal.

Florida/New Jersey (4-3 FLA)

#19 Scottie Upshall, FLA

Good lord do I enjoy looking at Scottie Upshall. He’s easily in the top 5 sexiest players in the league, whoo. Anyways, Florida overall did quite awesome in Game 3, scoring 4 unanswered goals after being down 3-0. Upshall recorded 2 assists, being one of two multiple-point scorers of the night.

Pittsburgh/Philadelphia (8-4 PHI)

#27 Maxime Talbot, PHI

Mmmm, Talbot. While not as sexy as Upshall he surely breaks the top 20. Max scored two goals in Game 3. He was just one of Philadelphia’s five multiple-point men of the night.

Round One, Game Two Hotties

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

Vancouver/Los Angeles (4-2 LA)

#23 Dustin Brown, LA

Two short-handed goals and an assist on the night for the Kings captain in Game 2.

San Jose/St. Louis (3-o STL)

#1 Brian Elliott, STL

After Halak left Game 2 with injury, Elliott took over in net. He shut out the Sharks with 17 saves.

Chicago/Phoenix (4-3 CHI)

#29 Bryan Bickell, CHI

Bickell opened the scoring in Game 2 in Phoenix as well as ended it in overtime.

Nashville/Detroit (3-2 DET)

#48 Cory Emmerton, DET

It was really a horse a piece, there were seven different one-point scorers for Detroit in Game 2, including Emmerton’s goal, and no multiples. So i just picked the cutest one – this is a hottie blog, after all. Plus, Emmerton doesn’t generally do much so we better appreciate him now while we can.

New York/Ottawa (3-2 OTT)

#41 Craig Anderson, OTT

He’s actually quite adorable – I had no clue! Anyways, Mr. Anderson was pretty stellar through 61 minutes of play, making 27 saves and acquiring a .931 save percentage.

Boston/Washington (2-1 WAS)

#70 Braden Holtby, WAS

There’s no doubt in my mind Holtby’s AHL days are over after his performance throughout these playoffs. Holtby faced 45 shots and stopped 44 for a .977 save percentage. Third string goalie? Pshh.

Florida/New Jersey (4-2 FLA)

#9 Stephen Weiss, FLA

Stephen Weiss had two powerplay goals in Game 2, opening the scoring for the Panthers in Sunrise, FL.

Pittsburgh/Philadelphia (8-5 PHI)

#28 Claude Giroux

Who could have seen this one coming? Six points in Game 2 for Giroux, three goals and three assists. Do I really have to explain anymore? That’s just baller.

Round One, Game One Hotties

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

Vancouver/Los Angeles (4-2 LA)

#10 Mike Richards, LA

In Game 1,  Mike Richards had a three point night: one goal and two assists.

San Jose/St. Louis (3-2 SJ)

#9 Martin Havlat, SJ

Havlat opened the scoring in St. Louis in Game 1, as well as ended it in double overtime.

Chicago/Phoenix (3-2 PHO)

#41 Mike Smith, PHO

Indeed the more-than-stellar goaltender for the Coyotes will be this game’s hottie. He faced 45 shots and made 43 saves.

Nashville/Detroit (3-2 NSH)

#57 Gabriel Bourque, NSH

Gabriel Bourque, a rookie,  opened the scoring in Nashville in Game 1, as well as provided the Predators’ game winner. Atta boy, Gabe! (It was incredibly hard to not put a picture of myself with Gabe in this post but I resisted)

New York/Ottawa (4-2 NYR)

#42 Artem Anisimov, NYR

Anisimov was the only multiple-point man of Game 1, tallying two assists.

Boston/Washington (1-0 BOS)

#23 Christ Kelly, BOS

It was really hard choosing this game’s hottie. Thomas got the shutout, but only saw 17 shots through 61 minutes. Holtby was stellar but his team lost. So I’ve selected the game-winning-goal scorer.

Florida/New Jersey (3-2 NJ)

#30 Martin Brodeur, NJ

Marty, Marty, Marty. Still a solid goaltender at 39 years old. Brodeur had a .923 save percentage and stopped 24 of 26 shots.

Pittsburgh/Philadelphia (4-3 PHI)

#10 Brayden Schenn, PHI

Another rookie on the list, Mr. Schenn got three points in Game 1 in Pittsburgh. One goal and two assists on the night for this youngin’.

Playoff Approach

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

Alright, ladies. I know we’re all excited for the playoffs right now, so my new approach will be a Hottie of the Game! After tonight when all the Game Ones are in the books, I will select one player from each game who performed exceptionally well. I will put all Round One, Game One Hotties in the same blog, so it will be kind of long. My little “bios” and opinions will be much shorter, in fact, I’ll probably just name the player and explain what they did that was so awesome. Cool? Cool. I’ll post the Hotties of the Game tomorrow sometime. Until then, here’s some eye candy.

The Hotties of the 2010 NHL Draft!

Back: Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks), Erik Gudbranson (Florida Panthers)
Front: Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers), Tyler Seguin (Boston Bruins), Brett Connolly (Tampa Bay Lightning)