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The Michigan Falcons dumped the Seattle Spartans 7-4 in game five of the Drunks Cup to win their second championship in four years. In the final game of the Drunks Cup the Falcons got an unlikely hat trick from defenseman Scott Hannan and another strong game from Paul Kariya who paced the Michigan offensive attack all season long. Sidney Crosby made thrid star in what figures to be the last game of DWSHL icon Jaromir Jagr.The Falcons easily won the series and coasted through the playoffs losing only three games in their four series’. Marc-Andre Fleury turned a strong regular season performance into a momentum builder that saw him play lights out for the majority of the playoffs. The question now that looms large is will the Falcons be the final champions in the storied history of the DWSHL?








 

 

Spartans Alive As Fleury Falters


The Seattle Spartans finally solved Marc-Andre Fleury peppering the net and chasing the Michigan goaltender en route to Friday’s 5-3 victory. Jaromir Jagr had two points to lead the Seattle attack and the Spartans also got a goal from the much maligned Nathan Horton who had been demoted to the fourth line for his erratic play. The game took an ugly turn late in the third period when Henrik Sedin was whistled for boarding on Sidney Crosby. Crosby went down to an upper-body injury and would have to leave the game while Sedin was ejected for his infraction. Crosby is expected to be in the lineup for Saturday’s game and no suspension is expected to be handed out to Sedin.
 

 

Falx Win Game 2, Selanne Out


Game two of the Drunks Cup proved to be excited with Michigan sneaking out a 4-3 win over Seattle. Seattle coach Dave Lewis made some bold moves that seemed to pay off, most notably inserting the game’s first star, defenseman Chad Denny, into the lineup from the bench. The Spartans outshot the Falcons by a considerable margin (34-21) but never led in the game and couldn’ solve Marc-Andre Fleury. The Falcons got bad news as Teemu Selanne left the game late in the second period with a knee injury and is done for the finals and quite possibly may have played in his last game.
 

 

Ideal Matchup










For the third consecutive year the Drunks Cup will be decided in a matchup of top seeds. The Seattle Spartans clinched their spot with a game five win over Winnipeg, while the Michigan Falcons toox six games in disposing of rival Jacksonville. This presents an exciting matchup as Jaromir Jagr appears destined to depart with Sidney Crosby among the possible heir apparents and Marc-Andre Fleury continuing to vie for Playoff MVP honors.

The Drunks Cup is slated to begin at 8 AM EST Tuesday the 5th.
 

 

 

 

Falcons Rebound 5-1


A day after suffering their first loss of the postseason the Michigan Falcons rebounded in fine fashion with a 5-1 win over their East rival Jacksonville Prowlers. Michigan chased Prowlers goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff from net late in the third period on Adam Berti’s goal that made it 5-0. The Prowlers would get a goal let when Kimmo Timonen scored his first of the postseason. The Falcons got a three point night from veteran Paul Kariya and received another staunch effort from Marc-Andre Fleury who continues to build his case for playoff MVP alongside Jacksonville surprise Fredrik Modin. The rebound win seems to affirm the Falcons as this year’s team of destiny as they have outlasted their primary rival Nashville, been pegged by prognosticators as the Drunks Cup favorites, and are being fueled by a rapid fanbase, one which has soldout the Compuware Center for nine straight games dating back to last season.



 

 

 

 

Morrow’s Hat Trick Keys Win


The Seattle Spartans won game one of the Jim Beam Conference Finals 3-2, getting a hat trick from Brenden Morrow. The Spartans scored three unanswered third period goals to steal a win from Winnipeg in front of 29,972 fans. The Spartans outshot the T-Rex 35-24 with much of that edge being carved out in the late game comeback.  It’s widely believed that Seattle superstar Jaromir Jagr is in his final season and the Spartans would desperately like to send off the best player in DWSHL history in the right fashion. Jagr himself hasn’t been much of a factor in these playoffs, though he does lead the team in scoring, he has just five goals. Seattle takes the ice tomorrow hoping that former T-Rex Evgeni Nabokov can continue to provide solid goaltending while the offense gets production from a variety of sources. For Winnipeg, defenseman Mark Streit remains out with an upper-body injury.
 

 

 

 

T-Rex Edge Crunch, Conference Finals Set








The Winnipeg T-Rex shelled the Quebec net though only eking out a 3-2 win to advance to the Jim Beam Conference finals. Winnipeg will take on a Seattle team looking to rekindle some of it’s former glory after a down year. The Spartans will be heavily favored and will face a T-Rex team expected to be without defenseman Mark Streit.

The Michigan Falcons will meet the Jacksonville Prowlers as each team seeks to continue its dream of winning a second Drunks Cup. The Falcons have gone 8-0 in the playoffs thus far but will face a tough challenge from a Prowlers squad that has incredible depth. The Prowlers have knocked off Copenhagen and Hanover to get here but now face a stiff test from their divisional rivals Michigan.


 

 

 

 

War Of Words In JB








The modern rivalry between Quebec and Winnipeg manifested itself in the playoffs for the first time. That emotion didn’t take long to boil over with T-Rex Cacoh Mike Babcock accusing Crunch GM Alex Smith of being a no-show at games and taking a suttle jab at the San Diego’s Robin Jones. Smith responded harshly to the T-Rex franchise claiming them to have a “pampering and entitlist attitude.” Seattle GM Matt Visser couldn’t help but throw stones at his potential Jim Beam Finals opponent’s by labeling them “nimrods” and promising to “shut them up with our play”.

 

 

 

Blaze, Bison Bounced

Roberto Luongo couldn’t capture his first round magic as the Birmingham Blaze were thoroughly overmatched in losing their second rounds series to the Michigan Falcons 4-0. Though two of the games were decided by one goal, the Blaze never held a lead in the third period of any game and didn’t get the offensive attack they needed to compete with Michigan. Despite the loss the Blaze figure to have laid the building blocks for a long run of playoff contention.

In Denver, the Bison were turned away in four straigh by Seattle losing every game by a single goal, including tonight’s 7-6 loss in which the Bison blew a third period lead.

 

 

 

 

Falcons Seek Return To Finals

The Michigan Falcons have put on a display of sheer dominance thus far in the postseason. The top-seed Falcons have won all six of their games, that being without Sidney Crosby for half of those. The Falcons have received solid play from Marc-Andre Fleury and a surprising offensive outburst from Kristian Huselius has powered the team to dominance. The Falcons are hoping to return to their DWSHL8 form in which they knocked off the Montreal Chevaliers to earn their first Drunks Cup championship. All signs seem to point toward a Michigan-Seattle finals matchup and idea that would be further solidified if Crosby can return from injury.

 

 

 

DiPietro, Crunch Start Off Strong

The underdog Quebec Crunch got off to a strong start against Big Canada rivals Winnipeg earning a 4-2 decision in Tuesday’s opening game. Rick DiPietro continued his strong play in net and the Crunch outshout the T-Rex 34-25 to earn an important early victory. The T-Rex were unable to mount any offensive zone pressure on the Crunch and were subpar on the powerplay going one for five. The T-Rex also suffered a setback with Rick Nash leaving the game with an injury in the first period. Nash is expected to miss at least two games and though he hasn’t been productive thus far in the postseason he most be a factor if

 

Winnipeg hopes to carry on deeper into the playoffs.

 

Blizzard Melt, Icedogs Remain Winless

The Copenhagen Blizzard fell to the Jacksonville Prowlers 6-1 on Thursday, marking their first round exit from the playoffs. The Blizzard were stifled by Miikka Kiprusoff, getting their lone tally from Mattias Ritola, joining Kingston and San Diego as the most recent playoff perishers. The Icedogs had glimpses of knocking of top seed Seattle but were shut down in consecutive games by Evgeni Nabokov. The San Diego Wolves lost by one goal in a hard fought series to the Quebec Crunch.

2nd Round Matchups
Denver @ Seattle
Quebec @ Winnipeg
Birmingham @ Michigan

 

Jacksonville @ Hanover
4/2/09

 

Battalion Bounced, Skyleafs Sunk

The two heavy favorites to win the Drunks Cup both met their demise following losses Wednesday. The Toronto Skyleafs who were atop the DWSHL standings for the majority of the regular season and the two-time defending champion Nashville Battalion both were upset in first round play. The Skyleafs were downed by the Denver Bison and the Battalion fell to the Birmingham Blaze who won their first playoff series since moving to England for the DWSHL2 season. The suprise losses leave management of these perennial powerhouses scratching their heads, being forced to go back to the drawing board and

 

consider serious offseason changes. 4/1/09

 

Skyleafs Among Favorites On Brink

The Toronto Skyleafs dropped a pivotal game five to the Denver Bison, placing them among a group of projected Drunks Cup favorites, including Seattle and Nashville, that find themselves on the brink of elimination. The Skyleafs lost tonight’s game 2-1 on two unanswered Bison goals. The Skyleafs have been struggling for offense and in this game half of their 22 shots came from defenseman, with Alex Ovechkin only registering two shots. The Skyleafs now head to Denver knowing they must win game six to stay alive.
3/31/09
 

 

 

 

Crosby-less Falcons Complete Sweep

The top-seeded Michigan Falcons made short work of eastern conference foes, the Texas Cannons completing a first round sweep. The Falcons did so without Sidney Crosby who was lost to injury in game three and is likely done for the playoffs. The loss of Crosby is a significant blow to the Falcons who have an already thin playoff roster. The Falcons may have once been the favorite to take home the Drunks Cup but will face an uphill battle if they still intend to come out on top, even when their toughest competition, the Nashville Battalion are themselves on the brink of elimination.
3/30/09

 

 

 

Luongo, Blaze take 2-0 lead over Battalion

The Birmingham Blaze are in the playoffs for only the second time in their history--squared off against a Nashville Battalion franchise that has never been seeded lower than third for any postseason. You wouldn’t know that after two games, as the Blaze have held the Battalion to just one goal on the back of strong play by goaltender Roberto Luongo. In tonight’s 1-0 shutout the Battalion peppered the net with 35 shots but couldn’t solve Luongo. The Blaze now find themselves in an enviable position up 2-0 against Nashville and heading home for the next two games. If the Battalion hope to keep their chance for a three-peat alive they must figure

 

out a way to get pucks in the net. 3/28/09

 

Icedogs Stun Spartans 2-1

The Kingston Icedogs were the last team to make it into the playoffs and have never won a postseason series in their history. That didn’t stop them from posting a 2-1 victory over the top seed Spartans in Seattle on Friday. The Icedogs outshot the Spartans and played stifling defense lead by a first star performance from Martin Biron. The Icedogs will have to work even harder if the expect to win the second game of the series as they will be without Rob Blake and Milan Michalek. Michalek could
miss up to two weeks. 3/27/09

 

 

 

Wolves Throttle Crunch

The San Diego Wolves started their series against the Quebec Crunch in fine form, jumping out to a 5-0 first period lead, chasing goaltender Rick DiPietro from the Crunch net.  The Wolves would ultimately build a 6-0 leade before Zach Parise scored shorthanded to put Quebec on the board. Slava Kozlov had a three point game and Matt Bradley had two first period goals, with Robert Esche seeing little work and earning the win. The game was marred by an ugly accident in which the Crunch’s Brendan Mikkelson was ejected for spearing Wolves center Scott Gomez. It will be

 

interested to see if there is any carr over from the incident in tomorrow’s rematch. 3/27/09

 

DWSHL Resumes With Playoffs

After a lengthy hiatus, the DWSHL '11 playoffs are set to begin. While many rumors have been floated around on the status of the league, the DWSHL remains committed to finishing out the season and then going from there. This playoff series has many stories and could get better and better by each round. New blood, old rivalries and many projected upsets have the playoffs being looked at closely by many under a microscope. One key question being asked: Can the Nashville Battalion make it 3 in a row? The odds favor them to get out of the first round but look for the team to prove their worthiness of a cup in the second round, where they could take on a serious contender.

 

What about the Spartans? Can their dominant revamped team go all the way on Jaromir Jagr's farewell tour? Can the Toronto Skyleafs finally breakout of that long playoff drought? What about the Winnipeg T-Rex who are supposedly built for the playoffs? Or will we see a team shock everyone such as the Wolves, Crunch, Galaxy or Blizzard who all have had breakthrough seasons? All these questions will be answered shortly as another exciting DWSHL playoff is set to begin. 3/13/09

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