Game Seven Madness Oakley Style!
When you think of Oakley, hockey may not be the first sport that comes to mind, but think again. With over 100 players in the NHL wearing Oakley hockey shields, the brands presence on the ice has been second to none. Then throw in the fact that Oakley is known for it’s superior protection and vision and you have a winning story to tell any Oakley consumer / fan.
Starting tonight there will be three game sevens in which 39 players will be in Oakley shields, including the top players on all six teams.
Kicking things off tonight will be the Pittsburg Penguins against the Washington Capitals in a do or die situation; pitting two of the best young talents in the game in a head to head match up. This series has been a little bit of everything, and has served as a wonderful advertisement for all that’s good about NHL hockey.
The games have been stacked with insane moments, Penguins star, Sidney Crosby (Oakley) had this to say, and “I think it’s been a good mix of skill and physical play.” Crosby adds, “There’s been a great mix of all that. I see it being an interesting series from the outside looking in, for sure.”
Star power has been a huge factor as well. Alex Ovechkin (Oakley) and/or Nicklas Backstrom (Oakley) have had a hand in 15 of Washington’s 20 goals in the series while Sidney Crosby (Oakley) and/or Evgeni Malkin have earned a point in 15 of Pittsburgh’s 21 goals in the first six games.
The next compelling game seven comes by way of an East Coast brawl with the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes literally and figuratively slugging it out. With a baker dozen of Oakley players the games have been full of the “O” coverage, specifically on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron.
With his team facing elimination on the road, Boston center Patrice Bergeron chose an opportune time to come up with his best game of this Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Bergeron set up the game’s first goal 2:01 into the first period and made another slick pass to put his team up 3-1 when Carolina was inching back. He also was an important penalty killer and led all Bruins forwards in ice time in their 4-2 victory at the RBC Center that will send this series back to Boston for Game 7.
“It was probably, without a doubt his best game of the series,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien.
And the grand finale of the game sevens will come by way of a good old fashion scores dream with the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks. Last night was full of excitement in the Anaheim Honda Center, promising a fantastic finish to this series.
In a game that ended with players from both teams throwing punches – including a surprising bare-knuckle bout between All-Stars Scott Niedermayer (Oakley) and Pavel Datsyuk (Oakley) – the Ducks held on for a tense 2-1 victory over the Red Wings in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Ryan Getzlaf (Oakley) and Corey Perry (Oakley) paced the Ducks with goals in the second period, and Anaheim withstood a late charge with the help of goalie Jonas Hiller to keep their grip on a one-goal lead in an anxious final two minutes.
Make sure to check all the action beginning tonight on Versus at 7pm EST with the Penguins and Capitals bringing their “A” games.