Blue Duck Witnesses A Blowout

October 4, 2009

The Blue Duck attended the Bruins-Hurricanes matchup on Saturday night and both teams put on a show.  And by that, I mean the Bruins blew out the ‘Canes and then beat the shit out of them on top of it all.  Seven goals for Boston, all by seven different players.  There were 92 penalty minutes served out, most of them stemming from multiple fights in the second period.  In total, there were three fights, two resulting in blood, and one very happy blogger.

Check out the highlights, showcasing the beatdowns here: (Notice Chara playing the role of Alonzo Mourning to Kostopoulos’  Jeff Van Gundy?  You would too when the 6’9″ Chara grabs you by the jersey.)

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Preseason? Milan Lucic is already warmed up

September 26, 2009

Seriously, what do you have to fight about in the preseason?

If Kimbo Slice fought half as well as Lucic, he’d still have a career.

This kid is fighting somebody everytime he laces up the skates.  And you know what?  I love it.  Hockey sucks without it.  It’s not like baseball where dugouts empty, bullpens charge in, but nothing happens.  Or when football players get into it, they just push at each other’s facemasks.  Not in hockey.  These guys wail on each other, sans facemask, without anybody interfering. Take this fight for example, Chris Neil is getting his shit kicked in but his teammates stay on the bench and clap their sticks against the boards.  They let him take his beating like a man.

Keep it up hockey, you’re earning a new fan.

Hey Vince McMahon, I think Monday Night Raw has found their next guest host.  Make it happen

Hey Vince McMahon, I think Monday Night Raw has found their next guest host. Make it happen


Which Sport’s Playoff Season is Better, NBA or NHL?

April 20, 2009

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Playoff season is upon us, with the NHL and NBA playoffs starting this past weekend.  After spending the entire weekend watching sports, an interesting debate came to mind: which sport’s playoff season is better?

Playoff set-up: Both leagues have 7-game series all the way through the finals.  They’re both set-up as follows (for higher seeded team) 2 home games, 2 away, 1 home, 1 away, and game 7 at home, aka 2-2-1-1-1.  This is a recent change from the 2-3-2 set-up of a few years ago.  The purpose behind this change is to put added pressure on a home game 7, whereas previously, the top team had 2 home games to finish the job.  I understand it, but I’m not crazy about it.  Too much travel means too much time off between games.  Both sports have a minimum of 1 day off between each  game in a series.  This makes the playoffs drawn out and take away some of the momentum built up from the game before.  This is my biggest complaint about the playoffs of either sport.    Verdict – PUSH

Chances of an upset – In the NBA playoffs, upsets are not that common.  There are powerhouse teams at the top of each conference and then there are the rest.  Just look at the lower seeded teams in the NBA playoffs right now and none of them really impress you.  The Eastern Conference, for example, has 3 teams in the playoffs with a .500 record or lower.  That is pathetic.  The Western Conference was more competitive, with the 2nd seed and 8th seed separated by only 6 games, all with a win percentage of .585 or better.  The only “upsets” that seem possible right now are the Mavericks over the Spurs or the Bulls over the Celtics.  But this is not something to brag about when the top-seeded teams are hurt by injury to star players.

The NHL playoffs, on the other hand, often offer upsets.  This year alone, there are 2 underdogs primed to make a run to the second round.  The 8th-seeded Ducks hold a 2-0 lead over top-seeded San Jose, while the 7th-seeded Rangers are up 2-0 over 2nd-seed Washington.  In the NHL, all it takes is a hot goalie to lead his team deep in the playoffs.  In the NBA, over the drawn out schedule, talent usually wins out.   Verdict – NHL

Excitement – The NBA is home to snoozers more often than edge-of-your-seat thrillers.  This weekend, the launch of the first round, saw blowout wins by the Cavs, Hawks, Nuggets, Lakers, and Rockets.  They were over by the third quarter.  Sure, there were 2 games that went down to the wire, but these are not often occurrences for their playoffs.  Add in the fact that if the game even resembles a close one, the trailing team fouls on every possession.  The final 2 minutes of a game can take a half-hour.  It ruins the watching experience beacuse not only are there stoppages in play, its coupled with poor free throw shooting and commercials.

The NHL by nature is a sport that leads to close games.  Even a score of 3-1 is not safe, because all it takes is a powerplay goal and then anything can happen.  Even if there is a blowout, such as the Bruins domination of the Habs in game 2, it’s still exciting because of all the hard hitting.  A fight could break out at anytime, which makes you want to keep watching (see Bruins-Canadiens, game 2, Milan Lucic).    Verdict – NHL

So which has sport has the better playoff season?  It’s easily the NHL.  While both sports drag their playoff season out for way too long, the NHL has what the NBA doesn’t:  excitement.  Every game is close and anything can happen to turn the game in the favor of the other team.  Add in the excitement of a fight breaking out and the NHL wins, hands down!  (check out Lucic starting a fight in a 5-1 victory on Saturday)