NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Ovechkin reads Capitals message boards, Sharks lay an egg and who will return to Montreal next season?

Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8) After being so injured last playoffs, the Bruins realize just how important rest is during the playoffs.  This Boston team just has a quiet confidence about them.  Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been nominated for the Norris Trophy. It appears the sale of the Montreal Canadiens this […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 24, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Price and Habs fans don’t like each other, Langenbrunner and Salvador unlikely for Game 5 and Henrik Lundqvist continues to be clutch

Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8) “We got beat by a better team,” said Canadiens coach and GM Bob Gainey.  The Bruins conquered some of their demons yesterday night, writes Kevin Paul Dupont.  “It was definitely a good feeling to beat your old team here in Montreal and get the last one,” said […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Eastern Conference,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Washington Capitals on April 23, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Canadiens/Bruins, Rangers/Capitals, Flames/Blackhawks

After 13 hours of driving (Lansing, MI to Fargo, N.D.) I apologize for not having the game threads up before tonight’s games.       FINAL T         FINAL T   Boston  4          Washington  1    Montreal  1          NY Rangers  2  Game Preview       Game […]

Posted by David Minuk in Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,Montreal Canadiens,New York Rangers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 23, 2009

On the Beat: Carey Price to start, Penguins want white-out and Bruce Boudreau wants more from Mike Green

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: The Ducks let the Sharks get their confidence back last night.  Too many stupid penalties by Anaheim.  You’d think at some point the players would stop taking useless penalties to allow the dangerous Sharks power play countless opportunities.  Blake Wheeler has not been nominated for the Calder.  […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Washington Capitals on April 22, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Tortorella challenges his best players, Jeff Carter needs to get going and Martin Brodeur is furious

Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8) The Bruins won’t be getting ahead of themselves like they did five years ago, writes Stephen Harris.  The Bruins definitely do not lack depth this playoffs.  They have so much depth that someone who does not deserve to sit will be in the press box tonight.  […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Eastern Conference,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals on April 22, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Canadiens/Bruins, Rangers/Capitals, Flames/Blackhawks

Be sure to check out the Team Game Threads so you can chat with other fans of your favorite teams while the games on.  Lots of good comments and good local color.   And you thought Ovechkin was only good as a forward.  Check out that ability to get back.     FINAL T         […]

Posted by David Minuk in Atlantic Division,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,Montreal Canadiens,New York Rangers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 20, 2009

On the Beat: Antoine Vermette promoted to top line, new lines in St. Louis and Tavares the third best prospect?

I’ve been away the past few days, but I’m back with the regular On the Beat and the Morning Papers tomorrow. For now, here’s what beat writers are saying this afternoon: Here is the lineup the Bruins expect to roll out for tonight’s game in Montreal.  Bitz, while not the player Lucic is, brings many […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Montreal Canadiens,New York Islanders,New York Rangers,On the Beat,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Washington Capitals on April 20, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Rangers/Capitals, Blue Jackets/Red Wings, Canadiens/Bruins, Flames/Blackhawks

Game Notes: Lundqvist with his 3rd career shutout.  Osgood picks up his 14th career shutout. Good news for the Wings, Hawks, Canucks, Bruins and Rangers as teams that take a 2-0 series lead end up winning 87% of the time.     FINAL T         FINAL T   NY Rangers 1     […]

Posted by David Minuk in Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,Montreal Canadiens,New York Rangers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 18, 2009