by John Grigg - June 10, 2009 2:34 PM EDT
There's nothing quite like a winner-takes-all showdown and we have our favorites of all-time.
Eighty-six down, one to go; one game, all the glory. What a post-season it’s been. Six seven-game series, only five of 15 series with fewer than six games, storylines and stars galore, and frenetic end-to-end play throughout.
by John Grigg - June 3, 2009 11:51 AM EDT
Who among this year's crop of stars finds himself at No. 6?
With 33 points through Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is the first player to top 30 playoff points since 1996, when Colorado’s sure first-ballot Hall of Famer Joe Sakic netted 34 en route to the Avalanche’s first Cup championship.
by John Grigg - May 27, 2009 3:00 PM EDT
From talking to goal posts to playoff beards, hockey has more than it's fair share of strange traditions.
If there’s one thread that binds all sports together it’s superstitions. Jumping over the chalk base line while leaving the field, dribbling the ball a specific number of times at the free throw line, repeating a pre-shot routine on the golf course, holding hands with youngsters as you head onto the pitch, taping your ankles or fingers just so before kickoff, whatever.
by Ryan Kennedy - May 20, 2009 1:31 PM EDT
The top 2008-09 seeds have been tumbled, but neither of those can slip into the best bouncings of all-time.
They call it the ‘Miracle on Manchester,’ an upset so incomprehensible it will surely never be repeated. In the spring of 1982, Los Angeles entered into its first round playoff matchup as a huge underdog against powerhouse Edmonton.
by John Grigg - May 13, 2009 12:44 PM EDT
A special top 10 featuring a selection of the best pictures from around the NHL in the 2008-09 season.
A special top 10 featuring a selection of the best pictures from around the NHL in the 2008-09 season..
by John Grigg - May 6, 2009 3:01 PM EDT
A few players have made headlines and produced at great paces so far, putting themselves in a position to earn the playoff MVP.
We may only be a round-and-a-third through the playoffs, but a number of individual performers have already stepped to the fore, grabbed their team by its collective skate laces and propelled it into the second round.
by John Grigg - April 29, 2009 2:13 PM EDT
Revenge is a dish best served cold, so it only makes sense hockey's chilly arenas are the best place to prove one's worth.
Vindication. It’s something no player ever wants to have to achieve. But there’s no better time to do so than during the playoffs.
by John Grigg - April 22, 2009 2:25 PM EDT
Some of the best games in the history of the NHL playoff have need OT to find a winner. We countdown our favorites.
If there’s one thing the Stanley Cup playoffs bring each year, it’s drama. Upsets, seventh games, veterans striving for their first Cup and young players getting a taste of what it takes to win make the NHL post-season grind unique.
by John Grigg - April 15, 2009 3:30 PM EDT
Beyond who will win and who will go home, we count down the top 10 specific unknowns heading into the post-season.
Every year, the playoffs come with questions: Who will? Who can? What if? In 2008 people wondered: Who would come out of the top-heavy West? And would the West champ be too beaten-up to win the Cup? Could Carey Price carry the Canadiens? How effective would Peter Forsberg (remember him?) be? Would Washington continue its Cinderella-run under Bruce Boudreau? With the NHL playoffs set to begin in earnest Wednesday in Washington and Pittsburgh, there are, again, questions that can only be answered on the ice.
by John Grigg - April 8, 2009 3:24 PM EDT
Hockey players are known more for spewing clichÃ©s than notable quotables, but there were still some gems from the 2008-09 season.
This week’s THN.com Top 10 has a year-in-review feel to it. We’ve pored over articles, video segments and press releases from our archives to find the Top 10 Quotes of the Season.
by John Grigg - April 1, 2009 12:45 PM EDT
After counting down the Finns, Czechs and Swedes, we turn our attention to the best of the powerful Russians.
We’ve done the Czechs, the Swedes and the Finns, in our on-going analysis of the NHL’s best European players. This week we turn to Russia.
by John Grigg - March 25, 2009 4:00 PM EDT
With exuberant cheering a hot topic lately, we look back at some of the best creations in hockey history.
All of the hoopla this past week surrounding Alex Ovechkin’s ‘Too Hot To Handle’ celebration of his 50th goal of the season got us thinking about the greatest goal celebrations of all time.
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