by John Grigg - May 13, 2010 1:30 PM EDT
Montreal proved Pittsburgh has too many talented eggs in their center-basket... and the Flyers doing exactly what we said they would.
On the heels of Montreal’s stunning upset of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia becoming just the sixth NHL team to force a Game 7 when down 3-0 in series, I have some thoughts.
by John Grigg - May 6, 2010 1:35 PM EDT
What good do hand passes serve? whiteouts don't back the right team; and Dustin Byfuglien a clutch playoff performer.
I don’t feel I have much to say on any single topic, so I’m going to get all up in your kitchen Dustin Byfuglien-style by ranting on a few topics.
by John Grigg - April 27, 2010 1:30 PM EDT
A week away from the office wasn't supposed to be a week away from hockey, but that's exactly what it turned out to be.
It was a furious night of action Monday with two teams eliminated and another pushing its series to a seventh game. And for this weary traveler, it was a merciful reprieve from having to rely on ESPN for my hockey fix.
by John Grigg - April 16, 2010 10:48 PM EDT
After going down 1-0 to their lower-seeded opponents, both Pittsburgh and New Jersey showed Friday why they were favored in the first place.
In the two early games Friday, things began to settle down and get back to where most pundits figured they’d be: with the favorites winning.
by John Grigg - April 14, 2010 10:43 PM EDT
As the Flyers and Senators took Game 1 on the road, special teams proved to play a big role in the unexpected victories.
Sloppy play and nerves characterized the opening frames in both early games as the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs kicked off Wednesday night. But things settled down relatively quickly and, as is often the case in the playoffs, special teams became the story of the night.
by John Grigg - April 6, 2010 1:45 PM EDT
The fans can help continue the Thrashers surprising push towards the playoffs by making life hard on Ilya Kovalchuk in his return to Atlanta Tuesday night.
If you’re an Atlanta Thrashers fan, tonight’s your night for some good old-fashioned redemption. I don’t know if Thrashers fans have their own version of the Dirty Bird or the Tomahawk Chop, but if they do, Tuesday is the night to get out, get loud and be proud.
by John Grigg - March 30, 2010 2:05 PM EDT
Even though the on-ice product is great, there are many off-ice issues troubling the NHL and the best way to deal with them is to do one big overhaul.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the NHL could just flip a switch and make its franchise woes disappear? Just do it all in one fell swoop; sell, relocate, contract, whatever.
by John Grigg - March 23, 2010 11:45 AM EDT
Despite a messy ownership situation and two fan-displeasing trades, Atlanta is on the precipice of making its second trip to the post-season.
Here’s a recipe for NHL disaster: • In a bowl, take one part messy ownership situation and one part mediocre attendance • Throw in an unsigned star player and a perpetually injured No.
by John Grigg - March 15, 2010 12:20 PM EDT
Ovie's hit on Brian Campbell is worthy of a five-game suspension, but the league is unlikely to take serious action against one of its most marketable assets.
He’s had more game misconducts than any other NHLer this season, two for boarding and once for kneeing. He was criticized for his treatment of a fan with a camera at the Olympics.
by John Grigg - March 9, 2010 12:40 PM EST
The NHL should look to the NFL's "unnecessary roughness" rule in order to curb excessive violent hits on the ice.
If Matt Cooke’s hit on Marc Savard has done anything other than prove once again that Cooke is one of the NHL’s most dangerous players, it has shone a glaring light on the fact the NHL needs to change its rules surrounding bodychecking.
by John Grigg - March 2, 2010 1:45 PM EST
Expectations were low for Colorado and Phoenix heading into this season, but now both teams have good reason to wheel and deal.
With six points separating eighth from 13th in both conferences, there are a limited number of sure-fire sellers for tomorrow’s 3 p.m. trade deadline and, obviously, as many as 26 potential buyers.
by John Grigg - February 26, 2010 9:30 AM EST
How did Canada go from almost losing to Switzerland to steamrolling Russia? It's simple: good coaching.
It’s become obvious that each time Canada ices its best at the Olympics the same thing happens: everyone not wearing goalie pads defers to everyone else not wearing goalie pads.