It has been a while since I posted and that is because I have been working tirelessly with a team to create Buckets and Blades Hockey. We plan to launch the website in October coinciding with the beginning of the NHL season, but we need your help to make it happen. You can contribute to our Fund Anything campaign and help make this website a reality sooner than later. We have already been working hard getting the layout design ready and creating a backlog of articles as well as so much more.
With your help I hope to create a website that is a one stop shop for hockey news and opinion no matter if the readers are new to the game or have grown up with it. I want to create a spot on the internet for the newbie, the fan, the player, the coach and the parent trying to get their child involved in the game. The website will provide hockey news, opinion, highlights, standings and analysis for hockey leagues around the world, training tips for players, a directory to charities in the hockey community and a directory for hockey schools, an aggregator for articles for other top hockey websites because many of their writers have helped me learn the ropes and produce great articles, have an interactive quiz game similar to Rosetta Stone’s language learning program to teach both beginners and veterans the history, stats, and rules (including referee calls) of the game and we will also feature a clothing line for men and women who play the game or just love it and I want to show their love of the game.
Your generous support will help fund:
- Graphic design
- Web development
- Web hosting
- Merchandising startup
Below is a peek at the layout mockups done by graphic designer Jessa Getzendanner showing what the website is likely to look like.
Homepage Layout Mockup 2
I am building a new hockey website dedicated to giving up-to-date hockey news and opinion from around the world. It will cover men’s and women’s leagues from around the world including: NHL, NCAA, IIHF, AHL, ECHL, WHL, QMJHL, and more!
The site will have original daily articles and an aggregator of articles from other websites, as well as educational hockey games (think Rosetta Stone-type learning for hockey history, terms, referee calls, stats, et cetera) as well as resources to find hockey schools, rinks, and hockey shops near you.
We will also celebrate and cultivate charity within the hockey community, have a store to buy original hockey lifestyle apparel, and a store selling hockey apparel and gear from our brand affiliates.
The site will launch in October and to make this a reality I need the help of you hockey fans out there! I will be creating a Kickstarter campaign in a few days to help raise money for the startup costs that include: web design, domain and hosting, initial screen printing costs, and printing costs. For donating you could receive advertisement space on the site, a chance to beta test the site in September, t-shirts, water bottles, stickers, one of my modeling pictures printed and signed, and lots more.Read More
New York Rangers 7, Montreal Canadiens 2-
Martin St. Louis got the opening goal only 4:35 into the game getting a pass from Dominic Moore he put the puck into an open side behind Carey Price. Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan all scored for New York including Rick Nash who got his first goal of the playoffs. The Montreal goaltender Carey Price hurt his right leg early in the second period when Kreider slid into him after shooting wide on a breakaway. He stayed in the game, but was pulled after giving up two goals late in the second period. Price will not play the rest of the series due to a lower body injury. Rene Bourque had a goal for the Canadiens, but also took three minor penalties, and Lars Eller made a shorthanded goal with 4:38 left in the game. Rangers forward Derick Brassard left after only his second shift early in the game after a hit by Mike Weaver. New York’s struggling power play went 3 for 7. With 11.6 seconds left in the period, Zuccarello made a reverse pass that had Price out of position for Richards to score into an open side.
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Los Angeles Kings 1-
Corey Crawford made 25 saves and has allowing only one goal in each of the past three games. He leads the NHL with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in the playoffs. Brandon Saad had a power play goal and an assist for Chicago, and Duncan Keith had a tiebreaking score in the third period. Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Johnny Oduya got loose on a 3-on-1 break. Toews one-timed Oduya’s pass right by Jonathan Quick at 16:10. The Kings got a second-period score from Tyler Toffoli and outshot the Blackhawks 26-20. Toews’ goal came after he had one waved off in the second period. Los Angeles got their only goal about a minute later, with Tanner Pearson making a terrific pass to the middle to Toffoli for his fourth of the playoffs at 4:35. Corey Crawford denied Kyle Clifford on a 2-on-1 break with 13:42 remaining, and stopped Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown in rapid succession midway through the period. He also made a save on Jeff Carter in the first minute of the third, and Toffoli had a backhander go off the outside of right post on a breakaway opportunity in the 3rd period. At 11:54 Keith’s slap shot went off the stick of Kings forward Trevor Lewis and bounced past Quick for a 2-1 lead. Quick made 17 saves. Kings Defenseman Willie Mitchell was active for the first time since Game 6 of Los Angeles’ first-round series against the Sharks. Chicago killed off two power-play chances and is 44 for 48 on the kill in the playoffs. Blackhawks Defenseman Michal Rozsival was active after he was a healthy scratch for the last two games of their second-round series against the Wild.Read More
New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens:
The Canadiens came back from a 3-2 game deficit to upset the Bruins who were considered the most whole team going into these playoffs and were heavily favored for the Cup. While the Rangers made it to this round by bouncing back from a 3-1 game deficit against the Pittsburgh. The Canadiens won two of three in the regular season playing the Rangers, including a 1-0 overtime win in the season finale in which both teams were resting many of their key players. There will be a lot of focus on the goaltending match-up between New York’s Henrik Lundqvist and Montreal’s Carey Price. The two opposed each other on Olympic ice in Sochi when Price led Canada to a 3-0 gold-medal win over Lundqvist and Sweden. Lundqvist was given early leads in the final three games of the series against the Penguins and he made them stand up, allowing only three goals on 105 shots. His win in Game 7 on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh marked his fifth straight Game 7 victory and his second of this playoff year. Don’t expect many breakaway goals or long driving goals as this series will likely be won on rebound shots which are more difficult for goalies to control. Defenseman P.K. Subban could be a key player for Montreal in this series, but expect the Rangers to add pressure by staying on his back throughout trying to hinder his game. Subban leads the Canadiens with 12 points and is the top-scoring defenseman in the postseason. The Rangers, Martin St. Louis was a big part of the Rangers comeback. His emotional strength after the passing of his mother seemed to strengthen the team and made them play with the desperation they needed to win the series. The Canadiens are strong on the power play and were 8-for-25 in the series with the man advantage playing the Bruins. The Rangers have played 14 games in these playoffs, three more than the Canadiens and that may lead to fatigue on top of the emotional fatigue that Martin St Louis is already facing. The Rangers Rick Nash is still scoreless in these playoffs while he has contributed by adding physicality. New York’s Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello line has been impressive while Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher line has relieve pressure and let other Habs players produce.
Prediction: Montreal Canadiens in 6
Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks:
This is a rematch for the Kings who lost to Blackhawks last year in 5 games in the Western Conference Final. The Kings are less beat up than last year despite the back to back 7 game series, and they are less travel weary having benefited from their last two series being played within California. The Kings have now played 52 playoff games over three playoff years; the most by any NHL team during that span and earned the Cup in 2012. The Blackhawks faced the St. Louis Blues in the first round; a matchup that could have served as the Stanley Cup final if not for the new playoff format. The Blues were a difficult test and the Blackhawks passed it and followed it up with winning their series against the Wild. The Kings Anze Kopitar has been the NHL’s leading playoff scorer will be head to head with Blackhawks Jonathan Toews; both are impressive two-way centers and both were nominated for the Selke Trophy. Chicago’s Bryan Bickell is tied with Patrick Kane for the team lead with six goals in 12 games and has also posted three assists. The Kings Justin Williams could do some impressive things especially if the series goes to a Game 7. Williams has six goals and six assists in six career Game 7s. Chicago’s goaltender Corey Crawford has gone from last year’s playoffs where he was consistent but not quite stellar to leading all NHL goalies both in save percentage (.931) and goals-against average (1.97). Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is acrobatic and arguably one of the best in the world at his position so this matchup will be interesting to watch. The Kings blue-line has suffered injuries and if they get either or both Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell back from injury they would be in better shape. The Blackhawks could be better with some more forward depth and would benefit if they get Andrew Shaw back.
Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks in 7Read More
|EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL|
|Dates||TIME (ET)||New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens||NETWORKS|
|Saturday, May 17||1 p.m.||New York Rangers at Montreal||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|Monday, May 19||8 p.m.||New York Rangers at Montreal||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|Thursday, May 22||8 p.m.||Montreal at New York Rangers||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|Sunday, May 25||8 p.m.||Montreal at New York Rangers||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|*Tuesday, May 27||8 p.m.||New York Rangers at Montreal||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|*Thursday, May 29||8 p.m.||Montreal at New York Rangers||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|*Saturday, May 31||8 p.m.||New York Rangers at Montreal||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL|
|Dates||TIME (ET)||Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks||NETWORKS|
|Sunday, May 18||3 p.m.||Los Angeles at Chicago||NBC, TSN, RDS|
|Wednesday, May 21||8 p.m.||Los Angeles at Chicago||NBCSN, TSN, RDS|
|Saturday, May 24||8 p.m.||Chicago at Los Angeles||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|Monday, May 26||9 p.m.||Chicago at Los Angeles||NBCSN, TSN, RDS|
|*Wednesday, May 28||8 p.m.||Los Angeles at Chicago||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|*Friday, May 30||9 p.m.||Chicago at Los Angeles||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|*Sunday, June 1||8 p.m.||Los Angeles at Chicago||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
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Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New York Rangers 0-
Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for his seventh playoff shutout. Kris Letang broke a scoreless tie in the second period. Letang’s 15th career post-season goal matched Larry Murphy’s record for Penguins defensemen. Jussi Jokinen scored during a third-period power play, and Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for New York. New York’s power play went 0 for 4 and hasn’t scored in 29 straight advantages.
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Minnesota Wild 1-
Jonathan Toews scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in the first period. Bryan Bickell had a goal and two assists. Brandon Saad scored his first two goals of the post-season. Corey Crawford made 18 saves for the Blackhawks. Cody McCormick scored his second career playoff goal for the Wild.Read More
Los Angeles Kings 3, Anaheim Ducks 2, OT-
Alec Martinez gave the Kings a 1-0 lead, and Matt Beleskey tied it in the first period for the Ducks. Teemu Selanne beat Jonathan Quick between the pads for a go-ahead goal with 11:52 to play in regulation. Marian Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Kings pulled Quick for a sixth attacker with 1:22 left. Mike Richards took a shot from along the left boards, and Gaborik wristed the rebound past Hiller. Gaborik then scored the winner at 12:07 into the extra period when Gaborik redirected Anze Kopitar’s shot past Jonas Hiller.
Boston Bruins 5, Montreal Canadiens 2-
Carey Price stopped 30 shots for Montreal. Thomas Vanek twice tipped P.K. Subban’s slap shots into the net, and Mike Weaver also scored for the Canadiens. The Bruins trailed 3-1 with just over nine minutes remaining before Dougie Hamilton scored, then Patrice Bergeron tied it with 5:43 remaining. Reilly Smith then wristed a cross-ice pass from Torey Krug past Carey Price to give Boston the lead. Tuukka Rask had 25 saves for Boston. Milan Lucic added an empty-netter with 66 seconds left.Read More