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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.