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Flyers Edge Devils, Take 1-0 Series Lead

April 15th, 2010 No Comments

The Flyers were fortunate to escape the first period unscathed, as Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher— who has been the subject of much criticism— played well throughout the first period, stopping all nine shots he faced. Heaven only knows what Flyers coach Laviolette said to his troops during the first intermission; whatever he said seemed to work wonders as the Flyers played a spirited second period notching two goals from defenseman Chris Pronger and Captain Mike Richards— who launched a beautiful slap shot that eluded Brodeur en route to the glove hand side top corner. The Flyers emerged from the second period with a 2-0 lead— sometimes you gotta be lucky to be good, on this occassion the Flyers were lucky! New Jersey forward Travis Zajac blasted a slap shot past Brian Boucher at 17:17 of the third period, giving the

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Dion Phaneuf Will Be Next Leafs Captain

April 14th, 2010 No Comments

The moment Dion Phaneuf stepped into the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room he made an immediate impact, asking “who is in charge of the music”. When his new teammates failed to answer him Phaneuf confidently made his way to the locker room stereo and cranked the stereo, letting everyone know, there was a new sheriff in town. That night Phaneuf played his first game in the historic Blue and White colors of the Maple Leafs jersey, hitting everything in sight, getting involved offensively and even hammering out a fight with New Jersey Devils defenseman Colin White. Leafs head coach Ron Wilson commented on the subject of Phaneuf becoming the Leafs’ next captain on a local radio station (The Fan 590) in Toronto yesterday stating, “He’s (Phaneuf) vocal. He plays aggressive. He cares about his teammates and he’s really highly involved

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Leafs End Season On A High, New Attitude Needed Next Season

April 11th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Entering Saturday evenings game the Toronto Maple Leafs had a chance of eliminating the Montreal Canadiens from the playoffs. The first thing that needed to happen was for the Leafs to beat the Habs in regulation. Sadly, while the Leafs did eek out a 4-3 overtime victory, that did not happen, so the rest of the scenario is irrelevant at this point. Saturday nights tilt between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs represents exactly how the Leafs are going to need to play next season if they are to have a measure of success—compete hard in all zones, get great goaltending and get every player to play for the name on the front of the sweater, not the one on the back. Unselfish play, high intensity, the use of the Leafs newly found speed

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Rangers Best Flyers 4-3, Rematch Sunday:

April 10th, 2010 No Comments

In what many suspected would emulate a tight checking playoff game, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers played an offensively spirited game last night in New York, with the Rangers emerging as the victors and in control of their playoff destiny. The Rangers, who were facing playoff elimination if they had lost in regulation, pulled out the win by a score of 4-3, with goals from Chris Drury (14), tough-guy Jody Shelly (1), Brandon Dubinsky (20), with the winner going to sniper Marian Gaborik (42). The Flyers got a tremendous performance from their captain Mike Richards as he posted two goals, including the opener and game-tying third goal. In the end, Richards’ efforts were not enough, and now the Flyers sit tied with the Rangers at 86 points apiece. What it amounts to is this: If the Flyers can

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Ritter’s Rant: News and Notes From Around The NHL

April 9th, 2010 No Comments

Another Addition To an Already-Impressive Resume Don’t look now, having scored his 49th goal of the season last night against the listless New York Islanders, it looks as if none other than public enemy number one (at least in some NHL circles) Sidney Crosby is going to win the coveted Rocket Richard Trophy. All the Crosby haters will be quick to point to the fact that Ovechkin played fewer games than Crosby this season, but Ovechkin was responsible for most of those lost games by getting suspended. Crosby captained the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup last season, and he’s won Gold as a Junior and as an Olympian. He’s won the Art Ross (most points in the regular season, 2007), Lester B. Pearson (best player as voted by his peers, 2007), Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP, 2007), the Mark

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Top Ten NHL Player Bargains of 2009/’10

April 7th, 2010 2 Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter With the conclusion of the 2u009/’10 NHL season just a few days away everyone from fans to management is thinking playoffs. This season will be remembered for a lot of things, head shots, the emergence of Steven Stamkos as a superstar and the rise of the left for dead Phoenix Coyotes. Many NHL GM’s will remember this season for other reasons, such as, signing a player to a contract that broght great value to his club. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top ten bargain contracts of the 2009/’10 season. Ian White- $850,000: Defenseman, Toronto Maple Leafs/Calgary Flames. (81GP, 12G, 25A, 37PTS, +8, 51PIM, 3PPG) When the 2009/’10 NHL season commenced very few had Ian White on the radar. Through 81 games White has established himself as one of

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