The Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup Champions! With Rachel unavailable, Steven gives his thoughts on Pittsburgh’s rise to the top of the NHL this season, how Crosby proved he was still the best player on the planet and deserved Conn Smythe Trophy recipient (despite not scoring a goal in the Final), and how Martin Jones basically willed his San Jose Sharks teammates along when they were clearly spent by the end of these playoffs. We’ll be back later with a wrap-up episode, but for now, enjoy this short interlude!
The Stanley Cup Final (not Finals) hasn’t quite gone as hoped for for Rachel and her temporary favourite team, the San Jose Sharks. Overpowered and outplayed, the Sharks are now down to the Pittsburgh Penguins three games to one, and they’ll have to stop Pittsburgh from winning their first ever Cup on home ice on Thursday night in order to survive. Other topics discussed in this episode: Awesomecon in Washington DC, musicals, and Finnish radio calls!
The Stanley Cup Final is set! It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners of three Stanley Cups, their most recent in 2009, versus the San Jose Sharks in their first ever Finals appearance. Rachel and Steven both wear their hearts on their teal sleeves during this episode in cheering for the Sharks and their ragtag band of beards, although both realize that the Penguins are a formidable opponent indeed. Also, the World Cup of Hockey rosters were finalized, and what’s not to love about the Team North America roster? Gostisbehere, Nugent-Hopkins, and Auston Matthews all made the team, which has already won over both Hockey Feels hosts. Bring on September! But first – bring on the Stanley Cup Final!
It’s the Conference Finals! And not only do we have one not-quite-underdog-but-underachieving-franchise in the West, we have two! Both the Blues and Sharks are looking to eviscerate past playoff failures, while past champions Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh duke it out in the East. We also talk about Ovechkin’s choice to play for Russia in the World Championships, the coaching vacancies still present in Anaheim and Calgary, and the retirement of former New York Riveters goalie Jenny Scrivens.
A great week for the Oilers and their perfect 5-0-0 homestand has buoyed Steven this week, while Rachel’s Flyers suffered a couple losses to offset an impressive win over the Blues. But talk of change in Pittsburgh, a new sponsorship deal with the NWHL, and the troubling story of parental abuse suffered by former NHLer Patrick O’Sullivan dominates this week’s episode!
It took a while, but John Tortorella is back in the NHL, taking over the rudder of the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets. Other teams not doing so well – the Ducks and the Penguins – occupy the discussion this week, but there is plenty to talk about regarding Rachel’s Flyers and Steven’s Oilers, as well, on another jam packed edition of Hockey Feels!