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It’s Championship Time – NHL Stanley Cup Fever

June 2, 2011 1 comment

At Autism Speaks – we have Stanley Cup Fever! The 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have left us on the edge of our seat! There have been so many exciting matchups and upsets around every turn. As you may have seen, we’ve  teamed up with  the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) to launch Face-off Against Autism, a unique digital fundraising initiative that will allow hockey fans to show their support for their favorite team and player throughout the playoffs while also supporting autism research and awareness efforts. Every fan who visits http://www.autismspeaks.org/nhl and buys at least one puzzle piece will receive a 20% discount off their next purchase at the NHL Store powered by Reebok and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of four jerseys autographed by NHL stars Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby or Henrik Lundqvist.

The finals have opened up with a bang between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins! It was a true battle in this game – through 59 and a half scoreless minutes, the Canucks came out on top with a goal by Raffi Torres. Roberto Luongo made 36 saves in his third shutout of the postseason for the Canucks. Can Patrice Bergeron lead the Bruins to a comeback? We can’t wait to see what this series has in store!

Tell us who you are rooting for, and why in the comments after you buy your piece of the puzzle!

The NHL 2011 Conference Playoff Finals Have Begun

May 18, 2011 1 comment

The 2011 NHL Conference Finals have begun, and here at Autism Speaks, we cannot get enough of the playoff action! We have teamed up with  the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) to launch Face-off Against Autism, a unique digital fundraising initiative that will allow hockey fans to show their support for their favorite team and player throughout the playoffs while also supporting autism research and awareness efforts. Every fan who visits http://www.autismspeaks.org/nhl and buys at least one puzzle piece will receive a 20% discount off their next purchase at the NHL Store powered by Reebok and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of four jerseys autographed by NHL stars Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby or Henrik Lundqvist.

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The Eastern Conference Final finds the  Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning going head to head! In the Western Conference Final the  Vancouver Canucks take on the San Jose Sharks.

Faceoff Against Autism NHL Playoff Action

April 29, 2011 1 comment

Hey Fans! Have you been following your favorite NHL players and teams in the 2011 playoffs? If you missed out here are the recaps! Be sure to stay tuned and show your support, by purchasing pieces of your favorite players’ puzzles using Face-off Against Autism!

Face-off Against Autism highlights key NHL players from each of the 16 playoff teams, transforming his photo into a digital puzzle. Fans can purchase individual pieces for $10.  Every fan who visits http://www.autismspeaks.org/nhl and buys at least one puzzle piece will receive a 20% discount off their next purchase at the NHL Store powered by Reebok and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of four jerseys autographed by NHL stars Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby or Henrik Lundqvist. Winners will be randomly selected at the end of the campaign.

For more information about Face-off Against Autism, visit here.

Canucks Win Series Against Blackhawks 4 -3 
The Blackhawks fought back from a 3-0 series deficit to force a seventh game against Vancouver. Despite the rally, Chicago fell in overtime in Game 7 with the Canucks coming out on top 2-1. Defenseman Brian Campbell of the Blackhawks had a goal and two assists. Roberto Luongo of the Canucks bounced back with a strong Game 7 performance.

Sharks Defeat the Kings in 6
A series full of excitement had the San Jose Sharks beat out the Los Angeles Kings in six games, three of which went to overtime!  Dustin Brown, a right wing for the Kings, had both a goal and an assist. Joe Thornton led the Sharks with five points, two goals and the series-clinching goal.

Red Wings Sweep the Coyotes 
The Detroit Red Wings hammered the Phoenix Coyotes in a spectacular 4 game run, giving them only sweep in the NHL Conference Quarterfinals! Red Wings Captain Nicklas Lindstrom led the defense and has been nominated to win the Norris Trophy for the 11th time in 13 seasons! Shane Doan  of the Coyotes, finished the series with three goals and two assists.

Ducks Fall to the Predators in 6
The Anaheim Ducks came up short against the Nashville Predators, losing in six games. Nashville finished strong after the teams split the first four games. Ryan Getzalf, the center for Anaheim, had six points – two goals and four assists. Due to an injury, JP Dumont only played in 2 games. He had a key assist giving Nashville a 2-1 lead in the Game 6.

Capitals Defeat the Rangers 4-1 
In a series that was much closer than the 4-1 defeat reflects, the Capitals came out on top of the Rangers. Washington one Game 1 in overtime and Game 4 in double overtime! Alex Ovechkin was the points leader with 6 – 3 goals and 3 assists. Henrik Lundqvist was tough in the goal for the Rangers with a .917 save percentage.

Flyers Outlast the Sabres in 7 
Playing out all seven games of the series, the Buffalo Sabres fell to the Philadelphia Flyers. Danny Briere, a right wing for the Flyers, was the scoring leader with 6 goals and an assist. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller finished up with a .917 save percentage.

Lightning Comeback to Beat the Penguins 
With a nail-biting 1-0 game, the Tampa Bay Lightning overcame a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins! Lightning Captain Vincent LeCavalier finished with 6 points, 2 goals and 4 assists, while Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins finished with a .899 save percentage.

Bruins Survive Against the Canadiens
The Boston Bruins were able to come out on top against the Montreal Canadiens. In what was the closest series of the opening round of the Playoffs, the Bruins triumphed in a 4-3 overtime victory. Scott Gomez was a vital part of the Canadiens offense with 4 assists. Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins finished with 7 points – 2 goals and 5 assists.

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