By: Chris Taylor
The 2013 Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks have advanced to the second round of this year’s playoffs, this after defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in game 6 of their first-round series last night at the United Center.
After suffering overtime losses in the first 2 games of the series, Chicago’s ‘big guns’ stepped up and led the team passed the hard-hitting Blues squad.
Chicago was led as always by captain Jonathon Toews, who scored 3 goals and added 4 assists during the opening round series with the Blues.
The 2-time Stanley Cup winner, Toews, scored his third goal of the series while on the power-play, just 44 seconds into the third period. That goal gave Chicago a 2-1 lead, which they would not relinquish.
The Blackhawks will now await the winner of the Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild series. Colorado currently leads that series 3-2, with game 6 taking place tonight in Minnesota.
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By: Chris Taylor
The Anaheim Ducks will be moving on to the NHL playoffs second round, this after defeating the Stars 5-4 in overtime last night in Dallas.
Anaheim’s Nick Bonino scored his second goal of the game just 2:47 into the overtime frame, advancing the Ducks to the Western Conference Playoffs second round.
It was quite the comeback for Anaheim, who trailed Dallas by a score of 4-2 with under 5 minutes left in Sunday night’s game.
Bonino scored his first goal with just 2:10 remaining in regulation, narrowing the Stars lead to 4-3. Then, with only 24 seconds remaining on the clock, Devante Smith-Pelly scored for Anaheim to send the game to overtime.
The Stars fans went from celebrating an expected game 7, to crying over a shocking game 6 defeat in the span of just 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Western Conference leading Ducks will now return home, where they will wait to play the winner of the San Jose vs. Los Angeles series, game 6 of which occurs tonight.
Be sure to catch all the live NHL playoff action at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!
By: Chris Taylor
The surprising Columbus Blue Jackets will invade Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center this evening in hopes of taking their first lead in the opening round Eastern Conference playoff series with the Penguins.
The Blue Jackets entered the series as heavy underdogs to the 2009 Stanley Cup winning Penguins, but find themselves tied at 2 games a piece.
Both of Columbus’ victories have come in overtime, their latest being a thrilling game 4 comeback that saw the Blue Jackets win their first ever home playoff game 4-3 on Wednesday night.
The Blue Jackets will look to use the momentum they earned Wednesday in tonight’s pivotal game 5 versus the Penguins.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh will be looking to bounce back, this after coughing up a 3-0 lead to the Blue Jackets in game 4.
The Pens, who are led by NHL points leader Sidney Crosby, have to find a way to play a full 60 minutes of hard hockey.
Pittsburgh has shown flashes of brilliance in the series, but have found little consistency from their efforts.
The Pens will likely lean on Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin this evening, with both superstars looking to earn their first goal of the series. So far, Malkin and Crosby have combined for 8 assists in the first four games of the series.
Be sure to come watch all the live NHL playoff action at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations! Game 5 between Pittsburgh and Columbus takes place tonight at 7pm ET.
By: Chris Taylor
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to invade Baltimore this evening for the UFC 172 pay-per-view event.
The card is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight featuring rating champ Jon “Bones” Jones taking on the hard-hitting Glover Teixeira.
Jon Jones was last seen in action at September 2013’s UFC 165 event in Toronto, where he edged out challenger Alexander Gustafsson on the judges score cards to retain his light heavyweight title. Prior to his close call with Gus, “Bones” had basically dismantled all the other challengers in his division. The 26-year-old has defeated a number of former champions during his young career, including the likes of Shogun Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort.
Tonight, Jones will face another stiff test in the form of Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira, a man who hasn’t tasted defeat in over 9 years. Glover is currently riding a 20-fight unbeaten streak which includes a 5-0 record inside the octagon. Teixeira was most recently seen in action in September of 2013, where he knocked out Ryan Bader in the first round of their main event scrap at UFC Fight Night 28.
The evenings co-main event features a key light heavyweight match-up between perennial contender Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis taking on Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who will be making his octagon return.
Here is the full UFC 172 fight card:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira – for light heavyweight title
- Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson
- Tim Boetsch vs. Luke Rockhold
- Yancy Medeiros vs. Jim Miller
- Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Timothy Elliott
- Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
- Bethe Correia vs. Jessamyn Duke
- Charlie Brenneman vs. Danny Castillo
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
- Chris Beal vs. Patrick Williams
Be sure to come watch this sure to be awesome UFC pay-per-view event live this evening at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations. Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.