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Lightning knock out Canadiens in six games‏

Lightning knock out Canadiens in six games‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning have advanced to this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Final, this after defeating the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 4-1 on Tuesday night.

The Bolts played their most complete game of the series in game six, frustrating the Habs with a stellar defensive performance.

Tampa Bay sniper Steven Stamkos scored his third goal of the playoffs, which turned out to be the game winner, just minutes in to yesterday’s second period.

The Lightning will now face the winner of the New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals series, which is currently knotted up at three games apiece.

Game 7 between the Caps and Rangers takes place tonight at Madison Square Garden at 7:30pm EST.

With the win, Tampa Bay will advance to the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2011.

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Ducks oust Flames, advance to Western Conference Finals‏

Ducks oust Flames, advance to Western Conference Finals‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames by a final score of 3-2 on Sunday night, thus advancing to play the Chicago Blackhawks in this year’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final.

Ducks sniper Corey Perry scored the series winning goal just 2:26 in to the game’s first overtime period. The goal marked Perry’s seventh tally of the playoffs.

The victory marks the first time that the Ducks have advanced to the Western Conference Finals since 2007, the last year the team won the Stanley Cup.

Anaheim will now face a Chicago Blackhawks team who has played in five of the past seven Western Conference Finals.

Chicago is coming off a 4-0 series sweep of the Minnesota Wild.

The Ducks will need forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler to continue their hot play if they hope to defeat the high-powered Blackhawks squad.

As for the Flames, Sunday served as a disappointing end to a fantastic season for the young Calgary squad.

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Blackhawks sweep wild, advance to Western Conference Finals!‏

Blackhawks sweep wild, advance to Western Conference Finals!‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

For the third time in as many years, the Chicago Blackhawks have knocked the Minnesota Wild out of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blackhawks defeated the Wild by a final score of 4-3 on Thursday night, thus earning a spot in this year’s Western Conference Final.

Chicago will now face the winner of the Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames series, which Anaheim currently leads 2-1.

Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 37 saves in game 4, and was instrumental in the Blackhawks four-game sweep of the Wild.

The victory marks the fifth time in seven years that Chicago has made it to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final.

Chicago was led by the play of captain Jonathon Toews and sniper Patrick Kane throughout the series.

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Titans expect Mariota to start at QB this season!‏

Titans expect Mariota to start at QB this season!‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The Tennessee Titans used the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to select former Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The 21-year-old Hawaiian had a sensational final college season, throwing for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns with the Ducks.

Despite the arrival of the 2014 Heisman trophy winner, many fans and media thought that Marcus Mariota would have to battle Zach Mettenberger for the Titans starting quarterback position.

However, according to Titans GM Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt, the starting quarterback position is already Mariota’s and they plan to use the skills of Zach Mettenberger as an insurance policy incase anything happens to their new franchise QB:

“The way this league is going on, very seldom do you get a quarterback that goes through the whole season,” Whisenhunt said. “So Zach will get an opportunity at some point. When he does, he’s got to be ready to take advantage of that. He’ll (Zach) get a lot of work in preseason. He’ll get some work with the (first team) and he’ll get prepared.”

Webster added:

“We just talked before I came in (to the news conference), so he’s up for the challenge,” Webster added. “I think one of the things that was important for Zach to understand is that he built up a lot of good equity with what he did. There’s a lot of potential there, and we’re excited about Zach. I think he will embrace this situation here and he won’t be traded.”

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