Preds team game prevails; Ducks lost game in 1st period

Saturday in Anaheim, the Ducks failed to score on power play opportunities in the first period, failed to jump on the Nashville Predators who entered the game without top line center and leading scorer Ryan Johansen, and second line center Mike Fisher. The Predators’ team game is strong, with no passengers, just drivers. It took… Continue reading Preds team game prevails; Ducks lost game in 1st period

Mark Methot serves up revenge for filet o’ finger

In late March, Sidney Crosby’s slash to the glove of Senators’ defenseman Mark Methot yielded a bloody, painful mess. In effect filleting the top of his finger, the video went viral, serving up a money shot of Methot taking off his glove to reveal a most unfortunate injury. The slash yielded no penalty (should have… Continue reading Mark Methot serves up revenge for filet o’ finger

Touchy, touchy: Boucher says 1-3-1 aggressive enough

Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher was blunt with the media Tuesday, telling the Ottawa Citizen that his club, which went over 19 minutes without a shot in Game 2 Monday night, possesses an aggressive forecheck indeed. Boucher employs a 1-3-1 style, neutral zone coverage which calls for one forward to penetrate the offensive zone while… Continue reading Touchy, touchy: Boucher says 1-3-1 aggressive enough

List of 2016-17 NHL Award Finalists

2017 NHL Awards Finalists (in alphabetical order) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance and dedication to hockey) Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators Andrew Cogliano, Anaheim Ducks Derek Ryan, Carolina Hurricanes Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie) Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets Frank J. Selke Trophy (top defensive forward) Patrice… Continue reading List of 2016-17 NHL Award Finalists

Double the effort equals extra goal, win for Predators

Nashville leads Western Conference Final 2-1 The Nashville Predators followed a simple rule Tuesday night in Nashville. They needed an extra goal, and a doubling of shot opportunities paved the way to their getting it. “We have to win 2-1 games, one-goal games, etc.” this is the common refrain in the modern NHL, especially at… Continue reading Double the effort equals extra goal, win for Predators

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

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