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T-Bone and the Hockey Doggz Podcast: Discussing the Cup Final, the Penguins Demise, and Recent Changes

Here’s our latest effort!  In this gripping episode of the T-bone and the Hockey Doggz Podcast we discuss a little of this:

  • What happened to T-bone and Moonpie’s beloved Pittsburgh Penguins?
  • The Stanley Cup Final and how we got there
  • The NHL Playoffs are clearly the best playoffs of any sport (sorry arena football)
  • Who’s going to be taking the vacant coaching positions in NYC, DAL, and the big Van Van?
  • Colorado is gonna be weird next season
  • Tim Thomas as a boarder patrolman

I must say, it’s a pretty good episode, especially when paired with a couple-a-hundred pounds of trail mix.  As always, feel free to leave your comments below (me).  You can also tweet us @tbonehockeydogs or send us an e-mail at tboneandthehockeydoggz@gmail.com.  WOO!

 

 

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Country Music, The Blues, and Philly Soul Out, Rock-n-Roll In: NHL Playoffs Week 4

It’s the one month anniversary of the NHL Playoffs! Did you guys get them a present?  We here at T-bone and the Hockey Doggz forgot.  That is until around 11:00pm last night.  Like it or not, playoffs, this is what you get.  We lost the receipt so no whining.

Uhhmm, ‘the hell?!

What’s happened in the last week? Well, all but one series of the second round are donzos. In the battle of the hockey belt, the Phoenix Coyotes move on to the conference finals for the first time in the team’s history.  They also might not actually be moving away from Phoenix, so that’s cool.  The stories of this series were a mediocre goalie-turned-28-save-3rd-star-of-the-game as well as two Eastern Europeans who stayed out past bedtime.  Sitting the two wild and crazy guys in game three of the series was an iffy call, it is the Stanley Cup after all.  Sitting out your two best offensive players in game four and losing 1-0, what are you thinkin’?!  C’mon Barry Trotz, don’t you know that a coyote is a scavenger that can pick the bones of mortally wounded predator?  Either way, people with haircuts like these aren’t allowed to cheer a team in the conference finals. NHL awards show in Vegas, maybe.  But not the conference finals.  Hopefully their opponent in the next series is a more exciting adversary.  Oh yeah, it will be, the Blues are out.

Andy, these aren’t even food.

The St. Blues really “Blue’d it” but were hampered by a serious case of bad “Ha-luck”.  Their “star” players were not able to compete at the same level as the star players of the L.A. Kings.  If you look beyond this series on the ice, it’s plain to see that St. Louis was doomed from the get-go.  In goal, Brian Elliot “Too Many Goals In” was forced to battle with off-season Tombstone, AZ reenactor Jonathan Quick.   Andy McDonald was held to just 1 goal and 1 assist after posting 8 points in 5 games versus the Sharks.  That’s like bringing home a 6-piece McNugget to hungry family.  You’ve got to provide, man!  Aside from the hit on Dustin Penner in game 2, T.J. Oshie was a Noshie.  That’s short for No Show.  The experienced veterans on the team were a Langenbummer and were left asking, “Why Arnott we scoring more goals?”. Who told number 42 to leave his A-game backes in the regular season?  Even defensemen like Barrett Jackman got jacked, man by Ponch and John Alec Martinez and Willie Mitchell.  Plus a shattened kirk and a hitched cock sound like career ending injuries.  On the other bench, the Kings have guys with less provocative, subconsciously detrimental names like Carter, Richards, and (no shit) King.  Even a name like Kopitar make you think of a guitar, which really flows with the whole California vibe.  Bottom line: L.A was rock-n-roll and St. Louis was the blues.   The Kings totally ruled and did whatever they felt like while the Blues put a lot of heart into it but were ultimately sad and lethargic.  It’s a real no-brainer.

On the other coast, no one cares about your name.  Over there it’s all rush rush, hurry hurry and everyone just wants to get on with their business.  Case in point, the New Jersey Devils.  We can go on and on about former guest of the TB&HDz podcast the Dark Lord and his reigning power over a mere Flyer (by the way, what’s a Flyer?  A pilot?  A businessman?  Anyone with credit good enough to earn miles?), but we’re going to stick to the facts here.  A Flyer is definitely a person who loses to the Devils in five.  The evil Philadelphia Flyers losing,

The best player in the world.

Peter Laviolette, Flyers Coach

Dirt Claude Giroux to a suspension before the most important game in their season was bad but, franchise goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov scoring the game-winning goal for the opponent was worse:

At least they only have this guy for 9 more years.

Awesome!

-T-Bone and the Hockey Doggz

Not everything on the east coast is efficient and faced paced though.  That’s right, we’re talking about those bozos in Washington.  After taking 7 games to methodically eliminate the the Bruin problem in the NHL, they have now moved the focus of their austerity measures to include the Rangers themselves.  “If we have no bears,” said Capitals General Manager George McPhee, “I don’t see the need for having Rangers.” The Capitals have had a chance to win the first five games, they’ve only won two.  It’s tight, defensive hockey, but Brad Richards is really good.  So is Henrik Lundqvist.  Tonight’s game will either see the New York Rangers move on or those bureaucrats in Washington will drag this series out to 7 games.  Which team will be the one to run with the devil[s]?

Don’t forget to leave us a comment!  You can e-mail us at tboneandthehockeydoggz@gmail.com .  Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @tbonehockeydogz for live tweets of games, sometimes.  Our end-of-the-second-round-podcast is coming up soon!  You can subscribe to that on iTunes riiiiiggghhhhht hhheeerrrreee.

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You Can’t Stop a Frieght Train: NHL Playoffs Week 3

Nor can you stop an Oshie, Mr. Penner:

Evergreen State represent!

We are in the thick of the NHL Playoffs and there ain’t no goin’ back.  Since we last talked, a lot has happened.  I’m talking burned-out-warehouse-abandoned-lot if you know what I’m sayin’.  First off, remember those games sevens we discussed last week?  I’d be goddamned if I told you there wasn’t an upset, ’cause there was!  The Washington Capitals sent the defending Stanley Cup champions home last Wednesday with a goal scored off the stick of 4th-line “playoff performer” Joel Ward.  Assisting on the goal was veteran/usual scratch Mike Knuble.  Vindication was his to take after being sat the first 3 games of the series.  The real story for the Caps has been rookie goalie Brayden Holtby who was able to beat the reigning elite goaltender turned wacko Tim Thomas.  How good would he look in a Columbus Blue Jackets sweater?

The Capitals moved on to face the New York Rangers, who had just squeaked out a win against the 8th seeded Ottawa Senators.  You want to talk about rookies and playoff performers, look at this Chris Kreider fella.  He’s got 2 goals (both of which are game-winners) and 1 assist in 7 games.  IN THE NHL PLAYOFFS.  That’s more than the Sens can say for their Swedish Elite League “super-star” MVP Jakob Silfvzef7bergs.  Go back to Sweden! USA! USA!  The Rangers/Capitals series is now tied at 1.

The New Jersey Devils were also able to win their game 7 against the Florida Panthers.  With the help of another rookie name-a Adam Henrique.  Double OT, he comes from the corner, snatches a fluttering puck out of the air, and spanks it past Jose Theodore.  What a goal:

Drawing the evil Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, the Devils lost the first game thanks to the hands and feet of Danny “too good for the regular season” Briere.  Last night Bryzgalov looked like he might steal one for the Flyers, but then let in a goal, then another, and then another.  That series is also tied at 1

Here is the playoff landscape as of May 1st, straight from the TBHDz Playoff War Room

The Phoenix/Nashville series has been pretty entertaining so far.  Those ‘Yotes are hot thanks to Mike Smith’s knack for surprising people.  They even managed to score 5 goals in one game, against a Vezina finalist no less.  The Coyotes are up 2-0 in this series but keep in mind two of the newest Predators, Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov, were most definitely out hitting the famous Phoenix club scene the night before Sunday’s loss and will be sitting out tonight.  I think my man Jordin Tootoo better have a chat with those two clowns before they get there hands on more Stolichnaya.

Finally, the Kings.  They ripped the axe out of the hands of Johnny Canuck and proceeded to chop his wang off.  They then traveled to St. Louis where their lust for bar-b-que was subdued somehow (pancakes?) and they were able to throw themselves mercilessly at the Blues.  Much like the last series, the Kings have scored 8 goals games in the first two games and have only given up 3.  Now, if that’s not “Key To the Game” graphic material, I don’t know what is!

What's that you say?! Image: Puck Daddy

Fun Facts:

  • Every seed is represented in this years 2nd round.
  • Before the games tonight, both series in the West are 2-0 and both in the East are 1-1
  • The cunning yet fiendish Rangers fans have turned Ottawa’s “countdown to praise” for their beloved Daniel Alfredsson into a “countdown to hate” for any opposing star.  Alexander Ovechkin is immune.
  • I’m naked right now

Be sure to leave us a comment if you agree or disagree with anything stated above.  You can also send an e-mail to tboneandthehockeydoggz@gmail.com, we really like reading e-mails.  Follow us on twitter @tbonehockeydoggz and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here.  Week 4, here we come!

 

-T-bone

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T-bone and the Hockey Doggz No. 12: First Round Reflections and Second Round Inspections

The completed first round bracket from T-bone and the Hockey Doggz

The end of the first round of the NHL Playoffs is behind us.  Hell, the start of the second round is back there too.  But T-bone and the Hockey Doggz don’t care.  We can still talk about it, right?!  Bloody well right!

We did just that last night!  And here are just a few of the things we touched on:

  • Racism (we’re against it)
  • Biggest first round surprises
  • First round suspensions
  • Second round thoughts
  • Exclusive: T-bone and the Hockey Doggz’z live reaction to this save by Jonathan Quick:

  • Have the St. Louis Blues “Blue’d it” already?

 

A couple of things to note:

  1. We hate the Philadelphia Flyers
  2. Moonpie does not express the unanimous consent of the Hockey Doggz as a whole

Here it it guys, in it’s dirty dozen glory. Enjoy!

 

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First Round Leaves Many Frowns: NHL Playoffs Week Two

So far Moonpie and T-bone have predicted the outcome of 1 series. That's why they pay us the big bucks.

The frowns started in Michigan back on Friday when the ‘young guns’ of the Nashville Predators sent the ‘old farts’ of the Detroit Red Wings a-packin’ in just 5 games.  A team that just four years ago won Lord Stanley’s Cup was eliminated in the first round by newcomers to this whole “winning in the playoffs” thing.  It really got me thinking about the Wings; there will be a time when the Red Wings do notmake the playoffs.  Weird right?!  It’s been since the days of Adam Oates and a young Steve Yzerman that Detroit was last thought as one of those “other teams” in the Western Conference and not a formidable cup contender.  I’m sorry Wings fans, but I can’t say I’m sad to see your days of dominance come to an end.  Give someone else a try for once, c’mon.

With the end of that first playoff series one of the best traditions in hockey was witnessed for the first time since last June; the handshake.  Imagine what it’s like working your guts out against another person, trying to beat them no matter what for a week or two, then having to look into their eyes and shake their hand once it’s decided one team is better than the other.  You can’t find such a tremendous display of humility and sportsmanship like this at the end of a grueling series in any other sport!   Regardless of whether you’re the winner or loser, it’s probably pretty weird, although I’m sure the winners have a much better time at these end of game gatherings.

Aww, poor Sharkies. Maybe next year! Or if you're on a different team.

That’s how it all began, and next we said goodbye to San Jose Sharks.  Not a real shocker in the moment, but if someone had told you in the beginning of the season that the 7th seeded Sharks were going to get eliminated in 5 games in the first round by the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues, you’d be all like, “saayy whaatt?!”

We then said goodbye to the Vancouver Canucks and that was a real shocker.  It’s pretty hard to believe that the President’s Trophy winner and former Western Conference Champions would lose so decisively to the 8th seeded Kings, but that’s what’s so great about the playoffs, you never know what’s going to happen!  Raffi Torres could get suspended 25 games!

The beloved Pittsburgh Penguins were sent home by the evil Philadelphia Flyers.  A lot of people picked these Pens to go on another Stanley Cup run but they were simply out-played by the Flyers and didn’t really deserve to win.  All we can hope for now is that the Rangers can be the Senators in tonight’s game 7…which brings me to my next point: Game 7’s!!  We’ll have three of these babies in the East this year!  The division winners have all had their hands full with the bottom of conference playoff barrel, but we’ll know what the second round match-ups are by the end of Thursday.

Mike Smith really bailed out the Phoenix Coyotes in their series with the Chicago Blackhawks.  Without him they would be toast, but with his goose egg performance the Quarterfinal match-ups are set in stone in the West: Blues-Kings and Coyotes-Predators.  One of these four will represent the West in the Cup Final, who are you rooting for?

All things being equal, Smitty's mask is pretty dope.

Feel free to leave us a comment, write to us via e-mail here, and follow us on twitter here.  Sometime after Thursday and before the second round starts we’ll put up a podcast with our first round thoughts and second round predictions.  You can hear our old p-casts here!

-T-bone

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T-bone and the Hockey Doggz no. 11: Trophy Winners and 1st Round Playoff Predictions From the Playoff War Room!

T-bone and the Hockey Doggz have successfully cranked it up to 11 to coincide with the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  This episode was recorded last night from and undisclosed location known only as TB & HDz Playoff War Room.  THE PLAYOFFS START IN T-MINUS 30 MINUTES which doesn’t give you enough time to listen to the whole thing but you can listen to part now and then pause it and come back to it later.

In the first period we discuss our guesses votes as to who will win what trophy.  Through a thorough discussion we came to some pretty interesting conclusions about the winners.  We also chose a winner for the first ever T-bone and the Hockey Doggz Kane Trophy (pictures to come), an award that goes to the player who best exemplifies excellence and general awesomeness among T-bone and the Hockey Doggz.  Betcha can’t guess who it’s going to!

The second and third periods are devoted solely to NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Who’s gonna win what series in the West?  Who’s gonna win what series in the East?  We state our predictions and reasons why, and hilarity ensues.

Listen to it, and tell us if you think we are “right on!”, or if we are “real dumb…”.  Either way let us know by posting a comment, or emailing us here, or you can follow us on twitter here and tweet to us all day and all night.  Oh, and T-bone sincerely apologizes for all of the snorting…he got sick yesterday, give him a break!  HAPPY PLAYOFFS EVERYONE!!

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