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THN.com Blog: The NHL's all-overlooked free agent team

THN.com Blog: The NHL's all-overlooked free agent team

by Sam McCaig - June 28, 2009 9:48 PM EDT

The stars get the big bucks during the UFA frenzy, but don't forget about the lesser lights who can be the difference between winning and losing.
Marians Hossa and Gaborik, big Jay Bouwmeester, the brothers Sedin…there are several interesting options on the market as the NHL's unrestricted free agency period opens on July 1.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Fleury bests Ward in Game 1 showdown

THN.com Playoff Blog: Fleury bests Ward in Game 1 showdown

by Sam McCaig - May 18, 2009 11:32 PM EDT

It was the two goalies who stole the show in Game 1 of the Eastern final... and the storylines to watch between the Canes and Pens.
Maybe Marc-Andre Fleury and Cam Ward just got tired about all the Crosby-Malkin-Staal-Staal talk. Because while the stars turned out for Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Carolina, it was the goaltenders for the Penguins and Hurricanes who stole the show.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Boston bears down to force Game 7 at home

THN.com Playoff Blog: Boston bears down to force Game 7 at home

by Sam McCaig - May 12, 2009 11:24 PM EDT

The Bruins are finally playing like the East's best team and were in control of Game 6 all along... and updating a few rivalries.
Whatever you do, don't poke the bear. And if you do, you better finish the job quickly because this is one bear that fights back with great ferocity.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Detroit's front-liners expose Hiller and the Ducks

THN.com Playoff Blog: Detroit's front-liners expose Hiller and the Ducks

by Sam McCaig - May 8, 2009 2:47 AM EDT

Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen came to play and reuniting a powerful first line helped lift the Wings to a decisive Game 4 win.
The Detroit Red Wings finally burst Jonas Hiller's bubble – and Marian Hossa burst out in a big way, too. Hossa, with his third and fourth of the playoffs, scored twice on Hiller in a three-minute span late in the second period to spot the desperate Red Wings a 4-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish en route to a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.


THN.com Playoff Blog: A trio of things worth watching in the Canucks-Hawks series

THN.com Playoff Blog: A trio of things worth watching in the Canucks-Hawks series

by Sam McCaig - May 7, 2009 10:42 AM EDT

The Luongo-Byfuglien crease war rages on... One steady Edler?... and who will go to the dirty areas? Well, Kyle, would.
Three games in, here's a three-storyline look at the Canucks-Blackhawks second round playoff series: Roberto Luongo vs. Dustin Byfuglien So far, this is the story of the series.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Skill, depth, goaltending topples NHL's top team

THN.com Playoff Blog: Skill, depth, goaltending topples NHL's top team

by Sam McCaig - April 28, 2009 2:23 AM EDT

The Ducks got better play from their top-liners and surprising play from their grinders. This and more is why they upset San Jose.
It happened again. Another great-regular-season-and-out for the San Jose Sharks. In a shocker that's sure to shake the foundations in San Jose, the eighth-seeded Anaheim Ducks completed their upset of the NHL's best team in the regular season with a convincing 4-1 win in Game 6.


THN.com Playoff Blog: A Sunday massacre at MSG

THN.com Playoff Blog: A Sunday massacre at MSG

by Sam McCaig - April 26, 2009 5:34 PM EDT

After a dominating performance in Game 6, Washington heads home looking to complete the comeback from a 3-1 deficit.
Game 7, anyone? It didn't take Washington long to establish the need for one more contest in the Round 1 affair between the Capitals and Rangers.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Ducks wait out Sharks and sit on the brink of an upset

THN.com Playoff Blog: Ducks wait out Sharks and sit on the brink of an upset

by Sam McCaig - April 24, 2009 3:06 AM EDT

The Sharks started well, but by the end of the game Anaheim's youth, tough 'D' and talented goalie came out on top.
For the third time in four games, Anaheim's No. 1 line dramatically outplayed San Jose's top unit. And the Ducks have the 3-1 series lead to prove it.


THN.com Playoff Blog: West coasting

THN.com Playoff Blog: West coasting

by Sam McCaig - April 23, 2009 11:24 AM EDT

There are a plethora of positives for the Canucks coming out of their first round sweep of the St. Louis Blues.
That was easy. The Vancouver Canucks couldn’t have asked for a more straightforward, check-in and check-out playoff series than its four-game sweep of the St.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Nucks take stranglehold; Brodeur dodges new record

THN.com Playoff Blog: Nucks take stranglehold; Brodeur dodges new record

by Sam McCaig - April 19, 2009 11:35 PM EDT

Thanks to Roberto Luongo and inspired play the Canucks take a 3-0 series lead... and Brodeur misses out on a record he doesn't want.
First of all, full disclosure: I was at an American League playoff Game 3 between the Toronto Marlies and the Manitoba Moose – won 2-1 by the Marlies on Tim Stapleton's Darryl Sittler-esque goal (think 1976 Canada Cup final, overtime, against Czechoslovakia and goalie Vladimir Dzurilla) – and I wasn't able to start watching the Vancouver-St.


THN.com Blog: Canucks look good on playoff checklist

THN.com Blog: Canucks look good on playoff checklist

by Sam McCaig - April 12, 2009 10:08 AM EDT

According to this rundown of six important playoff items, the red-hot Vancouver Canucks could give the favorite Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks a run for their money in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Breaking news, hockey fans: There’s an NHL playoff checklist in existence. And if your team can check off the six items on the list, you’re guaranteed a Stanley Cup victory and mid-June parade.


THN.com Blog: Who will get into the playoffs – and who won't

THN.com Blog: Who will get into the playoffs – and who won't

by Sam McCaig - April 4, 2009 9:55 AM EDT

We hate to spoil the surprise, but a little number crunching reveals who's destined for the dance and who will be heading home.
As the NHL schedule heads into the final week of the regular season, The League That Parity Built has a logjam of teams vying for the final playoff berths in each conference.


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