NHL Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Preview

Just a quick look at the two eastern conference semi finals match ups.


Washington Capitals (1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (5)

Washington charged through the end of the regular season. They surpassed Philadelphia to finish up first and head into the playoffs for the first time looking like a solid cup contender. Naturally goaltending questions hang over them. The still have massive fire power available to them but now they do play a more defensive minded game (a switch that is remarkable for Bruce Boudreau to pull off). The adjustments they have made them look like more like every other past Stanley Cup Champions. They rolled the Rangers in a rather unexciting manner and have been waiting for a week to see that their opponent is the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay is back in the second round for the first time since their Stanley Cup Championship season. Led by a solid seasons by Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, the Lightning have a ton of talent up front and depth. Dwayne Roloson has had a good season and a stellar playoff performance in the first round. Depending on which Washington style we see this could be a fascinating series or a rather dull series. Continue reading

Best Images of the 2011 Winter Classic

Since 2008, the biggest game of NHL season has been the New Year’s Day outdoor game called the Winter Classic. This year saw the Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin rivalry renewed on the NHL’s biggest stage. The game was originally scheduled to be played in the afternoon but weather pushed puck drop back to Saturday night. The result was a great game that looked spectacular under the lights of Heinz Field. Here are some of the best images of this year’s NHL Winter Classic. Continue reading

Hockey (Last) Night In Canada: Saves Save The Day

After being down 3-1 to start the series, the Montreal Canadiens fought their way back to tie the series at threes. They were carried that way by Jaroslav Halak who put together two masterful performances after being benched in game four. However, Halak had one more game to play to cement himself as a legend in Montreal. Continue reading

Hockey (Last) Night In Canada: Double The OT, Double The Fun

For the first time in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, we had a game go to double overtime. While that may say something about parody in the NHL, the fact that we added two more teams to the list of squads that are one loss from elimination doesn’t. The third of last night’s series was levelled at two with an unexpected offensive explosion. Continue reading

Hockey (Last) Night In Canada: Big Collapse

With the exception of one game which featured a nice goaltender battle, the other two featured goaltenders suffering from monumental collapses. At least this is only game 3 for each team. Sometimes all you need is a wake up call to get back into the series. Continue reading

Hockey (Last) Night In Canada: Last Minute Rally

It was another tense night of hockey during the fourth night of the Stanley Cup playoffs. All three games featured a come from behind victory. With most of the series evened up, it appears the matchups are a lot tighter than initially expected. Continue reading

Is The NHL Drug Policy A Joke?

The NHL’s performance enhancing substance testing policy is about to be put through the wringer once again. This time after a Lakeland, Florida man who claims to be Central Florida’s biggest steroids dealer was arrested and claimed to sell steroids to players from the Washington Capitals. The NHL has already had a couple of run-ins with steroid scandals that seem to have blown over despite criticism of league policy. Now that some of the league’s biggest stars could be suspects in a media conducted witch hunt, it’s a good time to actually examine the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. Continue reading

Hockey (Last) Night in Canada: What A Way to Cap the Series!

NHL’s dream matchup ended with a thud as Sidney Crosby and co. dusted off the Capitals last night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Continue reading

Hockey (Last) Night in Canada: It’s A Scoring Frenzy!

There were two high scoring games last night. The Capitals were looking to tie the series and force a game 7 against the Penguins. The Canucks were also attempting to keep their playoff dreams alive against the Blackhawks. Only one of these teams lasted long enough to live another day. Continue reading

Hockey (Last) Night In Canada: Back To Back

In a first for these playoffs, a series went on back-to-back nights. After winning game four last night, the Penguins travelled to Washington looking to take their third straight against the Caps. Meanwhile, the Canucks were looking to take a lead in a game and hold it down for a win against Chicago. Continue reading