Fleury on Trial: The Penguins Have Been Exposed

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First, let me give you a musical interlude.  On the Pink Floyd magnum opus “Pink Floyd: The Wall,” the lead character in the story is put on trial by his subconscious for his imagined sins.  His sentence, given to him by a judge that is basically a giant arse, is to be “exposed before his […] READ MORE


No Fire in the Belly: The Rangers' Scoring Woes Continue

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It should be a simple thing. Score goals. It’s the whole point of a hockey game. The Rangers found themselves with an unlikely lead in Game 1 of their best of seven series with the Washington Capitals, and things went from hopeful to totally surreal. The officiating was already questionable, with a bizarre unsportsmanlike penalty […] READ MORE


Deja Vu All Over Again for the Rangers and Capitals

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Let’s not beat around the bush here. This Rangers-Caps series of hockey-poker has a lot at stake for both teams. Tomorrow night will mark the beginning of the fourth playoff series that the Rangers and Capitals have played in the last five years.  Needless to say, these two teams, despite playing in different divisions, know […] READ MORE


David and Goliath: Isles and Pens Prepare for a Showdown

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If you ask most hockey fans what the outcome will be of the Pens-Isles playoff series, you’ll get a variety of responses, and most end with the predictions of a very short series ending after 4 or 5 games. Most people cite Iginla, and Malkin, and Morrow, and Neal, and Letang and blah blah blah… […] READ MORE


School's Out in the Blues-Kings rematch

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Last season, the St. Louis Blues were just another speed bump on the road to a Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup. The young, gritty Blues had home ice advantage, and dropped both of their coveted home games in disastrous fashion to the Kings.  It was ugly, it was tragic, and it was a perfect lesson […] READ MORE


NHL Trophy Watch: Why John Tavares Should Win the Hart over Crosby

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With the season coming to a close, it’s time to turn brief attention to the Hart Trophy race. Everything that I’ve seen has Sidney Crosby winning the Hart Trophy.  If this award was for the best player in the league, I just might agree. However, don’t get ahead of yourselves Penguins fans.  From NHL.com: “The […] READ MORE


The Redemption of Brad Richards

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Before the trade deadline, Brad Richards looked like he was playing the final days of his tenure with the Rangers in slow motion.  His gigantic contract often came up in discussions and conjecture regarding the second of the Rangers available amnesty buyouts.  Even this writer was a skeptic, and having been a fan of Richards […] READ MORE


Worlds Apart: Changes Since the Leafs Last Made the Playoffs

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Rejoice, Leafs Nation, your Toronto Maple Leafs have earned their ticket to Lord Stanley’s Spring Fling.  It has been a long wait for Leafs fans, who have waited patiently through over-hyped goalies, and road weary veterans, to finally make it back to the post-season on the shoulders of a team created by a GM that […] READ MORE


The Plan Comes Together for the New York Rangers

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On Wednesday, this writer was a skeptic. Rangers GM Glen Sather traded away what amounts to the team’s draft picks for the next two years for Ryane Clowe,  a guy who was being outscored by Scott Gomez.  And then the other shoe dropped. Less than 24 hours after the Rangers mortgaged their untold future depth […] READ MORE


Who Needs Rick Nash? Not the Blue Jackets!

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First, let’s review.  When this shortened season began, I (and many other hockey pundits) figured that the Columbus Blue Jackets didn’t stand a chance.  Here are a couple of my own quotes: “If you look at the Columbus roster, you might make a joke that they look like an AHL franchise.  Their once sensational goaltender Steve Mason […] READ MORE