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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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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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2011 NHL Playoff Prediction: Western Conference

April 12th, 2011 No Comments

With my Eastern Conference playoff predictions out of the way, it’s time to set my sights on the Western Conference. Parity is alive and well throughout the NHL, but nowhere is it more apparent in the Western Conference where the difference between fifth and tenth place was just five points. Looking at the four Western Conference matchups there is not much to choose between most of the teams, that said, a few favorites should emerge, with the Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings garnering a lot of attention from poolies and fans alike. With all this in mind, let’s take a look at the first round matchups and how it should all pan out. (1) Vancouver Canucks Vs. (8) Chicago Blackhawks Given the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks have ended the Vancouver Canucks playoff drives in each of the past

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2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference

April 11th, 2011 1 Comment

(1) Washington Capitals Vs. (8) New York Rangers: Despite a very successful regular season in which the New York Rangers won three of four games against the Washington Capitals it is hard to believe that the Caps will be upset in the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Caps are a very different team from last season, choosing to concentrate on an all-round game, which includes an emphasis on defense and balanced scoring. The Caps won 16 of their final 20 games this season. Needless to say, it’s tough to get any hotter than that down the stretch, which should serve the Caps well in the playoffs. Despite not being known as an offensive juggernaut, the Rangers actually scored more goals than the Caps this season (233-224). The Capitals gave up one less goal on the season, but nobody

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