Wednesday, March 5, 2014
NHL Trade Deadline Blog
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
NHL Trade Deadline Eve - Goalie Carousel
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Olympics- USA, Russia OpenersJaroslav Halak, Zdeno Chara and Slovakia, riding a six-goal second period to a win before Saturday's pivotal clash with Russia. Several things jumped out from the US performance today:
-They're fast. This group of wingers utilized their speed nicely on the outside and some defensemen getting involved as well, notably Kevin Shattenkirk's rush up the ice on one of the team's goals. (I lost count)
-Great forechecking led to several goals in the second period for the Americans. Notably on the second and third goals.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Olympics (Men's) Day 1
-Hell of a game from the US and Canadian women this morning. US seemed to have the better of the play for the middle portion of the game, but you give Canada an inch, and they're in the door.
-Loved the acceleration form Agosta on the Canadian's third goal, wow that was a quick first step.
-Hoping the US won't get Finland in the semis with Noora Raty.
-Erik Karlsson looked quite composed on the big rink, as one would expect, but the Swedes overall just seemed a bit faster than the Czechs, especially on Patrick Berglund's goal.
-True the Czechs were without their top option in goal, but the Swedes held on after the Czechs found their game.
-It will be interesting to see how much Henrik Sedin's absence affects the Swedes, but considering Henrik Zetterberg, Gabriel Landeskog and Nicklas Backstrom are guiding the team. They'll be fine.
-Nice to see Nino Nieddereiter get involved in the Swiss attack today. That team is going to be sneaky if Jonas Hiller can steal a game or two. Offensively, I don't see them making much of an impact.
-I ilke what the Americans did with their top two lines heading into Thursday's debut against Zdeno Chara and Slovakia. The line of James vanRiemsdyk-Joe Pavelski-Phil Kessel has to be one of the highest scoring trios in the tournament. The blend of playing styles on the Zach Parise-David Backes-T.J. Oshie is a tremendous combination that can be a handful given the energy with which each of those play.
-Canada should have a walk against the likes of Norway and Austria, but it will be crucial to see how their line combinations click. A potential grouping of Corey Perry-Ryan Getzlaf-John Tavares simply isn't fair.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Canadian Olympic Snubs
Monday, July 1, 2013
Blue Jackets Draft Recap
Sunday, June 30, 2013
NHL Draft Chat
Monday, June 24, 2013
Chicago Wins The Cup
- I've always loved prime numbers. I think 17 is my new favorite number. I think both teams were in shock; I know I was. What a crazy turn of events ... but I'll take it!
- Was the first period the best hockey Corey Crawford has ever played? If not, it's pretty darn close. Well done. But he still shouldn't get a job with Team Canada for the coming Olympics.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Lord Stanley Advantage Blackhawks
- Bryan Bickell is the perfect foil for Patrick Kane. There's nothing like having a big body to clear space, pick the puck up off the wall and make you look good. Still, Kane sure can snipe.
- Earth to Claude Julien -- Joel Quennville didn't notice Zdeno Chara wasn't on the bench for several shifts earlier this series, so did you actually expect him to miss Patrice Bergeron if he'd gone to the room? Leaving Bergeron on the bench instead of getting him to hospital a period earlier is a crime, particularly with the breathing struggles he seemed to be having in the first period.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Lord Stanley Knotted At Two
- Welcome to the postseason, Jonathan Toews -- you finally got off the schnide. You should have probably had two goals and you made the winner possible. Have the Bruins woken the bear?
- So, what was up with Zdeno Chara? He was frustrated one minute and falling the next. And he was a better door than window for Tuukka Rask on the game winner. I guess he can have one bad game.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Lord Stanley Game Three
- Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool Joel Quennville four times? Shame on the organization. Zdeno Chara was in the dressing room with a skate issue for at least four shifts and Quennville failed to get Jonathan Toews on the ice for any of them. How does that happen with today's technology?
- Tuukka Rask. Wow. Great game, but "the ice gets sh$^% at the ends of periods"? NBC's Pierre McGuire seems to inspire swearing, eh? Andrew Shaw got him at the end of Game 1, too.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Lord Stanley Game Two
- How many Hawks can a Bruin hit if a Bruin could hit Hawks? Answer? 50. Wow. Hit the ice tubs, boys.
- Jaromir Jagr and his anti-beard -- so close, yet so far, far away. Maybe the posts have fattened up over the duration of his career.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Lord Stanley Game One
- I almost went to bed after the third Boston goal. What a mistake that would have been, eh?! Cue the comeback.
- Marian Hossa will do anything to win. He, Milan Lucic and Tuukka Rask were the best players on the ice through two OTs.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Cup Runneth Over
- Is Corey Crawford the Rodney Dangerfield of NHL twinetenders? He don't get no respect.
- June 9 sure is a big day for Patrick Kane. A natural hat trick sends the Hawks to the final. Three years ago, his goal delivered a Cup ... on exactly the same day.
Friday, June 7, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Brooms Come Out
- Best save of the night? Zdeno Chara's backhanded snag in the last minute. That stung, but not as much as it would have had the puck found twine.
- Tuukka Rask, second-best goalie in the world or just lucky? Discuss.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Pens on the Ropes
- Soooo ... who would you rather have on your team this postseason? Sidney Crosby or David Krejci? Discuss.
- Repeat after me -- Jarome Iginla does not belong in black and gold. And that's not because I'm a Flames' fan. He has never fit into the Pens system and looks lost. That whistling sound you hear is the air coming out of his FA value
Monday, June 3, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Monday
- Coincidence or not? Sidney Crosby sheds his jaw protector and goes two games without a point, the first time this season he's been held pointless for that duration of time. He looked ... average, at best.
- The Kings scored 11 goals in five games against the Blues, 14 in seven against the Sharks and now three in two against the Hawks. Their average goals-per-game is on a serious decline. They'd better get serious about scoring goals when they return to La-La-Land.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Three Begins
- I'm not sure I've seen Sidney Crosby as angry as he was at the end of the second period. He let Tuukka Rask get under his skin and then popped Rask in the chest (twice). And he chirped Zdeno Chara who had his number all night long (hint: he's too big for you Sid). He let them get him off his game.
- Why is Corey Crawford the least-desirable goalie in the conference semis? That goal Saturday was a fluke. And he's allowed just a single goal in three of his last four games.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Is Over
- If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. I'm talking about you, Brent Seabrook. It's a rare day when you score the game winner twice ... in the same game.
- Block the shot or get out of the bloody way. Niklas Kronwall is going to be seeing that one in his sleep for a long, long time.
Monday, May 27, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Monday
- Corey Crawford had the yips for the entire third period. Joakim Andersson and his knucklers can do that to any one. Not.
- Look who showed up. Marian Hossa had his best game of the series. He's still elite, but he's definitely a buy-out candidate after next year.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday
- Isn't it interesting that the final four could be comprised of the last four Stanley Cup winners? Or four of the last five? Parity has been the catch phrase of the NHL for years, but that smells like dominance to me.
- Why did it take Joel Quennville until Game 5 to get Jonathan Toews away from Henrik Zetterberg?
Thursday, May 23, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday
- Brad Richards, popcorn vendor? I know he has struggled, but there's no way be should be in the press box. No bloody way.
- Patrick Kane just hasn't been good enough. Three shifts in the last 11 minutes? And the last was after the empty netter? Where's the fire in the belly? He's giving up way too easily.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Tuesday
- Joe Thornton's first period might have been his most dominant playoff performance. Ever. Jumbo? Nope. Larger than life ... including the massive man beard.
- Stick a fork in the Rangers. That stupid defensive system is sinking them. Bu-bye, Torts. Maybe Patrick Roy is holding out for a gig on Broadway instead of in Mile High.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Weekend
- Abuse of an official? I guess I went to bed too early. You're a bad, bad boy, Jonathan Quick. I wonder if they have the onions to lay down some supplemental discipline under Rule 39.5. It's a possibility when a game misconduct is called for abuse of an official.
- Uh-oh. Henrik Lundqvist has an injured shoulder and is undergoing evaluation Sunday night. The Rangers can kiss that series goodbye without the King.
Friday, May 17, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday (Thursday, too)
- Four shots, three goals ... and his second career hat playoff hat trick. The third goal was Sidney Crosby's 100th playoff point, a feat accomplished in merely 75 games. Plus he's the fifth fastest to hit that 100-point mark. Who was faster? Just Wayne Gretzky (46 games), Mario Lemieux (50), Jari Kurri (67) and Mike Bossy (74). Now that's elite company.
- Where-o-where has my Brad Richards gone? Oh, where-o-where could he be? Oh right -- behind the play, struggling to catch up. Sometimes skills trickle away; sometimes they just fall off a cliff. Sad.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Wednesday
- Patrick Sharp is 31-3 this season. Yes, the Hawks have only lost three times with him in the lineup. Wow.
- Moths to a light -- the Wings were puck focused all night long. That will change next game ... might not change the outcome by much, though.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Tuesday
- Team captains do not act like children. They do not blame others. They stand up and accept responsibility. Alexander Ovechkin has been looking in that fun house mirror again. Have I ever mentioned how I much I can't stand people like that?
- Special teams -- will they be the story of the second round? They sure were in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Monday, May 13, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Monday
- Chris Hadfield returned to Earth at 10:31 p.m. Eastern time a sad man -- Canada's space station commander is a HUGE Leafs' fan. No wonder he had a hard time getting out of the space capsule. He had to dry his tears first.
- Andrew Ference arrived at the arena in a walking boot. Wade Redden was a late scratch. And the Bruins lost Dennis Seidenberg after two shifts. They may have gotten out of the first round, but they won't get far with a back-end held together with chewing gum and bailing wire.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Sunday
- Optimus Reim. Reim Minister. I don't care if the nicknames are any good; I just know the goalie is. James Reimer has proved his detractors wrong and even Roberto Luongo has become a fan. Bobby Lou's tweet after the game? #REIM4SOCHI. Now that's funny.
- Ho hum, Henrik Lundqvist was the difference for the Rangers. Again. The guy was his typical brilliant self. But why isn't anyone talking about Braden Holtby who has allowed one fewer goal in the same six games? Just wondering ...
Saturday, May 11, 2013
NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday
- What's the over-under on the number of questions Erik Karlsson will get about "the Matt Cooke incident." You know, team owner Eugene Melnyk still believes it was deliberate and says he is getting forensic evidence to prove it. Quick, take away his tin foil.
- Man, the Isles looked good early -- they should have been up by at least two. But they just couldn't sustain it. Dang.