Archive for October, 2010

NHL Fighting: Senseless Fighting Needs To Be Addressed

October 11th, 2010 No Comments

It’s just a few games into the 2010-11 season and already we are seeing a lot of senseless fights taking place—fights that the NHL would be wise to punish more severely, fights that prove nothing. Thursday night, the Edmonton Oilers come out flying in their home opener, clobbering the Calgary Flames by a final score of 4-0. For the Oilers, it was a great start to the season, for the Flames, an embarrassing effort. With the Flames getting beat where it counts—on the scoreboard—the Calgary Flames felt it was necessary to “send the Oilers a message”, a message in the form of a good old fashioned butt-kicking. With the Oilers firmly ahead on the scoreboard the Flames tried to settle the score at 17:40 of the third period by sending out Raitis Ivanans to fight Steve MacIntyre. There was no

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2010-11 NHL Power Rankings: The Quintessential Report

October 10th, 2010 No Comments

With the NHL pre-season behind us it’s almost time to start the regular season where all 30 NHL teams will drop the puck in anger for the first time. There was plenty of movement this summer, which should help change the landscape of the NHL standings in a big way from where the teams finished in 2009-10. Sure, the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils are bound to be amongst the NHL’s elite teams, it’s in the bottom ranks that we will see the most change. Off-season improvements from teams such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins should equate to big changes in the Eastern Conference, while Western Conference teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes should help determine the playoff

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Brain Burke: Promises Being Kept In Toronto

October 10th, 2010 1 Comment

Say what you will about Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, since his arrival in Toronto he said he would build a winner and, thus far, he, slowly but surely, has done exactly that. As bad as the 2009-10 season was, Burke used the Maple Leafs inability to win as a catalyst to make wide-sweeping changes, which included a complete re-build of his forwards and bringing in former Stanley Cup winning goaltender J.S. Giguere in to shut the door on the opposition, which was more than justified and looks to be paying huge dividends. Burkes “magic” has been questioned in the past, but there are few out there that could have foreseen Burke being able to rid the Leafs roster of the under performing Jason Blake and Matt Stajan, the defensively challenged Nik Hagman and the rest of the

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Toronto Maple Leafs Win Battle Of Ontario—J.S. Giguere Shines

October 9th, 2010 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a great start to the 2010-11 season—beating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 2-1 on Thursday night’s home opener, followed by a 5-1 butt whopping of the Ottawa Senators. Nikolai Kulemin opened the scoring at 01:38 of the first period, followed by Phil Kessel second of the season at 07:51—giving the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead over the hated Senators. Clarke MacArthur shot a high-powered wrist shot past Ottawa Senators goaltender Pascal Leclaire at the midway point of the second period, followed by two third period goals from Kris Versteeg—the Maple Leafs first power play marker of the 2010-11 season and Cambridge, Ontario native Tom Brent’s second of the year, before Ottawa Senators forward Jason Speeza beat J.S. Giguere at 07:11 of the third. Throughout the game the Leafs used their superior

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Carolina Hurricanes Win Both Games Against Minnesota Wild in 2010 NHL Premiere

October 9th, 2010 No Comments

The Carolina Hurricanes flew into Helsinki, Finland, with four points and a confidence-building start to the 2010-2011 NHL season in mind. And, as the back-to-back concluded Friday afternoon, they achieved exactly what they were looking for. With a 2-1 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild to back up their 4-3 win over the Wild the day before, Carolina returns to North America leading the league in points. While it’s still a little premature to say that means much, leading the league was certainly something the ‘Canes never got to experience last season. The Hurricanes came through in Game One after holding on in the closing minutes. After Brandon Sutter scored the Hurricanes’ first goal of the season with seconds remaining in the first period, tying the game at 1-1, Anton Babchuk gave Carolina their first lead of the season just

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Toronto Maple Leafs/Ottawa Senators Game Preview

October 8th, 2010 No Comments

The 2009-10 regular season left Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators fans with two very different outlooks for the 20010-11 season. For Maple Leaf fans, the 2010-11 season represented a time for change and hope, while Sens fans looked at the 2010-11 season as a chance at redemption and, with a little luck, a long playoff. In the off season the Toronto Maple Leafs made a number of acquisitions designed to both increase offense and, as is always the case with Brian Burke’s team, solidify the Leafs in the truculence department. Kris Versteeg was brought in to solidify the first line and, thus far, has proven to be a tremendous acquisition for Burke, enhancing the first line and giving the Leafs more of a locker room presence. Rugged winger Colby Armstrong was signed via free agency, a move that was

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