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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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Four Players Brian Burke Should Look at Signing This Summer

April 20th, 2010 No Comments

No question about it, when it comes to signing unrestricted free agents, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will have his work cut out for him this summer. Let’s face it Leaf fans, despite the Leafs admirable finish to the 2009/10 season, this team still has a ways to go before they are a playoff contender. Part of the Leafs growth is expected to come from the addition of prospect Nazem Kadri to the lineup and a healthy Mike Komisarek—other improvements will have to come from within and through the odd free agent signing. Through the first few games of the playoffs we have watched as numerous “lunchbox” players have made huge contributions to their teams. Philadelphia Flyer forwards Ian Laperiere and Daniel Carcillo are two prime examples of this, as are the likes of Matthew Lombardi (Phoenix Coyotes)

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Flyers Overcome Penalty Woes; Beat Devils In OT

April 19th, 2010 No Comments

Coming into Sunday night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils both teams had to be unhappy with their overall play. For New Jersey, Martin Brodeur’s inability to stop the puck and the teams penchant for taking undisciplined penalties has cost them in the win department. For Philadelphia, their defensive woes and penchant for giving up too many shots has cost them dearly, leading to a game two loss. Forwards Zach Parise, Patrick Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk have been the best players for the Devils; for the Flyers it’s been goaltender Brian Boucher, defenseman Chris Pronger and forward Mike Richards have been their go-to guys. Throughout the first two matches both teams have been extremely physical, hitting opposing players at every opportunity and getting under each others skin, leading to numerous scrums after the whistle. This style of

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Forget About Alexander Ovechkin; Sidney Crosby Is King

April 17th, 2010 4 Comments

All season long I have had to read all the negative comments about Sidney Crosby and how he is not as good as Alexander Ovechkin. To say these comments are preposterous is an understatement. The fact is, Crosby is King, so all the haters had better get used to it. Now, before everyone gets their nickers in a bunch, consider the facts. Fact: Crosby scored more goals than Ovechkin this season (51-50) and tied him for points with 109. Crosby scored two goals in his final game to leapfrog over Ovechkin in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy. Ovechkin failed to register a point in his final game. Fact: Crosby outperformed Ovechkin at the Olympics—Crosby scored the gold medal winning goal for Canada, Ovechkin came home without a medal. Fact: Crosby won the Stanley Cup in 2008-09, beating Ovechkin

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Devils Even Series Vs. Flyers at 1-1

April 17th, 2010 1 Comment

Entering last night’s tilt between the Philadelphia Flyers the New Jersey Devils must have been aware of the fact that the Flyers were 16-0 all-time when leading a series by a 2-0 margin. If history means anything in the playoffs a loss against the Orange and Black would have meant doom and gloom for the Devils and their fans. Fortunately, the Devils and their fans won’t have to worry about such statistics as the Devils were able to parlay their physical play and skill into a win, downing the Flyers by a 5-3 margin, evening the series at 1-1  in the process. The Devils would emerge with the win and all three star selections with Zanius Zubrus emerging with first star honors, followed by Patrick Elias (who had three assists on the night) and Zach Parise (who was a player to

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Montreal Canadiens Best Washington Capitals, Lead Series 1-0

April 16th, 2010 No Comments

As has been the case throughout most of the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens (the underdog in the series) shocked everyone but Habs fans, besting the Washington Capitals in overtime by a score of 3-2. The Habs 3-2 victory marked the sixth time in as many games that the winning team beat their opponent by just one goal—the question is, are the one goal games confirmation of the parity that is thought to be within the NHL these days or simply a case of good luck on the underdogs part? Personally, I sense it’s a little of both. The Philadelphia Flyers were outshot by a wide margin on Tuesday night and escaped with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins were the victims of poor goaltending on the part of Marc-Andre Fleury, while the San Jose Sharks were…well,

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