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It is Monday already and time for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. The Rangers are up two games to one after a 3-0 win on Saturday Afternoon that caused the blocked shot issue to ring true once again (20 blocked shots unofficially). There is this feeling that neither team can seem to put together two games in these playoffs, particularly the Rangers. New Jersey just has to do a better job playing defense than they did in Games 1 and 3. That is what gets lost in the shuffle here. It always seems to. There are some defininte changes if you are keeping score or at least trying to anyway.
With the anticipated line changes (yes Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk may be broken up from time to time), it will be interesting to see what happens here. Game 3 honestly saw Zach Parise get manhandled yet again and at times it just looks like he is rattled by it. Petr Sykora is out and Jacob Josefson is in. Maybe the Devils n...
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After listening to Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith's post game comments the first thing that came to mind was, the NHL could levy a fine against Smith for his post game comments about the officials.
I will be the first one to admit that the NHL on ice officiating has been really poor during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but everyone has has had to play...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Several Minnesota Wild and other NHL players, including New Jersey Devils star Zach Parise, will be part of a charity hockey game on June 20 at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.
Players currently scheduled to attend include Josh Harding and Nate Prosser from the Wild, Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jamie...
NBCSN ice level announcer/personality Pierre McGuire couldn't seem to say it enough as he kept mentioning the two outstanding players from Grand Forks, ND. While Zach Parise (2002-04) and Travis Zajac (2004-06) are former Fighting Sioux Hockey players - they never played hockey together during their time at UND. Parise left UND in 2004 after playing two season for the Fighting...
Shane Doan scored two goals, Mike Smith made 36 saves in his third playoff shutout, and the Phoenix Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
Ray Whitney and Antoine Vermette had assists for the Coyotes, who escaped a series sweep by snapping the eighth-seeded Kings' eight...
Game 5 between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Los Angeles Kings was exciting and controversial. We're not here to talk about Dustin Brown's knee and whether or not it clean or dirty. Instead, we're here to analyze an incident involving Brown and Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith. As Smith was reaching to cover a puck with his glove, Brown used...
The Flyers haven’t ruled defenseman Chris Pronger out for next season, but there little evidence to suggest he will return. Severe post-concussion syndrome threatens to end his NHL career.Should Pronger sit, Philadelphia would gain $5 million in salary cap space once the season begins. That possibility could inspire the Flyers to spend to the cap limit this summer while taking...
NEW JERSEY 4, NEW YORK 1; series tied 2-2
New Jersey captain Zach Parise scored on the power play and into an empty net and added an assist to lead the Devils to a 4-1 win over the Rangers. Devils goaltenderMartin Brodeur made 28 saves and added his fourth assist of these playoffs, breaking the old record of three in a single post season.
The Devils locker room will have a focused group inside prior to Game 4 tonight.
The dust has settled, the frustrations have gone, and voices are being heard again after Game 3’s mirror image result to Game 1. The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers will battle in probably the most important game of the series yet despite plenty of hockey left to play.
If the Devils win, it’s...
The Phoenix Coyotes were eliminated last night in game five of the Western Conference Finals by the Los Angeles Kings, bringing their season to a close. In a year where they won the first Pacific Division title in team history and made it to the conference finals for the first time in team history, negativity should not be the focus here. Unfortunately, the press during this round...
The Los Angeles Kings can't really explain their success on the road in these playoffs. They just hope it continues. The Kings blew an excellent chance to wrap up the Western Conference Finals on Sunday afternoon, as they lost 2-0 to Phoenix at Staples Center. The series now shifts to Phoenix, where the Coyotes should, theoretically, retain the advantage, but this hasn'...
NEWARK, N.J. - Trailing two games to one, the New Jersey Devils needed to play with a sense of urgency in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference final series with the New York Rangers Monday night. It didn't take long to see that the Devils were ready to dominate their arch enemies in every facet of the game. Zach Parise ended his recent scoring drought with two third-period goals...
The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Devils 4, Rangers 1RLD 3 stars of the night:1. Zach Parise (2 goals, assist)2. Martin Brodeur (27 saves, win)3. Bryce Salvador (goal, assist)---Tonight’s slate:Kings @ Coyotes, 9:00 ET, Game 5#8 Los Angeles Kings @ #3 Phoenix CoyotesGame 5… 9:00 ET… TV: NBC Sports Network, CBCSeries: 3-1 KingsPlayers to watch:PHX- Ray WhitneySave...
“If [Coyotes forward] Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit during the play then this guy [Brown] ought to be done forever.”
-Mike Smith, goaltender for the Phoenix Coyotes.
“I bit my tongue the whole playoffs. I bit my tongue the whole time this series. I look back in the last two games and I still haven’t found where I got my three penalties. I have absolutely no idea...
The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Coyotes 2, Kings 0RLD 3 stars of the night:1. Shane Doan, PHX (2 goals)2. Mike Smith (26 saves, shutout)3. Trevor Lewis (5 shots)---Tonight’s slate:Rangers @ Devils, 1:00 ET, Game 4#1 New York Rangers @ #6 New Jersey DevilsGame 4… 8:00 ET… TV: NBC Sports Network, CBCSeries: 2-1 RangersPlayers to watch:NYR- Chris KreiderEvery game...