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THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins must trade Malkin

THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins must trade Malkin

by John Grigg - May 13, 2010 1:30 PM EDT

Montreal proved Pittsburgh has too many talented eggs in their center-basket... and the Flyers doing exactly what we said they would.
On the heels of Montreal’s stunning upset of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia becoming just the sixth NHL team to force a Game 7 when down 3-0 in series, I have some thoughts.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Time to stop hand passes; home whiteouts; and big Byfuglien

THN.com Playoff Blog: Time to stop hand passes; home whiteouts; and big Byfuglien

by John Grigg - May 6, 2010 1:35 PM EDT

What good do hand passes serve? whiteouts don't back the right team; and Dustin Byfuglien a clutch playoff performer.
I don’t feel I have much to say on any single topic, so I’m going to get all up in your kitchen Dustin Byfuglien-style by ranting on a few topics.


THN.com Playoff Blog: The troubling fact about NHL coverage

THN.com Playoff Blog: The troubling fact about NHL coverage

by John Grigg - April 27, 2010 1:30 PM EDT

A week away from the office wasn't supposed to be a week away from hockey, but that's exactly what it turned out to be.
It was a furious night of action Monday with two teams eliminated and another pushing its series to a seventh game. And for this weary traveler, it was a merciful reprieve from having to rely on ESPN for my hockey fix.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins, Devils find form in Game 2

THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins, Devils find form in Game 2

by John Grigg - April 16, 2010 10:48 PM EDT

After going down 1-0 to their lower-seeded opponents, both Pittsburgh and New Jersey showed Friday why they were favored in the first place.
In the two early games Friday, things began to settle down and get back to where most pundits figured they’d be: with the favorites winning.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Special teams play big role in two early upsets by Senators, Flyers

THN.com Playoff Blog: Special teams play big role in two early upsets by Senators, Flyers

by John Grigg - April 14, 2010 10:43 PM EDT

As the Flyers and Senators took Game 1 on the road, special teams proved to play a big role in the unexpected victories.
Sloppy play and nerves characterized the opening frames in both early games as the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs kicked off Wednesday night. But things settled down relatively quickly and, as is often the case in the playoffs, special teams became the story of the night.


THN.com Blog: Atlanta can't make Kovy's return peachy

THN.com Blog: Atlanta can't make Kovy's return peachy

by John Grigg - April 6, 2010 1:45 PM EDT

The fans can help continue the Thrashers surprising push towards the playoffs by making life hard on Ilya Kovalchuk in his return to Atlanta Tuesday night.
If you’re an Atlanta Thrashers fan, tonight’s your night for some good old-fashioned redemption. I don’t know if Thrashers fans have their own version of the Dirty Bird or the Tomahawk Chop, but if they do, Tuesday is the night to get out, get loud and be proud.


THN.com Blog: Put focus back on ice by moving all struggling teams

THN.com Blog: Put focus back on ice by moving all struggling teams

by John Grigg - March 30, 2010 2:05 PM EDT

Even though the on-ice product is great, there are many off-ice issues troubling the NHL and the best way to deal with them is to do one big overhaul.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the NHL could just flip a switch and make its franchise woes disappear? Just do it all in one fell swoop; sell, relocate, contract, whatever.


THN.com Blog: Can Thrashers turn disaster into playoff spot?

THN.com Blog: Can Thrashers turn disaster into playoff spot?

by John Grigg - March 23, 2010 11:45 AM EDT

Despite a messy ownership situation and two fan-displeasing trades, Atlanta is on the precipice of making its second trip to the post-season.
Here’s a recipe for NHL disaster: •    In a bowl, take one part messy ownership situation and one part mediocre attendance •    Throw in an unsigned star player and a perpetually injured No.


THN.com Blog: Ovechkin deserves suspension, but don't expect one

THN.com Blog: Ovechkin deserves suspension, but don't expect one

by John Grigg - March 15, 2010 12:20 PM EDT

Ovie's hit on Brian Campbell is worthy of a five-game suspension, but the league is unlikely to take serious action against one of its most marketable assets.
He’s had more game misconducts than any other NHLer this season, two for boarding and once for kneeing. He was criticized for his treatment of a fan with a camera at the Olympics.


THN.com Blog: Unnecessary roughness a necessary penalty

THN.com Blog: Unnecessary roughness a necessary penalty

by John Grigg - March 9, 2010 12:40 PM EST

The NHL should look to the NFL's "unnecessary roughness" rule in order to curb excessive violent hits on the ice.
If Matt Cooke’s hit on Marc Savard has done anything other than prove once again that Cooke is one of the NHL’s most dangerous players, it has shone a glaring light on the fact the NHL needs to change its rules surrounding bodychecking.


THN.com Blog: Avs, Coyotes must be trade deadline buyers

THN.com Blog: Avs, Coyotes must be trade deadline buyers

by John Grigg - March 2, 2010 1:45 PM EST

Expectations were low for Colorado and Phoenix heading into this season, but now both teams have good reason to wheel and deal.
With six points separating eighth from 13th in both conferences, there are a limited number of sure-fire sellers for tomorrow’s 3 p.m. trade deadline and, obviously, as many as 26 potential buyers.


THN.com Blog: Babcock shakes Canadian tree and roles fall out

THN.com Blog: Babcock shakes Canadian tree and roles fall out

by John Grigg - February 26, 2010 9:30 AM EST

How did Canada go from almost losing to Switzerland to steamrolling Russia? It's simple: good coaching.
It’s become obvious that each time Canada ices its best at the Olympics the same thing happens: everyone not wearing goalie pads defers to everyone else not wearing goalie pads.


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