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Ritter’s Rant: NHL Playoff News And Notes

May 8th, 2010 No Comments

It’s Time to Shout “Boo”, Not “Lou” The Vancouver Canucks won game of their round two series against the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 5-1. For the Canucks, it was the perfect start to the series, for the Blackhawks, a wake up call. Now four games into the series, the Hawks have all but dismissed the Canucks game one win, winning three games in a row including the Hawks, 7-4 dismantling of the shaken Canucks in last night’s game four action. There were a lot of Vancouver fans that (for whatever reason) felt that Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo somehow was the main reason Team Canada pulled off the gold medal win at the 2010 Olympics—for the record, I was/am on the record as saying Luongo didn’t impress at the Olympics and, in fact, still had plenty to prove. Well


Stanley Cup Playoffs: Best Performances Of The Western Conference, Thus Far

April 29th, 2010 No Comments

With round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the books for the Western Conference it’s time to pick the best playoff performers thus far. The likes of Colorado Avalanche’s goaltender Craig Anderson and Los Angeles Kings defensemen certainly were making a case for themselves, that is until both of their teams were ousted from the playoffs. Suffice to say there are plenty of other candidates out there, here are my top five. Evgeni Nabokov: Goaltender, San Jose Sharks— With all the pressure to perform in the playoffs squarely on Nabokov’s shoulders very few of us would have been surprised to see him falter. Fortunately for the Sharks Nabokov was rock solid for the Sharks in the final four games of their series against the Av’s, posting a 3-1 record, with his only loss coming in a game in which


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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