Phaneuf Ottawa’s wrecking machine

Reminiscent of Scott Stevens’ best days with the New Jersey Devils, Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf has delivered in the toughness department during this post-season. Monday night in Pittsburgh, his first-period open-ice, and totally clean hit on Penguins forward Bryan Rust sent a clear message: Do. Not. Mess. With. The. Senators. During a big shift in… Continue reading Phaneuf Ottawa’s wrecking machine

Welcome back Kase

After the Predators jumped to a 2-0 first period lead in Game 2, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle took immediate action, swapping out veteran Corey Perry in favor of Czech rookie RW Ondrej Kase on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie. The effect was profound as the Ducks came back to win, 5-3… Continue reading Welcome back Kase

Long, slow & painful, Capitals punishment begins

  Alexander Ovechkin’s public evisceration began immediately after the Washington Capitals’ exit from the postseason. A number of media types chimed in as the Capitals began picking up the pieces of a second consecutive President’s Trophy, each time leading to a premature playoff exit at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. With three prior exits… Continue reading Long, slow & painful, Capitals punishment begins

Welcome back, tough guy

Chris Neil welcomed back by Sens mates He only played 2:26 in Game 5, and was given a misconduct penalty, but 37-year-old Chris Neil was welcomed with open arms by his Senators teammates in their overtime victory. He looks forward to another opportunity tonight in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden. Rangers tough guy Tanner… Continue reading Welcome back, tough guy

Send in the ghosts

The Anaheim Ducks failed so miserably to close out their series against the Edmonton Oilers that no one on the roster evaded responsibility for the 7-1 loss Sunday in Game 6. “I’m not going to sit here and say that our goaltending was where it needed to be but our other side of our game… Continue reading Send in the ghosts

GR8? Another President’s Trophy for Capitals, another potential exit looms

  After winning the President’s Trophy for the third time and second season in a row, the heat is on like never before in Washington. Alexander Ovechkin finds his club down 3-1 in its series against the Pittsburgh Penguins after a 3-2 loss to Wednesday on the road. After three straight losses to the New… Continue reading GR8? Another President’s Trophy for Capitals, another potential exit looms

Resilient Harry Zolnierczyk Emerges on Nashville’s Fourth Line

A nice story is emerging on Nashville’s fourth line as Toronto native Harry Zolnierczyk has proven worthy of a nightly roster spot. The 29-year-old Toronto native who played college at Brown University, went undrafted. Before joining coach Peter Laviolette’s Predators, his fifth club, he’d spent time in the Flyers (44 games), Penguins (13), Islanders (2)… Continue reading Resilient Harry Zolnierczyk Emerges on Nashville’s Fourth Line