The Pittsburgh Penguins broke my heart.

The Penguins after Game 7.

That's right, feel shame. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.

My hockey world came crashing down in flames last night. The Penguins lost Game 7. It was a shutout. Embarassing.

Are there a million reasons why we didn’t win the series? Yes. Could I give excuses? Yes. But I expect more from the Pens. I expect them to raise Lord Stanley every year. No excuses.

So what’s a girl to do?

Apparently I’ll be cheering on the Bruins for the rest of the playoffs. Why? First, I spent my summer in Boston, and I’ll always have a place in my heart for the B’s. Second, they’re playing the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. If the Pens can’t win it all, then I would at least like to see the Flyers knocked out soon.

In the aftermath of the first round, what do you think?

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It’s a great day for hockey blogging…

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Back in time to see Lord Stanley!

Well, my friends, I’m back! I’ve been feeling the itch to blog lately and was inspired by Erin Orsini over at Pink Cleats. EO is one of my best friends. When she started up her sports blog again, it made me want to do the same. And it is NHL playoff time, after all. This is the best time for hockey, and the best time to start up my blog again.

After my senior PR course came to a close last week, I found more time to devote to the best sport in the world. Then I proceeded to watch more overtime hockey than I’ve ever watched in my life. OT is the story of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Now it’s probably best for me to disclose my personal opinions regarding playoff teams. I have three that I’ve been closely following:

Pittsburgh Penguin Max Talbot

Pittsburgh Penguin Max Talbot gets fired up during the first round of the playoffs. Photo courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images.

Pittsburgh Penguins: My all-time favorite team. I became a hockey fan because of the Pens. There’s nothing better than a hockey night in Pittsburgh.

Chicago Blackhawks: My Western Conference team. They’re just exciting to watch! I’m also fascinated by the way that the franchise recently turned itself around in PR terms.

Boston Bruins: My dream team. I spent last summer in Boston, and the Bruins will always hold a place in my heart.

I obviously won’t be worrying about the Hawks anymore after they blew it last night. I woke up at 1:18 a.m. to a text message telling me the Vancouver Canucks won the series in overtime, and it was hard to fall back to sleep after that. It was a tough year for Chicago.

The Penguins and the Bruins are both facing the pressure of Game 7 tonight. The Pens are up against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Fun Fact: A Kent State grad is the Lightning’s in-game host), and the Bruins are battling the rival Montreal Canadiens. I’m hoping they’re both able to pull it off. In which case, I would love to watch the Caps and the Flyers get knocked out in the next round. I’m ready to say goodbye to Ovechkin and the entire city of Philadelphia.

So what do you think? Who are you pulling for this year?

The two minutes are up…

Although I hate to write this, I have to let everyone know that I am done with blogging here at Two Minutes for Hooking.

For a couple months there, I was great at updating. Unfortunately, I haven’t been updating enough the entire summer. If there is one thing that drives me nuts about blogs, it’s when I have to wait too long between posts. I don’t want to be that type of blogger, so I’m done.

It’s like this blog went into triple-OT, and I still couldn’t win it all.

So this is it. I’ll keep this post up for a few weeks, and then I’ll take the blog down entirely. Maybe I’ll start it up again someday, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon with the chaos of my senior year of college about to kick in.

Thanks so much for reading. It’s been amazing to have people read and care about my hockey thoughts.

Thoughts on the news: Signings, rumors and Pittsburgh

Here’s my latest idea: I’m thinking about posting a brief recap of the latest NHL news, along with my opinions on what’s going on around the league. Let’s give this a whirl…

  • Right winger Jared Boll resigns with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He’s a tough guy. And usually the fights are the most exciting part of CBJ games. As an Ohioan, I am allowed to say that. I still have love for my Jackets. Thumbs up.
  • Jared Boll

    Two more years of watching Boll fight on FSN Ohio. Photo by Paul J. Bereswill / Associated Press.

  • Left winger Dan Carcillo reups with the Philadelphia Flyers for another year. That just means we have to look at his ugly mug for another year. One more reason to hate Filthadelphia. Thumbs down…or thumbs up? At least he’s not on a team I actually like.
  • Pittsburgh just got another Winter Classic chance with the 2011 game being played at Heinz Field. Now they’re getting a Frozen Four in 2013. Is that fair? Probably not, but as a Pens fan, I am loving how the hockey gods are smiling on my city. Philly gets the Frozen Four in 2014? Ehh, I’ll forget about that for now.
  • Rumor has it that the Chicago Blackhawks have put Patrick Sharp out on the trading block. Really? It just wasn’t enough to lose Big Buff, Ladd, Verbeauty, Sopel, Eager and Burish?? I’ve never seen a Stanley Cup team be torn apart so quickly. Stan Bowman, we are not on speaking terms right now. Figure it out.
  • Patrick Sharp

    I want to see this again next year. Don't let Sharpie leave. Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images.

  • The Anaheim Ducks have spoken. Bobby Ryan will not be traded. He’s a restricted free agent, and rumors have circulated, but the Ducks are holding on to the Team USA Olympic medalist.
  • And to finish up this brief recap, Kovalchuk still hasn’t signed with a team. I still don’t think he’s worth so much hype.

Stay tuned for more frequent NHL news updates and longer posts about my favorite hockey topics.

Getting back to a love of the game

Well, that hiatus was definitely not a short one. I got my computer back a few weeks ago, but I’ve been busy celebrating the 4th of July and visiting my sister in North Carolina. Then today I got online and read my friend Erin’s blog. She posted a great, opinionated piece about LeBron James turning his back on his hometown. It made me realize that it’s about time I step up and get back to work on this blog.

I love hockey. I love writing. I love writing about hockey. So why on earth am I not updating this more? I’m not sure. It might be because I’m interning for a hockey team this summer, and it’s making me see hockey more as work and less as fun. And that’s a damn shame.

To get back to my love for the game, I need this blog to keep me sane. I’m switching over from a hockey PR blog to just a general hockey blog about my thoughts on the game, with a focus on the NHL and maybe some occasional college hockey posts.

My first order of business: Let’s consider the fact that Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher just married country music star Carrie Underwood.

Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood

Hockey and country music? It doesn't get much better than that. Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.

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A Short Hiatus

I’m taking my computer in to get fixed today. It’s been acting up lately, and the battery is about to be done for good. My service plan is up in a few months, so there’s really no time to waste. Unfortunately, that means that I’ll be without a computer for at least a week. I’m pretty sure they’re going to have to send it out for service. It’s going to be a rough time. Maybe when I get it back I will magically be a more prompt poster. I hope so. This blog does mean a lot to me, and I need to keep it up. I’ve been busy this summer with A Buckeye in Beantown, my blog about spending a summer living and working in Boston. Check it out!

In hockey news, I only have two things to say:

1. I will be at the 2011 Winter Classic. Pens vs Caps at Heinz Field? That’s a dream.

2. GO HAWKS! 🙂

Two Minutes for Lack of Posting

Hi, readers. I am so sorry that I’ve been slacking on this blog lately. I know I shouldn’t give you excuses, but this is my blog, so I’m going to give you excuses. I recently moved over 600 miles away from home for a summer internship. Between wrapping things up in Kent, and then moving to my new city, things have been a little hectic. Throw in the fact that I’m living with my brother’s family (which includes two nieces 10-and-under), and I haven’t had a whole lot of time to analyze hockey PR.

Not to mention the fact that I’m still mourning my team’s early exit from the post-season.

Crosby leaves Mellon Arena ice for the last time.

We won't even talk about this. Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images.

This year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs are out of control. I never expected the East to end with the Flyers and the Canadiens battling it out for the Conference crown. How did that even happen??

In other  hockey-related news, I recently checked out a hockey book from the library. It’s Thunder and Lightning: A No B.S. Hockey Memoir by Phil Esposito. I can’t wait to start reading it. I’ll let you know how that goes.

In the meantime, I was hoping to hear from you about what you want to read on my blog. Do you like the way the posts have been going? I started this blog for a class, and now that it’s over, I want to keep the hockey posts rolling. I was considering switching from a hockey PR blog to just a hockey blog. That way I could write about games and other things in the hockey world without directly linking them to a PR situation. What do you think? Would you rather read more of that? Of course, I would throw in PR stuff frequently because that’s just the way my brain thinks after three years of Kent State PR. I’m curious to hear from you.

And please let me know which team you consider to be the lesser evil in the Eastern Conference Finals. Trash talk encouraged.