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THN.com Blog: Habs must rethink plan of attack in off-season

THN.com Blog: Habs must rethink plan of attack in off-season

by Ryan Dixon - May 28, 2009 11:54 AM EDT

With lots of expiring contracts and following a disappointing season, it's time for Montreal to be realistic when building next season's roster.
If a change is as good as a rest, the Montreal Canadiens will be one spry team next fall. And the fact they may not be a good one isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Detroit's diggers do the job

THN.com Playoff Blog: Detroit's diggers do the job

by Ryan Dixon - May 27, 2009 11:20 PM EDT

With the grit of their grinders and by the skin of their teeth, the Wings Game 5 overtime win puts them in familiar territory... and a round of applause for Chicago.
The role players were at the Helm. The Detroit Red Wings can thank Darren Helm and the rest of the Motor City spark plugs for the fact they’ll be back defending their title in the Stanley Cup final this year.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Malkin mimics Crosby’s manoeuvre in Game 2 win

THN.com Playoff Blog: Malkin mimics Crosby’s manoeuvre in Game 2 win

by Ryan Dixon - May 21, 2009 10:51 PM EDT

If Game 2 is any indication, Evgeni Malkin is willing to pay the price to help the Penguins Cup cause.
So that’s what Evgeni Malkin looks like when he’s mad. Malkin played like a Penguin with a pebble in his flipper right from the moment he stepped out of the box for a penalty stemming from an odd, angry exchange with Chad LaRose in the second period of Pittsburgh’s 7-4 Game 2 win over Carolina Thursday.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins will smell blood in Game 2

THN.com Playoff Blog: Penguins will smell blood in Game 2

by Ryan Dixon - May 21, 2009 11:06 AM EDT

Clearly the Canes have to push back to prevent going down 2-0, but don't expect Pittsburgh to roll over after a dominant performance in the opener.
Contrary to what you’ve heard, the Carolina Hurricanes have not been here before. Sure, they’ve clawed back from 1-0 deficits in each of their two previous series this spring, but on both occasions it was against opposition inferior to the Pittsburgh Penguins.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Ending doesn’t undermine awesome series

THN.com Playoff Blog: Ending doesn’t undermine awesome series

by Ryan Dixon - May 13, 2009 10:19 PM EDT

A blowout Game 7 shouldn't take anything away from what was a great series. The question now is, where does each team go from here?
Now we know how spoiled we were. OK, so the final act of the Sid and Ovie drama was a bust; hey, the Seinfeld series finale was essentially a clip show, but that did nothing to tarnish the brilliant legacy created by all the shows that preceded it.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Canucks ease up in front of Luongo in Game 4 loss

THN.com Playoff Blog: Canucks ease up in front of Luongo in Game 4 loss

by Ryan Dixon - May 7, 2009 11:53 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo was so good again in Game 4 that, perhaps, the Canucks became too confident for their own good.
Whether it’s work around the house or an essay in university, we humans have a tendency to do just enough to get by. That mentality burned the Vancouver Canucks in their 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night, a game the Canucks were poised to win thanks to the goaltending of Roberto Luongo.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Swing game will determine Ducks-Wings series

THN.com Playoff Blog: Swing game will determine Ducks-Wings series

by Ryan Dixon - May 7, 2009 11:33 AM EDT

Whether the series is 3-1 Anaheim or 2-2 after Thursday night's game, whoever wins Game 4 should come out on top of the series.
Sooner or later, one of them is going to go in. And count. As good as Jonas Hiller has been in these playoffs, the Ducks might think about relieving his burden by outshooting an opponent for the first time this spring.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Everybody now - let's go Pittsburgh!

THN.com Playoff Blog: Everybody now - let's go Pittsburgh!

by Ryan Dixon - May 4, 2009 10:18 PM EDT

As a fan of great hockey, you have to pray to the hockey gods the ultra-entertaining Pens-Caps series goes as long as possible.
What can you say but hats off to Sid and Ovie? Hype is about the hardest thing to live up to anywhere in any context, but this display by the game’s two best players is escalating to epic proportions; just like the smile on commissioner Gary Bettman’s face, one must presume.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Depth scorers supporting Canucks' Cup run

THN.com Playoff Blog: Depth scorers supporting Canucks' Cup run

by Ryan Dixon - May 1, 2009 12:24 AM EDT

They have the Sedins and Luongo, but if the Canucks are a serious contender they need continued production from players such as Kyle Wellwood.
He’s come a long way from Kyle ‘Well-fed.’ The jokes were flying this summer when Kyle Wellwood was walking around with a body that didn’t exactly scream professional athlete.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Canes’ top line strikes devastating balance

THN.com Playoff Blog: Canes’ top line strikes devastating balance

by Ryan Dixon - April 26, 2009 10:27 PM EDT

The Canes forced a deciding game back in New Jersey on the back of their first unit, while the Devils' went silent.
Carolina’s top line has a little bit of everything. Eric Staal is the shooter, Ray Whitney the passer and Chad LaRose is the thorn. LaRose scored 19 goals this season for the Canes and continues to put himself into the upper echelon of “energy” players in the league.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Can Ovie own Lundqvist?

THN.com Playoff Blog: Can Ovie own Lundqvist?

by Ryan Dixon - April 24, 2009 1:01 PM EDT

So far the Rangers goalie has been superhuman and it's up to the Capitals snipers to bring him back to reality.
At the risk of ignoring concealed intangibles and minute detail, can we just go ahead and declare Friday night’s duel between the Capitals and Rangers is all about ‘Alex the Great’ trying to conquer ‘King Henrik?’ Even if that’s not entirely true, it’s just way more fun this way.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Caps and Habs could both benefit from optimism

THN.com Playoff Blog: Caps and Habs could both benefit from optimism

by Ryan Dixon - April 22, 2009 10:18 PM EDT

The Canadiens are done and the Capitals are on the rope, but fans of both teams should look on the bright side.
You know what they’re saying in Washington. The Capitals were down 3-1 to Philadelphia last year before storming back to force a Game 7, which they ultimately lost in overtime.


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