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May 15, RIP Derek Boogaard

May 15, 2011 Leave a comment

As you all have heard by now, Derek Boogaard of the New York Rangers was found dead in his appartment this week at the age of 28. There’s nothing more sad than the death of a young athlete, and in tribute of Boogaard’s untimely demise, watch his final goal in the NHL. We sure could have used a shot like this in the series with Washington.

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 18, The Goal That Wasn’t

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

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 12, The 2011 NHL Playoff Predictions

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Western Conference

First Round

1. Vancouver Canucks VS 8. Chicago Blackhawks

Prediction: Canucks in 5. The Canucks are just the better all around team. They are more well rounded, and also have arguably the best goalie in the league in Roberto Luongo. The Blackhawks just can’t match up in any facet of the game. Canucks will go on to the next round.

The Sedins sure are a scary sight for opposing goalies. IMAGE // niteshonsports.org

2. San Jose Sharks VS 7. Los Angeles Kings

Prediction: San Jose in 6. The Sharks, who have been choke artists in the playoffs in recent history, will get the job done in this first round match up. Losing Kopitar for the season was a major blow to the Kings chances this season. Maybe next year.

3. Detroit Red Wings VS 6. Phoenix Coyotes

Prediction: Red Wings in 4. The Wings are, and have been the class of the NHL for quite some time now. Despite their shaky situation in net, with Jimmy Howard battling through late season injuries, the Wings have too much goal scoring power to be denied.

4. Anaheim Ducks VS 5. Nashville Predators

Predictions: Ducks in 6. Ok, so I picked all favorites in the first round. Well that is for a good reason. The Ducks are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, with one of the hottest players in Corey Perry. Pekka Rinne is one of the most underrated goalies in the league, and he will keep Nashville in it, but ultimately the Ducks will prevail.

Second Round

1. Vancouver Canucks VS 4. Anaheim Ducks

Prediction: Canucks in 7. This potential match up has the making of a classic. The two teams feature upper echelon goalies, and goal scorers. On any given night these offenses are capable of scoring six goals, while their goalies are capable of blanking opponents just as easily. In the end, I see the Canucks surviving this battle.

2. San Jose Sharks VS 3. Detroit Red Wings

 Prediction: Red Wings in 4. I don’t buy into San Jose’s method. I think this season will be another disappointing one for the Sharks, making a playoff exit in their San Jose way, by means of a sweep.

Western Conference Finals

1. Vancouver Canucks VS 3. Detroit Red Wings

Predictions: Canucks in 6. When you think of offensive scoring power, you think of the Sedins, Kessler, Zetterberg, and Datsyuk. I don’t think this series will disappoint those who love to see goals. In the end, it will come down to one goalie stepping up, and that goalie is Luongo. The Canucks will be making a much awaited return to the Stanley Cup.

Eastern Conference

First Round

1. Washington Capitals VS 8. New York Rangers

Prediction: Rangers in 6. The Rangers are not a team anyone wanted to see make the playoffs. To be fair, I don’t think anyone wanted to face the Hurricanes either. The Capitals have finished the regular season atop the East, but not in the most convincing of ways. The Flyers really free fell from the ranks to give up the one seed. The Capitals have the clearcut super star on the ice in Alex Ovechkin, but his presence has not meant much for them historically in the playoffs. That coupled with the fact that I couldn’t tell you who their number one starter is in net leads me to believe that there will be more heartache in Washington this season. Lundqvist will stand tall in this series.

2. Philadelphia Flyers VS 7. Buffalo Sabres

Martin St. Louis had a renaissance in Tampa Bay this season. In my eyes, it was him and not Stamkos that was Tampa's MVP this season. IMAGE // Hockeyjunkies.blogspot.com

 

 

Prediction: Flyers in 7. The Flyers have been in free fall mode over the last two weeks of the season. Will they be able to get it together? I think so, but I’m really not sure. It would be easy for me to pick Buffalo simply because they have a reliable goalie in Ryan Miller, and the Flyers have a goalie-by-committee system going. I don’t have a lot of faith in Philadelphia, but if Chris Pronger returns to the team like I expect him to, they should be able to advance to the second round.

3. Boston Bruins VS 6. Montreal Canadiens

Prediction: Canadiens in 6. The Montreal Canadiens feature one of the fastest teams in the league, and in this Original Six match up, I see the Canadiens taking care of the rival Boston Bruins. Both teams boast strong goaltending, but I think the Canadiens will be stronger. Call it a hunch. This pick is one that I don’t carry great confidence in.

4. Pittsburgh Penguins VS 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Prediction: Tampa Bay in 5. No Sidney Crosby and no Geno Malkin makes this pick a bit easier. Despite the fact that the Penguins have impressively managed to win without these two stars, I don’t think they can sustain their winning in a seven game series with one of the most impressive scoring teams in the league. The Lighting move on.

Second Round

2. Philadelphia Flyers VS 8. New York Rangers

Prediction: Rangers in 5. The difference in this series stands out to me. Goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist will simply be too much for the Flyers when it’s all said and done. I don’t know how much I like the Flyers to even make it this far, so for me this is a pretty easy decision.

5. Tampa Bay Lightning VS 6. Montreal Canadiens

Prediction: Lightning in 5. I like the Lightning this season. They combine strong offensive output and speed with leadership. This is a team that has no shortage of seasoned guys who have been there and done that. The high flying play of their offense combined with the strong goaltending of Dwayne Roloson. I expect to see Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Eastern Conference Finals

5. Tampa Bay Lightning VS 8. New York Rangers

Prediction: Lightning in 7. As much as it hurts to say, I think the Lightning have what it takes to represent the East in the Stanley Cup. The Rangers just don’t have enough to answers to what Tampa will be throwing at them. John Tortorella led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 03-04, and this season he could very well watch his former team make their way back for the first time since he was there.

Stanley Cup Finals

1. Vancouver Canucks VS 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Prediction: Canucks in 6. For all the reasons I mentioned earlier, the Canucks will be the Stanley Cup Champions, redeeming their 1994 loss in seven games to the New York Rangers.

Conn Smythe Winner: Daniel Sedin

Check out some highlights of the last time these two teams were in the Stanley Cup:

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.

April 5, Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

So yesterday was a big day for the Rangers and the Bruins. With 99 points, the Bruins were hoping to add two points to their record in an effort to catch the Flyers and Captials (both have 103.) The Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives, and they were playing to add two points to their 89.

The game started out quite ominously for the Rangers, falling behind 3-0 in the second period. Vinny Prospal took control after the Bruins third goal, netting two goals before the end of the period, and making the score a managable 3-2.

The third period was all New York. Dubinsky netted his 24th goal of the season with less than four minutes to play. Dubinsky’s goal was followed shortly after by a Michael Sauer goal that just barely crossed the goal line, and with less than a minute left, Derek Stepan netted a 75 foot empty netter. Final score 5-3.

Here’s an updated look at the confence standings:

Eastern Conference Standings Heading into April 5

Even though the Rangers got a must needed win for their playoff hopes, the game did not go without dissapointment. Early reports indicate that Ryan Callahan injured himself, likely blocking a Zdeno Chara shot, and will miss the remainder of the season. The Rangers were fortunate to get the win last night, a win that will likely mean they will be playing playoff hockey, but at a devastating cost.

It’s going to be a lot harded for the Blueshirts to make a serious playoff run this season without their gritty leader, but they can still rally an effort to make a serious run. Especially with Henrik Lundqvist in net because as we all know, the best equipped playoff teams are those with the best/hottest goalies.

Watch the highlights of last nights contest:

March 14, Concussions, Concussions

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

So today I write about the latest issue in major contact sports like hockey and football. Concussions have become a recurring problem in these sports, and even baseball too despite the generally non-contact nature of the sport.

The reason I bring this up today is because Sidney Crosby has resumed skating for the first time in a long time since his concussion. Crosby was initially injured during the Winter Classic from a hit delivered by David Steckel, then of the Washington Capitals and now of the New Jersey Devils. Crosby then played a few days later, and if Steckel did not give him a concussion, then Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning certainly did.

So since Crosby has finally resumed activities such as skating, he poses as an attractive pick up in fantasy hockey, if his previous owner decided to cut him loose. I am here to tell you to stay away. As an owner of Justin Morneau in fantasy baseball this past season, you should know that if the team doesn’t outright say he is going to come back, then you probably won’t see him again this season. When Morneau was first injured, it seemed minor. It was the week before the All-Star game, and the initial talks were that he

Justin Morneau was concussed on this slide into second. PHOTO // sports.gather.com

would probably miss the All-Star Game. So he missed the mid-summer classic, and the talks became he will be back in a few weeks. Deadline after deadline passed, and Morneau never came back. Just like Crosby and the Penguins now, Morneau and the Twins took me for a ride of hope, expectations, and disappointment last season (Though I still managed to win my fantasy baseball league.) Almost one year later, and Morneau is still not back to his normal self.

Now I am not trying to say, “screw you Morneau, you almost ruined it!” I understand that he had a legitimate injury, and I’m sure it was killing him both physically and mentally that he couldn’t get back to his usual self, and continue playing. I am just taking the time now to express the unpredictability of this particular injury. For some players it can be a death sentence to their season, while others like DeSean Jackson came back from a very ugly hit after only a few weeks. So here is my warning to all. Do not add Crosby to your fantasy roster. If he does return I am willing to bet:

A. He won’t be the point scoring machine he was earlier in the season.

And

B. He probably won’t even play until the playoffs.

So here is my video today. The Steckel hit, and the Hedman hit.