by Ryan Dixon - May 13, 2008 10:50 PM EDT
Daniel Briere has a history of fizzling out in the late rounds and it's happening again... Hossa performing in the playoffs... and the amazing Jordan Staal.
Maybe Daniel Briere should have a little chat with fictional Philadelphia legend Rocky Balboa about how to rally in late rounds. Briere soared through two playoff series this year, posting eight goals and 14 points in 12 games.
by Ryan Dixon - May 7, 2008 2:06 PM EDT
The season after he was brought in from the Kings, Mattias Norstrom is playing a big role in Big D's Cup run.
Trade deadline deals often take time to play out, usually because it’s a waiting game to see how prospects involved in swaps develop. But in the case of the Dallas Stars, a move they made to acquire a veteran defenseman at the 2007 deadline is paying dividends this spring.
by Ryan Dixon - May 3, 2008 10:23 PM EDT
Giving it their all goes a long way for Philly... Would Umberger look good in blue?... and Habs still need help.
This might have been the first series since 1987 where the Flyers got decidedly better goaltending than their opposition, but that’s not the sole reason Philly has gone from Eastern doormat to conference finalist in the span of a year.
by Ryan Dixon - April 26, 2008 10:16 PM EDT
If not for two big stops on Plekanec the face of Game 2 could have been markedly different... and Philly's depth could be the difference.
Martin Biron put an end to the Philadelphia Folders. Distill Game 2 down to a pair of key moments from the second period and you’ll find Martin Biron wearing No.
by Ryan Dixon - April 21, 2008 10:35 PM EDT
Montreal narrowly avoided an upset and can take that experience on; and how big was Saku Koivu in helping right the ship?
MONTREAL - Rookie goaltending phenom Carey Price found his top form when the Montreal Canadiens needed it most. The 20-year-old made 25 saves and brothers Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn combined for three goals as the Canadiens routed the Boston Bruins 5-0 in Game 7 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final series on Monday night.
by Ryan Dixon - April 15, 2008 11:58 PM EDT
In different ways, Daniel Briere and Chris Pronger came up huge Tuesday... youth served in Montreal... and Milan vs. Mike.
Making a point is often about so much more than scoring. Daniel Briere and Chris Pronger both had two-goal, three-point games in crucial Game 3 wins for their teams, but their contributions went well beyond bending twine.
by Ryan Dixon - April 13, 2008 2:22 AM EDT
Darren McCarty exactly what Motown needs... Top-end Habs must step up... and Ribeiro getting the better of Getzlaf.
Darren McCarty and Detroit, Michigan are a perfect marriage of style and city. They go together like stick and tape; goal and assist. How sweet it was, then, to see McCarty bring the fans of Joe Louis Arena a little higher out of their seats than they’d usually get for a first-period goal when he swatted a loose puck past Dan Ellis.
by Ryan Dixon - April 9, 2008 1:18 PM EDT
If Jersey wins, Marty will be why... East goalies have lots to learn... Hoping a Euro 'C' hoists the Cup... and go ahead and touch it.
The best thing about the first round of the playoffs? It’s fast, furious and all over the place, just like these random post-season thoughts… • Martin Brodeur was a big part of three Cup-winners on balanced New Jersey teams, but never once skated off with the Conn Smythe Trophy.
by Ryan Dixon - April 2, 2008 12:30 PM EDT
After years of being kept in the dark, Blackhawks fans will be able to watch their team on television... and the Battle of Ontario is alive and well.
Channel surfing just got a lot better for sports fans in Chicago. On the heels of a season in which the club took dramatic steps forward on the ice comes news all 82 Blackhawks games will be televised next season.
by Ryan Dixon - March 26, 2008 11:29 AM EDT
With apologies to Panther and Bruins fans, seeing Ovechkin in the playoffs would be a treat... and when finishing ninth isn't all bad.
The first rule of sports journalism is check your bias at the door. There are no pom-poms in the press box. That said…go Caps! With apologies to Olli Jokinen and the people in New England not already consumed with the Red Sox, any first round series with Alex Ovechkin would automatically generate 10 times the excitement of a tilt involving either Boston or Florida.
by Ryan Dixon - March 19, 2008 10:55 AM EDT
With their leader gone for the season and other teams nipping at their heals in the Southeast, Eric Staal put the Hurricanes on his shoulders.
Why do I get the feeling Eric Staal won’t be going out like a lamb? Staal’s performance through the first half of March has been positively lion-esque, averaging better than two points per game through seven contests.
by Ryan Dixon - March 12, 2008 12:04 PM EDT
Basking in the glow of red lights is a welcome sign for fans of the Sharks and Sabres... and one of the league's top teams will go home early.
It’s tough to keep a good goal-scorer down for long. But that’s precisely where former Rocket Richard Trophy winner Jonathan Cheechoo and restricted free agent poster boy Thomas Vanek were for a good portion of the season.
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