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The End Of The Line

The End Of The Line

The New York Rangers’ unexpected march toward the Stanley Cup ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning on the east coast with a dramatic 3-2 double overtime loss in game 5 to the Los Angeles Kings. There’s no denying that the Kings were the stronger, more complete team, getting offense from everywhere in their [...]

Rangers Get Mad, Unable To Get Even

Rangers Get Mad, Unable To Get Even

Conventional wisdom would dictate that it would be the team that has led in 50:03 minutes of Stanley Cup Final play would have a 2-0 series lead, as opposed to the team that has led for none. Conventional wisdom has flown out the window in this series. In an agonizing case of deja vu, the [...]

Rangers Need To "B" Better

Rangers Need To “B” Better

The day after the New York Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings in game one of the Stanley Cup Final, coach Alain Vigneault put it quite simply: “One thing that’s evident to me, and it should be to our whole group, is we’re not going to beat this team if we do [...]

The Battle Of The Broads

The Battle Of The Broads

If one of the goals of the NHL’s restructuring of the Stanley Cup playoff structure was to have more rivals go head-to-head, Gary Bettman and company must have been dancing down the Avenue Of The Americas when the Philadelphia Flyers secured the third seed in the Metro Division and a first-round date with the second-seeded [...]

One Down ... Four To Go?

One Down … Four To Go?

The New York Rangers were relatively quiet on the first day of free agency, signing Dominic Moore, Benoit Poiliot and Aaron Johnson to one-year deals in an attempt to address depth issues. Monday, they began to spend what cap room they have where they most needed to – re-signing their own restricted free agents. First [...]

Everything Old Is New Again

Everything Old Is New Again

When the New York Rangers made the decision to keep Brad Richards around for at least the 2013-14 season, it all but guaranteed that the Rangers would not be writing out massive checks to unrestricted free agents. With about $14 million in cap space heading into July 5th, they need a good part of that [...]

Lightning Showing Improvement In Key Areas

Lightning Showing Improvement In Key Areas

After three games the Tampa Bay Lightning are 2-1, with four points and are first in the Southeast division. While it is all but impossible to glean much information from such a small sample of play, the Bolts are showing signs of improvement on defense and in the net. Tampa Bay opened the season at [...]

Game On! Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Opening Night Roster

Game On! Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Opening Night Roster

Official NHL rosters aren’t due until tomorrow at 5:00 pm, but after stating the team that practices on Friday will be the opening night squad, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has decided on his 2013 team. At noon today, Mike Angelidis, JT Wyman, Matt Taormina and Kyle Wilson were placed on waivers with the intent of [...]

New CBA In Place. Abbreviated Season:  What It Means For The Lightning

New CBA In Place. Abbreviated Season: What It Means For The Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning hockey is back! After a long 16 hour negotiating session in New York yesterday, the NHL and NHLPA announced an agreement in principle around 6 a.m. today. The NHL did not announce the start date of the season or the number of games each team will play, but it is expected to [...]

Free Agent Frenzy:  Tampa Bay Lightning - Day One

Free Agent Frenzy: Tampa Bay Lightning – Day One

The NHL’s Free Agent Frenzy started today at noon and the Lightning got busy, making four moves. Tampa Bay signs forward Benoit Pouliot Tampa Bay signed pending UFA Benoit Pouliot to a one year $1.8 million contract. Pouliot was acquired from the Boston Bruins in a trade at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh in [...]

Catching Up With the Bolts

Catching Up With the Bolts

Some quick news and notes: -The Lightning have renewed their affiliation agreement with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. The Everblades will remain the Bolts principal ECHL affiliate..   -The Lightning have extended qualifying offers to five restricted free agents. Defensemen Brian Lee, Keith Aulie, Evan Oberg, Brendan Mikkelson and goaltender Jaroslav Janus received offers. [...]

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part IV: Extra Skaters/Call-Ups

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part IV: Extra Skaters/Call-Ups

Throughout the month of May, I will be providing you all with a four-part Boston Bruins’ postseason review, grading the performances of each and every player that donned the eight-spoked “B” during the 2011-’12 campaign. The schedule looks like this: Part I –> Top Six Forwards Part II –> Bottom Six Forwards Part III –> [...]

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part II: The Bottom Six

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part II: The Bottom Six

Throughout the month of May, I will be providing you all with a four-part Boston Bruins’ postseason review, grading the performances of each and every player that donned the eight-spoked “B” during the 2011-’12 campaign. The schedule looks like this: Part I –> Top Six Forwards Part II –> Bottom Six Forwards Part III –> [...]

Let's Give Credit Where It's Due: Washington Deserved To Win The Series

Let’s Give Credit Where It’s Due: Washington Deserved To Win The Series

It was their 196th game in the past eighteen months. Their power-play was once again unproductive, scoring at only a 14% (3-for-23) clip. They’d lost three out of the four playoff games on home ice. The unproven opposing goaltender posted an otherworldly (for a rookie) 2.00 goals against average. Yet, through all that, the Boston [...]

Joel Ward The Hero As Caps Win Game Seven, Eliminate Defending Champion Bruins

Joel Ward The Hero As Caps Win Game Seven, Eliminate Defending Champion Bruins

BOSTON, Ma– They had been here before. They knew how to handle this situation. They had the experience. They had the talent. They had home-ice advantage. It simply wasn’t enough. For the first time in four seasons, the Boston Bruins were unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs, becoming the second straight [...]

Brouwer's Late Tally Pushes Boston To The Brink Of Elimination

Brouwer’s Late Tally Pushes Boston To The Brink Of Elimination

BOSTON, MA– The Boston Bruins will be up against the ultimate test of character in the most dire of situations on Sunday afternoon. Facing the threat of elimination after a 4-3 defeat in Saturday’s game five, they’ve run out of room for mistakes. Troy Brouwer’s tie-breaking second tally of the series came at the most [...]

Julien Looks To Ignite Offense With Mass Overhaul Of Forward Lines

Julien Looks To Ignite Offense With Mass Overhaul Of Forward Lines

While it’s quite impressive to see that the Boston Bruins have received a bevy of contributions from their bottom-six forward group, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that without consistent production from their top players, they may not make it out of this first round. In an effort to help his team break out [...]

Caps Even Series As Holtby, Semin Lead Washington To 2-1 Game 4 Victory

Caps Even Series As Holtby, Semin Lead Washington To 2-1 Game 4 Victory

WASHINGTON, DC– In hockey, perhaps the scariest proposition for any team – no matter how strong – going into the postseason is the possibility of running into a hot goaltender. Much to the chagrin of Black and Gold supporters hoping for the chance to seal the series on Saturday, the B’s were stopped cold in [...]

Depth Once Again Proving To Be Boston's Most Important Playoff Asset

Depth Once Again Proving To Be Boston’s Most Important Playoff Asset

WASHINGTON, DC— Throughout the 2011 playoffs, the number one factor in the Boston Bruins’ capturing of Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time since Ed Westfall and Derek Sanderson donned the eight-spoked “B” was their incredible depth that spread throughout the roster. Fourth year bench boss Claude Julien’s front-line arsenal was stacked with three fully [...]

Chara's Late Game Tally Completes Boston's Workmanlike Game 3 Victory In Washington

Chara’s Late Game Tally Completes Boston’s Workmanlike Game 3 Victory In Washington

WASHINGTON, DC– “The more we play each other, the more we hate each other.” – Brad Marchand The above quote, courtesy of the Bruins’ resident agitator and Boston fan favorite, Brad Marchand just about perfectly sums up Monday’s game three between the B’s and Capitals. The animosity between these two Eastern Conference foes had reached [...]