On the Beat: Dater says Pierre Lacroix “gambled and lost”

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Playoff teams: Pittsburgh could be two-sport champions if the Penguins win the Cup.  The Steel city is enjoying some great success as of late. Teams not in the playoffs: The Bruins ownership wants to get Peter Chiarellin signed to a contract extension this summer.  He has done a […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Columbus Blue Jackets,Edmonton Oilers,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,Toronto Maple Leafs,Washington Capitals on May 27, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins touch the Prince of Wales Trophy, reaction on the Pat Quinn/Tom Renney hiring and remembering Peter Zezel

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Pittsburgh is the first team to return to the Finals with two different coaches since the Pittsburgh teams of 1991 and 1992.  Getting close to the Cup and losing is not a pleasant experience, so the Penguins don’t want to repeat that […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 27, 2009

Eastern Conference Finals Game 4: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Pre-game Stories: Potent power play propels Penguins. Hurricanes need a big game from Staal tonight. Bill Cowher cranks Hurricanes’ siren before Game 4.   FINAL T   Pittsburgh 4 Carolina 1  Game Preview Game Scoresheet Team Game Threads the PensBlog Canes Country Game Recap Game Notes: Carolina is 5-0 when facing elimination games. (Tied for […]

Posted by David Minuk in Carolina Hurricanes,Eastern Conference,Nightly Scores,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams on May 26, 2009

On the Beat: Chris Osgood can only dream about the Penguins

What team beat writers are saying early this afternoon: Playoff teams: The Hurricanes have been looking in the mirror the past couple days.  They can look all they want, but this series is over.  Chris Osgood hasn’t had a chance to watch the other series going on because the team hotel doesn’t have Versus.  Just […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Carolina Hurricanes,Edmonton Oilers,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,Washington Capitals on May 26, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Evgeni Malkin proves critics wrong, don’t expect to see Khabibulin in Game 5 and wishing Peter Zezel our best

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar is feeling better every game he plays.  Probably not coincidentally, the Penguins’ power play has been dominant as of late.  Meanwhile, Maxime Talbot is not getting down on himself for missing a couple golden scoring chances while playing […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 26, 2009

On the Beat: Looking into your Cristobal

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Playoff teams: All three of Erik Cole, Scott Walker and Tuomo Ruutu missed practice today.  Don’t worry Caniacs, all three are expected to play tomorrow. Tim Sassone has some concerns about Cristobal Huet being the Hawks’ starting netminder next season.  Huet certainly didn’t inspire confidence with yesterday’s […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Montreal Canadiens,New York Islanders,On the Beat on May 25, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Monday Edition): Marian Hossa versus Pittsburgh is getting closer, Blackhawks angry with officiating and Patrick Roy apparently offered coach and GM job in Colorado

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) “That would definitely be really interesting,” said former Penguins winger Marian Hossa about meeting the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.  It is hard to believe Dan Bylsma could have imagined things would have come to him this fast.  While most think the […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 25, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Sunday Edition): Both sides still talking about Kronwall hit, Crosby/Malkin too much and a call for the Devils to let Brent Sutter free

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) The Penguins themselves are in awe of both Crosby and Malkin.  Pittsburgh has held its own it the face-off circle this series.  Good teams have that killer instinct, and that is exactly what the Penguins demonstrated last night.  Joe Starkey of the […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 24, 2009