Archive for April, 2010

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Devils Even Series Vs. Flyers at 1-1

April 17th, 2010 1 Comment

Entering last night’s tilt between the Philadelphia Flyers the New Jersey Devils must have been aware of the fact that the Flyers were 16-0 all-time when leading a series by a 2-0 margin. If history means anything in the playoffs a loss against the Orange and Black would have meant doom and gloom for the Devils and their fans. Fortunately, the Devils and their fans won’t have to worry about such statistics as the Devils were able to parlay their physical play and skill into a win, downing the Flyers by a 5-3 margin, evening the series at 1-1  in the process. The Devils would emerge with the win and all three star selections with Zanius Zubrus emerging with first star honors, followed by Patrick Elias (who had three assists on the night) and Zach Parise (who was a player to

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Montreal Canadiens Best Washington Capitals, Lead Series 1-0

April 16th, 2010 No Comments

As has been the case throughout most of the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens (the underdog in the series) shocked everyone but Habs fans, besting the Washington Capitals in overtime by a score of 3-2. The Habs 3-2 victory marked the sixth time in as many games that the winning team beat their opponent by just one goal—the question is, are the one goal games confirmation of the parity that is thought to be within the NHL these days or simply a case of good luck on the underdogs part? Personally, I sense it’s a little of both. The Philadelphia Flyers were outshot by a wide margin on Tuesday night and escaped with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins were the victims of poor goaltending on the part of Marc-Andre Fleury, while the San Jose Sharks were…well,

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Flyers Edge Devils, Take 1-0 Series Lead

April 15th, 2010 No Comments

The Flyers were fortunate to escape the first period unscathed, as Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher— who has been the subject of much criticism— played well throughout the first period, stopping all nine shots he faced. Heaven only knows what Flyers coach Laviolette said to his troops during the first intermission; whatever he said seemed to work wonders as the Flyers played a spirited second period notching two goals from defenseman Chris Pronger and Captain Mike Richards— who launched a beautiful slap shot that eluded Brodeur en route to the glove hand side top corner. The Flyers emerged from the second period with a 2-0 lead— sometimes you gotta be lucky to be good, on this occassion the Flyers were lucky! New Jersey forward Travis Zajac blasted a slap shot past Brian Boucher at 17:17 of the third period, giving the

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Ritter’s Rant: News And Notes From Around The NHL

April 14th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Beloved Burke: You gotta hand it to Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke— he may not be the most beloved GM in the League, but he sure as hell is the most loyal. At the trade deadline Burke could have asked veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle to waive his no-trade clause, he didn’t. Asked why he would bring Leafs head coach Ron Wilson back, Burke said he would because “he did a good job coaching”. Burke had the opportunity to throw the likes of Jason Blake, Lee Stempniak and Alex Ponikarovsky under the bus and, thus far, has refused to and he had every right to. The Point is Burke is one class act and the Leafs are lucky to have him as their leader. Six Pack: Here a list of six things

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Dion Phaneuf Will Be Next Leafs Captain

April 14th, 2010 No Comments

The moment Dion Phaneuf stepped into the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room he made an immediate impact, asking “who is in charge of the music”. When his new teammates failed to answer him Phaneuf confidently made his way to the locker room stereo and cranked the stereo, letting everyone know, there was a new sheriff in town. That night Phaneuf played his first game in the historic Blue and White colors of the Maple Leafs jersey, hitting everything in sight, getting involved offensively and even hammering out a fight with New Jersey Devils defenseman Colin White. Leafs head coach Ron Wilson commented on the subject of Phaneuf becoming the Leafs’ next captain on a local radio station (The Fan 590) in Toronto yesterday stating, “He’s (Phaneuf) vocal. He plays aggressive. He cares about his teammates and he’s really highly involved

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NHL Playoffs: First Round Predictions

April 13th, 2010 2 Comments

With Wednesday nights first round NHL playoff action looming I felt I needed to throw out my NHL playoff bracket. This season’s Stanley Cup Champion will have no easy path, so every prognosticator has his/her work cut out for them this year. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I have compiled my first round predictions. Let’s take a look at both the Eastern and Western Conference playoff matches, what’s your first round bracket look like? Eastern Conference:  1. Washington Capitals vs. 8. Montreal Canadiens The Caps have the NHL’s best offense and best power play. Despite their defensive shortcomings I think that’s enough to lambaste the Montreal Canadiens. Despite losing to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs in their last game of the season the Canadiens squeaked into the playoffs. It was a case of “good luck” rather than

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