Posts Tagged ‘NHL Playoffs’

Chippiness, Stanley Cup favorites on the brink after a wild and woolly weekend

Monday, April 16th, 2012

by Kat

It may have looked like it this opening round of the playoffs, but a sequel hasn’t been released yet.

The playoffs are ripe for upsets and unexpected turns in momentum, but few possibly could have predicted what transpired over the weekend as NHL games devolved into scenes taken straight out of Slapshot. A few weeks ago, Adrian of reminisced about the bench-clearing brawls and rough stuff of the old days and lamented about a general lack of excitement in today’s NHL. What happened in the past few days was a probably – in this fan’s eyes – a statement of “be careful what you wish for”. (more…)

NHL Playoffs Day Two: Sens outmatched at MSG, Coyotes, Bruins Sharks win in OT

Friday, April 13th, 2012

by Kat

New York Rangers (4) – Ottawa Senators (2)

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(Photo: The Star)

The Ottawa Senators might be the lovable upstarts in this year’s playoffs, but a rude awakening awaited them at Madison Square Garden Thursday night. Despite the Senators dominance of the Rangers during the regular season – goalie Craig Anderson had a perfect record at MSG – there was little carryover on this night, with the Rangers leading 4-0 three minutes into the third period. While the Senators eventually managed to muster two goals on Henrik Lundqvist later in the third, it was too little too late. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan had the Garden crowd serenading his name, as he laid hard hits on Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester and Matt Gilroy late in the first period soon after scoring the game’s first goal.
It may only be Game 1, but the Senators will have to muster a much better effort Saturday night if they have any hope of staying in this series. The two teams play tomorrow at Madison Square Garden before shifting playoff hockey returns to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4. (more…)

Canucks Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012 Preview: Possible Matchups

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

By Bryce Lokken

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The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs are roughly scheduled to begin April 12th. Right now, it’s likely that the Vancouver Canucks will face either Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Jose or perhaps Colorado or Calgary. In the ultra-tight Western Conference, the standings will be a crazy game of musical chairs right up until the regular season concludes on April 7th. For Vancouver Canucks fans, the memory of last year’s run to Game 7 of the Finals is still fresh. As they await their eventual opponent – perhaps feeling reasonably assured of a lengthy playoff run – the first round may feel like a mere formality.

However, anything can happen in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Here are –  by possible opponent – reasons why you should get your tickets for the first round: (more…)

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