Anaheim Calling's playoffs articles.
All hail the new masters of the NHL universe, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games to claim the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years. With the win Chicago has entrenched itself as the league's new standard.
History has a strange way of re-writing itself, and the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone a process the last several seasons that dramatically alters their standing all time amongst the league.
While it didn't end with a second title in Orange County, there's plenty to appreciate about what this season brought Ducks fans. Check out seven reasons to be positive about 14-15, and even more so heading in to next season.
By now you've heard the narrative about how Bruce's team's "can't win game sevens". Lets take a look back at the results that have lead to that, while also exploring some deeper history as well as a ponder over what can be done on Saturday.
The Ducks have dropped a pair of overtime decisions to the Blackhawks, but have seemingly been the better team for the balance of play thus far. To be the man, you have to beat the man, and the Ducks look to do so with home ice advantage.
We're halfway to finding out who will hoist the Cup, and also at the midpoint to crowning our own playoff sage here at Anaheim Calling. Find out which staffer and readers lead through two rounds, and get our Conference Final picks here.
Though discounted due to the incredible collection of talent in front of him, Corey Crawford has made things very difficult for the Ducks over the course of his career. With early playoff woes behind him, Crawford is back in championship form.
Having reached preseason expectations, the Ducks now face the challenge of the two-time recent Cup champions. Eric & Kyle talk finishing the Flames, the matchup with the Blackhawks, Getzlaf & Perry vs Toews & Kane, critical depth players, D and more.
Eric and Kyle do something new by LIVE broadcasting a brief (by their standards) postgame podcast reacting to game three. Hear it back here, as the guys explore just what happened, what can be done in game four, and much more.
After three seasons of sub-mediocrity, competition has spurred Ondrej Pavelec to put together the best season of his career. Whether or not he can keep it up will play a huge role in Winnipeg's first trip to the playoffs post move from Atlanta.
While Biggie and Tupac battled east coast-west coast in the 90's, for the first time in 33 years North American pro sports will see a New York-Los Angeles title series. Find out how the Rangers and Kings earned their spot in the Stanley Cup Final.
It would appear that winning the state of California in the playoffs has empowered Los Angeles, who have taken control of the Western Conference Final against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. See how this year has been a reversal of season.