Monday, May 26, 2008

Tournament Recap/Game 2 Preview


My apologies for completely skipping Game 1 preview. To be completely honest, I was lucky to even see part of Stanley Cup Finals Game 1. We were staying in the "roach motel" for this weekend's hockey tournament and the hotel did not carry the Versus network. So being the resourceful hockey parents that we are, a group of us packed up the boys and found a somewhat seedy restaurant/bar establishment near the hotel to catch the first and part of the second periods. I was so thrilled to finally see the octopus being thrown on the ice at Detroit's Joe Louis arena! They were some big bubbas too! The place started getting a bit scary around the middle of the second period so we had to head back and ended up missing the Wings score the second, third and fourth goals. I did win the $8 cash bet among the parents on which player would score the first goal. None of the players named scored the first goal (Samuelson/Detroit went unnamed) so I won as my player (Hank Zetterberg) did eventually score. Bought me a whopping 2 gallons of gas on the way home....

So after Detroit's big win on Saturday, the Pens will be looking to change their lineup a bit. Veteran forward Gary Roberts, who has already been on a Cup-winning team, will be back in the lineup for the Pens. Expect to see some other line changes from Coach Therrien as well. The young Penguins team has to play a disciplined, defensive game tonight and needs to see more scoring attempts from Malkin, Crosby, Hossa along with secondary scorers Sykora, Staal and Malone. Some good news for Detroit, one of their leading scorers Johan Franzen is expected to be back on the ice tonight after missing a slew of games due to concussion-like symptoms. Hopefully we'll see a stronger contest this evening! I know I've mentioned this gal before, but Hockey & High Heels author Lisa Ovens has created a special sugar cookie in honor of the Red Wings. Yum! I hope to see Lisa as an invited guest for this year's Hockey & Heels event with the Washington Capitals. She is a true hockey ambassador for the female fan....

Speaking of food, the picture above was taken at the infamous Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia. I had to sample a cheese steak at just about every Philly place we went during this weekend's tournament. I am very proud to say that I ordered 3 different steaks and did not get thrown to the back of the hellacious line!

The tournament this weekend was a ball and our Pee Wee team took home the championship in a rocking shootout win! Way to go boys! They played several teams including the Little Flyers. They were (of course) a very good team and the parents were a tough crowd as expected! Besides winning the tournament trophy, one of the highlights of the trip was getting to know some of the other hockey moms. It was hard to believe there were other ladies out there who yell as loud and pound on the glass as hard as me! One of the funnier moments occurred when we were watching Stanley Cup Game 1. After several pitchers of cheap draft beer, several of the moms got into a discussion regarding the comp├ętences d'amour of Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin. The consensus was the Sid the Kid was probably a lights out kind of guy. Ovie won the debate hands down as all the ladies agreed that if he possesses the same spirit and passion in that department as he does on the ice... well, since this blog is G-rated, we'll just leave it at that! Very funny conversation.....

So have to run to feed the players and get ready for Game 2. Til tomorrow, best of luck to both teams and hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day!

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