by Ken Campbell - June 2, 2011 2:24 AM EDT
What a way to start off the final. The goalies of each team put on a clinic as the difference was one late third period goal on a controversial play.
VANCOUVER - That peculiar sound you might have heard the other day when Tim Thomas stated that this Stanley Cup final wouldn’t be about him and Roberto Luongo was all the bulls--- detectors going off in unison.
by Ken Campbell - June 1, 2011 9:32 PM EDT
With Brendan Shanahan replacing Colin Campbell as the NHL's chief disciplinarian, it looks like the league is focused on player safety. But we'll wait to see about that.
VANCOUVER – And all this time we thought Gary Bettman actually liked Brendan Shanahan. Hate to see what Bettman does to the guys he can’t stand.
by Ken Campbell - May 30, 2011 7:04 AM EDT
Ranked the top team in the CHL for much of the season, the Sea Dogs finished the job Sunday night, but 2012 was always their target year.
MISSISSAUGA, ONT - If you were watching the Saint John Sea Dogs hoist the Memorial Cup Sunday night, take a picture of it in your mind’s eye.
by Ken Campbell - May 28, 2011 12:30 AM EDT
The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors advanced to the Memorial Cup final Friday as Smith-Pelly pulled through with two goals.
MISSISSAUGA, ONT - There is a distinct lack of star power at this year’s Memorial Cup, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. That’s because it allows players such as Devante Smith-Pelly to step into the limelight for the first time in their careers.
by Ken Campbell - May 23, 2011 10:29 AM EDT
There was a time when you needed consistent goaltending to win the Stanley Cup, but just about anything goes now.
With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel, where have you gone Dominik Hasek? Or Patrick Roy? Or Ken Dryden? It’s funny how nobody seems to be complaining about the size of goalie equipment in this year’s playoffs, isn’t it? Of course, that’s bound to happen when the guys in the nets have been a collective epic fail when it comes to any sustained consistency stopping the puck.
by Ken Campbell - May 20, 2011 1:10 AM EDT
All that stands in the way of Winnipeg and the return of an NHL team appears to be discussions of a relocation fee between the NHL and Atlanta Spirit.
Contrary to a published report, a deal to move the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg was not completely done as of late Thursday night, but it had nothing to do with negotiations between the Atlanta Spirit ownership group and True North in Winnipeg.
by Ken Campbell - May 16, 2011 2:50 PM EDT
Major junior hockey is supposed to be a family-friendly option for hockey fans who find NHL games too expensive.
From this corner, there’s a perfectly simple reason why the Memorial Cup has not yet sold out and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact Canada’s largest city has become a black hole when it comes to major junior hockey.
by Ken Campbell - May 9, 2011 8:34 PM EDT
If Phoenix stays put and the Thrashers end up in Winnipeg, it's likely the Red Wings will move to the Eastern Conference. What does that mean for the rest of the league?
With Glendale city council almost certain to vote Tuesday night in favor of putting another $25 million down the black hole known as the Phoenix Coyotes, the move will carry enormous reverberations both in Arizona and beyond.
by Ken Campbell - May 5, 2011 4:17 PM EDT
If the Wings are swept, not only may they lose a few veterans, but certain other pieces of the team should change.
DETROIT - Should the Detroit Red Wings lose Game 4 and get swept out of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks Friday night, it will almost certainly signal the end of an era in Hockeytown.
by Ken Campbell - May 5, 2011 12:57 AM EDT
OK, is this year's Sharks team for real, or are they going to make prognosticators look silly again? Their clutch play shows this team is different.
DETROIT - We aren’t quite ready yet to declare the San Jose Sharks a playoff juggernaut. They’ve made us look absolutely ridiculous too many times in the past and we refuse to be burned by them again.
by Ken Campbell - May 4, 2011 3:25 PM EDT
Even with a 2-0 lead and after beating Detroit in five games last season, the Sharks still aren't much different from the Red Wings.
DETROIT - Ken Holland is one of the more demonstrative guys you’ll ever meet. When the Detroit Red Wings GM is talking, his arms are flailing around so much sometimes you have to watch he doesn’t poke your eye out.
by Ken Campbell - May 2, 2011 12:55 PM EDT
When you think of Tampa Bay and Washington you think of offense, but the Lightning are showing that trap hockey can creep back into the game.
Well, this has turned out to be a bit of a downer, hasn’t it? After arguably the most entertaining first round of the playoffs ever, the second round so far has been pockmarked by snoozefests.
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