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THN.com Playoff Blog: Standout moments from the '08 playoffs

THN.com Playoff Blog: Standout moments from the '08 playoffs

by Sam McCaig - May 27, 2008 6:12 PM EDT

The Cup final isn't over yet, but it isn't too early to look back at the storylines that will have people chatting about throughout the summer.
Barring a rally for the ages in the Stanley Cup final, the 2008 post-season likely won’t be remembered as one for the ages. Only two Game 7s, and a lot of series seemed to be over after the second or third game.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Stars use all their ammo to beat Wings

THN.com Playoff Blog: Stars use all their ammo to beat Wings

by Sam McCaig - May 14, 2008 11:27 PM EDT

Captains old and new played big roles for the Stars, while Tomas Holmstrom's crease crashing ways cost the Wings in Game 4.
So that's what it takes to beat the Red Wings in these playoffs: Dallas' best effort, certainly of the series and perhaps of the post-season.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Stars not aligning for Dallas against Detroit

THN.com Playoff Blog: Stars not aligning for Dallas against Detroit

by Sam McCaig - May 11, 2008 1:05 AM EDT

If it can go wrong, it is for Dallas... Detroit's best playing like they should... and Ribeiro needs to be smarter.
Bad Star-t You started to get the feeling it wasn't going to be Dallas' night midway through the first period when the Stars had a 4-on-1 rush - ever seen one of those before? - and they couldn't even get a shot on net.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Don't look back in anger

THN.com Playoff Blog: Don't look back in anger

by Sam McCaig - May 6, 2008 2:19 PM EDT

Revisiting our pre-season and post-season picks... and a Pittsburgh-Philly double-take.
(IM)PERFECT PREDICTIONS With three full days off between the second and third rounds of the NHL playoffs, there’s time for a little reflection.


THN.com Playoff Blog: When a hat trick isn't really a hat trick

THN.com Playoff Blog: When a hat trick isn't really a hat trick

by Sam McCaig - May 3, 2008 7:27 AM EDT

Brenden Morrow's one-goal, hat trick kept the Stars close, but the Sharks' Joe's were the difference.
A pair of Joes and a couple recent Doug Wilson pickups trump a Brenden Morrow hat trick that wasn't, and the San Jose Sharks force a Game 6 back in Dallas after handing the Stars a 3-0 series lead.


THN.com Playoff Blog: Stars win low-scoring, high-action affair

THN.com Playoff Blog: Stars win low-scoring, high-action affair

by Sam McCaig - April 29, 2008 11:25 PM EDT

Norstrom the unexpected hero... Sharks bus leaving the station... and the stars who shone in Game 3.
First of all, let it be said that the Sharks-Stars tilt in Game 3 should be Exhibit A in the case that proves low-scoring games can be exciting.


THN.com Blog: Calling all Calder candidates

THN.com Blog: Calling all Calder candidates

by Sam McCaig - April 1, 2008 6:41 PM EDT

It's been a strong rookie crop, but a few have stood out from the pack... and handing out the Cy Young Award.
Here are six forward thoughts for the NHL’s top rookie award: Jonathan Toews, C: If you’re looking for the rookie who had the biggest impact when he played, the award goes to the Chicago pivot.


THN.com Blog: More Hart Trophy candidates than you can shake a stick at

THN.com Blog: More Hart Trophy candidates than you can shake a stick at

by Sam McCaig - March 25, 2008 5:27 PM EDT

Twelve NHL MVP candidates, but only one Hart Trophy; Pat’s back; and, Neil’s gone.
How about three goalies as the top NHL MVP candidates this season: New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere and San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov? No, you say? Because netminders already have their own award, the Vezina, you say? Fine.


THN.com Blog: Pushing towards the playoffs

THN.com Blog: Pushing towards the playoffs

by Sam McCaig - March 11, 2008 6:24 PM EDT

Nine teams, eight spots. The regular season's final month will be a tense one... Sharks run Wild... and if the playoffs started today...
The 30-Day Challenge One month. One month from now, it will all be sorted out. Sixteen teams will be left standing – some may be wobbling, but they’ll still be around – while the also-rans, coulda-beens and never-weres will finally be put to rest.


THN.com Blog: Welcome back Sid and Foppa

THN.com Blog: Welcome back Sid and Foppa

by Sam McCaig - March 4, 2008 1:41 PM EST

Two future Hall of Famers return to the ice tonight as Sidney Crosby and Peter Forsberg make their comebacks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins – as well as the NHL at large – welcome back Sidney Crosby tonight in a game against Tampa Bay. The league might need Crosby back more than the Pens do, considering Pittsburgh went 11-6-4 in Crosby’s absence.


THN.com Blog: Heading in all directions

THN.com Blog: Heading in all directions

by Sam McCaig - February 19, 2008 3:20 PM EST

Revisiting the Wings, the worst best team in the league; the Southeast Division, the best worst division in the league; and Wayne Gretzky, the best worst coach of the best worst team in the league.
Down and out in Detroit Last week in my blog, the invincibility of the Detroit Red Wings was proposed, discussed, and generally agreed upon.


THN.com Blog: 10 reasons why Detroit is simply the best

THN.com Blog: 10 reasons why Detroit is simply the best

by Sam McCaig - February 12, 2008 4:16 PM EST

Everyone can tell by looking at the standings that Detroit is the best team in the league, but how did they get so far ahead?
Detroit is running away with the Central Division, the Western Conference and the overall NHL lead. How do the Wings do it, year after year after year? Here are the top 10 reasons the Red Wings continue to be better than everybody else: 10.


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