Archive for April, 2011

2010 NHL Playoffs: Raffi Torres Will NOT Be Suspended

April 18th, 2011 No Comments

TSN is reporting that Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres will not be suspended for his questionable hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. Torres, who had just come off a suspension for a similarly dangerous hit, caught Seabrook with what appeared to be a shoulder to the head in Sunday night’s 3-2 Vancouver win over the Hawks. Seabrook had little chance to protect himself from the Torres hit as it appears as if he never saw Torres coming. Despite the Torres hit appearing to fit the bill for a suspension under Rule 48 of the NHL rulebook, NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell chose not to suspend Torres, which should have a number of fans and Vancouver players up in arms this afternoon. Rule 48 continues to baffle the players, NHL general managers, fans and

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2011 NHL Playoffs: P.K. Subban Setting The Bar For All NHL Rookies

April 17th, 2011 No Comments

When Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban arrived on the scene in the in the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Playoffs his presence was instantly felt. Immediately there was an aura surrounding P.K. that few NHL players, never mind a rookie posses. Blessed with great hockey instincts, Subban brings a number of other attributes to the rink on a nightly basis. The most important attribute P.K. brings is confidence, which, judging by his play thus far, has served him very well. P.K. took a lot of criticism from the media and opposing players for his loud (sometimes brash) comments on the ice. While those days do not seem to be completely behind the soon to be 22-year old, it appears as if he has learned a measure of respect for his peers and the ability to turn his back when challenged by his

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Montreal Canadiens Take 2-0 Series Lead, Boston Bruins Have No Answer for Price

April 17th, 2011 No Comments

Heading into Game 2 of this year’s playoff series between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, it was thought that the Bruins would have to be much better than they were in their 2-0 loss to the Canadiens in Game 1. Not only did the Canadiens beat the Bruins on the score sheet in Game 1, they also beat the Bruins in the mental department—turning the other cheek at every opportunity, never allowing the Bruins to flex their muscle or goad the undersized Canadiens into a fight. They say brains often outmuscles brawn—the Habs’ game win was a perfect example of that. For the Bruins to be successful this evening, they would have to hit more, score more, stay out of the penalty box and beat Carey Price—all without the benefit of Zdeno Chara, who was a game-time scratch due

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2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Will Montreal Canadien Fans Riot Should They Beat The Boston Bruins?

April 15th, 2011 No Comments

If you are an NHL fan, you’d have to have been hiding under a rock to have missed the brawl that took place between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins way back on February 9. That game saw the two teams pile up 12 fighting majors, three misconducts and four game misconducts. Regardless of the outcome of those fights (most of which Bruins players won) one thing was clear—these two teams and their fan bases hate each other and always will. Fast forward to a month later and you’ll have watched Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara nearly decapitate Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty when he ran him into one of the stanchions. Montreal players and fans alike were disgusted with the Chara hit. Players felt the hit was intentional, fans called for a police inquiry and, just like that, a historic rivalry

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2011 NHL Playoffs Have Been A Bore Thurs Far

April 15th, 2011 4 Comments

Heading into the 2011 version of the NHL Playoffs a number of intriguing series revealed themselves. Of course, if you favorite team is participating in the playoffs that’s always intriguing, but I am taking about series that transcend your usual alliances and have you dialed in just the same. For some, it was the Montreal Canadiens/Boston Bruins series, for others the Vancouver Canucks/Chicago Blackhawks series provides a number of interesting story lines that peaks your interest. Well, I got news for ya, thus far, there has been little “memorable” hockey in the playoffs, although the goaltending heroics from Canadiens netminder Carey Price and Buffalo Sabres stopper Ryan Miller were fairly compelling. When I think of Playoffs past, there always seems to be a series that captivates its audience immediately. It may be a series that comes out of nowhere, or

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2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Boston Bruins/Montreal Canadiens Keys to Victory

April 14th, 2011 No Comments

With the first night of NHL Playoff games in the books our attention will be on a number of games tonight as the 2011 NHL Playoffs continue to evolve. The most anticipated matchup of the night should be the Boston Bruins battle with the Montreal Canadiens, as it already encompasses a number of juicy regular season story lines and one of the most storied rivalries in all of hockey. Let’s face it folks, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have a hate on for each other like few other rivalries, partially based on an early season brawl between the two sides and of course that “little” incident involving Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and Montreal forward Max Pacioretty. History tells us that Montreal holds a 24-8 advantage in playoff series against the Bruins, but with playoff hockey, anything is possible. The

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