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Top Shelf: Sid and Ovie - just soak it in

Top Shelf: Sid and Ovie - just soak it in

by Ryan Dixon - May 13, 2009 11:37 AM EDT

It doesn't get any better than this. Sid. Ovie. Game 7. Sit back and enjoy the ride because this is what playoff hockey is all about.
The storyline may center around two unique talents, but this is everybody’s moment to share. It’s a night to forget about teams in financial ruin and unpunished sucker punches.


Top Shelf: Ducks must swiftly dispose of Wings

Top Shelf: Ducks must swiftly dispose of Wings

by Ryan Dixon - May 6, 2009 12:35 PM EDT

If the Ducks are going to continue their flight path towards the Stanley Cup, they would be well advised not to let Detroit hang around.
As if trying to dethrone the defending champions isn’t enough pressure, the Anaheim Ducks are also operating under a bit of a time crunch.


Top Shelf: Lessons from Round 1

Top Shelf: Lessons from Round 1

by Ryan Dixon - April 29, 2009 1:48 PM EDT

Does the Devils loss to Carolina take off some of Marty's shine? Should the Sharks deal Big Joe? And what makes Fedorov so cool?
One round down and what did we learn? Don’t blink or you might miss Marty Brodeur demonstrating why a lot of people still like to place Patrick Roy ahead of him on their ‘Gimmie this guy in goal’ list.


Top Shelf: Playoff goalies - the good, bad and uppity

Top Shelf: Playoff goalies - the good, bad and uppity

by Ryan Dixon - April 22, 2009 12:19 PM EDT

From Broduer's tantrum to Varlamov's emergence, the masked men have been front and center is this year's post-season.
Good goalie tales are a huge part of playoff hockey and this year’s first round is full of them. From Simeon Varlamov to a steaming-mad Martin Brodeur, interesting storylines abound.


Top Shelf: Sid sets standard for Ovie

Top Shelf: Sid sets standard for Ovie

by Ryan Dixon - April 15, 2009 12:09 PM EDT

No one is doubting that Ovechkin has usurped Crosby as the face of the NHL, but for the Russian to truly match the Canuck, Ovie must match Sid's Stanely Cup berth.
For the second time in his career, Alex Ovechkin is trying to follow Sidney Crosby’s lead. Ovechkin got the jump on Crosby in this superstar showdown, winning the Calder Trophy when both players were rookies in 2005-06.


Top Shelf: Markov injury leaves Habs with huge hole

Top Shelf: Markov injury leaves Habs with huge hole

by Ryan Dixon - April 8, 2009 11:20 AM EDT

With Andrei Markov on the shelf for a reported three-week stint, Montreal is finding out what life without their premier blueliner is like.
Are you getting a sense for how much the Montreal Canadiens miss their best player yet? In two games since Andrei Markov was knocked out of the lineup with what’s believed to be a knee injury, Montreal has zero points and zero power play goals.


Top Shelf: Ducks roll, Waddell’s dilemma, Philly’s form and oh, Alex

Top Shelf: Ducks roll, Waddell’s dilemma, Philly’s form and oh, Alex

by Ryan Dixon - April 1, 2009 12:30 PM EDT

Anaheim a playoff sleeper?... What should Atlanta do?... Who are the real Flyers?... and AK-27's ups and downs.
Instead of giving one single point all the playing time, let’s provide fourth-line minutes to a few thoughts on a variety of topics. • I thought Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray did a good job at the trade deadline and that was before his team looked like it was going to make the playoffs.


Top Shelf: Rise of the East means tough playoff road

Top Shelf: Rise of the East means tough playoff road

by Ryan Dixon - March 25, 2009 10:21 AM EDT

Many Eastern teams are heating up at just the right time, meaning the conference champ won't have a cakewalk to the Cup.
You’d never get any Pittsburgh Penguins to tell you it was easy. The Pens stomped to the Stanley Cup final in 14 games last year and were never extended beyond five games in any of the three series it took to get there.


Top Shelf: Brodeur a beauty, but Roy the king

Top Shelf: Brodeur a beauty, but Roy the king

by Ryan Dixon - March 18, 2009 1:30 PM EDT

There's not much to separate the league's two top tenders of all-time, but Saint Patrick's playoff heroics push him to the front.
For a guy who lives in a bilingual country, my French isn’t what it should be. Roy, I know, means ‘King.’ Or, at least it did until last night, when Martin Brodeur bumped Patrick Roy out of top spot on the NHL’s all-time wins list.


Top Shelf: Old new Canes crank it up

Top Shelf: Old new Canes crank it up

by Ryan Dixon - March 11, 2009 1:27 PM EDT

It seems to be all or nothing when the Canes get to the dance and the stars are aligning for them again this time around.
Tales of the Bermuda Triangle deliver shivers with their eerie theme of strange disappearances. Right now, a little northwest of there, another Triangle is defined by stirring reappearances.


Top Shelf: Doling out some deadline thank you notes

Top Shelf: Doling out some deadline thank you notes

by Ryan Dixon - March 4, 2009 5:24 PM EST

Tuesday may not have featured any of the big names rumored to move, but there were still some deals for which players and teams should be grateful.
The world likely doesn’t need another “Hallmark Holiday.” Days dedicated to Valentines and mothers already do an effective enough job of keeping card sales and male guilt sky high.


Top Shelf: Trade deadline is game time for NHL GMs

Top Shelf: Trade deadline is game time for NHL GMs

by Ryan Dixon - February 25, 2009 1:58 PM EST

It's easy to be a backseat GM, but the inner-workings of trade deadline day would leave any casual fan with their head spinning.
There’s a basic human principle that keeps poker tables populated and fantasy leagues full; deep down inside, everybody likes to believe they’re smarter than the person next to them.


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