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May 9, The Talented Mr. Datsyuk Comes Back For Seconds

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One of my favorite teams left in the playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings, won last night to force a game six in their series against the Sharks. After falling behind San Jose 3-0 in the series, we have yet another team trying to finish the dramatic run. Datsyuk gets all the thanks for the eventual game winner of this one.  To quote Michael Grabner’s Twitter account (Of the New York Islanders), “How dirty is pavel datsyuk?????..wow,” and yes, he does mean dirty in a good way. Check it out.

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May 7, The Ageless Nick Lidstrom Dazzles Again, Keeps Detroit Alive

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I haven’t had a whole lot of time to blog this week since it is the last week of my college life, and I hae been real busy with school work. Once the summer comes around I hope to post more regularly. As you can probably guess this is a pretty busy week for me.

The Detroit Red Wings have always been a team I have deeply respected for the tradition of being one of the original six teams, and their consistency each season. Last night, a member of Detroit’s old guard, Nick Lidstrom, continued to show us why age is just a number. Lidstrom scored what would turn out to be an important third goal on a bouncing puck that he batted into the net. Detroit is behind in the series three game to one, and they need to fight for their playoff life from now on. Check out the goal by this ageless wonder.

April 28, Lightning Advance

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Check out the highlights of last night’s game seven between the Lightning and Penguins. The Lightning will face the Capitals in the second round.

April 27, A Good Night for Vancouver

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Last night the Canucks played the seventh game of their series with the Blackhawks, and it turned out to be a classic.

Vancouver struck early in the first period on a goal by Alex Burrows from Ryan Kessler and Mason Raymond. After Burrows broke the ice the game went by without any goals until the final two minutes of the third period when Jonathan Toews put a shorthanded second chance opportunity behind Luongo. The play was all the work of Toews by carrying the puck into the zone and creating the opportunity. It really looked like Chicago was destined to pull off the comeback after winning three straight games to force the game seven, then forcing overtime late in the third.

The fans and players in Vancouver looked pretty miserable after that one.

Five minutes into overtime, Chris Campoli missed on a pass from Chicago’s zone, and when the puck came back to him just seconds later he tried to clear it. Burrows stepped in front and batted the puck down to his stick. With no one to beat but Corey Crawford, Burrows carried the puck to the front of the net, and ripped a slap shot from just outside the hash marks to beat Crawford over his right shoulder.

Once and for all the Canucks took care of business against the Blackhawks. They had been knocked out by Chicago the previous two seasons.

April 19, The Talented Mr. Datsyuk

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

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Check out this play that Pavel Datsyuk made in game two of the Red Wings series against the Phoenix Coyotes.

April 18, The Goal That Wasn’t

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

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Yesterday afternoon, the New York Rangers squared off with the Washington Capitals in game three of their first round match-up. The Rangers were able to get the best of Washington, winning the game 3-2, and decreasing their series deficit to 2-1.

The game however did not pass without controversy. At the end of the second period, Ruslan Fedotenko was pinned against the boards behind and to the right of Michael Neuwirth. It wasn’t looking like the Rangers would get another chance before the period ended, then suddenly the puck found it’s way on net. As the clock was ticking down under one second, the puck slowly crept towards the post to Neuwirth’s left. Almost at once, the puck crept passed the goal line, the siren sounded to end the period, and the ref was pointing at the back of the net to signal a good goal.

Inevitably, the goal call went to review by the NHL powers that be in Toronto. After three minutes of watching replays, and listening to the announcers break down the situation, fans were no closer to knowing what would happen than the moment it happened. From my dorm in Mahwah, it looked like a good goal, but it was still sketchy. Finally, after some deliberation, the referee had made his ruling that the clock read: 0:00, and the goal was taken off the board.

Depsite the controversy, the Rangers were able to muster two goals in the third period, one from Vinny Prospal, and one from Brandon Dubinsky. Rangers fans were relieved too see the “goal that wasn’t” did not come back to haunt them.

Take a look at Fedotenko’s non-goal, and you make the call, then enjoy highlights of the game.

April 10, The Rangers Make the Playoffs

April 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

The Rangers did it! They are back in the playoffs following a dramatic Saturday of hockey. New York’s first round opponent will be the Washington Capitals. The two faced off four times this season, with the Rangers winning three times. Their meetings included two games where the Rangers shut out the Caps by the scores of 6-0 and 7-0.

The schedule for the playoffs will be announced at 10PM tonight, and individual game tickets go on sale tomorrow afternoon.

Watch this highlight from one of the shutouts. It’s a clip from the HBO series the Road to the Winter Classic.