Germany are crowned World Cup Champions

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So the biggest thing in the sports news and sports on the web this summer has ended. Yes you guessed it, the World Cup. The German side ended up coming out on top 1-0 over Argentina when a young substitute named Mario Gotze scored a beautiful goal in extra time. He took the pass off his chest and volleyed it into the far corner of the net and the Argentine goalkeeper had no chance. The young mans life will now change forever.It became Germany’s fourth World Cup tittle, tying them with Italy. Allsports was just happy that the game did not go into the dreaded penalty kicks which he believes is a crappy way to end a championship of such magnitude like the World Cup. They should take a page out of the NHL playoff book and keep playing until fatigue forces a mental mistake for the game to be won. It should be a war of attrition  out there.

The Gotze goal came in extra time

The Goal by Mario Gotze

Some of the things that surprised Allsports in the World Cup Tournament were and these are in no particular order.

The defending World Cup Champion, Spain going out like a lamb in the opening round of the World Cup.

England having its worst showing ever in the World Cup, with only one point. On this Allsports thinks they have to revamp their soccer program on the grass roots level to become competitive again although they did perhaps deserve a better fate in the opening round of the World Cup.

Germany’s complete annihilation of Brazil in the World Cup semi final. A 7-1 Shellacking. On a positive note.

A young Belgian team that served notice that they could be a force to be reckoned with in the   2018 Wold Cup hosted by Russia.

Lionel Messi won the golden ball award as the World Cup’s best player but Allsports thinks that Thomas Muller was just as deserving.

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Los Angeles are the Kings of the NHL Playoffs

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So the marathon called the NHL Playoffs  has finally concluded for another year in the sports news and sports on the web. The Los Angeles Kings have been crowned the NHL Playoff Champions for the second time in the last three years and laid claim to the Stanley Cup. They accomplished the feat with many struggles along the way. The Kings went to the maximum number of games in three series to get out of the tough Western Conference before they could represent the west in the NHL Playoff Stanley Cup Final. It was a little different for them this time around because in 2012 they were a juggernaut, winning every series in the western conference NHL Playoffs, handily until they played the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final. They needed 6 games to defeat the Devils. Their won loss record in that year was 16-4. Not bad for a team that barely got into the NHL Playoffs, squeaking in with the eighth seed.

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

Game five this year was the longest NHL Playoff game in the history of the Los Angeles Kings, requiring fourteen minutes and change of the second overtime period to resolve the issue. Three of the five games went into overtime but the series was not really that close. The Kings dominated the third period in every game and without Henrik Lundqvist in the Rangers net; it would have been over quicker. Really if the New York Rangers were going to make a series of it they should have jumped on the Kings early while they were still worn down from their battle with the Blackhawks. The Kings did not play well in those first two games in L.A. but they still managed to come back and win both of the games. Even in game four, which the Rangers won, there were a couple of goal line stands by the Rangers where you wondered just how the puck managed to stay out of the net.

 

Alec Martinez scored the overtime winner that brought the Stanley Cup to the Kings

Alec Martinez

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We are down to the Final two teams battling for the rights to Lord Stanley’s Mug

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The NHL Playoffs have reached the pinnacle in the sports news and sports on the web. Gary Bettman must be rubbing his greasy little hands together at the thought of the two biggest American markets going head to head for the right to parade Lord Stanley’s mug. Allsports did not fare too well in predicting these two teams to meet in the NHL Playoffs final. In fact, neither of these teams were supposed to be here according to Allsports but it just goes to show how quickly the wheels can fall off when the teams are so evenly matched. If I had of picked with my head instead of my heart you would have thought that a Los Angeles, New York final would be the ultimate for the NHL executive. It sure makes dollars and cents.

New York will represent the East in the NHL Playoffs for the Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Logo

In the Eastern conference final for the NHL Playoffs. Montreal got off to a rocky start, losing their best player, Carey Price, for the series in game one. Price was the main reason why the Canadiens got past the Boston Bruins and his loss was devastating to the team attitude. Dustin Tokarski was called upon to replace the injured price but by the time the team realized how good he was and they could win with him, the damage had been done and it was too late. Tokarski played great in relief for Price and could not be blamed for any loses. The kid came through under immense pressure and proved he belonged in the NHL  Losing the first two games at home really put Montreal behind the eight ball in the series and they just could not recover. The Canadiens also had trouble with the Rangers speed at the start of the series. They had just finished banging with the Bruins and using their speed to get by them, when along come the Rangers that throw their own game back in their face. By the time they were aware that their own tactics were being used against them, it was game three and they were down two. The Rangers if anything proved to be an even faster team than Montreal but Allsports thinks they will need every ounce of that speed to have a chance against the L.A. Kings.

Los Angeles Kings will represent the West in the NHL Playoffs for the Stanley Cup
Western Conference Logo

The Western Conference Final of the NHL Playoffs, had two heavyweights going toe to toe, slugging it out and knocking each other to the canvass. Only to get back up and go the distance. These two teams are really about the best two teams in the NHL as far as Allsports is concerned and they put on quite a show in the NHL Playoffs. The Kings jumped out to a 3-1 series lead only to have Chicago storm back to take the next two and knot the series up at 3. In each game the lead changed hands at least two or three times and I am sure the series was some kind of record for lead changes. So fittingly, game seven saw the Hawks jump out to an early 2-0 lead. The Kings come back to tie. Chicago went ahead again and L.A. tied it again, Hawks ahead, L.A. ties it. Then we go to overtime deadlocked at 4. Quite fitting for this series. Seven games played and still needing overtime. The Kings move on after a slapper from the point deflects off the Chicago defense man into the top corner of the net. These two teams pounded on each other too through the course of the series with each game averaging at least twice the number of hits than the Eastern Finals largest hitting game. It makes you wonder if the Kings will have anything left for the Rangers.

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The Conference Finals are the next step in the NHL Playoffs

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The NHL Playoffs have reached the Conference Finals in the sports news and sports on the web. Allsports has done fairly well in the prediction department going 3 of 4. The blemish came when Montreal went into Boston and won game seven against the Bruins. I was not alone in this failure in the NHL Playoffs as most hockey fans and talking heads alike were thinking Boston would win this series. Wrong, Montreal kept up their strong team play and made Boston play the speed game which the Canadiens excel at. Many could say that Boston became the latest in line with the Presidents trophy curse. For those of you that don’t know what the Presidents Trophy is awarded for or are just to lazy to read the link, it is awarded to the NHL team with the best regular season record. Many teams have won the Presidents Trophy only to fall flat in the NHL Playoffs. You can count the Boston Bruins as the latest casualty. You have to tip your hat to Montreal though, they have played inspired hockey all playoffs long, with a total team effort and very few mistakes. The few that they have made have been erased by the stellar play of Carey Price in goal. What a great year he is having.

The Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers battle for the Eastern crown in the NHL Playoffs

Eastern Conference Logo

In the other Eastern Conference match up for the NHL Playoffs, the New York Rangers came back from a 3-1 deficit to take down the Pittsburgh Penguins in game seven to advance. They seemed to rally around Marty St. Louis who played despite a heavy heart due to the sudden passing of his mother. Ray Shero lost his job as Penguins GM over the loss. He had been the GM there since 2006.

Chicago won it last year and plays the L.A. Kings in the Western Conference NHL Playoffs

Western Conference Logo

In the West the freeway series went the distance with the Kings coming back to win the last two games to advance, winning game seven by a 6-2 count. The league will lose a class act as Teemu Selanne is set to retire and the game seven loss was his last game.

The official logo of the NHL

Official NHL Logo

Chicago will be the final combatant in the race for Lord Stanley’s mug as they took down the pesky Minnesota Wild in six games. The Wild played the Hawks very tough and made more of a series of it than Allsports had originally thought but I picked the Hawks in six games and that was the way it finished. In the end Chicago just had too much fire power for the Wild to handle.

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