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Well, who could have guessed the final four would be Tampa, Philly, Sharks, and Calgary when the playoff’s first started?
Not many as only 2 men made it to the second round by picking all 8 of 8 in the first round. But this time, in the second round Matteo who didn’t have the right picks in the first round, made the right picks in the second round.
Let’s go the the final 4, what are your 2 picks?
The Flyers won a strange game in the ACC center on Tuesday event on wicked shot from Roenick over Belfour’s shoulder on a 2 on 1 in OT. That goal ended the Leafs hopes for taking the series to 7 games.
Brian Burke’s contract will expire this summer and the Canucks are not going to ask the president and gm of the team back.
Ottawa Senators’ fans have finally completed the steps to recovery after another playoff loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. They have been through all 4 stages: anger, denial, depression and now, finally, acceptance. It is now time to look back at all the negatives and positives during this past season. Who had a breakout year? Who was a disappointment? Who will not be back? And the regular season report cards for the Ottawa Senators’ players.
Okay, here is the skinney, directly from the coach’s mouth:
“Esche has flu like symptoms. Three or four of our guys had the same thing. He feels much better today, and pending practice, should be ready to go tomorrow.”
After watching an excting round one series commence, I thought of an idea that would make the Stanley cup playoffs not only a contest of the best team, but also the best conference.
So, the whining about penalties (among other things) has begun. Let’s take a closer look…
Since no one has done this already, I decided I would finally break out and actually submit an article for once. This may end up a tad long, but I hope it’s worth a read.
This was a season that started out with many so-called “experts” predicting Montreal would finish out of the playoffs. A strong 5-2-0-0 start tailed off quickly and it began to appear as though these experts may have been right. However, a strong second half of the season had Montreal finishing 11 games above .500 and the number 7 seed in a very strong Eastern Conference was their’s.
After seeing the list of the TOP 50 players ( Current) it was tough to even fathom listing these players. First off, Yzerman today is maybe top 40, but Yzerman 10 – 15 years ago finished 3rd in scoring behind Wayne and Mario consistently. What that list need was a little more structure, which this list has.
“Great” might seem like a strong word for most people but as a diehard habfan, living through the dark years of the mid ’90′s: The Roy trade, “horrible Houle” giveaway trades and injuries to every last player on the club roster forcing them to dress guys like Juha Lind, Johan Witehall and Craig Darby. (That was our second line), I could say that our standards have gone somewhat lower. But the word “great” is a good word to define the season that the players and the organization have given to us loyal fans.
Can you just see it now? Tampa Bay vs. San Jose…… It may possibley be Bettman’s WORST NIGHTMARE.
Every late August/Early September the Hockey News publishes their ‘top 50 players’ in the league, based on their performances of this season and in their careers. For fun here is my list:
I always wondered if the league would have the guts (for lack of a more colorful term) to reduce what everyone knows to be a particularly brutal schedule. If the talks mentioned in this article by TSN have any merit, then we will have some mighty juicy tidbits to debate that don’t involve the depression and angst of the CBA.
Paul Maurice’s name already is coming up in connection with the Ottawa Senators’ coaching vacancy.
While, on the outside, that would appear to be a good thing for Maurice, on the side it is making the former Carolina Hurricanes coach a little uncomfortable, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.
Say you’re Aleksander Ovechkin, and as long as you don’t mind being booed on draft day and sitting out a year or two, you can pretty much demand where you want to play. Simple questions: Where? why? and where not?
Alright, this is considered to be one of the more “dead” times on HTR and seeing how mid-late June is right around the corner, let’s see just how much you know about your team when it comes to the entry draft.
The Flyers won the second game of their series against the Leafs the same way they did the first game : strong cycling down low and Eshe outplaying Belfour. I guarantee you Belfour wants that Zhamnov goal back.
There are three things I learned today.
1. Always begin an HTR article with three random thoughts that establish you as clever, funny and discerning.
2. It’s cheaper to fly to Tampa from Montreal, spend a day on the beach, have the early bird dinner and see a Bolts Habs playoff game than to buy playoff tickets from a scalper outside the forum. Bolts playoff tix start at $8.
3. Montreal and Tampa are more even than their records indicate.
What a roller-coaster ride this season was. We started out weak, then turned the burners on to be one of the best teams in the NHL from January to early March. Injuries and suspensions hit and then everything went dead. Everyone expected a lot out of Dallas, only to be let down by a very poor post season in which they were knocked out in 5 games. Owners Tom Hicks has vowed major changes.
To determine who steps up their goal scoring in the playoffs, I compared the regular season goals/game to playoffs goals/game for all skaters in the current post-season. There appears to be a significant drop off in goals per game attributable to the tighter play, fewer power plays and better competition, slightly offset by the greater amount of ice time due to overtime. There are less than 20 playoff veterans who step up their scoring in the post season. Everyone else trails off in crunch time.