Asia League regular season is over!!!

Well the headline says it all,the playoffs are set to go next month,Anyang Halla finished in first place so they will get a bye to the semifinals where they will play the winner of the Cranes and High1 series which should be a good one as Ryan Kuwabara plays against his former team the Cranes as a key member of High1.Unfortunately, the China Sharks did not make the playoffs as I thought  they had but they changed the playoff format from last year when 6 teams made the playoffs,however Wade Flaherty former NHLer had the best save% in the league as the Sharks #1 goalie.The Nikko Icebucks had a tough season as they finished in last after losing their last game of the season to the Seibu Prince Rabbits 5-2 in the last regular season game ever for Seibu as they are folding after this season.I attended this game there was a table set up outside trying to save the team by asking fans to sign a petition but I think at this time there is no investor ready to buy the team.dscn2594This a picture during warm-up of the last regular season game in Seibu Prince Rabbits history,the score was 2-0 after 1 period,3-0 after 2 periods and the final score of 5-2,the game got a little chippy as it wore on and there were some minor skirmishes and shoving matches and a kind of fight but the players didn’t take off their helmets and gloves and trade punches.Here is a pic of a Nikko Ice Bucks player,I was really impressed with #20 Mickey Gilchrist,he is a smooth skater and he made a great pass to set up Nikko’s second goal.dscn2621 The Nikko Fans were pretty intense and vocal too they had a Japanese Taiko drum which they were banging throughout the game here is a pic of them.dscn2613I am looking forward to seeing some playoff games next month and the All Japan Hockey Championships will be held next month as well where teams from all over Japan compete even University and High School teams as well as the 4 Japanese pro teams.

Well let us get into the fantasy and hockey pool updates,I am the king of the pools right now,in Yahoo I have surged into a 4 point lead over Kevin from Toronto and 5 points over arrogant Dave from Calgary,my Bruins laden team is kicking butt as we say in fantasy hockey land,the only disaster was picking up Sundin but I tossed him away today and picked up Toews from the Blackhawks so I hope he can get me a lot of points.Luongo has also been crappy since he came back into the lineup and I benched him against San Jose as he lost a tough one 2-1 to the Sharks.

In the main pool,I regained first place from Johnny boy with a big 15 point night the first day after the allstar break.Jay the minister has fallen into third as his pickup of Sundin has been a major mistake papa Rog in 4th and the newcomer Brian in last with his many injuries.

In the NHL,the Bruins dream season continues,before the Allstar break they won their first game of the season in which they trailed after 2 periods against the Toronto Marlies oh I meant Leafs with a shootout win against the Laffs.They did lose a tough game today against the Devils after leading with 2 minutes left in the game and lost it in OT.

Finally a blast from the past picture of Miho and I at the NHL game in Japan in 2000 which featured the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators and a picture of Jaromir Jagr from the game.

I won the fastest slapshot competition  outside the arena with a shot of  about 130 km/hmihoandphil1Finally the Jaromir  Jagr picture the Predators won the game 3-1 and I tried to find my Russian friend who played on the Predators to get me tickets for the second game but I couldn’t track him down.img186


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