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THN.com Playoff Blog: An open apology to Marty Biron

THN.com Playoff Blog: An open apology to Marty Biron

by Edward Fraser - April 23, 2009 10:38 AM EDT

This author picked the Pens over the Flyers, but pointed at Martin Biron as the weak spot. However, the goalie has helped keep his team in the game.
Hey Marty, I’m sorry. A couple weeks back I pegged your Flyers as a team sure to bow out in the first round and I fingered you as a big reason why that would happen.


THN.com Playoff Blog: No way, Jose and Philly’s penalty parade

THN.com Playoff Blog: No way, Jose and Philly’s penalty parade

by Edward Fraser - April 15, 2009 9:46 PM EDT

Washington's up and down effort was sunk by Theodore... and the Flyers were grounded by a lack of discipline.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Dickens’ opening to A Tale of Two Cities describes the French Revolution, but could just as easily simplify the story of the Washington Capitals’ Game 1 performance against the underdog New York Rangers.


THN.com Blog: Goaltending, opponent will ground Flyers in Round 1

THN.com Blog: Goaltending, opponent will ground Flyers in Round 1

by Edward Fraser - April 9, 2009 10:34 AM EDT

A perfect storm is brewing against the Flyers as they prepare for the playoffs... and a video feature on Kimmo Timonen.
With six players on the happy side of the 20-goal mark, nine who average better than a point every two games and a top-10 power play and penalty kill, the Philadelphia Flyers would seem like a darn good team to pick from when assembling a playoff pool roster.


THN.com Blog: The myth of the 'loser point'

THN.com Blog: The myth of the 'loser point'

by Edward Fraser - April 2, 2009 11:10 AM EDT

The think is the NHL current point system is the reason for the tight playoff races, but that's really not the case.
I’ve read in a few places recently, including THN’s own pages in our playoff preview edition, that – despite any problems with the “loser point” system – at least it’s providing excitement by keeping the playoff races tight.


THN.com Blog: Laich's grit key for Caps' playoff hopes

THN.com Blog: Laich's grit key for Caps' playoff hopes

by Edward Fraser - March 26, 2009 9:49 AM EDT

Washington is loaded with marquee talents that have led them to the playoffs, but it's up to the sandpaper players to move them on.
The NHL’s super-skilled players get paid big bucks for good reason; they’re the ones looked upon to carry a team and rise to the occasion in key moments.


THN.com Blog: Granato deserves longer leash in Colorado

THN.com Blog: Granato deserves longer leash in Colorado

by Edward Fraser - March 19, 2009 9:15 AM EDT

The Avs have been decimated by injuries in this disappointing season and shouldn't put the blame on the shoulders of coach Tony Granato.
Word came out late last week that coach Tony Granato, who was handed the keys prior to the start of this campaign, could take the fall as the Avalanche will surely have its worst season since moving from Quebec in 1995.


THN.com Blog: Rob Blake ecstatic to be swimming with Sharks

THN.com Blog: Rob Blake ecstatic to be swimming with Sharks

by Edward Fraser - March 12, 2009 10:27 AM EDT

The veteran defenseman tells THN.com about signing with San Jose and the dedication the organization has to winning a Cup.
There’s an old, corny joke that asks: Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Well, where does a 6-foot-4, 225-pound Norris Trophy-winning future-Hall of Famer sign when he’s an unrestricted free agent? You know the punch line, and you know Blake's answer.


THN.com Blog: Youngsters stay put on deadline day

THN.com Blog: Youngsters stay put on deadline day

by Edward Fraser - March 5, 2009 11:55 AM EST

Usually GMs are willing to part with futures to take a run now, but that didn't happen this year... not trading Bouwmeester a mistake... and the best of TV.
Trade deadline day is often a time when contending teams deal off picks and prospects in order to secure veteran talent for a playoff push or Cup run.


THN.com Blog: Washington’s winning window a small one

THN.com Blog: Washington’s winning window a small one

by Edward Fraser - February 26, 2009 11:20 AM EST

If recent successes have taught the Capitals anything, they should know the time for a Stanley Cup push is now.
Success can be a fickle beast. Just ask followers of the Penguins, Senators, Lightning and Ducks. Deep playoff runs ignited by overachieving performances result in higher, and often unrealistic, salary demands from players in both starting and supporting roles.


THN.com Blog: Hey, look at the bright side

THN.com Blog: Hey, look at the bright side

by Edward Fraser - February 19, 2009 3:50 PM EST

Some teams are dreaming about the playoffs, but these five have to think about tomorrow and the good things it could bring.
While the majority of teams are ramping up for a playoff push, all hope is lost for five Eastern Conference clubs.  But being the glass-half-full type of guy that I am, let’s have a look at the silver lining for these present-day dark clouds.


THN.com Blog: A chat with Kris Versteeg

THN.com Blog: A chat with Kris Versteeg

by Edward Fraser - February 12, 2009 9:05 AM EST

Chicago's rookie who unexpectedly burst onto the rookie scene talks with THN about playing in Chicago.
If you knew the name Kris Versteeg prior to this season, give yourself a gold star. If you predicted the 22-year-old, fifth round pick of the Bruins in 2004 would challenge for rookie of the year honors with the Hawks, give yourself two gold stars.


THN.com Blogs: Underrated heroes

THN.com Blogs: Underrated heroes

by Ryan Kennedy - February 11, 2009 11:15 AM EST

Guys who put up the big numbers get all the ink, but often it's the guys who don't make the scoresheet who are the difference-makers.
Yes. We all got hyped-up for last night’s San Jose-Boston tilt and the top two teams in the league delivered. Sure, the Sharks pulled away in the third period, but the first 40 minutes was a constant end-to-end battle with great offensive chances and excellent physical battles.


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