Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 Playoffs Pathers Vs. Devils

The Devils eliminated the Panthers tonight in game 7. This has been another back and fourth series with both teams giving up multiple goal leads with most games within 1 goal, it's been a great 1st round now onto the next! So here are the goaltenders of the series Florida's Jose Theodore and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur.
Jose Theodore

Martin Brodeur

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2012 Playoffs Rangers Vs. Senators

Another game 7 tomorrow between the Rangers and Senators which has been another unpredictable series in the East, the Rangers inability to score is showing in the playoffs, and like the Capitals did to the Bruins, just cashed in on heir chances I can see the Senators easily pulling an upset like the Capitals did tonight. So here is the New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik and Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson.

Marian Gaborik

Craig Anderson

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2012 Playoffs Bruins Vs. Capitals

Game 7 is coming up tomorrow night between these two teams. This has been an up and down series for each team and can be a toss up for game 7. The Capitals came into the playoffs playing tight defense and have received great goaltending from Braden Holtby while capitalizing on their opportunities (pun intended) with some help by some shaky goaltending fro Tim Thomas. So here are two pieces featuring the Boston Bruins Tyler Seguin and the Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin.
Tyler Seguin

Alex Ovechkin

Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 Playoffs Coyotes Vs. Blackhawks

Earlier tonight the Phoenix Coyotes eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks 4 games to 1. The big story in this series was Goaltending, Mike Smith was at the top of his game throughout the series. His counter part Corey Crawford was good most of the time but had a tendency to give up the bad goal here and there...two overtime goals come to mind. This sets up a 2nd round playoff in the west where each goalie is playing extremely well, Quick, Rinne, Smith and Elliot, this should be a very tight race to win the West. So here is the Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette and Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp.

Paul Bissonnette

Patrick Sharp

Sunday, April 22, 2012

2012 Playoffs Blues Vs. Sharks

Last night the St. Louis Blues eliminated the San Jose Sharks 4 games to 1. Most games in this series were close but the big guns on thee Sharks were unable to solve the Blues tight defensive play and great  goaltending. Looks like some big changes will need to be made for the Sharks for next year, they can't shouldn't blame Nemi for the loss, as he was inconstant during the season he was solid in the playoffs. So here are pieces featuring the St. Louis Blues David Perron who scored the GWG last night and San Jose Sharks Antti Niemi.

David Perron

Antti Niemi

Friday, April 20, 2012

2012 Playoffs Predators Vs. Red Wings

Earlier tonight the Predators eliminated the Red wings 4 games to 1. While each game was close, I thought the Wing would be able to push it to 7 Games. Although the Red wings aren't at their best in say Game for, this series shows how sound they are Defensively. I really like the Predators to go to the Western Finals, I can see them facing the Blues there and which ever team gets the breaks will go to the cup.

Pekka Rinne

Pavel Datsyuk

Thursday, April 19, 2012

2012 Playoffs Penguins Vs. Flyers

Well this series has been the most talked about series of round 1. The goal-tending has been awful for both teams and I have to think if Fleury is able to play as well as he normally does the Penguins would've already won the series, but the only dimension of either team that has played well in this series is the offense. I believe the turning point of this series is the blown off sides call on Briere in game 1, although not the only reason the Penguins lost that game, it certainly changed the style of play both teams played during the rest of the game, Flyers were within 2 and Penguins were playing prevent defense, and after the comeback the Flyers had all the momentum which gave the flyers belief whenever they get down they could always come back...unless the Penguins score 10 somehow, that would be pretty tough, but not impossible in this series.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin

Claude Giroux

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 Playoffs Canucks Vs. Kings

Finally back, been busy working on tons of drawings for the playoffs...Just like in years past I try to have one artwork for each team in the playoffs and a post with both of them, as always reader submissions are a great help and give different perspectives. So here...we...go!

So far this series is quite a surprise how the Canucks can't seem to get any offense for one of the most touted offensively talented teams. Kesler has gone down a couple notches in my belt from watching this series, he has been of my most respected players in the NHL, granted I don't see many Canuck games games being on the east coast but the blatant dives he has preformed over the series, just losses respect, I know all teams have players that dive and embellish but there's a certain level where your just shaking your head and Kesler for me has reached that level (and beyond). The  biggest reason the Kings are up 3-0 is because of Quick, he is one of my favorite goaltenders in the NHL to watch play, he's very acrobatic and isn't one of the straight up strictly butterfly goalies. He is always playing down low, its just fun to watch a different style and I hope it continues to work for him. Another story in the series has been Luongo, while I thought he played well so far in the series besides a few dribblers around the pads (I believe if he had smaller or form fitting pads a lot of those kinds of goals on him would go away, they just look too big and clunky) he was replaced by Schneider in game 3 which couldn't produce a win or a goal. Hopefully Luongo will be back for game 4 and the series goes on. Here are two drawings of  the goaltenders for the teams Roberto Luongo and Jonathan Quick.

Roberto Luongo

Jonathan Quick