Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: American Players Making Differences in the Postseason

May 19th, 2012 by Jacob Betzner Leave a reply »
Disclaimer: I am 100 percent, fully aware hockey is "Canada's Sport." I know Claude Giroux, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos possess otherworldly hockey ability. I know Martin Brodeur stops pucks like no other. If you read this article and disagree in any way, please refrain from posting a comment about how "the States" know nothing about hockey. 

I also understand hockey exists in exotic places like Russia, Sweden and Finland. I know players like Evgeni Malkin, the Sedin twins and Teemu Selanne score lots of goals and points. I understand Henrik Lundqvist knows how to tend net. I know. We can strap on some football pads and settle this like Yankees if you still find the need to tell me how ignorant I am.

The 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs are well underway, and with four remaining teams, several players born south of the United States/Canada border are playing big roles on their respective teams. After a silver medal finish in the 2010 Winter Olympics and a slew of early draft picks in recent entry drafts, the US looks ready to start contending for hockey supremacy for a long time.


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