Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2016 Stanley Cup

Some people complain that the IIHF World Championships are played in May, which is incomprehensible because it hardly requires snow and ice out there to enjoy some good hockey. We who are following the finals of the Stanley Cup are accustomed to a hockey season that continues well into June! This year the final series was played between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks. Penguins have had a hard time repeating their success from 2009 and the San Jose Sharks have had some good performances in the group stage but struggling in the playoffs.

Pittsburg Penguins won the 2016 Stanley Cup

As usual the finals were decided in a series of seven games. Penguins took the command right away, winning two consecutive games (game 1: 3-2, game 2: 2-1 OT). Now, many people thought that San Jose would have a hard time matching the Penguins in this series. However, The Sharks managed to bounce back and won game three in overtime (3-2). This was necessary in order to keep the series alive, and suddenly it was “only” 2-1 in matches. Pittsburgh continued to play their game though and extended the lead to 3-1 in game four (3-1). Again, San Jose reduced the series (4-2), but in the end Pittsburgh decided the finals through a 3-1 victory in game 6. Patric Hörnqvist put the last puck in the empty net. In addition to Hörnqvist another Swede, Carl Hagelin also became a Stanley Cup champion in 2016. Captain Sidney Crosby again got to raise the trophy, just like in 2009. In San Jose, it was less happy faces when players like Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, despite huge playoff beards, did not last all the way this year. They managed to advance all the way to the final and managed to defeat their playoff ghost in the form of the Los Angeles Kings though.

Now we look forward to the silly season before it’s time to drop the puck at the World Cup of Hockey 2016!

Pittsburg Penguins vann Stanley Cup 2016

Sidney Crosby

Somliga klagar på att hockey-VM avgörs i maj, vilket är oförståeligt då det knappast krävs snö och is ute för att avnjuta bra ishockey. Vi som följer slutspelet i Stanley Cup är vana vid att säsongen fortsätter en bra bit in i juni! I år avgjordes finalserien mellan Pittsburgh Penguins och San Jose Sharks. Penguins har haft en lång baksmälla sedan succén 2009 och San Jose Sharks i sin tur har följt upp fina grundspel med usla slutspel.

Pittsburg Penguins vann med 4-2 i matcher

Som vanligt var det bäst av sju matcher som gällde i finalen. Penguins tog kommandot direkt med 2-0 i matcher (match 1: 3-2, match 2: 2-1 efter övertid). Då trodde många att San Jose skulle få svårt att hävda sig i den här serien. Hajarna lyckades dock studsa tillbaka och tog hem match tre på övertid (3-2). Nödvändigt för att hålla serien vid liv, och plötsligt stod det “bara” 2-1 i matcher. Pittsburgh fortsatte dock att trampa på och utökade ledningen till 3-1 i matcher i match fyra (3-1). Åter igen reducerade San Jose (4-2), men till slut kunde Pittsburgh avgöra via seger 3-1 i match 6. Patric Hörnqvist satte sista pucken i tom kasse. Utöver Hörnqvist fick vi även ytterligare en svensk Stanley Cup-mästare i Carl Hagelin. Segern betydde att kapten Sidney Crosby åter igen fick lyfta Stanley Cup-bucklan som kapten, precis som 2009. Det har dock varit en lång väntan för ett Penguins som haft svårt att hitta tillbaka till det spel som gjorde dem så bra i finalserien mot Detroit för sju år sedan. I San Jose var det mindre glada miner när spelare som Joe Thornton och Brent Burns, trots enorma slutspelsskägg, inte räckte hela vägen i år, trots att de avancerade ända till final och lyckades besegra sitt slutspelsspöke i form av Los Angeles Kings.

Nu ser vi fram emot Silly Season innan det är dags att släppa pucken i World Cup of Hockey 2016!

Stanley Cup 2016: Sharks vs Penguins

After some great action in the semifinals, we can now look forward to an exciting final series in the 2016 Stanley Cup. The two teams that are contesting for the cup are Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks. Penguins has won Stanley Cup three times; during the dynasty years 1991 and 1992, and in 2009 when captain Sidney Crosby and his young Russian partner Evgeni Malkin led their team to victory. Sharks was founded in 1991 and has never won a Stanley Cup. During the years they have made excellent performances in the league, but failed to convert that into success in the play offs. Now they have finally reached their first Stanley Cup final!

Road to the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals

Penguins finished second in the Metropolitan division, behind Washington Capitals. They eliminated New York Rangers in the round of 16 (4-1), Washington in the quarterfinals (4-2) and finally, last years finalist Tampa Bay Lighting in the semifinal (4-3). Pittsburgh won the deciding game seven 2-1.

Sharks finished third in the Pacific division, behind Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. In the play offs they eliminated Kings (4-1), Nashville Predators (4-3) and finally St Louis Blues (4-2).

So what we have is one team that have experienced the taste of victory before, against a team full of hungry sharks that wants a bite. Chances are though, that experience will matter in the final series so we put our hard-earned money on Pittsburgh Penguins. However, we hope for a tight and exciting final series in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals! As we all know, when the puck drops, history will be made.

There are four Swedes playing the final:

Melker Karlsson, center, San Jose Sharks
Carl Hagelin, forward, Pittsburgh Penguins
Patric Hörnqvist, forward, Pittsburg Penguins
Oscar Sundqvist, center, Pittsburgh Penguins

Prior Stanley Cup winners (2000-)

2015 – Chicago Blackhawks
2014 – Los Angeles Kings
2013 – Chicago Blackhawks
2012 – Los Angeles Kings
2011 – Boston Bruins
2010 – Chicago Blackhawks
2009 – Pittsburgh Penguins
2008 – Detroit Red Wings
2007 – Anaheim Ducks
2006 – Carolina Hurricanes
(2005 – Lockout)
2004 – Tampa Bay Lightning
2003 – New Jersey Devils
2002 – Detroit Red Wings
2001 – Colorado Avalanche
2000 – New Jersey Devils

2016 Stanley Cup: Quarterfinals

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The round of 16 of this year’s Stanley Cup play offs is finished and sixteen teams have been reduced to eight. In this post we will give you information about the quarterfinals, together with prediction.

The 2016 NHL Quarter finals

Dallas Stars – St. Louis Blues

Comment: Dallas eliminated Minnesota in the round of 16, while St. Louis defeated the reigning champions Chicago in a decisive game seven. Blues have never won the Stanley Cup and the question is if they are going to be close to breaking that negative trend this year?

Nashville Predators – San Jose Sharks

Comment: A game seven was necessary between Nashville and Anaheim as well. At the end, the Predators ate the ducks. San Jose dismissed the Los Angeles Kings fairly easily with 4-1 in matches. Chances are they will do something similar in the quarterfinals.

New York Islanders – Tampa Bay Lightning

Comment: Islanders have increased their quality considerably after a long backward movement in the 2000s. In the round of 16 they eliminated Jaromir Jagr and Florida Panthers. Despite injuries on some key players, Tampa Bay could dismiss the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in matches. This is a hard series to predict, but we think Islanders have something good going on this year.

Washington Capitals – Pittsburgh Penguins

Comment: Caps managed to eliminate the mischievous Philadelphia Flyers, with som effort. They will now face a skilled team with players like Sidney Crosby. Penguins eliminated New York Rangers and they can never be ruled out in the play offs.

What team wins the 2016 Stanley Cup?

Based on the playoff tree, we believe these teams will advance from the quarter-finals:

St. Louis Blues – San Jose Sharks
New York Islanders – Washington Capitals

Based on the above, we believe final series will be played by:

St. Louis Blues – Washington Capitals

…and that Nicklas Bäckstrom, Alexander Ovetjkin and the other guys from United State’s capital will raise the trophy this year! They are also favorites in terms of odds.

Så spelas kvartsfinalerna i Stanley Cup 2016

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Åttondelsfinalerna i årets Stanley Cup är färdigspelade och sexton lag har blivit åtta. Du hittar all information om kvartsfinalerna i detta inlägg, inklusive förhandstips.

Så spelas kvartsfinalerna i Stanley Cup 2016

Dallas Stars – St Louis Blues

Kommentar: Dallas slog ut Minnesota i åttondelen medan St Louis besegrade regerande mästarna Chicago i en avgörande game seven. Blues har aldrig vunnit ett Stanley Cup slutspel och frågan är om de inte är på väg mot något stort i år? Segern mot Chicago kändes som ett trendbrott.

Nashville Predators – San Jose Sharks

Kommentar: Det krävdes en game seven även i serien mellan Nashville och Anaheim Ducks. Rovdjuren åt till sist upp ankorna. San Jose avfärdade Los Angeles Kings tämligen enkelt med 4-1 i matcher. Chansen är att de kommer att göra något liknande i kvartsfinalen.

New York Islanders – Tampa Bay Lightning

Kommentar: Islanders har höjt sin kvalitet avsevärt efter en lång kräftgång under 2000-talet. I förra rundan slog de ut Jaromir Jagrs Florida Panthers. Skadedrabbade fjolårsfinalisten Tampa Bay kunde avfärda Detroit Red Wings med 4-1 i matcher. En positiv detalj i det sammanhanget är att Gustav Nyquist valt att spela ishockey-VM i Ryssland! Denna serie blir svårtippad. Ett skadefritt Tampa hade varit favoriter.

Washington Capitals – Pittsburgh Penguins

Kommentar: Caps lyckades skaka av sig slutspelsspöket där de alltid lyckas ställa till det efter en briljant grundserie. Med viss möda slog de ut busiga Philadelphia och får nu möta ett annat spelskickligt lag. Penguins slog ut Henrik Lundqvists New York Rangers. Sidney Crosby och c:o alltid farliga i ett slutspel.

Vem vinner Stanley Cup 2016?

Baserat på slutspelsträdet tror vi följande lag kommer att gå vidare från kvartsfinalerna:

St Louis Blues – San Jose Sharks
New York Islanders – Washington Capitals

Baserat på ovanstående semifinaler tror vi finalserien kommer att avgöras mellan:

St Louis Blues – Washington Capitals

…och att Nicklas Bäckström, Alexander Ovechkin och de andra grabbarna från huvudstaden får lyfta bucklan i år! De är även favoriter sett till oddsen.