Month: May 2016

New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Wins Over the Years

New Jersey Devils pic

New Jersey Devils
Image: devils.nhl.com

A fund accountant with Grassi and Co. in New York City, Kevin Martoken also is an avid hockey fan. Kevin Martoken enjoys supporting the New Jersey Devils and competes in a recreational ice hockey league.

The New Jersey Devils have reached the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Final on five occasions since 1995, including three victories. The team’s first trip to the league finals came after a relatively modest 22-win regular season. New Jersey dropped just four games over the first three rounds of the playoffs before upsetting the 33-win Detroit Red Wings in a four-game sweep, securing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup victory.

New Jersey had higher expectations entering the 2000 NHL post season, having finished the year with 45 wins. After an opening-round sweep of the Florida Panthers, the Devils endured difficult six and seven game series against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, respectively. Despite these challenges, New Jersey reached the Stanley Cup Final with home-ice advantage against the Dallas Stars. Dallas managed to steal home ice in the second game of the series, but lost three of the next four games. The Devils earned their second Stanley Cup trophy with a 1-0 triple overtime win at home and a 2-1 double overtime victory in Dallas.

After a Stanley Cup Final loss in 2001, the Devils returned to the NHL championship round in 2003. Coming off a seven-game conference finals series against the Ottawa Senators, the Devils met the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the Stanley Cup Final. Teams held home ice the entire series, though New Jersey managed to force overtime in both game three and game four. In a decisive game seven, the Devils shutout the Ducks 3-0 to claim their third Stanley Cup win in eight years. The Devils returned to the finals in 2012 but fell in six games to the Los Angeles Kings.

Risotto Is an Amazing Traditional Italian Food

Risotto pic

Risotto
Image: allrecipes.com

Kevin Martoken enjoys many hobbies when he is not working as a fund accountant. Cooking Italian cuisine is one of Kevin Martoken’s favorite pastimes.

One of the more refined Italian dishes is risotto, a traditional dish and comfort food cooked in restaurants all over the world.

Risotto is most often made using short-grain rice, such as Arborio. This rice is selected because it absorbs more liquid, becoming creamy. When preparing risotto, add the liquid in gradually with the rice. Then, cover the pot and leave it to cook. Stir frequently while cooking.

For a popular variety to risotto, add tomato and basil. Cut Roma tomatoes into little pieces. Next, gather about a cup’s worth of fresh basil. Then, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet on medium-high. Add the tomatoes and spices to the hot pan. Cook, constantly stirring, for only a few minutes. Stir in with the risotto, and top this excellent dish with grated parmesan.

The Palace of Bargello Is a Treasured Site in Florence

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Kevin Martoken enjoys traveling to many countries. One of the most enjoyable locations that Kevin Martoken has visited is Florence, Italy.

Florence contains many beautiful historical landmarks. A more notable one is the Palace of Bargello, now a museum that had once headquartered the chief of the police named Bargello during the middle of the 16th century. It was built in 1255 when Florence had its own government, including a unique constitution and its own currency. The palace was the first building to house the public officials of Florence, which was convenient due to its central location in the city.

This palace became a National Museum in the middle of the 19th century. Some of the most famous works of art are on the first floor, including “Madonna with Child,” a bronze version of the statue of David, and glazed terracottas by Luca della Robbia. Elsewhere in the museum, some of the pieces featured are busts of Florentine personalities, the portrait of Costanza Buonarelli by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and a group of bronze animals.