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Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Posted in All-star, Hockey, NHL, Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2008 by flamesfan77

Well it is that time of year again, playoffs!  I will preview the East today, and tomorrow I will work on the West.

Montreal vs Boston:

If the regular season is any indication this should be a short series, but Montreal will be without their captain Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder.  The Habs went 8-0 vs Boston this year, and I believe will continue their dominance. Montreal in 5.

Pittsburgh vs Ottawa:

This is a match up of two teams heading in opposite directions.  The Penguins have been red hot, while the Sens have been cool and will be missing their captain Daniel Alfredsson.  I think Pittsburgh will win this series in six.

Washington vs Philadelphia:

This will be a high scoring affair that Washington should take with home ice.  Washington has been one of the hottest teams leading up to the playoffs and the Flyers have cooled off over the past month.  Look for Ovechkin to shine in his first post-season appearance. Caps take it in 6

New Jersey vs New York Rangers

Two division rivals square off and New York has dominated the season series, but I think Brodeur will keep the Devils in it with the home ice advantage.  Jagr has been hot lately, but I think New Jersey will take this in 6.

Tomorrow I will preview the West.

Ovechkin vs Crosby

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, All-star, Hockey, NHL, sid the kid, Sidney Crosby with tags , , , , on March 21, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Well this could get heated…Alexander Ovechkin is a better player than Crosby this far into his career.  I am not just going by his amazing stats this year. 

The passion and energy he exhibits each and every night makes him a joy to watch.  He acts like a kid in a candy store every team he scores, or even his team scores for that matter.  He has been more productive on a team with less talent than Pittsburgh.

Sure Sid the Kid is a great player as well, but I see Ovechkin as a more dominating physical player.  He is the new power forward who can level a player and then feed a sweet pass to a teammate or roof a snap shot top corner.  That to me is what makes him more valuable.

Let the comments begin…

Panthers Trainer Honored

Posted in Hockey, NHL, Richard Zednik, throat cut with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Florida Panthers trainer Dave Zenobi will be honored by the team and will receive the ADT good sport award for his quick thinking when Richard Zednik was cut by his teammates skate.

He immediately applied pressure to the wound with the skate and his actions more than likely saved Zednik’s life.

He will be honored before Florida’s game against Pittsburgh.

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Two Stars Back Tonight

Posted in Hockey, NHL, Peter Forsberg, pittsburgh penguins, Ryan Smyth, sid the kid, Sidney Crosby, sports, Vancouver Canucks with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Both Sidney Crosby and Peter Forsberg will be returning to the game tonight. 

Sid the kid had been out since January with a high ankle sprain and will join his Pittsburgh Penguin teammates as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Meanwhlie out West Peter Forsberg will join the Colorado Avalanche as they face the Vancouver Canucks.  He will be a welcome addition as Colorado recently lost both Ryan Smyth and Marek Svatos for long periods of time.

Hossa Injured

Posted in All-star, Boston Bruins, Hockey, Hossa, Injury, NHL, pittsburgh penguins, sid the kid, Sidney Crosby with tags , , , , , , , on February 29, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Pittsburgh Penguins fans got a scare in last nights game against the Boston Bruins as Marian Hossa was injured early in the second period after a knee on knee hit with a Boston player. 

He joins Sidney Crosby and Gary Roberts on the Pens injured reserve. 

He is expected to only miss a week however which is good news for a team which gave up its future for Hossa for a chance at the present.

Pittsburgh lost the game 5-1.

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Zamboni Hits Player?!?!

Posted in evgeni malkin, Hockey, Hossa, NHL, pittsburgh penguins, Richard Zednik, sid the kid, Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup, there will be blood with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Well not quite.  During a recent Penguins game the Zamboni developed a fluid leak that made the ice surface look like a horror film.  I am sure it brought back memories of the Richard Zednik throat cut incident or a scene from the oscar winner There Will be Blood.

They had to scrape the ice and then use the other Zamboni to re-flood the ice , quite the time consuming process. 

Luckily it wasn’t Hossa, Malkin or Crosby. 

The Day After

Posted in All-star, Anaheim Ducks, brad richards, Campbell, Colorado Avalanche, deadline, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Mats Sundin, Montreal Canadiens, NHL, NHLPA, Peter Forsberg, pittsburgh penguins, Richards, Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, trade with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2008 by flamesfan77

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Well it is one day after the NHL trade deadline and the balance of power remains on the West, although Pittsburgh has put themselves in a good spot this year in the East.  The Penguins may have given up their future however for this season, especially if Hossa opts to test the free-agent waters.

In the West Dallas and San Jose both bolstered their rosters with trade deadline pickups in Brad Richards and Brian Campbell, while Detroit and Colorado both added to their defense corps.  Colorado also made a splash with the signing of Peter Forsberg who will help the Avalanche get on the scoreboard more often.

The surprise of the deadline was the trade of Huet from Montreal for relatively nothing.  Price however backed up the trade by posting an impressive win last night.

Who will be the long term winners?  We won’t find out until the last games are played.