Found April 11, 2012 on
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What I love about being right is that it leaves little room for editing. I am only changing two of my mid-season choices.
Hart - Evgeni Malkin
Is there any doubt? Steven Stamkos had another incredible season, but on a team not playing this week. Jonathan Quick did all he could to keep his team in the playoff race, and succeeded. But, Malkin carried his team all season, leading a charge in the final months that has them as the odds on favorite to lift a Cup when all is said and done.
Vezina - Jonathan Quick
Though I had Quick in my midseason report, I was set to give the hardware to Henrik Lundqvist after he went on a tear in February that saw him lose only two games. In those games he gave up a total of three goals, while not getting a single goal in support. But too fresh in my memory are games that could have led the Rangers to the Presidents' Trophy late in the season, and King Henrik looked very ordinary. Then Quick?s yak-like work ethic single-handedly carried t...
BEST OF MAXIM
Is this the season in which the Kings' Jonathan Quick can break through and become an elite goalie?
In the eyes of his coach, Darryl Sutter, that status is only reached in the playoffs, and in his two playoff series with the Kings, Quick has a 4-8 record in first-round losses to Vancouver and San Jose.
Sutter -- who in previous stops coached top goalies such as Chicago'...
Jean-Sebastien Giguere carried the Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks to the Stanley Cup final in 2003. Seven years later, Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak willed the Canadiens to the third round. If there’s a goalie on one of this spring’s lower-seeded teams that can pull off what Giguere and Halak accomplished, it’s Jonathan Quick.I don’t know if you can really put into words what Quick...
The 2011-12 NHL regular season came to an end on Apr. 7 after 1,230 games with all 30 teams seeing action on the same day for just the fourth time in league history. With the end of the regular season came the announcement of several trophy winners.The season’s overall leading scorer was Russian center Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Malkin picked up the Art Ross Trophy...
Without further ado, here are our 2012 Stanley Cup Western Conference Playoffs predictions and Stanley Cup picks. To keep the predictions more reader friendly, we each picked the first round and Stanley Cup Final.
If you missed the East, here you go!
2012 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINALS
#1 Vancouver Canucks vs. #8 Los Angeles Kings
Todd Cordell: Come playoff time, the play of...
BANG BANG BANG BANG…
The puck drop on Game 1 of Round 1 has been a long time coming and it’s never mattered who it was to be against. Canucks fans just wanted it to begin. While having a team in first place has made everyone happier; usually anyways, it’s also forced us to wait with bated breath for the festivities to start.
If you haven’t read my 5 Keys to Winning Round...
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (BRIZ-gah-lov) says the only things that scare him are bears in the woods.
Maybe, but he'll face the most fearsome team in the NHL when the Flyers open the 2012 playoffs on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins are the league's highest scoring team, led by Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin and captain Sidney Crosby, who has...
We've been here before, you know. There is going to be an absolute cacophony of voices in our heads and in our faces over the next week-plus, yelling and screaming and whining and kicking down the borders of consciousness. NBC Sports will turn the contrast up on those oranges and blacks and whites and golds, and get rolling into a festival of rhetoric. In a way, we almost like...
After a Stanley Cup win in 2009 and Olympic Gold in 2010, Sidney Crosby was quickly on his way to becoming the best hockey player in the world.
However, concussions sidelined the Penguins captain for virtually all of 2011 and into 2012. Now, unfortunately for the Philadelphia Flyers, he is back. Crosby returned to action on March 15th and hasn't looked back.
In just 22...
It was a fascinating final day to the regular season this Saturday, with plenty of storylines directly relating to playoff seeding going in to the Stanley Cup tournament. All 30 teams played, some with having nothing more than pride to guide them, others wishing to play the spoiler in close division crown battles. As we go in to what is sure to be another great postseason, let’s...
The Evgeni Malkin rule has reared its ugly head once again.Shea Weber has been fined $2,500.00 for trying to crush Henrik Zetterberg's head in one of the more disgusting plays we've seen a very long time.Apparently, play-off time is open season on Henrik Zetterberg. You can jump him, smash his face into the glass...and nothing bad will happen to you.Wow...a whole $2,500...
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin spent last spring watching their Pittsburgh Penguins teammates try to carry on without the injured stars, a burden that became too much during a seven-game loss to upstart Tampa Bay in the opening round.
A year later, the helpless feeling of trudging around in a suit while the franchise they expected to carry to a Stanley Cup floundered on the ice...