Archive for March, 2010

Crosby scores the golden goal in Vancouver!!!!

March 17, 2010

Hello hockey fans,happy St. Patrick’s Day from Japan ,I have a lot of stuff to talk about hockeywise today the most important being the Gold medal for Canada at the Vancouver Olympics,I watched the first 2 periods with my friends John,Sean,Burt and Robin at John’s place in Kichijoji and we were screaming our heads off with Canada leading 2-1 after 2.I had to leave for work after that which was a major bummer,John jinxed Team Canada by getting the bottle of champagne from the fridge with about a minute left in the game and Parise tied the score with 24 seconds left.I was waiting for my student to arrive and learned of the golden goal from the Score mobile app on my iPhone.I swear I would have smashed my phone on the ground if Canada had lost.Crosby you rock and are a Canadian hero forever and ever.Here is a picture of me at an outdoor rink in Tokyo 5 days before the big gold medal game.I finally had a chance to see the end of the game last Saturday night when NHK in Japan replayed the gold medal game not as much screaming as 2 weeks ago but it still felt good.

On to the Asia league,the playoffs have started as they changed the playoff format this year with only the top 4 teams qualifying,Anyang Halla won the league title and is battling against High1  who finished 4th in an all Korea semifinal,Anyang presently has a 2-1 lead in the best of 5 series with game 4 being tonight in High1’s arena.The other semifinal is an all Japan affair with bitter rivals Oji Paper  Eagles who finished 2nd and Nippon Paper Cranes who finished 3rd,the Cranes presently lead the series 2-1 with game 4 tonight in Kushiro home of the Cranes. So the final will feature a Korean team versus a Japanese team for the first time in Asia League history.

I will give a brief rundown of an Asia League game I went to last month between Tohoku Free Blades and the Nikko Icebucks.It was one of the last games of the season which were played at the Higashi Fushimi Arena in Tokyo.It was a 5-2 win for the Free Blades with #81 Okuyama being the offensive star of the game with 2 goals and an assist and the goalie of the Free Blades Hashimoto who ironically enough was the number 1 goalie for the Ice Bucks last season making 41 saves for the win.Here is a pic of him and his teammates before the game.Let’s move onto the Bruins report,well the big news has been the loss of Marc Savard for the season due to a cheapshot from Matt Cooke of the Penguins,however judgement day is on March 18th where the Bruins will get their revenge against the cheapshot artist Cooke at home versus the Penguins.The Bruins are fighting for their playoff lives as they presently sit in 8th spot 3 points ahead of the New York Rangers after a huge win tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes where they scored 5 goals in a rare offensive outburst for them. My friend Beau is a huge Rangers fan so I hope the Bruins can beat the Blueshirts for the last playoff spot.

Hockey pool update Patrick the rookie has all but wrapped up first place with about 3 weeks left in the season he has 892 points,Johnny boy who has never won the pool in second with 846,Papa Rog in third with 795,Jay the minister in 4th with 762,me in 5th with 750 and Brian the sophomore in last with 737.I still have hope that I can pass Jay and get into 4th but with a goalie who isn’t even the starting goalie on his team it will be hard.

Finally the Yahoo fantasy update,it is pretty ugly for me I am in 5th place out of 6 teams.Johnny boy is in first with 43.5 points and it looks like he will win it.Jeff from Spruce Grove in second with 36.5 points,arrogant Dave from Calgary with 34,5 points in 3rd,Thomas in 4th with 32,5 points,me in 5th with 30 points and Kevin from Toronto in last place with 12 points with his worst showing in the Slapshot Tokyo fantasy pool ever!!!

One more thing before I sign off,my oldest niece in Japan Yu graduated from high school this month and we are taking her to Hawaii  this week for 4 days as a graduation present.Here  is a picture of me and her at her graduation ceremony.