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THN.com Playoff Blog: The best Stanley Cup final imaginable

THN.com Playoff Blog: The best Stanley Cup final imaginable

by Rory Boylen - May 8, 2008 12:05 PM EDT

This edition of the playoffs has been great, but if you threw all law and order out the window you could create something spectacular.
Let’s build the ultimate 2008 Stanley Cup final. Like Dr. Frankenstein building a glorious marvel of scientific achievement with parts gathered, based on these playoffs, we’ll build a fantastic display of sporting competition with what we’ve seen so far.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Philly winning the physical battles

THN.com Playoff Blog: Philly winning the physical battles

by Rory Boylen - April 30, 2008 10:51 PM EDT

They're not the Broad Street Bullies, but the Flyers are getting gritty and the Habs have no answer... and debating the Begin hit.
As a traditional-minded hockey fan, it always makes me happy to see the physical aspect of the game alive and well and that it can still be the difference between winning and losing.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Great start to Sharks-Stars series

THN.com Playoff Blog: Great start to Sharks-Stars series

by Rory Boylen - April 26, 2008 9:51 AM EDT

Brendan Morrow, aka Brett Hull... who can stop Cheechoo?... and Thornton must step up if Sharks are to advance.
Wow. What a start to what should be a long, enticing series. It wasn’t the bloodbath some expected after their over-the-top season finale, but it was truly a back-and-forth game full of everything.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Lay off Hockey Night in Canada

THN.com Playoff Blog: Lay off Hockey Night in Canada

by Rory Boylen - April 24, 2008 12:33 PM EDT

For all the complaints about CBC's coverage, it's still the best thing going. And if you don't like it, turn it off.
You know what really grinds my gears? Here we are, at the very best time of the NHL season, surrounded with playoff hockey – a whole new level of the game – at every turn.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Price shows cracks; Huet on his own; Turco gets deserved Ws

THN.com Playoff Blog: Price shows cracks; Huet on his own; Turco gets deserved Ws

by Rory Boylen - April 18, 2008 12:53 AM EDT

Goaltending was the topic of the night in the Habs-Bruins, Caps-Flyers, and Stars-Ducks series.
Well, you knew it was going to happen eventually. Carey Price made a mistake. I’m not sure what Price was thinking when he dropped the puck in the slot, presenting Glen Metropolit with a gimme goal.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Caps answer call; Devils drop the ball

THN.com Playoff Blog: Caps answer call; Devils drop the ball

by Rory Boylen - April 12, 2008 1:14 AM EDT

The Caps got help where they needed to take a lead in the series... and the Devils suffer another costly blunder.
Ying and yang. New age and old school. Offense and defense. The Capitals and Rangers both won key games in their respective series', and couldn’t have done it in a more different fashion.


THN.com Blog: Make draft lottery an event

THN.com Blog: Make draft lottery an event

by Rory Boylen - April 3, 2008 11:06 AM EDT

Putting the draw for the No. 1 pick on TV is a good start, but the NHL should go much further to make it exciting.
News the NHL will televise its draft lottery this year was a grand step in the right direction, but a little more positive push could make this event an attractive, annual celebration.


THN.com Blog: Happy birthday Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr

THN.com Blog: Happy birthday Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr

by Rory Boylen - March 27, 2008 11:59 AM EDT

Howe and Orr are hitting birthday milestones, so the time is right to pay homage to two men who have done so much for the game.
With such a rich history of unforgettable moments, unfathomable feats, awe-inspiring stories and legendary players, it’s always a treat to take a moment, step back and pay tribute to the great ones who came before the era of helmets and composite sticks.


THN.com Blog: Wild Northwest shows sched's not that bad

THN.com Blog: Wild Northwest shows sched's not that bad

by Rory Boylen - March 20, 2008 11:41 AM EDT

It's has it's problems, but playing divisional foes over and over down the stretch make the playoff race much more exciting.
Who says there’s a problem with the regular season schedule? Let’s face it, over an 82-game, six-month season, not every match will be thrilling and have you on the edge of your seat.


THN.com Blog: Removing physicality would kill the game

THN.com Blog: Removing physicality would kill the game

by Rory Boylen - March 13, 2008 12:25 PM EDT

Guys like Sean Avery and Chris Neil bring a level of excitement both on and off the ice, and without them hockey just isn't hockey.
A showcase of finesse, speed, emotion, athleticism and raw strength all combine to make hockey a beautiful game of blood, sweat and tears. Take any ingredient out and suddenly you’ve lost some of the mystique and originality that makes the sport so unique and attractive.


THN.com Blog: NHL referees do a tremendous job

THN.com Blog: NHL referees do a tremendous job

by Rory Boylen - March 6, 2008 12:30 PM EST

Most people can't relate to the NHL referee, but every night they do an amazing job, and any error is just part of the game.
Homer!…Where are your glasses, stripes!?…Hey zebra, what game are you watching out there!?!…You &$#*ing, @$%&*! Those are some of the tamer catcalls referees hear night in and night out, regardless of how the game goes.


THN.com Blog: Grabbing Hossa a smart move for Pens

THN.com Blog: Grabbing Hossa a smart move for Pens

by Rory Boylen - February 28, 2008 1:23 PM EST

With a weak Eastern Conference ready for the taking, the time was right for Pittsburgh to throw caution to the wind in an effort to win now.
Congratulations, Ray Shero. With the acquisition of Marian Hossa at the trade deadline, the transition of the Pittsburgh Penguins from a team with draft lottery balls to ones made of steel is complete.


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