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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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Toronto Maple Leafs: The Phil Kessel Deal Was Worth It…Really!

April 4th, 2011 4 Comments

There have been a number of controversial NHL trades over the years. The deal that sent Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings immediately comes to everyone’s mind, while others remember the Joe Thornton trade that saw Jumbo Joe traded from the Boston Bruins to the San Jose Sharks. In their own way, each trade changed hockey. In Los Angeles, Gretzky put the Kings on the hockey map, while in San Jose, Thornton lifted the franchise from also-ran into perpetual Stanley Cup contender. While not on the same level, the deal that saw Phil Kessel traded from the Boston Bruins to the Toronto Maple Leafs has also been deemed highly controversial—especially here in Toronto where, prior to this season, many Maple Leaf fans deemed the trade to be a disaster. On September 9th, 2009, Toronto Maple

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2011 NHL Playoffs: The Eight Most Dangerous Playoff Teams

April 3rd, 2011 No Comments

With only a few more games to be played before the NHL starts it’s playoffs, there are a few teams that are emerging as the definitive favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Goaltending is often key to a teams playoffs success, that said, the Chicago Blackhawks took home Lord Stanley’s Cup last year—even with inconsistent goaltending from Antti Niemi. Power play and penalty kill success also comes into play, as does a teams ability to gel at the right time. With all this in mind, let’s take a look at the NHL’s eight most dangerous playoffs teams of 2010-11. Philadelphia Flyers: Key Stats: Current Record: 46-22-10 (102 points)—Second in Eastern Conference GF: 245 GA: 207 Diff: +38 PP: 16.4% (20th overall) PK: 83.8% (Ninth overall) Key Players: Mike Richards (F) Jeff Carter (F) Chris Pronger (D) Sergei Bobrovsky (G) The

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins: Will Anyone Fight Zdeno Chara?

March 24th, 2011 No Comments

The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will meet for the sixth and final time in what should be an entertaining tilt in Boston. The Canadiens currently sit three points behind the hated Bruins in the Eastern Conference’s Northeast Division standings where the “Big Bad Bruins” currently sit in first place. With Boston holding two games in hand, finishing first overall in the Northeast looks to be a bit of a pipe dream for the Canadiens, but you just know that the Canadiens are going to put as much heat as they possibly can on the Bruins, especially in light of what happened in the last meeting between these two clubs at Montreal’s Bell Centre. For those of you that do not remember (as if that’s really possible), coming off a previous game in which both teams had engaged in a

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Matt “Cooke-d” For At Least 14 Games

March 21st, 2011 No Comments

NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell issued a statement today saying:  “Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in an unsuspecting and vulnerable position. This isn’t the first time this season that we have had to address dangerous behavior on the ice by Mr. Cooke, and his conduct requires an appropriately harsh response.” Campbell was referring to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s suspension for his dangerous hit on New York Rangers forward Ryan McDonagh for which Cooke will be suspended for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. What it amounts to is a suspension that will last at least 14 games (ten regular season, four or more playoff games).  This latest suspension marks the second time Cooke has

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Toronto Maple Leafs Blow It Versus The Florida Panthers

March 18th, 2011 No Comments

When you look at the Toronto Maple Leafs season it is easy to point to their eight game slump in late October through early November as the catalyst as to why they are so close, yet so far away from a playoff spot this season. On the other hand, last night’s game against the Florida Panthers is another example of a missed opportunity to further their chances at making the playoffs for the first time since what seems like a decade ago. Fresh off the heels of an impressive win against the Carolina Hurricanes (who are also right in the playoff mix) on Wednesday night the Maple Leafs put in a listless, often mistake-prone effort against the Panthers, a team that is well out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Its games like these that playoff teams win, its games

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