Oilers Weekly Newsletter – May 15, 2013
And Then There Were Eight: Now that the second round of the NHL playoffs are underway, we’re one step closer to seeing that magnificent piece of silver known as the Stanley Cup. The Cup is something to be celebrated and the proper way to celebrate is to gather your fanatic hockey friends and family and come on down to Twin Peaks for the Tulsa Oilers annual Stanley Cup watch parties. Hockey in high-definition is a sweet gift from above and when you combine dozens of flat-screen TV’s with the cold beer, phenomenal food, and outstanding service of Twin Peaks, you’ve got yourself a professional party. Throw in games, contests, and great Oilers prizes, and you’ll be begging for a seven-game series. The NHL has yet to set the dates for the Finals, but keep checking back to www.tulsaoilers.com for all the details and your Stanley Cup playoff updates.
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
#1 Chicago Blackhawks vs. #7 Detroit Red Wings (Game 1 – Wed. 7pm)
Regional rivals clash in an “Original Six” series that has hockey purists happy and TV executives drooling. The Hawks played the role of favorites brilliantly in round one as they cruised past the Wild in five games and they’ve won seven straight games over the Wings dating back to last season. Detroit has plenty of momentum and belief after winning Game 7 on the road in Anaheim, but perhaps most encouraging for the Redwings is the recent play of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk who combined for 12 points in the last two games.
#5 Los Angeles Kings vs. #6 San Jose Sharks (Kings lead series 1-0)
Since dropping two games to St. Louis to start the first round, the defending champs have ripped off five wins in a row and seem to have recaptured the form that led them to a Cup last year. It isn’t pretty hockey and it’s not the most entertaining brand, but Darryl Sutter knows how to win in the postseason and the Kings have mastered the art of playing the hard-checking, low-scoring, contest. Were the Sharks just that good in their sweep of the Canucks or was Vancouver just that awful? It’s still hard to tell. San Jose has plenty of work to do to deny the doubters.
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
#1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. #7 Ottawa Senators (Penguins lead series 1-0)
The Pens, shaky at times in their first round series with the Islanders, cruised past the Sens on Tuesday night to snatch an early series lead. Since taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury in net, Tomas Vokoun is 3-0 with a 1.28 GAA. Dan Bylsma has found his hot goalie, don’t expect Fleury to leave the bench anytime soon. Ottawa scored fewer goals in the regular season than any other team in the playoffs but lit up the Canadiens in round one with 20 goals in five games. The Senators must find a way to maintain that kind of offensive production in order to push the Penguins.
#4 Boston Bruins vs. #6 New York Rangers (Game 1 – Wed. 6:30pm)
Both teams are coming off Game 7 victories, the Bruins just slightly more dramatic than the Rangers. Will Boston feed off of one of the greatest games in the city’s sports history or will there be a letdown before the Bruins realize they still need to win three more series? Rick Nash hasn’t scored in the playoffs but as long as Henrik Lundqvist is playing at a high level, the Rangers will be competitive in any series.
Americans Comeback To Earn CHL Title: Maybe Wichita Thunder fans and Toronto Maple Leafs fans can join a support group for gut-wrenching losses and playoff disappointment. In Game 7 of the Ray Miron President’s Cup Finals, the Thunder carried a 2-0 lead into the third period on Allen’s home ice. Jarrett Lukin put the Americans on the board at 7:13 of the final frame and Trevor Hendrikx notched the game-tying goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Todd Robinson, a late-season acquisition for the Americans, netted the overtime winner to give Allen its first CHL championship. The Americans became the eighth team in league history to win the regular season title and postseason title in the same season while Wichita had to settle for second place for the second year in a row.
Can You Entertain Without Talking?: If you or someone you know has ever dreamed about dressing up as a mascot, the Oilers need your help! The Oilers are looking for people with passion and energy to entertain and attract fans at the upcoming Stanley Cup watch parties. The right people will have a great attitude, a sense of humor, and the ability to interact with Oilers fans of all ages. If you think you have what it takes, please call the Oilers today at 918-632-7825.
Learn Hockey Safety at Camp Bandage: For the second straight year, the Tulsa Oilers will have a booth at the annual children’s safety festival known as Camp Bandage. On Saturday, May 18 from 10am-3pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow (400 N. Aspen), the ayor let them try on the hockey pads to find out how Oilers players stay safe on the ice. Dozens of exhibitors will be handing out free prizes and food and the day will come to an end with a mock car accident. Get an up-close look at how our first responders save lives and how you can prevent serious accidents. Visit www.campbandage.org for more information.