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THN.com Blog: Classy Flyers fans, Phaneuf's 'C' and big-mouth Burish

THN.com Blog: Classy Flyers fans, Phaneuf's 'C' and big-mouth Burish

by Rory Boylen - June 13, 2010 9:40 AM EDT

Philadelphia followers perform well... Is Dion ready for the pressure?... and why Adam Burish needs to learn respect.
A few thoughts on the Cup final and Toronto captaincy as the hockey season slips away for another summer... Heading into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, I was curious how the hostile Philadelphia crowd would react to a visiting team celebrating winning the mug on Flyer ice.


THN.com Blog: Winning pedigree should make Taylor Hall No. 1

THN.com Blog: Winning pedigree should make Taylor Hall No. 1

by Rory Boylen - May 30, 2010 10:10 AM EDT

There's an argument to be made for either Hall or Tyler Seguin to be taken first overall, but the two-time Memorial Cup MVP, with his team success, should be top dog.
With Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin neck-and-neck for the honor of being picked first overall, the two haven’t made it easy on NHL scouts.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Flyers simply too much for Canadiens to handle

THN.com Playoff Blog: Flyers simply too much for Canadiens to handle

by Rory Boylen - May 22, 2010 6:37 PM EDT

A Game 4 trouncing – yet another shutout – has the Flyers on the cusp of the Cup final and there doesn't seem to be a thing the Habs can do about it.
Speed and transition won the day for the Philadelphia Flyers and earned them a 3-1 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens. The strength of Bob Gainey’s Canadiens was supposed to be speed.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Good and bad performances to start Round 2

THN.com Playoff Blog: Good and bad performances to start Round 2

by Rory Boylen - May 2, 2010 12:00 AM EDT

With the second round underway, here is something each team has to be excited to see and something to be concerned about.
Through one game in each second round series, here are a few observations on one individual performance that has to have fans excited and one performance, individual or intangible, that will be a cause for concern.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Let physical playoff battles play out

THN.com Playoff Blog: Let physical playoff battles play out

by Rory Boylen - April 20, 2010 11:15 AM EDT

It's great to see the refs allowing position wars to take place, but as the playoffs advance, let's hope more consistency is found.
There’s been something creeping back into NHL games this post-season that just doesn’t fly in the regular season. In the first seven months these plays would be called as penalties more often than not, but in the playoffs the players are being given much more leeway.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Bad penalties catch up to Canucks in Game 2 overtime loss to Kings

THN.com Playoff Blog: Bad penalties catch up to Canucks in Game 2 overtime loss to Kings

by Rory Boylen - April 18, 2010 2:21 AM EDT

A too many men on the ice penalty was the icing on the cake for the Kings to even the series; and also matchups and players to watch.
Two games, two overtime thrillers. No room for error. It was fitting Game 2 between Los Angeles and Vancouver ended on a power play goal by Anze Kopitar.


THN.com Blog: Five playoff storylines worth watching

THN.com Blog: Five playoff storylines worth watching

by Rory Boylen - April 13, 2010 12:45 PM EDT

Will the Kings turn to an unlikely goalie if they falter? Will Vancouver break out? Can Filppula and Krejci raise their games?
Forget spring; the Stanley Cup playoffs are in the air. This tournament trumps the Olympic event from start to finish. It’s a whole new game, with unexpected turns, playing out in dramatic sporting theatre for two months.


THN.com Blog: Is this Vancouver's year?

THN.com Blog: Is this Vancouver's year?

by Rory Boylen - April 6, 2010 1:23 PM EDT

The team and many of its players is having a career year, but will this success transfer into the post-season?
Last season I thought the Canucks had enough to win the Stanley Cup, only to see them crumple in Game 6 of the second round to the Hawks. This season the Canucks are even better, so I want to pick them again, but all the while the little voice in my head is shouting, “Don’t do it!” The Canucks are a deeper team this year than they have ever been before.


THN.com Blog: Cervenka's no savior

THN.com Blog: Cervenka's no savior

by Rory Boylen - March 23, 2010 10:40 AM EDT

Much like Brunnstrom, Leino and Gustavsson before him, Roman Cervenka is getting a lot of hype, but teams must be realistic about his impact.
Roman Cervenka made a little North American noise playing on a line with Jaromir Jagr for the Czech Republic at the Olympics. With two points and a plus-2 rating in five games, his numbers didn’t jump off the page, but given his coming out party in the Czech League, rumors began swirling about him joining Jagr in a trek to the NHL.


THN.com Blog: Stop with the head shot/fighting outrage

THN.com Blog: Stop with the head shot/fighting outrage

by Rory Boylen - March 16, 2010 11:47 AM EDT

Screaming for immediate rule changes without considering the trickle-down impacts isn't good for the long-term health of the sport.
In spite of what some people want you to believe, the sky is not falling in the NHL. The day after a star player is injured by a devastating bodycheck, there’s always calls for rule changes to fix the horrible injuries that plague the league.


THN.com Blog: Roy returns home to revive Remparts

THN.com Blog: Roy returns home to revive Remparts

by Rory Boylen - March 9, 2010 11:08 AM EST

Quebec City's prodigal son didn't get the chance to play in his hometown, but he's relishing the opportunity to grow the game at the junior level.
It must have been tough for die-hard hockey fans from Patrick Roy’s hometown, Quebec City, to root for his bleu, blanc et rouge while their Nordiques hit a rough slide in the late ’80s and early ’90s.


THN.com Blog: Trading for a second round pick well worth the gamble

THN.com Blog: Trading for a second round pick well worth the gamble

by Rory Boylen - March 2, 2010 11:35 AM EST

The odds of a second-rounder making it are slim so why trade an NHLer for one? It's all about increasing your chances.
I’m not expecting this to be the most exciting trade deadline, but there’s always at least one big surprise that becomes the talk of the day and has its whats and whys broken down by everyone on TV and around the water cooler.


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