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This Is SportsCenter - Henrik Lundqvist

Hank has been getting a lot of air time lately. 

But this commercial combines two of my favorite things, Hockey and the Muppets.  In a twist of irony, some of Sports Center's best commercials are hockey based. 

And for the record Linda Cohn is a goalie too.

 

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It is Good to be King

King Henrik was rockin on Jimmy Fallon Friday night

 

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Breaking Down the Nash Trade

After a five-month dizzying ordeal, forward Rick Nash has been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and the Rangers’ first pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  The Blue Jackets also send to the Rangers a conditional 3rd round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft as well as minor-league defenseman Steven Delisle.

The national pundits have viewed the trade as an abomination for the Blue Jackets yet the Blue Jackets organization, while local observers and fans have viewed the trade as a great move by Blue Jackets General Manager (GM) Scott Howson.

While I view the trade, on the surface, as neither great nor devastating in the overall sense, with consideration to all of the parameters and the length of time needed by Howson to make this trade, I feel the trade is simply a case where Howson, in baseball jargon, was entrusted by ownership to hit a home run and settled for, at best, a ground-rule double.

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  Tags: artem+anisimov, brandon+dubinsky, rick+nash, tim+erixon

Eastern Conference Second-Round Preview

The Caps-Rangers series begins tomorrow and the Flyers-Devils match-up starts on Sunday.

I take a look at both series…  No. 1 New York Rangers vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals — In the closing days of the regular season, many thought these teams would be meeting in the first round. Now, just about two weeks later, they’re facing off in the second round—the third time in the last four years that the Caps and Rangers have played each other in the postseason. In order for the Caps to earn a third consecutive series victory against the Rangers—and reach the conference finals for the first time since 1998 and only the third time in franchise history—they need to stick to the game plan: keeping the scores closer to 2-1 than 4-3 and milking Coach Dale Hunter’s system for all it’s worth.

No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils – The Flyers have been sitting around for almost a week wondering who they’re going to play next, while the Devils are coming off a double-overtime, game seven thriller last night. The Flyers spent six games beating up the Pittsburgh Penguins on the scoreboard, in the penalty box and pretty much everywhere else. That won’t be the case against the Devils, who are far better defensively than the Pens and won’t fall into the Flyers’ traps.

There is more on both series if you are interested, continue reading at fanspeak.com.

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Leafs Post-Game Notes

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*Orr and Komi made those pink skates look more masculine than Clint Eastwood.

*The Leafs attempted 92 shots last night. Only 36 hit the net. The Leafs defense fired 17 shots from the point that were blocked. And even when they got through several of them missed the net. A lot of these missed shots came on the powerplay. The Leafs Powerplay percentage ranks 24th in the league at 11.9%. The Leafs need to hit the net if that number is to improve.

 

 

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  Tags: beauchemin, kessel, schenn, wilson, zigomanis

Leafs Game Day: NYR at Toronto

Rangers (4-4-1) vs Leafs (5-3-1)

The Leafs need to get used to the fact that every game has critical implications for their playoff hopes.

Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston have 4 seeds in the East almost locked in. Then there’s Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Montreal, Buffalo and Carolina. Ottawa, NYR, NYI and Atlanta aren’t too far behind. Let’s not kid ourselves. The only team in the East that the Leafs SHOULD be ahead of in the standings come April is Florida.

Come April, 6 to 8 points will separate seeds 7 through 11, as has been the case since the lockout. So when the Leafs take on the Rangers tonight at the Air Canada Centre, they need to remember one thing: every game they play is a 4-Point game.

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Orr vs Boogaard

Colton Orr
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 220 Pounds

vs

Derek Boogaard
Height: 6’ 8”
Wight: 257 Points

For those who didn’t see the fight:

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How About Some Positivity?

Like anyone else, I have gotten angry about the hockey team I follow.  But, for me, the feeling—almost always more disappointment than anger—usually fades away pretty quickly.

I understand being passionate about hockey.  I think we all do.

What is hockey if not some perfect mix of beauty and pure, raw emotion? 

What I’ve never understood, though, are fans who go to games and spew out nothing but bitter hostility.  Aren’t they watching the same game I am?  Don’t they appreciate that the world’s fastest, most beautiful game (sorry, soccer fans) is being played at it’s highest level right in front of them?

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