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THN.com Playoff Blog: Costly equipment malfunction puts Canucks on brink

THN.com Playoff Blog: Costly equipment malfunction puts Canucks on brink

by Brian Costello - May 10, 2009 1:40 AM EDT

What sense does it make for Willie Mitchell to be using a composite stick?... Burrows' act wearing thin... and cheating on icing.
Not sure why so many players are convinced the composite stick is the way to go in crucial situations. We've all seen the one-piece graphite shafts snap at inopportune times in offensive situations.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Rugged Canucks come together to take Game 3

THN.com Playoff Blog: Rugged Canucks come together to take Game 3

by Brian Costello - May 5, 2009 11:48 PM EDT

The Canucks played a solid team game to tip the scales in the series... Kane, Sharp and Toews' impact... and the anthem.
If the Vancouver Canucks are to get by the Chicago Blackhawks in this Western Conference semifinal series, they'll have to do it with the total team effort they displayed Tuesday night, not rely on the goaltending of Roberto Luongo or the strength of their defense corps.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Hawks overcome challenges and douse Flames

THN.com Playoff Blog: Hawks overcome challenges and douse Flames

by Brian Costello - April 28, 2009 12:18 AM EDT

The young Hawks were expected to be held back by that attribute, but in the end their exuberance was key in a six-game triumph.
The inexperience and lack of grit that was supposed to be the downfall of the Chicago Blackhawks in their first round series with the Calgary Flames just wasn't a factor at all.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Bad is better as Flames even series with Hawks

THN.com Playoff Blog: Bad is better as Flames even series with Hawks

by Brian Costello - April 23, 2009 12:43 AM EDT

Despite playing better in Games 1 and 2, the Calgary Flames will head back to the Windy City all tied after winning Games 3 and 4.
There's a natural assumption the Calgary Flames are back in their series with Chicago because they're playing better playoff hockey on home ice.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Habby-Kipper battle still the same five years later

THN.com Playoff Blog: Habby-Kipper battle still the same five years later

by Brian Costello - April 22, 2009 3:37 PM EDT

Half a decade since meeting in the Stanley Cup final, the Chicago and Calgary goalies still hold the balance of a series in their hands.
It has been five years since the epic Stanley Cup final playoff battle between the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning.   Five years since Martin Gelinas scored the phantom Cup winner on home ice in Game 6.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Young legs leading charge for Hawks

THN.com Playoff Blog: Young legs leading charge for Hawks

by Brian Costello - April 19, 2009 12:44 AM EDT

The kids were supposed to be learning in these playoffs, but it looks like they understand what it takes to win in the post-season already.
So much for the theory playoff inexperience will scupper the Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, in an offensive role, and Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith, in a shutdown role, are playing like playoff giants in Chicago's 2-0 series lead against Calgary.


THN.com Blog: Injury disclosure policy still makes players a target

THN.com Blog: Injury disclosure policy still makes players a target

by Brian Costello - April 11, 2009 10:27 AM EDT

The upper-body/lower-body trend that has risen to popularity in the NHL over the last few years runs contradictory to standard practice of the information age.
I find the NHL’s stand on injury disclosure extremely condescending and I’m not sure why. The NHL used to have a regulation in place that encouraged teams to be forthright with injury details.


THN.com Blog: HHOF needs voting transparency

THN.com Blog: HHOF needs voting transparency

by Brian Costello - April 5, 2009 9:45 AM EDT

While the Hall opens its doors to a new class of eligible players, it still shuts out fans to the process.
Kudos to the Hockey Hall of Fame for its decision to open up a wing to the best the women’s game has to offer. With two openings every year, it’ll be interesting and educational to see the names and order in which legends of the past filter into the shrine.


THN.com Blog: Don’t give Tavares to the Isles just yet

THN.com Blog: Don’t give Tavares to the Isles just yet

by Brian Costello - March 28, 2009 12:55 PM EDT

The Islanders are all but certain to finish last overall, but odds are they won't end up with the No. 1 draft pick.
It’s one of hockey’s great contradictions that gives the 30th place team in the NHL the best chance at winning the draft lottery, yet the odds are stacked against that team winning that same lottery.


THN.com Blog: Recognizing the invisible retirements

THN.com Blog: Recognizing the invisible retirements

by Brian Costello - March 22, 2009 9:50 AM EDT

They didn't have Hall of Fame careers, but plenty of players who've left the NHL recently deserve a respectful nod.
Yanic Perreault, where did you go?   Kevyn Adams, where did you go?   Chad Kilger, where did you go?   So much about NHL hockey revolves around the here and now that it’s easy to forget the players who are not back with us this season.


THN.com Blog: Looking at the '08 draft through Future Watch goggles

THN.com Blog: Looking at the '08 draft through Future Watch goggles

by Brian Costello - March 15, 2009 10:25 AM EDT

Using THN's Future Watch 2009 as a guide, the draft order in 2008 would look quite different.
Here’s an interesting look at how the 2008 NHL draft would have unfolded had it happened today rather than last June. We do it with the help of the 22 NHL scouts who helped us put together our Future Watch issue.


THN.com Blog: Expand playoffs to include 20 teams

THN.com Blog: Expand playoffs to include 20 teams

by Brian Costello - February 28, 2009 10:20 AM EST

Sixteen of 21 teams used to make the post-season, so now with 30 clubs, increasing the number of playoff teams makes since.
The time has never been better to expand the NHL playoff structure from 16 to 20 teams. It’s way overdue. Come on, way back in the days of the Original 21, it was a 16-team playoff format.


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