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Braden Holtby—the latest to start a stellar career in the playoffs?

The Stanley Cup Playoffs can be the door a relatively unknown goalie uses to enter the NHL. Ken Dryden was better known for his college play when he shut down the Bruins in 1971. Mike Vernon was a local kid who made good in the 1986 playoffs. So I’m not surprised that Braden Holtby has caught the attention of the hockey media. Holtby turned what might have been Boston rolling...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Predators off-day updates: Hal Gill, Ian White are the ‘stories’ of a slow news day

After the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-2 victory on Friday night, the Wings returned to Detroit, but will have to cross their fingers that Al Sobotka can work some miracles on Joe Louis Arena’s ice as Nickelback will be occupying the Joe, and tomorrow the forecast calls for nearly 80-degree temperatures and thunderstorms, yielding a less than “sunny” outlook for the Joe’s almost...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Habs lose a great

As has been reported here earlier today, the Canadiens family lost Emile “Butch” Bouchard this morning, after a long battle with illness. 92 years old, Mr. Bouchard was last seen publicly during Montreal’s centennial celebration, when his sweater was, rightfully, retired amongst the rafters of the Bell Centre. #3 preceded Rocket Richard as Captain of the Habs, and won four...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

The storm front: pregame thoughts for San Jose @ St. Louis, Game 2

Northern California got some rain and fireworks for Game 1 in St. Louis.  I think we even had tornadoes.  Apparently it’s St. Louis’ turn today, so both teams get to hear and feel the thunder.  To survive this one, the Sharks will need to do more than prove they are hard to drown.  That surprised the Blues once, it won’t work again. Nothing ever turns out quite the way...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Playoff Questions?

What surprises you more, Vancouver down 0-2 to Los Angeles or Pittsburgh down 0-2 to Philadelphia? Will The Blues defeat the Sharks tonight to even the series? Any of the playoff goalies leaving a lasting impression on you so far? How about a player you really didn’t follow during the regular season, can you say “wow, I didn’t know this guy was so good”?
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Toews Had A Target On His Back

from Adam L Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, The ­Phoenix Coyotes checked, slammed and basically punched Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews on nearly every opportunity they had in Game 1. But no worries. Toews, who played in his first game after missing 22 in a row with a concussion, feels just fine. “I expected worse and that’s not to undershoot what happened [Thursday] night...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Questions For Today’s Games

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, Washington/Boston (Bruins lead 1-0): Who is going to free Ovechkin? We all know he’s is the target. The Bruins went after Ovechkin hard, led by Dennis Seidenberg, the defenceman on his side of the ice. At the end of the regular season, he played primarily with Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson. In Game 1, the Capitals split up all three of those...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Can’t Hire The Wrong Coach Again

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, ...The hockey operations department is being re-evaluated, again. There is a pile of scouting reports to process on both the amateur and professional sides. There is a plan to formulate, and it better be a smart one. The Jackets have the second, 31st and 45th overall picks in the June draft. As a condition of the Jeff Carter trade, they...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Just Like That, The Canucks Are Down 0-2

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, Over the last 40 or so springtimes, Vancouver Canucks’ fans have been preconditioned to expect a certain amount of unpleasantness and as they contemplated their team’s prospects in 2012, they were likely aware further trials awaited. But this? This? Even in their darkest moment, the most tortured member of the faithful couldn’t have...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Maybe, Just Maybe, Shanahan Knew What He Was Doing

Afterall, Brendan Shanahan has been a part of the Wings locker room and he knows the main goal of that room is to win the game. Instead of suspending Shea Weber for a game, maybe Shanahan knew/felt the Wings would respond in a way to make Weber accountable for his actions and still force Weber to skate on egg shells for the rest of series. Back in his Detroit playing days, Shanahan...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Habs HHOF Émile (Butch) Bouchard Dies At Age 92

from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out, Very sad news out of the Canadiens family this Saturday morning: former captain Émile (Butch) Bouchard, a member of the Habs from 1941-56, died early this morning at Longueuil in South Shore Montreal, surrounded by his family. Big Butch was 92. Bouchard captained the Canadiens from 1948-56, following goaler Bill Durnan with the C and succeeded...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers Look for Game 1 Success to Carry Over into Game 2

Given the way that they played Game 1, the New York Rangers have every reason to come into tonight’s Game 2 with the Ottawa Senators in a very cocky manner. However, that would not be this year’s team style. Throughout the regular season, the Blueshirts never let themselves get too high or too low and because of that attitude, it allowed them to stay focused on the task at hand...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Post-Red Wings-Predators Game 2 cherry picking: instant adjustments, Lidstrom off the PK and GR out

As it turns out, regardless of one is a hockey player or a hockey blogger, playing at less than 100% of one’s capabilities…I don’t usually use this word, but it sucks, frankly. So in lieu of a recap, here’s what I can give ya: a sampling of Red Wings-related stuff subsequent to the Wings’ 3-2 victory over the Predators and Todd Bertuzzi’s dust-up with Shea Weber: Continue...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Digging Game 2:  Krupa Channels Puzo, Uncle Gramma Talks Daddy, Custance and Climer Talk Sense

Where to start, where to start.  How about with you, Dirk Hoag?  How’d you feel about a Game 2 loss to the team you used to love but now hate because you moved away and forgot what loyalty means?  Nah, we don’t really care what you have to say.  But, that doesn’t mean your readers are any less brilliant than usual.  Check out this ditty. On The Forecheck My dad brought...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Another Disgruntled Player

When Sheldon Souray did it, it created a National stir but when Linus Omark publically requested a trade people wished him luck and gave it little thought. You see, Linus Omark seems to be at odds with the Oilers organization in this his contract year. Despite being very talented and gifted offensively he just hasn’t cracked the Oilers’ lineup on a full time basis. During some...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Message sent? Wings coach Mike Babcock said it had to be fists for Weber

Right at the beginning of the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators, Todd Bertuzzi informed Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber that he would be engaging in some fisticuffs as the result of his “Webering” of Henrik Zetterberg’s head during the teams’ previous meeting, and Bertuzzi and Weber engaged in what was a clean tilt… And while most of...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

“The Series Now Belongs To The Flyers”

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, If you’re looking here for some explanation of the how and why of Game 2 here Friday night, sorry to disappoint. This was hockey through the looking glass, a relentless stream of brilliant shots, clever passes, body blows, spectacular saves, and wild momentum swings. It was a game that defied logic and helped define this series...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- It Was One Of Those Nights For The Panthers

Scottie Upshall of the Florida Panthers attempts a check, misses and ends up in his own bench. The Devils won the game 3-2 and makes game an almost must win for the Panthers.  They don’t want to go back to New Jersey down 0-2. Full highlights of the game can be viewed below… Continue reading "Video- It Was One Of Those Nights For The Panthers"
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Predators Game 2 quick take: I don’t know what the hell that was, but it was good

One of the more savvy commenters suggested that the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-2 loss to Nashville on Wednesday was, in fact, perhaps the best game the Wings had played since the middle of March, and tonight… I’m honestly confused here. The Red Wings were porous as all hell get out defensively, they were out-penalized—legitimately so in most cases—7-3 and had to kill off 6 Predators...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Oilers 1st Pick For Sale? Not Really

Winning the lottery is anything but a given; not for your retirement planning to get that new television, house or even to escape your current boss. Even the NHL entry draft lottery can yield unexpected results and you don’t have to look any farther than this year to see the reaction of the Columbus Blue Jacket fans to see that.  And so it surprised everyone when the Oilers won...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- Bryzgalov Is An Early Save Of The Night Candidate

He robs Letang with this glove save but Pens up 3-1 at the time of this post.
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

You Don’t Have To Call Him Mister, Mr.  The Whole World Calls Him Hank.

Talent isn’t going to win this series, because talent alone gets its face plowed into the glass by a brain-dead Pronger disciple.  Talent gets bent over by a guy who used to have heart and guts but now gets slapped around by Mo Greene.  Talent alone doesn’t win jack squat in this league. Not anymore. Not when forces beyond talent’s control dictate so much.  Gary Bettman...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Oh, teh twitterz….Igniting more Red Wings-Predators controversy

This is why I hate leaving the house (s’okay, the de-facto therapist and I talked about hockey) on game days: between a nondescript morning skate and the afternoon, playoff hockey always finds a way to surprise you with unusual developments. Before I update the game-day post, I thought I ought to let you know that Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski and MLive’s...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

It’s All About Goaltending

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, It’s two days into the playoffs and there isn’t a single goaltending crisis anywhere on the NHL landscape. Something’s gotta give, right? Maybe tonight in Vancouver, where the Canucks lost the opener through no fault of Roberto Luongo’s. Instead, they were just flat-out, outplayed by the Los Angeles Kings, which should provide a...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Hawks Fall in OT

Defensive zone turnovers, they’ll give you every time….  It was Game One, Hawks vs. Coyotes at the Jobing.com Arena outside of Phoenix. It was a “White - Out” night with all the fans receiving white t-shirts at the beginning of the game. I don’t get that, let’s all wear the color of the visiting team’s jersey. Oh well.  Both teams went into this game with the Coyotes...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss
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