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If Ovechkin Can't Play, it's Soccer on Ice

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 4:23 PM

The playoffs are only starting round two and hockey season is already over. 

There are officially eight teams playing for the Stanley Cup in round two -- but with the exception of the Philadelphia Flyers I'm not sure what game they're playing. I just know that if Alexander Ovechkin...

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Canucks v Canucks: Fighting the Old Devils

Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 4:18 PM

This was a strange season to be a Canucks fan.

Last season was as easy as cheering for the Oilers in the '80s. The good players played like stars, the stars played like All Stars, Luongo was a Vezina finalist, Manny Malhotra was a faceoff God and Ryan Kesler apparently...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Hating the Leafs

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 3:27 PM

Ouch. The Toronto Maple Leafs have fallen out of the NHL playoff race again, marking 112 straight years without playing a postseason game. Okay, it's not quite that bad, it just feels like it -- especially for Leafs fans.

The Leafs last saw playoff action in 2004, and...

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Suspend Keith in the Playoffs, Suspend Ref Now

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2012 | 10:37 AM

Duncan Keith. Five games. So what?

I get that this looks like a big deal by NHL standards because this is Keith's first suspension for headhunting a superstar, but I'd be more inclined to take it seriously if it included the stipulation that in the event the Canucks meet the...

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Sidney Crosby Is Back Again... But for How Long?

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 2:10 PM

Sidney Crosby is skating again, and I suspect even in the Pittsburgh dressing room there are private pools on how many games before he's back watching hockey at home in high-def. Heck, I'm writing this before Sid the Kid's return against the Rangers and realizing I'd better not post it...

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A 21st Century Hockey Hero... Brendan Burke

Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Brian Burke could be riding the float for a Maple Leafs Stanley Cup parade down Yonge Street... heck, both his goalies could be injured late in game seven and he could be forced to lace on his skates and take over as netminder just like Lester Patrick, and in terms...

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Canucks to Cody Hodgson: It's Not You It's Me

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2012 | 11:02 AM

So what's the real reason the Canucks traded "Rookie of the Year" contender Cody Hodgson to a team that will give him the ice time, A-list line-mates, and Eastern conference exposure to make him a lock for the Calder Trophy?

Even in the age of 24-7 news cycles, all-sports radio...

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