Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings for winning the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup! The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in their Cup clinching victory last night (the series finished 4-2). In route to the franchise's first Stanley Cup, the Kings went 16-4 for the playoffs and only lost 1 road game. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoff MVP, and Captain Dustin Brown became only the 2nd American born Captain to hoist the Stanley Cup. Congrats again to the L.A. Kings!
What happened in Vancouver after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup against the Bruins Wednesday night was disgusting. Flipping cars, looting and lighting fires in the streets…really? Almost 150 people had to go to the hospital because of those riots. Vancouver being a one sport town, I can understand a heightened level of fanhood and the fans being that much more disappointed when their team failed to show up Wednesday night. However, that is no excuse for reacting like the Canuck fans did. It's a game. Just last year, the Philadelphia Flyers lost a devastating game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in overtime on its home ice. People were disappointed, but Flyers fans didn’t destroy the city. Canuck fans should be ashamed for their actions.
Last night's dismal outing by the Canucks made us think back to the 1994 Stanley Cup, when on June 14, 1994, the Vancouver Canucks fell to the New York Rangers in Game 7. It was a simliar start to last night's "game" when the home squad jumped on top early and held the opposition to a scoreless first period. However, back in '94, the Canucks didn’t give up. Down 2-0, the Western Conference champs pulled it together and came back with a short-handed goal by team captain, Trevor Linden, to cut the lead to one. Mark Messier then restored a 2-goal Ranger lead late in the second period, followed shortly by yet another Trevor Linden goal. The Rangers managed to stay out of reach and held on to win Game 7.
Madison Square Garden erupted into cheers as the Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years.
1994 was the second NHL Stanley Cup Finals appearance for Vancvouer and it was also their second loss.
Last night, the Vancouver Canucks didn’t seem to show up to Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins set the tone quickly by jumping on top 4-0 in the first period and went on to completely dominated the entire game. The Finals go back to Vancouver tomorrow night for Game 7…hopefully both teams will be playing. Will third time be a charm or will Boston claim their fifth Cup?
Happy 71st birthday to legendary centerman Stan “Stosh” Mikita. Mikita was born in 1940, in the town of Sokolce of the Slovak Republic. Mikita’s birth name was actually Stanislav Guoth, but when Czechoslovakia became a Communist controlled country, Stosh fled to Ontario. Once in Ontario, he was adopted by his aunt and uncle and changed his name to Mikita.
Mikita played an amazing 21 seasons in the NHL, and all for the Chicago Blackhawks. Mikita was an incredible scorer throughout his career, however, he was also well known for his temper in his early years. Upon retiring during the ’79-’80 season, Mikita was third overall in career scoring and seventh overall in career games played. Three years after his retirement, Mikita was elected in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Over the course of his 21 season career, Mikita won the Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP) twice, the Art Ross Trophy (NHL’s leading scorer) four times, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (league’s most sportsmanlike player) twice and was a Stanley Cup Champion in 1961. Mikita’s number #21 jersey is retired by the Blackhawks.
Happy Birthday Stosh!
Ravi Baichwal of the abc 7 News Team stopped by the Mitchell & Ness store in Philadelphia yesterday as the Blackhawks return to the City of Brotherly Love for Game 6of the Stanley Cup Finals.