Catchy Slogans Win Stanley Cups

It seems like every year, some team has a witty or inspirational slogan painted on their dressing room wall or made into a t shirt for the whole team to wear in solidarity. Should these catch phrases or slogans drive a team any more than battling through 82 games to get there? Apparently, catchy slogans win Stanley Cups.

“Climb the mountain”, “one win at a time”, “play for each other”, “you’re a minus, you sit next game”…ok that wasn’t one. There always seems to be one or more teams that adopt this approach and somehow they think it gives them a better chance to win. Lets look at a few examples:

2004 Calgary Flames – a green hardhat is given to the hardworking player of the game. Great, you have hard workers and a guy gets the hard hat until he showers and then could care less until the next win. Worked until the last game of the year, no one got it after that, Tampa won.

2006 Edmonton Oilers – awful homeless looking leather jacket. Again, hardworking player type award that wasn’t given away on the last game of the year, Carolina won.

2007 Dallas Stars – GIT R DONE hats in camoflage. I could not WAIT until the Canucks beat those clowns to shove that stupid idea in their face. It took 7 games but it happened.

Maybe teams paint the Stanley Cup on a wall in their dressing room with the numbers 1-16 or 16-1 and cross off the games as they win. Its not original anymore fellas, everyone does it now. This year’s New York Rangers have a neat Stanley Cup puzzley deal that adds a ring for each win, or some part of the cup. Kinda cool, its different, cheezy but different.

I commend the Columbus Blue Jackets for even bothering with their effort this post season. Look at the puck display they created. Good for them, good for themmmm. You’re cute Columbus, don’t ever change. Sure they had 2 pucks on that board but did they really think they were going to get 16? Cute.

I think the inspirational stuff needs to end. The new motivation is on social media. The Montreal Canadiens and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had a friendly wager that didn’t quite go the Habs way….take a look.

These are so depressing and yet so great! Look online for all 10 photos.

And finally, to get the Cup started right, the Rangers own LA before the opening faceoff:

Winning is an attitude….ok I stole that one from somewhere. Enjoy the Final folks!

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Canadiens Loss Has Costly Price

La Belle Province was ready to rock Saturday but the New York Rangers had other plans. Habs goalie, Carey Price, was roughed up for 4 goals and a leg injury. The blue shirts didn’t stop and potted another 3. Game 2 will have to be vastly different if “Canada’s team” wants to keep playing. The catch is, Carey Price won’t be part of their plans.

The Montreal Canadiens have been on quite a run this spring and the Rangers didnt seem to care. They too have been proving this year is no joke. The Habs have a solid group and can ask for help on any kine or defensive pairing but after one game, they looked pedestrian. The loss of Price was confirmed Monday morning so the pipes belong to Peter Budaj.

Hopefully Habs fans cherished the picture above of Mr. Roy because there is a good chance they will have to wait another year….wait. Have we written Budaj off already? Thats ridiculous! Well, not entirely. Budaj had a great start to his NHL career but has basically played second fiddle for the past few years. If the Canadiens play to their shown potential, this series is far from over. Budaj isn’t terrible and could very possibly keep his team in this.

If I’m the Rangers though, its time to tighten the noose and choke out Montreal. The Rangers are on a roll and they can punch their ticket if King Henrik (Lundqvist) continues his stellar play.

Well Montreal, it’s been real. Time to come back to reality.

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But Its My Hockey Scores

Having the Canucks out of the playoffs really puts your life into perspective, there is actually life outside of hockey. Thankfully the hockey this spring has been so amazingly awesome it hasn’t mattered the Nucks are out. Multiple OT’s, Patrick Kane’s OH WOW goal and PK Subban; what’s not to like? Oh right, life outside of hockey. Let’s just pretend I wrote that later.

Montreal took at 2-1 series lead Tuesday night over the Bruins and up until this point, zero riots in french town. Now, if the Habs were to let’s say win round 2? OK it would berserk mode. I am also loving the fact that PK Subban is actually a hero now. No more “blame it on PK”. This kid is wicked good and I’m proud to say he’s Canadian like me, but…he is more Canadien…hmmm not sure how I can figure that one out.

If you happen to have seen Mr. Kane’s goal the other day, which was recently, you appreciate a good goal. You also appreciate mullets and do not like that he doesn’t play for your team, unless you like Chicago; in that case you’re dead to me. Here it is if you have been in a cave or you know, you were outside:

Oh, before you see this goal, the main photo is courtesy of OK, now here’s the goal:

Patrick Kane dazzles with awesome backhand goal

Neat right? Ya, I thought so too.

Still pretty bummed Columbus is out, that would have been fun.

So to recap:: ya that’s right two colons::Montreal winning and not rioting, yet. PK Subban is really cool, canadien AND canadian. And finally Patrick Kane is better than pretty much anything you have ever done.