Daily Noontime – December 21, 2011

Derrick Rose won't be leaving Chicago anytime soon, as he recently signed his name on a new contract! (Photo Credit: Fanbase.com)

Happy Wednesday y’all, and welcome into another tremendous Daily Noontime! Here’s some kick-butt news stories and headlines, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* According to sources — the Chicago Bulls have inked Derrick Rose‘s name on a five-year, $94 million contract.

* Through 14 games this season, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has recorded just 930 yards, but is determined to earn 1,000 yards before the season concludes.

* Denver Broncos team president John Elway confirmed on Tuesday that his plan is to keep Tim Tebow as their quarterback for next season.

* Saturday’s game between the New York Giants and Jets will certainly be pivotal for both teams, especially if they’d like to make the playoffs.

* The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up an important win on Tuesday, as they defeated the scorching hot Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2. The loss marks the end of a five-game winning streak for the Hawks.

Games to Watch: 

* Montreal at Chicago (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Dallas (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Detroit at Vancouver (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Now this is a unique way to score a goal in soccer, eh? 

NHL Playoffs: Two Down, Two to Go!

By Brian Willwerth 

Two Game 7’s down, two more to go.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks are moving on to the conference semifinals. Two more teams will do the same tonight.

In Philadelphia — The Flyers scored first, and never looked back. They beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2. After starting three different goalies in seven games, Philadelphia had no such trouble on this night. Brian Boucher made 25 saves. On the other side, it was Buffalo who had goaltending issues. Ryan Miller was yanked in the third period after the Flyers had built a 4-0 lead and essentially put the game out of reach. The Flyers don’t know who their next opponent will be; it depends on the outcomes of Wednesday’s games.

There was plenty of drama In Vancouver. The Canucks were on the brink of an epic collapse against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, having blown a 3-0 lead in the series. The decisive game went into overtime. But Alex Burrows stole the puck in the Chicago end, and slapped one past Corey Crawford to give the Canucks a 2-1 victory. Chicago was trying to become the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after dropping the first three games. The Canucks will face the Nashville Predators in the second round. The Preds eliminated the Anaheim Ducks for their first ever series win.

The winner-take-all action continues Wednesday evening. The Bruins host the Canadiens at TD Garden, while the Penguins host the Lightning at CONSOL Energy Center.

Daily Noontime – April 27, 2011

Vancouver is celebrating, as the Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 on Tuesday!

Good Wednesday morning to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Here is today’s biggest news, headlines and more, along with our awesome video of the day!

Headlines: 

* The Chicago Blackhawks were close, incredibly close to upsetting the Vancouver and moving onto the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but in overtime, the Canucks beat the Hawks, 2-1.

* Despite leading the Orlando Magic, 3-1, the Atlanta Hawks appeared incredibly flat on Tuesday, as the team from Disney World won and forced a Game 6.

* The series was tied, 2-2, but after Tuesday, the Los Angles Lakers earned their third win of the series, as they defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 106-90.

* According to sources, Indianapolis Colts quarter Peyton Manning apparently “tanks the NFL concussion test.”

* It seems that yet again, Jay Cutler is in the news again, but this time, he’s being honored for popping the question to his girlfriendKristin Cavallari.

* Believe it or not, MLB has already begun the All-Star voting process, which seems quite strange, right? The All-Star game is played in July, but apparently, professional baseball is already thinking about the summer.

Games to Watch: 

* Philadelphia at Miami (NBA Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Montreal at Boston (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (NHL Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Memphis at San Antonio (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Lady Gaga fell once on stage at the Belle Center in Montreal, but one has to wonder, if the Bruins took a page out of her book on Tuesday against the Habs? 


NHL Playoffs: Nothing Like Game Seven

Game Seven's are usually the last resort, but in this case, six teams are playing for their Stanley Cup lives!

By Brian Willwerth

Game Seven.

They are two of the most magical words in sports. There is nothing like it: the winner moves on, the loser heads home for the summer. In the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there are three, juicy winner-take-all games to look forward to.

(7) Buffalo Sabres at (2) Philadelphia Flyers   (Tuesday 7:30 p.m.):

This has been one heck of a series.  Five of the six games have been decided by one goal. The last two have gone to overtime, with each team winning on the other’s home ice. Speaking of road warriors, the visiting team has won four times, with the Sabres taking two of three in Philadelphia. The bad blood between these two teams got turned up a notch in Game Six, when Philly’s captain Mike Richards shoved Buffalo’s Tim Connolly head first into the boards. Richards was called for a penalty, but Buffalo wanted more: a suspension for the decisive game.  The NHL said no.

Will there be revenge on Buffalo’s mind on Tuesday night?  Probably not – there is just too much at stake – but it does bear watching.  Richards will play.  Connolly will not.

(8) Chicago Blackhawks at (1) Vancouver Canucks   (10 p.m. Tuesday):

How much pressure is on the Presidents’ trophy winners for this one?  The Canucks looked to be well on their way to the conference semifinals a little more than a week ago. Then the defending Stanley Cup champions woke up and won three straight: two blowout victories followed by an overtime winner Sunday night in Game Six.

Roberto Luongo was benched in that last game, but entered in the third period after Cory Schneider suffered an injury and gave up the game-winning goal in OT.

Head coach Alain Vigneault says Luongo will get the nod in Game Seven.  The ‘Hawks are trying to become the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series.

(5) Tampa Bay Lightning at (4) Pittsburgh Penguins  (Wednesday TBA):

Like the Canucks, the Penguins probably felt they had this series in the bag after winning Game Four in double-overtime in Tampa Bay. But the Lightning came back with an eight-goal outburst in Game Five, followed by a victory on home ice Monday night to even the series.

This quarterfinal matchup hasn’t gotten the attention that some of the other series have, but that does not diminish the fact that one of these teams will be all done come Wednesday night.

San Jose beats Los Angles:

Just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, the L.A. Kings had a chance to send a fourth series to a seventh game.  But Joe Thornton (remember him?) made sure that wouldn’t happen. His overtime goal gave the Sharks a 4-3 win, and a 4-2 victory in the series.

Final Thought:

Three Game Sevens, two nights, plus, throw in Game Six (and possibly seven) between the Bruins and Canadiens, and you’ve got a hockey fan’s paradise.

Great NHL Playoff OT Finishes (4/24 -4/25)

It was an incredibly exciting weekend in the NHL, as three very intriguing first round series finished their games in overtime and while these endings may make your heart race a tad bit faster than usual, all in all, it is safe to say that this is indeed playoff hockey! 

Boston 2 – Montreal 1: After watching a complete goaltenders duel for nearly four periods, Nathan Horton found a way to beat Carey Price for the game winner in double overtime on Saturday. Boston and Montreal will play their sixth game of the series on Tuesday and one has to wonder, can the Bruins, who have won three games in a row, win one more at the Belle Centre on Tuesday? 

Philadelphia 5 – Buffalo 4: With the chance to officially end Philadelphia’s chances of advancing further in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Buffalo could not contain Ville Leino, who pushed the puck passed Ryan Miller to force one more game in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The series currently is tied, 3-3, so the winner will advance, while the loser will head home for the summer. 

Chicago 4 – Vancouver 3: The Canucks led the series, 3-0, but the last three games were completely different. Chicago may have stolen the momentum away from Vancouver on Sunday, as Ben Smith scored in overtime to force a game seven on Tuesday in Canada. If the Blackhawks win this particular series, they’ll become the fourth NHL team to come back and win a series after trailing, 3-0. 



Daily Noontime – April 25, 2011

Can the Hawks complete another epic NHL comeback?

Good Monday morning to everyone and welcome to today’s Daily Noontime! Here is today’s big headlines and news, as well as an awesome video of the day too!

Headlines: 

* The Boston Red Sox indeed swept the Los Angles Angels, but on Sunday John Lackey pitched a gem.

* Could the Chicago Blackhawks be the fourth team to come back and win a best-of-seven series? Well, after an exciting overtime win on Sunday, it certainly seems that the defending Stanley Cup champions won’t go quietly.

* It was an exciting finish in Philadelphia on Sunday, as the Sixers defeated the Heat on Sunday. So, Philadelphia won’t be swept, but will they win Game 5?

* The Boston Celtics became the first NBA playoff team to sweep a series, as Kevin Garnett led his squad passed the New York Knicks on Sunday.

* NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is at least “expecting 25 players” to attend the 2011 NFL Draft.

* Don’t count out the New Orleans Hornets, as they beat the Los Angles Lakers on Sunday. Now the series stands, 2-2.

Games to Watch: 

* Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern

* Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Los Angles Dodgers at Florida (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Portland at Dallas (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

* Oklahoma City at Denver (NBA Playoffs) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Where have the great “NBA playoff” commercials gone? 


Daily Noontime – April 22, 2011

Happy Friday to everyone and welcome to yet another 2011 weekend, let’s have fun! In the meantime, here is today’s Daily Noontime, so enjoy!

Headlines:

* New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese apparently is copying other league owners or executives for the upcoming NFL Draft.

* Despite his team not playing in the NBA playoffs, Yao Ming has officially decided he doesn’t want to leave the Houston Rockets.

* Apparently the defending NHL Stanley Cup champions won’t go away without a fight, as the Chicago Blackhawks won Game 5 against the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0.

* Miami’s Dwyane Wade was on fire on Thursday, as the Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers for a third time in the postseason.

* It seems that every sport or team in Los Angles, California is somewhat a “joke.” Do you agree? Yes or No?

* Could David Stern institute instant replay to help with the officiating in the NBA? Could be a good thing, right?

Games to Watch: 

* Los Angles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern

* Boston at New York Knicks (NBA Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Toronto (MLB) – 7:07pm eastern

* Buffalo at Philadelphia (NHL Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Orlando at Atlanta (NBA Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Nothing like a little humor and basketball. This young man certainly needs to work on his shot, right?


Daily Noontime – April 20, 2011

Happy Wednesday! We apologize for no DAILY NOONTIME on Tuesday, but we are back and ready to provide today’s news and headlines, along with an awesome video of the day! 

Headlines: 

* The NFL released it’s 2011 season, but due to the current lockout, what exactly does it all mean?

* Carmelo Anthony recorded 42 points, but it just wasn’t enough, as the New York Knicks lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the NBA playoffs on Tuesday.

* Besides the play of Anthony against the Celtics, Boston was dazzled by the performance of Rajon Rondo, who led his team with 30 points.

* San Francisco’s Brian Wilson has a certain pitch that amazes batters and fans.

* The Chicago Blackhawks live another day, as the Hawks beat the Canucks for the first time in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.

* Believe it or not, Los Angles Lakers forward Lamar Odom has won the “sixth man of the year” award.

Games to Watch: 

* Washington at New York Rangers (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Minnesota at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Buffalo (NHL Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Cleveland at Kansas City (MLB) – 8:10pm eastern

* Memphis at San Antonio (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

* New Orleans at Los Angles Lakers (NBA Playoffs) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

The New York Knicks considered this season a “start of a new era,” but currently, trailing Boston, two games to zero, things are not looking good in Manhattan! 


Noonan: Boston Bruins Playoff Thoughts and Predictions

Can the Boston Bruins actually do it? Can they win the Stanley Cup?

By Matt Noonan

Noontime Sports will make sure to keep you up to date with both the Boston Bruins and Celtics, as they each compete for championships and glory.

However, despite us not actually being at the TD Garden for the next two months or wherever the teams may travel, it will be our goal to provide the best insight, opinions and analysis after the conclusion of every contest.

We begin our two part series on looking at both squads, as well as analyzing their chances on brining a championship to Boston. Here is our take on the Boston Bruins, as well as our thoughts on if the Black and Gold can win the Stanley Cup this season.

Thoughts on the Boston Bruins: For many Bostonians and New Englanders, the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs couldn’t have returned at a better time. All the Black and Gold supporters are revved up and ready for some playoff hockey, in fact, it has been on the menu since the 2010-11 season began primarily because of the most epic collapse in Boston sports history.

After earning their first series win against a rather talented Buffalo Sabres team, which was captained by the best goaltender in the world, Ryan Miller, the city of Boston was buzzing and images of a Stanley Cup parade were on the minds of many fans or spectators, especially after an early 3-0 series lead against the modern day, “Broad Street Bullies.” Everything was set up perfectly for the Bruins because one more win meant punching their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals, which hasn’t happened since their last visit in 1992 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game 4 arrived and with the chance to close out the series and then eventually play the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens; Boston immediately switched gears and turned into a very timid squad that witnessed the Philadelphia Flyers tally 15-goals in four games, as well as a Bruins shutout at the TD Garden during Game 5.

Let’s just say it was awful and what was even worse was the dramatic Game 7, which literally recapped and highlighted the entire series. The Bruins took an early 3-0 lead during the first period, but then squandered any chance of a possible victory and allowed Philadelphia the opportunity to record four goals.

Philadelphia celebrated like champions and then marched onto the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks two series later, which didn’t end in their favor, as the Hawks won the series, 4-2.

While the Boston-Philadelphia redemption maybe on everyone’s mind, the Black and Gold though are a much more talented team than in years past. They may not have won as many games as they did during the 2008-09 season, but between solid goaltending of Tim Thomas, as well as the recent play of Zdeno Chara, the Bruins seem determined to not let another downfall occur.

Although, let’s also be completely honest and state that head coach Claude Julien is probably somewhere crossing his fingers extra tightly, so that he won’t have to send any cover letters for a new job.

Yet, what will make this second season quite enjoyable are a few things, which includes, playing quality defense, winning face-offs and making sure to win power plays. Although, didn’t the Bruins bring in Tomas Kaberle for the power play? If so, here is the perfect opportunity for the former Toronto Maple Leaf to earn his paycheck.

Also, watch the play of Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, who should certainly spark the Bruins offense. Lucic, who clearly has had one of his best seasons will need to ratchet up his game, as well as find any scoring opportunity to give Boston comfortable leads throughout the first and second period.

Another thing the Bruins need to do this postseason is actually play physical hockey. It seemed as if the Flyers had stolen their mojo after Game 4 and never returned it. Watch any highlights of their final four games of the playoffs and even the casual fan will notice that the Bruins physicality and adrenaline had officially evaporated.

All in all, the Bruins certainly have potential to make this a fun and exciting post-season, but similar to their past three seasons, they have struggled immensely.

The Bruins have a much deeper bench than previous seasons, as well as have a boatload of talent. They made the right moves, added the necessary pieces that general manager Peter Chiarelli felt were necessary, so now, it’s time to sit back, relax, grab some pop corn and see what this team is made of, but who knows, maybe New Englanders will watch yet another tumultuous ending, but what do I know?

 

Prediction: I’ll say that the Boston Bruins will at least make it to the Eastern Conference playoffs and face either the New York Rangers or Philadelphia Flyers to decide who will represent the east in the Stanley Cup Finals. I don’t see the Bruins making it to the championship this year, but being able to play in an Eastern Conference championship for the first time in 19-years is clearly the right step for this organization.

Also, if the Bruins can indeed make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, expect head coach Claude Julien to return for the 2011-12 season.

Stanley Cup Prediction: Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers, (Red Wings win the series in six games, 4-2).

NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Preview

By Brian Willwerth

We continue our previews of the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with a look at the matchups in the Western Conference:

(1)  Vancouver Canucks vs. (8) Chicago Blackhawks:

This is a matchup of the defending Stanley Cup Champs, and the team considered the favorite to hoist the Cup this year.  The Canucks have never won it all, but they put themselves in a prime position by capturing the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time.  Vancouver is loaded offensively, starting with the Sedin brothers, Daniel and Henrik, (198 total points between them.)  Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will be tested. Chicago is the champ until someone proves otherwise. But the ‘Hawks face a tall task by starting out as the #8 seed.

(2)  San Jose Sharks vs. (7) Los Angeles Kings:

It’s an all-California matchup, as these two Pacific Division foes meet in the playoffs for the first time. Antti Niemi has been sensational between the pipes for the Sharks.  This is the same goaltender who played against San Jose in the Western Conference Finals last year as a member of the Blackhawks.  The Kings will be without leading scorer Anze Kopitar for the duration of the playoffs.  So, L.A. will be a defensive-minded team for sure.  The Kings are solid in that department; only the Canucks and Bruins allowed fewer goals this season.

(3)  Detroit Red Wings vs. (6) Phoenix Coyotes:

These two teams face off against each other in the opening round for the second year in a row.  The Wings won last year in seven games.  In Hockeytown, they don’t settle for anything less than a championship, so the pressure is always on Detroit from the get-go.  Keep an eye on the goaltenders in this series: Detroit’s Jimmy Howard and the Coyotes’ Ilya Bryzgalov. Phoenix has not won a playoff series since moving to Arizona from Canada (remember the Winnipeg Jets?)

(4)  Anaheim Ducks vs. (5) Nashville Predators:

This is a classic matchup of contrasting styles.  The Ducks have a great offense; the Predators are a defensive-minded team.  Anaheim has the NHL’s leading scorer, Corey Perry, who netted 50 goals this season. Add veteran Teemu Selanne to the mix, and the Ducks are loaded.  But Nashville has one of the best goaltenders in the league in Pekka Rinne. He was second in the league this season in goals against average and save percentage, (Boston’s Tim Thomas is #1.)

So the matchups are set.  Let’s drop the puck and get the intensity level boiling.