Archive for April, 2010

Crosby, Stamkos To Share Richard Trophy: Both Net 51st Goal Of The Season

April 12th, 2010 No Comments

Given that Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Alexander Ovechkin were all in the running for the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer I was shocked to see none of the Canadian or American networks made a move to pick up all three games. In the end the networks and fans missed out as Stamkos and Crosby put on a show on Sunday as both players posted their 51st goals of the season. Ovechkin failed to bulge the twine when he and his Washington Capitals took on the Boston Bruins, losing 4-3 in a shootout and, in the process leaving the Richard Trophy up for grabs. In a Herculean effort, Crosby scored two goals (his 50th and 51st) and added three assists on  Sunday, as he leapfrogged over Alexander Ovechkin and Stamkos for the NHL goal scoring lead,

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Leafs End Season On A High, New Attitude Needed Next Season

April 11th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Entering Saturday evenings game the Toronto Maple Leafs had a chance of eliminating the Montreal Canadiens from the playoffs. The first thing that needed to happen was for the Leafs to beat the Habs in regulation. Sadly, while the Leafs did eek out a 4-3 overtime victory, that did not happen, so the rest of the scenario is irrelevant at this point. Saturday nights tilt between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs represents exactly how the Leafs are going to need to play next season if they are to have a measure of success—compete hard in all zones, get great goaltending and get every player to play for the name on the front of the sweater, not the one on the back. Unselfish play, high intensity, the use of the Leafs newly found speed

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Rangers Best Flyers 4-3, Rematch Sunday:

April 10th, 2010 No Comments

In what many suspected would emulate a tight checking playoff game, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers played an offensively spirited game last night in New York, with the Rangers emerging as the victors and in control of their playoff destiny. The Rangers, who were facing playoff elimination if they had lost in regulation, pulled out the win by a score of 4-3, with goals from Chris Drury (14), tough-guy Jody Shelly (1), Brandon Dubinsky (20), with the winner going to sniper Marian Gaborik (42). The Flyers got a tremendous performance from their captain Mike Richards as he posted two goals, including the opener and game-tying third goal. In the end, Richards’ efforts were not enough, and now the Flyers sit tied with the Rangers at 86 points apiece. What it amounts to is this: If the Flyers can

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

April 9th, 2010 No Comments

Another Addition To an Already-Impressive Resume Don’t look now, having scored his 49th goal of the season last night against the listless New York Islanders, it looks as if none other than public enemy number one (at least in some NHL circles) Sidney Crosby is going to win the coveted Rocket Richard Trophy. All the Crosby haters will be quick to point to the fact that Ovechkin played fewer games than Crosby this season, but Ovechkin was responsible for most of those lost games by getting suspended. Crosby captained the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup last season, and he’s won Gold as a Junior and as an Olympian. He’s won the Art Ross (most points in the regular season, 2007), Lester B. Pearson (best player as voted by his peers, 2007), Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP, 2007), the Mark

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Has The NHL Already Forgotten Don Sanderson?

April 9th, 2010 No Comments

Last November Don Sanderson—a rookie defenseman with the Whitby Dunlops—became famous in hockey circles for all the wrong reasons. During an on-ice fight, Sanderson received a horrific concussion, a concussion that eventually cost him his life. It should be noted that both players tossed their helmets before they chucked the knuckles, all in the name of the “code” of fighting in hockey—that and to save their hands from injury. It is common for hockey players to toss their helmet before they engage in a fight, and in Sanderson’s case not wearing a helmet proved to be a grave mistake. Yet, time after time, we still see many hockey players (especially those in the NHL), continue to practice this dangerous behavior. Many argue that it was Sanderson’s carelessness (taking his helmet off before/during a fight) that was the cause of his

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Top Ten NHL Player Bargains of 2009/’10

April 7th, 2010 2 Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter With the conclusion of the 2u009/’10 NHL season just a few days away everyone from fans to management is thinking playoffs. This season will be remembered for a lot of things, head shots, the emergence of Steven Stamkos as a superstar and the rise of the left for dead Phoenix Coyotes. Many NHL GM’s will remember this season for other reasons, such as, signing a player to a contract that broght great value to his club. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top ten bargain contracts of the 2009/’10 season. Ian White- $850,000: Defenseman, Toronto Maple Leafs/Calgary Flames. (81GP, 12G, 25A, 37PTS, +8, 51PIM, 3PPG) When the 2009/’10 NHL season commenced very few had Ian White on the radar. Through 81 games White has established himself as one of

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