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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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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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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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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Weighs In On Concussion Discussion

March 14th, 2011 No Comments

Whether you are a staunch supporter the game or merely a perimeter fan, one thing has become very clear in today’s NHL—head shots are the main cause of concussions…or are they? NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discussed concussions today at the NHL general manager meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. From what he was quoted as saying to the media, Bettman appears to be making a good case that (contrary to popular belief) head shots are not the main cause of concussions. “If there is one thing that is clear, there is no one single thing causing concussions. In fact, the trend as to why concussions happen is different than what a lot of people are suggesting or speculating,” Bettman said. Bettman’s report revealed that 44 percent of all concussions were the result of legal hits, 26 percent were the result of

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Zdeno Chara Escapes Suspension: Did The NHL Get It Right?

March 9th, 2011 2 Comments

By now every hockey fan has heard National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy’s decision not to impose any supplemental discipline upon Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara for what many NHL fans perceived as a questionable hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. While we all feel for Pacioretty (who suffered a severe concussion and a non-displaced fracture of the vertebrae on the play), the reality is Pacioretty was the victim of a hockey play and nothing else. At a towering 6’9”, 255-pounds, getting hit by Chara is like getting hit by a truck at the best of times. The fact Chara inadvertently slammed Pacioretty into a glass partition just magnified the damage Chara is capable of inflicting on opposing players. NHL hockey has been under a ton of scrutiny by the NHLPA, it’s fans, concerned

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Brad Richards And Brian Burke’s Other Pending Moves?

February 18th, 2011 1 Comment

While there is no guarantee that Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards will hit the free agent market there is no denying that if/when Richards does hit the free agent market the competition for his services will be fast and furious. Through 56 games with the Dallas Stars Richards has registered a total of 24 goals and 63 points, good enough for seventh overall in the scoring race and enough to make Richards a very rich man this summer. Unlike many NHL stars that are one-dimensional, Richards brings a unique combination of playmaking ability, goal scoring, defensive prowess and character. Richards ranks 15th in goals (24), fifth in assists, 24th in power play goals, tenth in shots (215) and a faceoff percentage that ranks him 41st in the league at a 51.4% success rate. Clearly, when it comes to this summers

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