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Milan Lucic was given a slap on the wrist for his slash to Danny DeKeyser's groin, and though that seems light, it wasn't the worst ruling on the play. The referees should have called a penalty on the play, since that's what would have hurt Lucic and the Bruins most. More
The Boston Bruins are proven champions and the best bet to come out of the Eastern Conference this spring. They even have added motivation: winning a Stanley Cup for Jarome Iginla before Father Time catches up with him.
We think we see it all the time, and now there is proof. Do referees make even-up calls during the playoffs? A new study says yes, even if they do it subconsciously.
Some of the disparagement of black NHL players is symptomatic of an element of hockey that is protectionist, fearful and small-minded. It comes from people who use the term “our game” as a method of shooing away people unfamiliar to them. And it happens more than we think – if not in terms of race, then in terms of background.
As Dallas' Jamie Benn and Detroit's Danny Dekeyser found out the hard way Friday, NHLers aren't above taking liberties with their sticks – and using them against their opponents' most delicate areas.
Pavel Datsyuk put on a clinic in scoring the only goal in Detroit's 1-0 win over Boston in Game One of their first-round playoff series.
Canadiens winger Rene Bourque hasn't had a great season, but scored a nifty goal against Tampa Bay in Game Two of their first-round playoff series against the Lightning.
The deep dislike the Ducks, Kings and Sharks have for one another is mirrored by the fans in Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. We asked bloggers from all three cities to state the hate each fan base has for its California rivals. Much to our delight, none of them played nice.
An easier path to the final thanks to the much weaker Eastern Conference and incredible depth at all positions means Boston fans should keep June wide open - there's a great chance the their Bruins will be in the Stanley Cup final once again.
The annual Future Watch issue taps into the expertise of a panel of 17 NHL scouts and GMs to determine the top 75 drafted prospects in the game and ranks the 30 NHL teams on the depth of their development systems. For hockey fans interested in what's next in each team's pipeline of talent, Future Watch is a unique and much-anticipated system report.Buy now
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