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THN at the Stanley Cup: Contenders for the Conn Smythe

THN at the Stanley Cup: Contenders for the Conn Smythe

by Mike Brophy - May 23, 2008 7:16 PM EDT

In his first entry from the Stanley Cup final, Mike Brophy runs down the top contenders for the playoff MVP.
DETROIT - Let the party begin! Without question this year’s Stanley Cup final is the most anticipated championship series since 1994 when the Rangers exorcized their demons and won their first title in 54 years, beating Vancouver in a seven-game nail-biter.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Pens-Wings should be one for the ages

THN.com Playoff Blog: Pens-Wings should be one for the ages

by Mike Brophy - May 19, 2008 10:49 PM EDT

The 2008 Stanley Cup final has all the makings of a classic, if Zetterberg and Datsyuk can prove they have what it takes.
A few years ago I went to Detroit to do a story on Henrik Zetterberg. It was on that trip that Steve Yzerman, now an executive with the Red Wings and their inspirational leader for three Stanley Cup championships, told me the Wings were now Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk’s team.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Sid in the final just what the NHL ordered

THN.com Playoff Blog: Sid in the final just what the NHL ordered

by Mike Brophy - May 18, 2008 9:22 PM EDT

Having Sidney Crosby in the final will attract TV coverage in the USA; and Marc-Andre Fleury has arrived.
American TV executives must be tickled pink. It doesn’t matter who the Western Conference champion is, they got The Kid. Sid the Kid.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Orange and black look black and blue

THN.com Playoff Blog: Orange and black look black and blue

by Mike Brophy - May 12, 2008 6:48 AM EDT

The Flyers took another blow to their defense corps Sunday after Braydon Coburn went down; now the Cup final is shaping up as an old-fashioned showdown.
Talk about worst case scenario. With Kimmo Timonen already out, the last thing the Philadelphia Flyers needed was to lose Braydon Coburn, their last defenseman with a hint of an offensive upside standing.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Tired Dallas no match for fresh Detroit in Game 1

THN.com Playoff Blog: Tired Dallas no match for fresh Detroit in Game 1

by Mike Brophy - May 9, 2008 7:42 AM EDT

Coming off their four-OT game Sunday against San Jose, the Stars looked sluggish and couldn't keep up with the Wings.
It will get better. Hopefully, that is. Game 1 of the Western Conference final was just about as lousy as one could have imagined, given Detroit’s long layoff and Dallas’ four-OT game Sunday.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Turco now a tested playoff goalie

THN.com Playoff Blog: Turco now a tested playoff goalie

by Mike Brophy - May 5, 2008 8:27 AM EDT

After Sunday's win in the fourth overtime to advance to the West final, no one can say Marty Turco isn't a playoff goaltender anymore.
Never again let it be suggested Marty Turco is not a dependable playoff goaltender. Not after Sunday’s (and technically Monday’s) miraculous individual performance.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Foppa fantastic, but Avs fall short

THN.com Playoff Blog: Foppa fantastic, but Avs fall short

by Mike Brophy - April 30, 2008 5:23 AM EDT

The intensity of Peter Forsberg in Game 3 almost made you forget about the fact that Colorado lost and now trails 3-0 in the series.
Say what you want about the Colorado Avalanche being down 3-0 in their series against the Detroit Red Wings. I was damn impressed with their valiant effort Tuesday.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Modano and Ribeiro become imposing duo

THN.com Playoff Blog: Modano and Ribeiro become imposing duo

by Mike Brophy - April 27, 2008 11:45 PM EDT

Mike and Mike have the Sharks swimming in sorrow... and other thoughts about Big D's Game 2 victory.
There is no denying Mike Modano’s greatness. But when you look at the success the Dallas Stars have enjoyed during his tenure, he is at his very best when the team has another offensive threat for the opposition to deal with.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Kost, Kost & Kost come through for Montreal

THN.com Playoff Blog: Kost, Kost & Kost come through for Montreal

by Mike Brophy - April 24, 2008 11:26 PM EDT

The Kostitsyn Bros. and Tom Kostopoulos lead the Habs to an OT victory... and don't bother booing Briere.
The Kost of living just keeps going up in Montreal. Two nights after Andrei Kostitsyn scored his second and third goals of the playoffs, and assisted on his brother Sergei’s third goal of the post-season (Sergei also had an assist) in leading the Montreal Canadiens to a Game 7 win over Boston, they were at it again in Game 1 against Philadelphia.


THN.com Playoff Blog: What's next for Anaheim?; Flames must become road warriors

THN.com Playoff Blog: What's next for Anaheim?; Flames must become road warriors

by Mike Brophy - April 21, 2008 12:08 AM EDT

The Ducks will face the likely departure of its best forward, best defenseman and GM this summer... and Iggy vs. Joe.
The Ducks are cooked and now the questions begin. Was Sunday’s 4-1 loss in Dallas the last time we’ll see Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne play in the NHL? The answer to that one is very likely yes.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Kiprusoff only Flame to show up; and the barn-burner that wasn't

THN.com Playoff Blog: Kiprusoff only Flame to show up; and the barn-burner that wasn't

by Mike Brophy - April 16, 2008 8:25 AM EDT

The Calgary Flames lost by one goal in Game 4, but managed a mere eight shots on goal; and by looking at the Avs-Wild box score, you might see something that wasn't there.
Well, at least the Calgary Flames don't have to worry about their goaltending. Not after Miikka Kiprusoff stood on his head against the San Jose Sharks last night.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Support players come up big; and Avery agitates again

THN.com Playoff Blog: Support players come up big; and Avery agitates again

by Mike Brophy - April 14, 2008 8:30 AM EDT

In Calgary's come-from-behind win it wasn't the players you'd assume it would be who led the charge... Wideman make Bs forget Boyes... and what to do with Sean Avery?
The three best players in the Calgary Flames amazing comeback victory were not named Iginla, Phaneuf and Kiprusoff. They were called Sarich, Joseph and Nolan.


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