The Canadian Women are just hosts now as their World Cup is over.

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The World Cup is over for the Canadian women in the sports news and sports on the web.  They made a valiant effort on a comeback at B.C. Place but came up just short of their goal on reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time..

Nerves were the main enemy of the Canadian side as an early miss just over the crossbar could have given them an early lead. Then two defensive brain cramps and the next thing you know the ladies are down 2-0. Goals by Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze before the game was fifteen minutes old more or less sealed Canada’s fate of not getting to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time ever. After the two quick strikes, England became much more defensive and did not give Canada many chances to score. Christine Sinclair got one back for Canada just before the half ended but that was as close as they could get with England’s staunch defensive play. With the win England advances to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time. England will play Japan in one World Cup Semi-final while Germany and the United States will square off in the other.

On a side note, England is ranked sixth in the world while Canada is ranked eighth. Japan comes in at number four, with Germany in number one and the United States  ranked second. These rankings were posted coming into the World Cup

So if you go completely by rankings, Germany should play Japan in the World Cup Final and win it. But that is the beauty of sports. Some strange things can happen along the way and that is why you play the games. Canada might be out of the World Cup for this year but with all of the young talent coming through the ranks, the future looks bright for women’s soccer in Canada. Who knows, maybe a World Cup is in the countries future. It’s too bad the Men’s program is not at the same level.

And that’s the sports news and sports on the web, or the way I see it anyway.

“No Guts No Glory”

Walt Webb

The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions.

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks are the Stanley Cup Champions for the 2015 NHL season in the sport news and sports on the web. The Hawks defeated a very strong and youthful Tampa Bay Lightning team in six games, which just happened to be what Allsports predicted before the Stanley Cup  Final began. You could verify that with Allsports previous post.

The original bowl was made of silver and is 18.5 centimetres (7.28 inches) in height and 29 centimetres (11.42 inches) in diameter.

The Stanley Cup

In fact, Allsports did a pretty good job in the prediction department for these Stanley Cup playoffs. There are a total of 15 Stanley Cup playoff series that take place in order to get the “Holy Grail” of Hockey into your hands. Eight in the first round, which is toughest because the teams are all so evenly matched. Then four, two  and one respectively.  Allsports numbers were 5 of 8, 4 of 4, 2 of 2 and one as Chicago was picked to beat Tampa in 6 games. In fact Allsports was correct in the number of games not only in the final, but in the two Conference Championships as well. These facts can all be verified if you look back through the posts  for these Stanley Cup playoffs and notice the time stamps on the posts that prove the predictions were made before each Stanley Cup playoff series began. In fact Allsports usually does pretty well in the prediction department, no matter what sport is being played.  So if you would like some advice on betting the odds on sports events, Allsports in available for a small fee.  In total Allsports picked 12 of 15 Stanley Cup playoff series correctly, not a bad winning percentage.

The official logo of the NHL

Official NHL Logo

But I have digressed with my blatant self-promotion, but if you don’t do it who will. So now let’s get back to what actually happened in the Stanley Cup Final. How did the Hawks persevere and get by a plucky, skilled Tampa team that was the highest scoring team in the league this year.

Stanley Cup Champions

Well first Chicago was stronger down the middle, winning better than 60% of the face-off’s in the Stanley Cup final. This percentage grew as the series progressed. So Chicago usually started with the puck and Tampa had to chase the game.  The hand injury to Tyler Johnson in game one did not help Tampa’s cause down the middle and ultimately helped Chicago. Johnson, who was leading the playoffs in scoring when the Stanley Cup final began, became ineffective after the hand injury.

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Two teams remain to scrap for Lord Stanley’s Mug

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So Allsports had it right for the Conference Championships of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Sports news and sports on the web. If you scroll back to allsports last post, you will see that the prediction was spot on this time around. Chicago in seven games in the west and Tampa in seven games in the east. I have to point out when predictions for the Stanley Cup playoffs go as planned because more times than not, they never turn out the way you think. The parity in the NHL makes for uncertainty in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Can the Boston Bruins retain the Eastern Conference title and remain the beast of the east

Eastern Conference Logo

So the two conference championships of the Stanley Cup playoffs were very entertaining to say the least. In the East Henrik Lundqvist was great but could not hold off a potent Tampa Bay attack. There was just too much offense for the goal challenged Rangers to overcome which was more or less what Allsports indicated when he picked Tampa in seven games.

Chicago won it last year and went on to beat Boston in the Final. Can they repeat?

Western Conference Logo

In the West it was much the same story. Chicago just had too many weapons for Anaheim to try and control. Frederik Andersen played well in the Ducks net but Corey Crawford was his equal and then some. The Hawks puck movement ultimately got to Andersen and he was left in no man’s land on a couple of pretty Hawks goals.

So really at the end of the day for both of these Stanley Cup series, Chicago’s best players were their best and the same could be said for the Tampa Bay Leadership. Both Captains, Steve Stamkos for the Lightning and Jonathan Toews for the Hawks lead by example and guide their teams through their game sevens. Toews got the Hawks off to a fast start with the first two goals and the Ducks could never recover, while Stamkos led his teammates with some points but more with his aggressive play and finishing his checks in the Bolts Stanley Cup playoff series win.But with both of these elite players, it is more than just stats.

The original bowl was made of silver and is 18.5 centimetres (7.28 inches) in height and 29 centimetres (11.42 inches) in diameter.

The Stanley Cup

So now we are down to the Stanley Cup Final between the two teams that have endured through the sixteen teams that started the Stanley Cup tournament.  Tampa Bay gets home ice advantage and is a little younger than the Chicago Black Hawks. But the Hawks have the experience of being there before and winning it back in 2013. The core players are more or less the same as they were in that Stanley Cup Championship season.

This promises to be a great Stanley Cup for offense, speed and skill. Both teams have sure proven that they can light the lamp and score some goals. What it will depend on is who can score more and or keep the other squad from bulging the twine in their net. So who wins this very entertaining match up for the Stanley Cup hardware.

 

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The NHL has reached the Conference Championships in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs have now reached the Conference finals in the sports news and sports on the web. The sixteen teams that started this journey back in April have been whittled down to four. Now the winner of each conference final will get the opportunity to represent their Conference in the Stanley Cup Final. Who can stay healthy and push forward to reach the Stanley Cup Final. There is some light at the end of the tunnel but there is still a lot of pain ahead to get the gain of getting to and winner the Stanley Cup. Is it any wonder that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in pro sports.

The original bowl was made of silver and is 18.5 centimetres (7.28 inches) in height and 29 centimetres (11.42 inches) in diameter.

The Stanley Cup

So how did we get to this point in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and by the way Allsports did manage to pick all of the teams to go through correctly in this round although the number of games did not match. The biggest surprise for Allsports was Chicago sweeping the Wild away in four straight games. Other than that Allsports was pretty close in the other Stanley Cup Playoffs series but then again you can judge for yourself by looking at the previous post. After all it really does not matter what Allsports thinks, what matters is what the readers think.

So now there are four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tampa and the New York Rangers in the east, and Chicago against Anaheim in the west. Who do you like in these Stanley Cup series matches? Who will move on to represent their conference in the Stanley Cup Final.

I must apologize  for being a little later with this post as the first game of the Tampa and Rangers Stanley Cup series has already been played. So what’s with the Americans and having to watch the sports in the afternoon? Don’t they know that you enjoy the day first, then watch hockey at night. It is not called “Hockey Night in Canada” for nothing. Anyway I am also trying to quit smoking too. Yep you guessed it; I always had a smoke going while writing so it has been a bit difficult with that too.

The Eastern Conference Logo of the National Hockey League

Eastern Conference Logo

Anyway in the East we have Tampa and the New York Rangers. The Rangers enjoy a 1-0 Stanley Cup series lead thanks to s late goal that went in off Dominic Moore’s shin guard. Allsports still thinks Tampa will win this Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Bolts owned the Rangers in the regular season and Allsports believes they have just a little too much speed and firepower for the Rangers to handle. Mind you the Rangers have playoff experience in their favour and have managed some comeback victories over the last while. When push comes to shove though, Tampa is better at putting the puck in the net. The Rangers though do play quite well without the puck, just ask the Capitals because that was the main reason the Rangers advanced from that Stanley Cup playoffs series. Better overall team defense. That said, Tampa in seven games.

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