by Rory Boylen - May 8, 2009 11:13 PM EDT
Even when they outplay Carolina, the pieces aren't falling into place for Boston and they now find themselves on the verge of getting bounced.
Are these Carolina Hurricanes a team of destiny? After an up, down and all around 4-1 Game 4 win against the Bruins, you have to ask yourself if it is meant to be.
by Rory Boylen - May 5, 2009 12:51 PM EDT
Every team is going to get the short end of the stick from the men in black and white stripes, but it's those who persevere who end up champions.
Like Cindy Crawford and her mole, the game of hockey is beautifully imperfect. Whenever a tic-tac-toe passing play is converted or a perfectly timed hip-check upends a surprised attacker, we see a side of wonder that inspires copycat scrimmagers and small-legged scurriers.
by Rory Boylen - May 3, 2009 12:40 AM EDT
Chicago was supposedly going to be physically outmatched by Vancouver, but the young Blackhawks are proving they're more than game.
While the Detroit Red Wings have proven the puck possession style to be a successful plan of attack in the playoffs, any winning formula has to include a physical edge.
by Rory Boylen - April 28, 2009 12:55 PM EDT
The best Game 7 might not be widely available to Canadian viewers, as the Canes and Devils conclude their marathon tilt.
This is what playoff hockey is all about. Game 7s. Unfortunately, because of the ongoing spat between Canadian cable providers Bell and Rogers many of us north of the border won’t see a good chunk of what should be the better game and has easily been the better series all along: The Devils-Canes.
by Rory Boylen - April 26, 2009 1:47 AM EDT
It was the young guns at the forefront in a dominating performance by Chicago and a near miss from Anaheim.
What makes the playoffs so great is how deep the storylines run and the types of players that come to the fore when it’s needed most on the biggest stage.
by Rory Boylen - April 24, 2009 12:06 AM EDT
A hard-hitting tilt in New Jersey made for one of the playoffs' best while Detroit is moving on with a series-winner scored on another PP.
Whoever said a 1-0 hockey game is a painful one to watch never saw a playoff game at its pinnacle. Hockey is about earning your position on the ice.
by Rory Boylen - April 21, 2009 10:53 PM EDT
In town to watch Adam Proteau make a fool of himself, Blue Jackets fans put on a great show even if their team didn't.
COLUMBUS – I have to say, driving into the city Monday evening I was a little skeptical of what the atmosphere surrounding the Jackets would be; a team in the post-season for the first time in franchise history.
by Rory Boylen - April 14, 2009 11:22 AM EDT
The vast majority of prognosticators are picking the Wings to roll over the Blue Jackets, but several factors could have this series going the other way.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” – Albert Einstein.
by Rory Boylen - April 7, 2009 11:13 AM EDT
It wasn't long ago, before his injury woes, that defenseman Brent Burns was getting more buzz than Washington's Mike Green.
Oh, the difference a year makes. Prior to this season, one of the most explosive yet underrated players in the game was Washington defenseman Mike Green.
by Rory Boylen - March 24, 2009 10:55 AM EDT
With playoff races as tight as they are, every bandwagon is full of hopeful chatter. Here's why your wishes will not be granted.
Last week it was beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, you could spend lunch hour in the park enjoying a recreational activity. This week it’s cold again.
by Rory Boylen - March 17, 2009 11:19 AM EDT
Despite the suggestions of a recent study, kids would be safer if they learned how to deal with physical play at a younger age.
Last week, a study was released from a university in the Greater Toronto Area that concluded with a very bold declaration: Bodychecking in minor hockey was associated with an increased risk of injury to players.
by Rory Boylen - March 10, 2009 11:10 AM EDT
Oilers rookie Liam Reddox adapted his game and used hard work to make it to the show and become a full-time NHLer.
Located along the Otonabee River a little more than an hour northeast of Toronto, Peterborough, Ont., has been cultivating young NHL talent since the Montreal Canadiens planted the seeds of greatness there in the 1950s.
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