It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
-Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic – The Man in the Arena” (1910)
Kristians Pelss was a winner.
Everywhere he went, everything he did, he won. This isn’t about championships, pennants, scoring titles or MVP awards. This is about a young man, in pursuit of his dream, and never straying from that path. It almost seemed like destiny for Kristians Pelss to end up in the NHL.
This year’s match-up between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins has the potential to be an absolute classic.
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Sometimes a series comes along that doesn’t just have faithful hockey fans breathless with anticipation, sitting on the edge of their seats and anxiously counting down the hours until puck-drop, but has the charisma to make the world sit up and take notice, the power to steal the focus of an entire nation, if only for a few hours. The Chicago Blackhawks vs. the Boston Bruins is such a series, pitting not only two of the Original Six franchises against each other for the first time since 1979, but showcasing two of America’s most passionate cities for what could possibly be seven games which immortalise players in the chronicles of NHL history and forever in the minds of those watching.
This Stanley Cup Final could be a veritable feast of hockey brilliance and this post takes a look at the key aspects that will determine whether it can live up to its monumental billing.
Chicago’s Patrick Kane celebrates scoring the OT winner which finished the series.
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Heading into their Western Conference Final, both the Chicago Blackhawks and the L.A Kings were brimming with confidence. After striding past the Minnesota Wild in the opening round of the playoffs, the Hawks had proved most of their doubters wrong with a stunning comeback against a surprising Detroit Red Wings, recovering from a 3-1 series deficit to advance in seven games. It was a similar story for the Kings, after showing great resilience to power past the St Louis Blues 4-2 in round one, they were asked to show all of their Stanley Cup winning mettle against San Jose. They responded in superb fashion, goaltender Jonathan Quick finding his Conn Smythe winning form at the perfect time to carry his team to victory.
Ahead of tonight’s Game One with the Boston Bruins, this post takes a look back at how a Chicago roster with simply too much depth to handle and with stars shining bright, trumped L.A in five games to earn a shot at Sir Stanley’s Cup.
With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, some other news stories from the NHL have gotten lost in the flood.
Stunning news out of the Alberta capital today as the Edmonton Oilers announced the firing of Ralph Krueger as the head coach of the team. Krueger was hired last year after spending 2 years as an associate coach to Tom Renney, and led the Oilers to a 19-22-7 record in the 48-game lockout shortened 2012/13 season.
Duncan Keith has led the Chicago Blackhawks in ice time each year since entering the league in 2005-06.
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After their 3-1 defeat to the L.A Kings in Game Three of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks suffered another huge blow just a day later. Star defenceman Duncan Keith was suspended for one game by the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety after striking Jeff Carter in the face with a high-stick during the loss. This post takes a look at how the absence of a player who is averaging 24:44 minutes of ice time and is a vital member of both the penalty-kill and power-play units, will affect the Hawks ahead of tonight’s game at Staples Centre.
L.A Kings’ Captain Dustin Brown celebrates after their Game Seven win over San Jose.
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Although the L.A Kings currently trail 2-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks in their Western Conference Final encounter, fighting through adversity and winning ugly has become a hallmark of the defending Stanley Cup champions. First there was the series with the Blues, losing the first two games in St Louis before winning four straight to advance. This comeback set up a second round contest with the predatory San Jose Sharks, a team brimming with confidence after sweeping the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round.
The ensuing series, pitting Californian rivals against each-other, featured a goaltender finding his Conn Smythe form, home advantage counting for everything, gargantuan hits every second and a Game Seven hero stepping up when it really mattered. This post takes a look back at the reasons the Kings defeated the Sharks, drawing parallels which may spark fear into the rampaging Blackhawks, even more so after L.A’s vital victory at Staples Centre yesterday.