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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blue Jackets Draft Recap

Not quite the huge haul they got last season, but the Blue Jackets still added some new pieces to a depth chart that is suddenly looking very impressive.
Friday, June 13, 2014

La-La-La-L.A. Gets Lord Stanley!

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Alec Martinez's Cup-winning goal celebration? # priceless. I wonder if he'll ever get his gloves back.
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped the 50th shot of the game. He couldn't stop the 51st. #connsmythe if the Rangers had found a way to come back in this series.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Stanley Cup Final: No Sweep

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • So, the Kings get to lift the Cup on home ice. Isn't that sweet. Then again, the Rangers could have been lifting the silver chalice tonight. They've played well, but have almost nothing to show for it.
  • How many times can a puck stop on the goal line if a puck could stop on a goal line? Now I understand why my beer league goalie is always scraping the crease and piling the snow along the goal line and in a pile at each post ...
Sunday, June 8, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Stanley Cup Final Game 2

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Justin Williams for Conn Smythe? It's really not a stretch any more. Anze Kopitar should get it, but he who gets quiet in the Final often gets the shaft.
  • When is goalie interference not goalie interference? We shouldn't be surprised, though -- wasn't it the ref at center ice that made the interference call when Henrik Lundqvist got elbowed in the head in the trapezoid? Maybe things look bigger -- and more obvious -- from far away.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Stanley Cup Final Game 1

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Three goals, all on the blocker side. Coincidence or a chink in King Henrik Lundqvist's armor?
  • Note to the Rangers -- keep your foot on your opponent's throat once you have it there. Do not take pity on them. Do not let them up.
Sunday, June 1, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- The Cup Is Set

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Three of the Kings' five goals were scored when blocked shots went wrong. Don Cherry is right in this case -- make damn sure you block it or get out of the bloody way.
  • Two more points for Justin Williams. Most points EVER in the history of Game 7s. Seriously.
Thursday, May 29, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- One Down, One to Go

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Was that Dominic Hasek inside Henrik Lundqvist's equipment? Holy twist/roll/backflip blocker save, eh! He was lucky he didn't accidentally score an own goal.
  • Every year, there's a foreshadowing of future greatness one or two young players. Is Brandon Saad this year's version? I like what I see. A lot.
Monday, May 26, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Nearing End?

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • #outofgas. Chicago and Montreal. Sad really. I wanted that final.
  • Jake Muzzin: five goals in 18 playoff games. It took him 76 to hit that mark in the regular season. Sell high. Just because Frank the Tank has a Muzzin jersey doesn't mean you should, too.
Thursday, May 22, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Puck luck. That's what you get when you just fire the puck at the net, Montreal. Good things happen ... like Alexander Galchenyuk scoring with his eye teeth. #takewhatyouget
  • Six straight. L.A. out-Chicagoed Chicago. Wow.
Monday, May 19, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Conference Finals Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Four and done? I HATE the thought of the Rangers skating their way into the Cup Finals. Spit.
  • Corey Crawford -- the Rodney Dangerfield of goalies. He don't get no respect. Pity. The guy has been dialled in for a few years now and people still doubt him.
Saturday, May 17, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Eastern Conference Game 1

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Do you think the Habs regret that Ryan McDonagh trade? Where are Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto any way?
  • Saturday night is for hockey. Saturday afternoon is for mountain biking, at least in my world. NBC ratings have sucked for years -- why does the league sacrifice -- or should I say, take for granted -- Canadian audiences? Ugh.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- The Night the Lights Went Out in Boston

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Is Zdeno Chara hurt or is he just getting old? Maybe it's a bit of both ... That own goal was unlucky, but that wouldn't have happened a couple years ago.
  • Carey Price is so laid back he might actually be comatose. Don't crack a smile, dude. Don't do it.
Monday, May 12, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two, Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Speed kills ... at least it does at home. It's clearly the Bruins' kryptonite. Now if only Montreal could figure out how to bring that game to Boston.
  • I guess King Henrik Lunqvist didn't want to be outdone by a fourth-liner in Boston. Or maybe he thought the electrolyte mix in his bottle would be like salt in the wounds of Sidney Crosby. That little squirt was expensive.
Saturday, May 10, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round 2 Saturday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Is John Gibson Bruce Boudreau's Ken Dryden?
  • So ... you land here from outer space and you've never seen hockey. You've dropped into New York and you're watching the Rangers. Is it fair that you think Mats Zuccarello is a much better player than Rick Nash?
Thursday, May 8, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Matt Fraser -- the first player to score OT winners in both the AHL and NHL playoffs in the same season. #livingthedream.
  • The Leafs re-upped Randy Carlyle. Really? Was firing all of his assistants, including "his" guys, a not-so-subtle signal that he needs to reinvent himself? Does a leopard ever change his spots?
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Tuesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • The Kings and the Blackhawks are the class of the league. The Bruins are a step behind them. The rest? They might as well be in the AHL.
  • Has Marc-Andre Fleury exorcized his demons? I thought not. Neither has Ilya Bryzgalov.
Sunday, May 4, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two Sunday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Come here; go away. No, come here. No, no, no -- go AWAY. OK, come here. It's every fan's love affair with Marc-Andre Fleury.
  • Bryan Bickell has three goals against the Wild. The Wild have three goals against the Hawks. Just saying. BTW, how much as the Wild paying those two big free agents?
Saturday, May 3, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round Two, Games 1

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Hey Tuukka Rask -- pucks are not flies. Stop slapping at them. You'll miss them. Every time.
  • Don't blame the Bruins -- or their real fans -- for the vitriolic and racist tweets of cowardly, boneheaded trolls who haven't got enough self-respect to live somewhere other than their mother's basement. P.K. Subban is having a brilliant postseason. Real Bruins fan respect that. And they'd want him in black and gold if he came on the market.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Round One Ends

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • How does Patrick Roy spell deja vu? Minnesota Wild. The last game he played was a Game 7 loss to the hands of the Wild. In overtime. And now his first playoff series as a coach ends the same bloody way.
  • Will there be an NHL Black Thursday, just like Black Monday in the NFL? Better yet -- should there be?
Monday, April 28, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Backchecking. I looked it up on Wikipedia and sent a text with the link to Little Joe Pavelski. Justin Williams should NEVER have scored on that play.
  • Did you put something in Trevor Daley's Wheaties on Sunday? That was probably the single best individual performance of the playoffs (so far). The guy is a stud ... but only when he decides to be.
Saturday, April 26, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday (with a pinch of Friday)

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • At some point, you have to stop and look at the real problem in Washington. And I don't think it's the coach. The Caps will not win with Alexander Ovechkin as captain.
  • The Red Wings gave everything just to get to the playoffs. Now they might have a real shot at winning the Calder Cup. Just saying.
Thursday, April 24, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday (25th)

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Flu-like symptoms? Is that the newest pseudonym for post-concussion syndrome? I'm asking you, Jimmy Howard ... or don't you remember getting hit in the head last game?
  • Seven shots on net at the 14:39 mark of the third period. Do you think the Avs miss Tyson Barrie? Yikes.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday (24th)

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Maxim Lapierre pulled a Matt Cooke, except Patrick Sharp wasn't hurt. But is it really any different? And should he still have been in the game late in the second when he notched the tying goal? Discuss.
  • Paul Martin, postseason leading scorer. WTF? Seriously -- check the list.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Tuesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • I was about to ask if anyone had seen Rick Nash. Then he goes and gets two assists. And I'm left to ask, has anyone seen Rick Nash? #overrated
  • Kristers Gudlevskis pulled the short (and impossible) straw, yet he almost managed to steal Game 4. This kid has a bright future. Anders Lindback? Not so much.
Monday, April 21, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Antoine Roussel has the biggest coconuts I think I've seen in a while. He popped Ryan Getzlaf in the mask not once, but twice. Hard. That move is either going to inspire his team or make the Quackers very, very angry.
  • It's Miller time. And by that I mean time for a brain fart. He was great AFTER that stinker he let between his legs in the first period. Then again, I'm not surprised. I've come to expect this kind of mental hiccup from him. Sad, really.
Sunday, April 20, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Sunday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Who did the best impression of Bobby Orr -- P. K. Subban or Drew Doughty? My money goes to Pernell Karl. Man, I just love smooth-skating defenders who can take over the game.
  • Brendan Smith -- did you think before you tried to take on Zdeno Chara? I think you're going to hear Chara laughing in your dreams (and nightmares) for the rest of your life. And if you ever do forget, Reilly Smith will remind you every, single summer.
Saturday, April 19, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Nathan MacKinnon's first playoff goal? Datsyukian. Wow. Then he backed the great Ryan Suter off the line before setting up the second. #schooled.
  • Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes was ugly. There's no other description. He's not a dirty player and he has no history of this. But he should still have known better. Phone hearing coming up.

NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Lift and separate. Divide and conquer. Milan Lucic just has a way of saluting an opponent's manhood, doesn't he? And we think Maxim Lapierre, Matt Cooke and even his teammate Brad Marchand are dirty.
  • Pavel Datsyuk. "Datsyuked." I'm going to just leave it at that. Wow.
Friday, April 18, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Welcome to Broadway, Martin St. Louis -- you successfully elicited the patented stink eye and verbal abuse from Henrik Lundqvist after the errant tip of Andrew MacDonald's point shot. He's been doing it for years, only to apparently express some kind of remorse the next day. At some point, you have to think that wears guys a little thin.
  • Mike Brown and Raffi Torres -- what an antidote to the Kings so-called physical advantage. Still, there were 121 hits in that game. Yes, 121. No matter who wins in the West, they'll limp into the Cup final. Yikes.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Six-foot-six isn't tall if you're always on your knees. Stand up, Anders Lindback -- STAND UP! They already know about that glove hand of yours. Don't give them anything else!

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