NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Saturday Edition): Eric Staal needs to step up, John Tortorella could be suspended and Saku Koivu’s future with Montreal

Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8) The Bruins have no problems with waiting until late next week to start Round 2.  “You have to take the positive out of it. It gives us an opportunity to rest and we’re actually a pretty healthy team right now,” said coach Claude Julien.  In Round […]

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 25, 2009

On the Beat: Pyatt returns to Canucks, Habs and Lecavalier and Pierre McGuire mentioned as a possibility in Minnesota

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: As much as San Jose didn’t bring their “A” game last night, the Ducks most certainly did.  Just a great performance by the veteran group. Sergei Samsonov’s status for Game 6 has not yet been decided.  They could use him in Game 6, but I don’t see […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Minnesota Wild,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,San Jose Sharks,Tampa Bay Lightning,Toronto Maple Leafs on April 24, 2009

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

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

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Drury has apparent hand injury, Habs miss Markov and Shero saved Pittsburgh’s season

Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8) Michael Ryder stuck it to his old team yesterday at the Bell Centre.  Boston did miss Milan Lucic, but Byron Bitz did a terrific job filling in.  For all intents and purposes, this series is now over. The Habs had their chances last night but they […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Eastern Conference,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Islanders,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals on April 21, 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