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Not the way to Go Into the Postseason

While it is great that the New York Rangers finished first in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, last night’s performance against the Washington Capitals in a 4-1 loss at Madison Square Garden is not acceptable. In the first period, the team was irresponsible on defense and got some questionable goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, which led to a 3-0 deficit after...
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Happy Easter

To those who celebrate Easter, may you have a great day with family and friends. I’ll be around today but posting may be on the very lite side. picture via Hockey Horror Mask
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Does It Matter If A Team Is Hot Heading Towards The Playoffs?

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC, Does a team that plans on winning the Stanley Cup have to be playing well going into the playoffs? If the six previous seasons since the 2004-05 NHL lockout is an indication the answer is yes. Only the 2005-06 champion Carolina Hurricanes had piled up fewer than 10 wins in their final 20 games of the season. The 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks (13-3-4), 2007-08 Detroit...
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Lidstrom On A Different Level

from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press, You will never figure him out. Everybody around the Red Wings says that about Nicklas Lidstrom. Tell them you want to get inside the mind of Lidstrom—to understand his genius, to see what he sees. They laugh or shake their heads. “It’s impossible to know how he can think that good,” coach Mike Babcock said. Impossible?...
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Blackhawks Claim They Continue To Lose Money

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,  Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz, in a TV interview with ChicagoBusiness.com, says the wildly successful Hawks, with more than 200 consecutive sellouts at the United Center, still aren’t making a profit. A lot of people don’t realize, Wirtz said, that the Blackhawks deal in 88-cent dollars, surrendering 12 percent of their revenues ...
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Double Standard In Place?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, As If there had been any previous doubt, this week’s events demonstrated once and for all the Penguins are the NHL’s version of Made Men, not only untouchable but protected by the authorities against insult. The league responded to John Tortorella’s withering verbal attack on the Pittsburgh organization, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as...
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Finally Finished

Oilers lose to Canucks 3-0 The Edmonton Oilers have lost for the last time this season, but there’s not much else that could be said on the subject.  With this loss, the Oilers finished 29th and 4 points behind the 28th placed Montreal Canadiens but oddly enough, the Oilers have one more win than the Canadiens, there’s that third point in action. But for now, all that is left...
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

The West Is Set

Playoff schedule will come out around 1:00pm today.
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April 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Toronto’s Season Is Over

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet, Leafs GM Brian Burke, who will address the media in his annual postmortem early next week, has now completed three full seasons on the job and has yet to get this franchise into the playoffs. With new ownership taking over soon, you’d have to think next season could be a make-it-or-break-it year for the veteran NHL executive. For all Burke’s chatter...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Do Teams Even Have A 5-on-1 Drill?

The Senators were on the PK so only four skaters, but still… giving up a 5-1 goal isn’t seen very often.
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

The Eastern Conference Playoff Seeds Are Set

In case you don’t know, #1 seed plays #8, #2 plays #7, #3 plays #6 and #4 plays #5. Note: Give Florida an additional game and win, plus 2 additional points.
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

The Wild Flop

from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune, The 2011-12 Wild rates among the major flops in the 45 years that the Twin Cities has been a full-service pro sports market. I date that to the debut of the North Stars in 1967; we’ve been in at least three of the four major leagues since then. The Wild had won 20 of 30 games through Dec. 10. It was leading the NHL with 43 points. One thing...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Another Skate To The Face

I swear I must have posted between 8-10 of these types of videos in the last three weeks. Luckily, everyone has escaped a serious injury. This time it is Andrew Cogliano getting the skare of Mark Giordano to the side of his face.
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Stamkos Gets To 60

Nice gesture by the Winnipeg fans too.
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Selanne: “My Dream Always Was That I Can Retire With My Own Terms”

Teemu Selanne spoke with the media in Calgary after the Ducks completed their regular season.
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed a few topics, including the whole Penguins/Crosby issue this week and knee hits….
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Saturday Night Hockey Bits

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, • Next time John Tortorella is cashing one of those large New York Rangers’ cheques — rather than paying his share of fines — maybe he should take a moment to comprehend the reason the cheques are the size they are is because of talented “whiners” like Crosby. • Weird, sometimes, how things work out. Steve Yzerman will spend the...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Is Iginla Softening His Stance About Staying In Calgary?

via Vicki Hall tweets, Iginla on his future in Calgary: “I have no idea. I don’t know what next year holds. I can’t say. They’re going to look at everything.” Iginla: Do I want to be on a team where we’re going to fully rebuild? I don’t know that I do. I think Calgary is a v good organization… Iginla (cont’d), “I think they treat us all well as players, and...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Game 82, Kings @ Sharks

The Sharks will once again wear black for the playoffs.  Of course this disappoints me and I cannot understand why the team can’t get teal jerseys that are as comfortable as the black ones. I can see how the design would require more fabric or a heavier one, but figure it out already!  It doesn’t matter if you like the style of the teal ones, if you’re not going to wear them...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Malkin Reaches 50 Goals

First time to the 50 mark for Malkin. Pens lead Flyers 4-2 after two periods.
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Sutter On Quick

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider, Darryl Sutter might say simple things, but be assured that he’s not a simple man. Every coach has his own motivational tools, and every coach knows that what he says publicly has a good chance of making its way to his players’ eyes and ears. To that end, Sutter gave some interesting comments today, after initially being asked about Jonathan...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Hawks Down Wings, Take 6th Seed

When the Hawks play the Wings, no matter what time of year it is, there is going to be a Play Off atmosphere. The games are always hard fought, exciting, physical, and usually decided by one goal. And so it was. With 48 seconds left in the game, the Hawks were on their way to the 5th seed, to play Nashville (be careful what you wish for) in the opening round. A second later, Datsyuk...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

The Canucks Prepare For Playoffs

In the regular season, teams are limited to 23 players on their roster and they must keep their total payroll below the salary cap.  Neither of these rules remain true in playoff time and teams tend to skirt the rules to exceed both of these limits come the start of the playoffs.  No team is doing it as blatantly as the Vancouver Canucks this season.  Injured Canuck players...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

The Honeymooners’ Season Finale

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that the excitement of the impending return of the NHL to Winnipeg was at a fever pitch – opening night was imminent, and the eyes of the hockey world were turned toward the MTS Centre for opening night puck drop against the Montreal Canadiens. The 5-1 drubbing the Jets endured barely mattered, and the Nik Antropov’s lone Jets goal...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Report- Daniel Sedin Health Update

via TSN, Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin has been skating on his own for the past few days and is doing well as he attempts to recover from a concussion. According to a team source, the star forward will be “fine for next week.” Daniel was injured March 21 when he took an elbow in the head from Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith. The NHL suspended Keith five games...
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April 07, 2012  |  Discuss
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