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THN.com Playoff Blog: Shut up and enjoy the games

THN.com Playoff Blog: Shut up and enjoy the games

by Rory Boylen - June 2, 2009 12:07 PM EDT

If the bitchers and moaners had their way, none of the things that have made this year's playoffs great would even exist.
The Stanley Cup final is two games old and so far the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins have treated us hockey fans to some absolutely stellar play.


THN.com Blog: Isles should explore trading Tavares

THN.com Blog: Isles should explore trading Tavares

by Rory Boylen - May 26, 2009 1:43 PM EDT

The package of picks and prospects that would come from dealing the No. 1 would put the Isles further ahead in their rebuild.r
Exactly one month from now the hockey world will head back to Montreal for the pomp and circumstance that trumpets in prospects to the NHL ranks.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Hawks-Wings not your traditional playoff series

THN.com Playoff Blog: Hawks-Wings not your traditional playoff series

by Rory Boylen - May 19, 2009 1:44 PM EDT

When the puck is dropped on Game 2 of the Chicago-Detroit series, don't expect the goalies to steal the show.
Like each and every playoff season, goaltending has been the storyline for a number of teams. In fact, the goalies are reason 1A or 1B as to why the two Eastern Conference teams still standing aren’t trying to decide between pitching wedge or nine iron.


THN.com Playoff Blog: B's youngsters must step up; Ducks in for rough ride

THN.com Playoff Blog: B's youngsters must step up; Ducks in for rough ride

by Rory Boylen - May 12, 2009 11:30 AM EDT

With a pair of do-or-die contests on the docket, it'll be a night of furious action as the Bruins and Ducks try to stay alive.
Tuesday’s set of Game 6 action has a tough act to follow. The Caps-Pens and Hawks-Canucks tilts Monday night set the bar high for exciting, do-or-die hockey in this round, but if anyone is up to meeting the task, it’s the four teams being showcased tonight.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Inexperienced B's getting blown away by Hurricanes

THN.com Playoff Blog: Inexperienced B's getting blown away by Hurricanes

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.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Overcoming bad calls part of the Cup journey

THN.com Playoff Blog: Overcoming bad calls part of the Cup journey

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.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Hawks beating Canucks at their own game

THN.com Playoff Blog: Hawks beating Canucks at their own game

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.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Canes-Devils makes for great Game 7 theatre

THN.com Playoff Blog: Canes-Devils makes for great Game 7 theatre

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.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Young Ducks, Hawks taking flight

THN.com Playoff Blog: Young Ducks, Hawks taking flight

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.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Devils, Wings wins show why penalties are precious

THN.com Playoff Blog: Devils, Wings wins show why penalties are precious

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.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Atmosphere makes Columbus worth the trip

THN.com Playoff Blog: Atmosphere makes Columbus worth the trip

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.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Columbus has all tools needed for upset

THN.com Playoff Blog: Columbus has all tools needed for upset

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.


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