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Backchecking: Isles Face Pressures Moving Into Offseason and Beyond

Backchecking: Isles Face Pressures Moving Into Offseason and Beyond

If you didn’t think Garth Snow was feeling the pressure of last year’s step backward, and this being the final year at  Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum think again. While lots of Islander fans and pundits show there ire toward the embattled General Manager of the Islanders; assuming he is just in-ept and without a plan, [...]

Backchecking: Longing for the Island — Islanders Fill Holes, Remain Poor Destination for Free Agents

Backchecking: Longing for the Island — Islanders Fill Holes, Remain Poor Destination for Free Agents

As I watched the #isles twitter-sphere go nuts yesterday, my own frustration grew.  I can completely understand the anxiety of Islander fans and can even comprehend the amount of “hate” Islander fans hurl on there own team. Often times I find that “hate” misguided, while at other times it’s hard to celebrate my team out [...]

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NY ISLANDERS PRESENTS: Game of Owners

  According to a former NHL prospective stakeholder/owner: “The NHL is not sure that Charles Wang even wants to sell.”   The Red Herring VS The Mountain? Right now it is a perfect storm after a NY Islanders dismal season for fans to hear what they want to hear. The fan frustration and negativity is [...]

Underwhelming Effort Spells the End for Boston in Game 7

Underwhelming Effort Spells the End for Boston in Game 7

BOSTON – After falling flat in Monday’s Game 6 contest at the Bell Centre, losing by a visibly one-sided 4-0 score, the Boston Bruins returned home on Wednesday evening with one last chance to salvage their second-round series against the Canadiens. With each team having won three games, this epic clash between two Original Six rivals [...]

Bruins Score Four Unanswered Goals to Rally Past Habs in Game 2

Bruins Score Four Unanswered Goals to Rally Past Habs in Game 2

BOSTON – Less than forty-eight hours after the visiting Canadiens had topped the Bruins in a thrilling double-overtime series opener on Thursday evening, the two teams were back on the ice at TD Garden for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final set. With their backs against the wall as they were looking to avoid a prohibitive [...]

GameDay: Bruins and Habs Set for Epic Second Round Clash

GameDay: Bruins and Habs Set for Epic Second Round Clash

– After both teams quickly dispatched their opening round opponent in four and five games, respectively, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins are set to meet in the postseason for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Having entered the series with each team playing their best hockey of the season, we could be [...]

Stifling Defense and Productive Power-Play Help Bruins Sink Red Wings in Game 5

Stifling Defense and Productive Power-Play Help Bruins Sink Red Wings in Game 5

BOSTON, MA– After capturing back-to-back road wins in Games 3 and 4 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the Boston Bruins were back on home-ice this Saturday afternoon with a chance to close out their series against the Red Wings. With just one win in their previous five outings in playoff Game 5′s, the Bruins were [...]

GameDay: Zetterberg Returns as Red Wings Look to Even Series

GameDay: Zetterberg Returns as Red Wings Look to Even Series

– After the Boston Bruins utilized a near-perfect road effort in Tuesday’s Game 3 to secure a shutout and a 2-1 series edge, they will be looking for a duplicate performance on Thursday evening at the Joe Louis Arena. With Game 4 set for this evening and puck-drop coming just after 8 o’clock, we present [...]

THE UPCOMING SUMMER OF ISLES FANS DISCONTENT: Expect Change, Read Why...

THE UPCOMING SUMMER OF ISLES FANS DISCONTENT: Expect Change, Read Why…

“Must be tough being Garth Snow right about now” NHL Source. And right they are. With a new regime possibly around the corner next season, GM Garth Snow has little time to show some success besides a deep prospect pool.

Rask Stops 34 as Bruins Tie Series with 4-1 Game 2 Victory

Rask Stops 34 as Bruins Tie Series with 4-1 Game 2 Victory

BOSTON, MA– After a hotly contested playoff opener on Friday evening at the TD Garden, the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins had found themselves behind, in a surprising 0-1 series hole at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. On Sunday afternoon, the Bruins were given another chance to prove the championship resolve that has helped guide [...]

Datsyuk's Late Tally Lifts Detroit to 1-0 Series-Opening Victory

Datsyuk’s Late Tally Lifts Detroit to 1-0 Series-Opening Victory

BOSTON, MA– After anticipation had far surpassed a boiling point in the city of Boston this week, the NHL postseason finally kicked off for the Bruins on Friday evening. With the B’s having long ago secured the top-seed in the conference and the No. 1 spot in their division, fans and players alike had more or [...]

GameDay: Bruins, Red Wings Set for First Playoff Battle in 57 Years

GameDay: Bruins, Red Wings Set for First Playoff Battle in 57 Years

– With Game 1 of the first round playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings rapidly approaching, we’ve opted to bring back the Hockey Independent Bruins’ GameDay features for use at various times during this year’s postseason. This will be the first installment of this feature for the 2014 postseason, with a [...]

Bruins Rout Sabres in Home Finale to Capture Presidents' Trophy

Bruins Rout Sabres in Home Finale to Capture Presidents’ Trophy

BOSTON, MA– For the final time of the 2013-14 NHL campaign, the Boston Bruins were on home-ice for a regular season game at TD Garden this Saturday afternoon. In town for a visit on “Fan Appreciation Night” was newly-promoted head coach Ted Nolan and his last-place Buffalo Sabres squad. Entering the day with the league’s worst [...]

Eriksson, B's Push Toward Playoffs with 5-2 Win Against Flyers

Eriksson, B’s Push Toward Playoffs with 5-2 Win Against Flyers

BOSTON, MA– For just the third time this season — and the second time in the past week — the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers were on the ice Saturday afternoon at TD Garden for their final showdown of the 2013-14 campaign. Thanks to a freshly reformed NHL scheduling system that involves visits to every city [...]

Coaching Matters

Coaching Matters

  The Hawks bit the dust again versus the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. They just flat out didn’t play well. They haven’t been playing well for a while now. After the Olympics, I assumed there may be some fatigue. No excuses now, as with just a few weeks away, the #blackhawks are performing about [...]

Bergeron Tallies Twice as Bruins Shutout Blackhawks

Bergeron Tallies Twice as Bruins Shutout Blackhawks

BOSTON, MA– For the first time since capturing the Stanley Cup and ripping the proverbial heart out of the city of Boston in a mere seventeen seconds, the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks were back at TD Garden on Thursday evening for a showdown against the Bruins. The two teams had met once earlier this season, a [...]

17 Seconds? Pffff... 17 Reasons to Watch the Blackhawks/Bruins Tonight

17 Seconds? Pffff… 17 Reasons to Watch the Blackhawks/Bruins Tonight

All that’s been made of the 0:17 that the Blackhawks turned Game #6 around and won their 2nd Stanley Cup in 4 years, let’s keep with the theme and check out 17 relevant/random things for tonight’s game: #17. The same number for Boston, Milan Lucic will be surely pumped for this game. Keep your head [...]

The Stars Align in Chicago

The Stars Align in Chicago

Sure, the Dallas Stars are coming into town tonight. They will be a hungry team and have the insane offensive duo of Seguin/Benn (Jamie, that is). These are not the stars I speak of though. In Joel Quenneville talk, Teuvo Teravainen is playing tonight. The stars align and the Hawks young phenom will show Chicago [...]

Habs Snap Bruins' Streak with 2-1 Shootout Victory

Habs Snap Bruins’ Streak with 2-1 Shootout Victory

BOSTON, MA– There was no shortage of storylines to be told from during Monday’s final regular season contest of the 2013-14 campaign between hockey’s oldest of rivals. Entering the night’s action, both teams had enjoyed plenty of recent success. Montreal, aided by the long-awaited return of starting goaltender Carey Price, had picked up two points in [...]

New & Improved BLOG and BLACKHAWKS

New & Improved BLOG and BLACKHAWKS

It’s been a Canadian Gold Medal, a Brandon Pirri trade and a Patrick Kane injury since I last blogged. Well those high/low-lights, among others, have been analyzed and over-analyzed by fans over the past weeks as the Blackhawks head into the playoffs. A lot of has happened but I won’t focus too much on the [...]