Archive for the ‘2009/’10 NHL Playoffs’ Category

Price vs. Halak: Still Plenty Of Questions For Montreal Canadiens

April 24th, 2010 No Comments

The Montreal Canadiens went into to this years playoffs with little to no hope of knocking off their first round opponent, the Washington Capitals. In fact, many prognosticators picked the Caps to do away with the Habs in as little a four games, very few were picking the Habs to win the series. Somehow, in the face of adversity, the Habs have fought back from a three games to one deficit to win game five by a final score of 2-1 and, in the process, making a series of it. Outside of a few key injuries to forward Mike Cammalleri and defenseman Andrei Markov this season the Canadiens success or lack-thereof has hinged on the success of their masked men, goaltenders Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak. In game one of the series Halak played what many feel was his best

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Philadelphia Flyers “Fist” New Jersey Devils, Move On To Second Round

April 23rd, 2010 No Comments

When you look back on the 2009/’10 NHL regular season no team had to face as much adversity as the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers were handicapped by a schedule that saw the Flyers play five games in nine days to start the season only to see them have to endure a five day stretch without playing another game (October 10th-15th) until October 16th. Then, after playing against the Florida Panthers on the 16th (a 4-2 loss) the Flyers were put back on the shelf for another five days before playing their next match against the Boston Bruins on October 22nd. Needless to say, the Orange and Black struggled to find any chemistry early on…and then came the injuries, which were numerous and devastating all at the same time. During the regular season the Flyers lost the services of Simon Gagne,

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NHL Playoffs: Top Five Performers Thus Far

April 22nd, 2010 No Comments

The NHL playoffs have just begun but there are already numerous players that are establishing themselves as the cream of the crop. A top playoff performer can transform their teams from also-rans to top flight teams capable of making a long run towards winning Lord Stanley’s Cup. Let’s take a look at the best players of this years playoffs and why they are amongst the NHL’s best thus far…. Nicklas Backstrom: Forward, Washington Capitals— The fact that Backstrom makes the list is hardly a surprise. Through 82 regular season games Backstrom lit up opposing goaltenders, scoring 33 times and registering 101 points. Through four playoff games Backstrom has been a difference maker, scoring four goals and notching four assists. His three goal four point effort in game number two versus the Montreal Canadiens was one for the ages and qualifies

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Flyers Up Two Games, Down Two Players

April 21st, 2010 No Comments

Before game one of the series between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils went down I came out and said that the Flyers were going to get “fisted”. Well, through the first four games of the series it has been the Flyers that have been doing the fisting to the tune of a three to one lead. Games one through three were pretty close on the scoreboard, but outside of parts of game one and game two, the Devils have been dominated on the scoreboard and in the trenches. Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk has been ineffective and, in some cases, seems to have his teammates confused. Kovalchuk’s inability to grasp the Devils system seems to have put his line mates in an awkward position of trying to adjust to Kovalchuk’s crafty play instead of the other way around. On

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Is The Price Right? Carey Price To Start Game Four

April 21st, 2010 No Comments

Heading into the Playoffs the Montreal Canadiens seemed to have their goaltending all but figured out, Jaroslav Halak was their man. Now, on the heals of two sub-par games and subsequent losses, Halak will be replaced between the pipes with Carey Price. Yes, Jaroslav Halak has given up eight goals on the last 30 shots he has faced, but Halak is not entirely what ails the Canadiens, there is plenty of blame to go around. The Habs defense has been horrific with the likes of Marc-Andre Bergeron (-5) and Roman Hamrlik (-3), leading the way in defensive futility. Add that to an offensive core that has had trouble handling the Capitals larger forwards and you have a recipe for disaster. The fact is, the Candiens have been outclassed, outskated, outworked and just plain look out of gas against the high

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Five Players That Have Been a Surprise Thus Far In The NHL Playoffs

April 20th, 2010 No Comments

Every year we wait patiently for the NHL Playoff season to commence. Some say the best part of the playoffs is watching a team get upset by a lower seed, some say it’s the heightened compete level from players and teams alike, me? I like watching unexpected hero’s emerge and players that were doubted by the “experts” come up huge. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the most surprising players thus far in the playoffs, for better, or for worse. Chris Pronger—Defenseman, Philadelphia Flyers: Playing upwards of thirty minutes and 34.3 shifts per game, Pronger has been seeing plenty of time on the power play—and for good reason. Pronger has two power play goals, three points and has made life miserable for New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur by clogging up his crease. More importantly,

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