There were good times and bad times – and then there were devastating times. If you’re a fan of the the Sens, Wings, Isles, Pens, Preds, Blues, Jets or our dear Canucks, you fall into that last category. There was a lot of variety this round, brawls, sweeps, and an endless game of musical goalies (Crawford-Darling-Crawford. Hammond-Anderson, Lack-Miller) As usual, there was something to cheer or jeer for everyone. From playoff beards to disappearing pucks, let’s breakdown the best and worst from the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Biggest Heroes Carey Price He basically stood...Click here to read more.
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Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s admirable that the Canucks fought back from a 2-goal deficit against the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s likewise impressive that they scored 4 consecutive goals, the last 2 within a 17-second span in the third period to take a 2-goal lead of their own. What sucks is that they blew a lead late – again. They allowed the Pens to tie the game late – 2 goals in 16 seconds with a minute left in the third period to be precise – and proceeded to lose 5-4 in the shootout. The Canucks have now...Click here to read more.
(source: nhl.com) Vancouver Canucks (23-13-8) Pittsburgh Penguins (31-12-1) By giving up the game-winning goal with 0.6 1.3 seconds left in OT to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks extended their winless streak to 4 games. And it doesn’t get any easier tonight as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who lead the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by 17 – yes, 17 – points and have won 15 of their last 18 games. Oh yeah, and the Penguins just got Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang back from injury. Tonight’s game marks the first of the Canucks short, two-game home stand before...Click here to read more.
After a long, grueling road-trip the Canucks were looking to ease their way back into the game with a nice home-start against the Washington Capitals. Unfortunately for them, the “Hockey Gods” had other plans and granted the Caps a penalty shot less than two minutes into the game. But hey, at least the shooter was only Alex Ovechkin, league leader in goal-scoring and the reigning Hart Trophy winner (SARCASM). Fortunately for the ‘Nucks, Bobby-Lou was on his game and held Ovi off the scoresheet, allowing our boys to cruise to a 3-2 victory. The Canucks have had a few historical moments involving the “most...Click here to read more.
Tom Wakefield breaks down each of the first round series in the NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.Click here to read more.
Tom Wakefield gives his take on who should win some of the key NHL awards and takes a look at other issues around the league.Click here to read more.
Yes, this is the week of returns in the NHL, with Sidney Crosby playing against the Rangers on Thursday and all signs pointing to Alex Radulov returning to the Predators in the near future. And yet if you take a step back, what you’ve really got in the NHL right now is an epic race for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. As of Wednesday morning, there were five teams separated by a single point in the standings for the final two playoff spots in the West. Which of these teams will make the playoffs? Which of these...Click here to read more.
It seems these days not a day goes by that there isn’t something about the mediocre Toronto Maple Leafs that’s making the headlines. At first blush, the signing of Mikhail Grabovski to a five year, $27.5 million contract seems rather ludicrous. We’re talking about high-end salary for a streaky scorer that’s never put up 30-goals or 60 points. But is the contract really that far out of whack? Let’s do this arbitration-style, and look at some comparables. Comparable #1: The 2004 NHL Entry Draft – Part 1 Grabovski was drafted 150th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2004 NHL...Click here to read more.
Let’s get this out of the way first. I’m still not convinced Columbus’ interest in dealing Rick Nash wasn’t a creation of TSN and Sportsnet. The two networks needed a big name to speculate about to drive up ratings for their annual Trade Deadline TV marathons. Sadly for those networks, Nash remains a Blue Jacket at least until the draft, where the hype will be built up all over again. I am giddy with anticipation (and by giddy I mean hitting my head with a shoe to make the idea of 24 hour coverage of “The Rick Nash Trade –...Click here to read more.