Tonight is the Night?

6 Jun

Once, a cat named Lucifer messed with Cinderella.  She chased him off with a broom.  See what I’m saying?

Not pictured: LA Kings

Chuck and I are Red Sox fans, which means leading a playoff series 3-0 is not enough for us.  We know miracles can happen.  (In case you don’t, in ’04 the Yankees were up 3-0 in the ALCS.  The Red Sox won 4 straight, then another 4 to sweep the Cardinals for the World Series.  The screaming, people.  I can’t even describe it.)   The moral of the story is: we don’t count people out.

Tonight, the Kings will try to sweep the Devils to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, in front of their home crowd.  This idea gives us crazy butterflies.  Chuck & Dawn are all for the Kings, and I cry every single year when the Cup is presented, no matter who wins.  I just see rainbows and sprinkles and dreams coming true.  It’s like a Lifetime movie.

If the Kings win tonight, it will be the 21st Finals sweep in the modern era (since the NHL went to a best-of-seven format in 1939).  Sweeps happen more often than a series goes to 7 games (16 times).  Only one NHL team has ever come back from 3-0 down in the Final to win the Cup – the 1942 Maple Leafs.

Despite Peggy’s best efforts, the Cup has arrived.

Since 1939, trends in winning the Stanley Cup Final – from NHL.com [link, the formatting is awful]:

•  Teams winning Game One have won the Cup 54 of 69 times (78.3%).

•  Teams winning both Games One and Two have won the Cup 41 of 44 times (93.2%).

•  Teams winning Games One, Two and Three have won the Cup 24 of 25 times (96%).

More sweep fun facts – ESPN.com [link].

15 fun facts about the Kings – USAToday.com [link]

If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, it’s about this.  Or, more accurately, this happening inside a Ke$sha video filmed in a strip-club-on-a-yacht off Huntington Beach where Snoop Dogg drops from a fireworks-shooting helicopter for a rap solo about best friends forever.

I’m just saying that Cup parade/party photos get us through the summer and you know the Kings’ would be epic.  Twitter would melt.  I’d buy stock in pancakes, donuts, liquor and glitter.    Something tells me that Patrick Elias won’t be dancing shirtless on a table a la Tyler Seguin (or even clothed like Patrick Sharp) but we think TBG Drew Doughty might.

(SIDE NOTE: If you Google “Tyler Seguin dance shirtless,” the #5 photo result is Chuck & Tyler and #12 is me & Chuck.  You guys search that term and find our site A LOT, pervs.)

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  Things are far from over with 60 minutes on the clock and a goalie who has won 3 Stanley Cups – that’s every Cup the Devils have ever won, on Brodeur’s shoulders.  So, down but not out?  Will the Devils slow the Kings 15-2 playoff run and rain on their parade?  If they get one, they head back to NJ for Game Five on Saturday night.  The Kings have won 10 straight road games… but you have to start somewhere.

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8 Responses to “Tonight is the Night?”

  1. sunnyinnj June 6, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Just read the 15 facts of the Kings.
    #14 “The Kings look like mountain men, or candidates for a motorcycle gang. The Devils look like accountants.Give Dustin Penner a musket, a big coat, and a snowstorm and he could look like the Jeremiah Johnson movie character.”

    Why do I feel like Chuck had say in this?

    If anyone believes in miracles it’s Flyers fans 😉 but has much as I dislike the walking cheeto, Go, Kings, Go!

    • Chuck June 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      Because I probably had at some point. It is true. DPenner is the best.

  2. B June 6, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    I’m not really sure what a “Ke$sha video filmed in a strip-club-on-a-yacht off Huntington Beach where Snoop Dogg drops from a fireworks-shooting helicopter for a rap solo about best friends forever” is, but I want to be there.

  3. Chuck June 6, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    So much screaming in ’04.
    Right now, I’m screaming at the Red Sox for an entirely different reason.

    Those Jersey Shore heads might be the greatest things ever.

    “I’d buy stock in pancakes, donuts, liquor and glitter” YES!

    “(SIDE NOTE: If you Google “Tyler Seguin dance shirtless,” the #5 photo result is Chuck & Tyler and #12 is me & Chuck. You guys search that term and find our site A LOT, pervs.)”
    WE’RE INTERNETS FAMOUS!

    • Jess June 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      My favourite was the time I googled “Jonathan Toews sweatpants” and found a picture I took of my friend Carol with Dan Bylsma… From your post of course 🙂

      Coincidentally, Tumblr magically gifted me the very photo I had been googling just now out of nowhere: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m57g808ZPo1qc0l0to1_1280.jpg

  4. Tiffany (@tiff61243) June 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    The 6th seeded Devils, playing on June 6th, the 6th month of the year and the 6th day of the month. 666 = he devil. The sign canNOT be clearer. This is the day for the Devils. Just one win could change the entire series. Like this arrticle says, being in a 3-0 deficit is not the end of the world. Adam Henrique was in the same position when he was with Windsor and WON the series for the championship!!! I believe in the Devils!!! TEY CAN DO THIS!

    • penspuckbunny June 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Good thoughts, Tiffany! I’ll be right there with you, cheering on AH, Zippy, Marty, & the boys tonight! Let’s go Devils!!! 3:)

  5. MouthGuard June 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Points for finding a convenient excuse to resurrect the shirtless Seguin w/strippers shots from last year. 😉

    The stripper yacht already happened last summer (the context was the Rookie Booze Cruise, there was a submarine called the SS Doggy Style and it involved an escape from Dry Island, but I digress), but I’m sure they’ll make it even bigger, better and crazier this summer. Cup or not!

    A sweep would be amazing, but as much as I adore the Kings I would like to see the Devils win at least one game. Contests are fun.

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