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It’s been a while…

April 5, 2012 1 comment

Wow, haven’t posted since February, yikes.  I’ve been taking some time off from blogging, but with the hockey season winding down and the playoffs set to begin, I think now’s the perfect time to return.  Playoff previews should be up and ready to go sometime next week, depending on when the playoffs start.  As well, some analysis of the Hurricanes’ season and what went right and wrong should hopefully be up next week as well. 

 

 

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What the Puck?! – February 3rd Edition

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday, the hockey world witnessed one of the greatest individual performances in the modern era of hockey.  The Edmonton Oilers gave the home crowd something to cheer for last night, as they routed the Chicago Blackhawks 8-4.  But it wasn’t just the lopsided score.  It was a night that would see Sam Gagner join the ranks of Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey into the Edmonton Oilers history records.  It was more than just a hat trick for the 22-year-old, as he would go on to factor in on every one of Edmonton’s goals, finishing with 4 goals and 4 assists to give him 8 points.  What’s even more incredible is that all of those points came in the final two periods.  If you’re wondering, Darryl Sittler holds the all-time record for points in a single game with 10 points.

Watch the plays that led to all of Sam Gagner’s 8 points:

 

Lost in all the limelight was a spectacular save by Colorado’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere.  Despite getting run into by a Wild player, Giguere was still able to flash out his glove in order to stop a backhander from Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck.  Watch the save:

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What the Puck?! – January 5th Edition

January 5, 2012 1 comment

It’s not too often that one records a hat trick, and it’s even more uncommon for one to score four times.  But that’s exactly what Montreal’s Lars Eller did last night, as he helped the hometown Canadiens defeat the Winnipeg Jets 7-3.  And what better way to cap off a crazy night for the Dane then with a sweet spin-o-rama move on the penalty shot?  Watch all four goals below.

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What the Puck?! – December 27th Edition

December 27, 2011 1 comment

In a tight contest between the Hurricanes and the Devils on Boxing Day, the Devils pulled the goalie for the extra attacker.  Unfortunately, Ilya Kovalchuk’s pass to Adam Henrique went wide, and ended up in their own net.  ‘Canes goalie Cam Ward was the last one to touch the puck for Carolina, so he was credited with the goal, becoming only the 10th goalie in NHL history to be credited with a goal.  If you’re wondering, Chris Mason was the last goalie to accomplish the same feat, back in 2005-2006.

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What the Puck?! – December 15th Edition

December 15, 2011 1 comment

Ahh yes, the shootout.  Some love it, others hate it.  Sure, it may be a rotten way to lose a game, but there’s moments during the tiebreaker where certain players make you ooh and aah.  Tonight was one of those nights, where the Minnesota faithful witnessed a spectacular move by Chicago’s Patrick Kane, handling the puck with ease before putting it after Niklas Backstrom was caught guessing the wrong way.  Check it out for yourself:

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Blog on Brief Hiatus

December 10, 2011 1 comment

Hey everyone!  Just a notice that I’ll be on a brief hiatus, as I deal with final exams.   I’ll be posting again next Friday.  Here’s what to expect this month…

*An article on the 2012-2013 NHL realignment

*Fantasy hockey tips!

*Thoughts on the NHL season thus far

 

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Post-Game Recap: November 23rd, 2011 – Montreal 4 Carolina 3 (SO)

November 23, 2011 1 comment

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Once again, it was the ‘Canes who got off to a first start, as Jiri Tlusty’s lazy wrister found its way past Carey Price in the opening minute to give Carolina an early 1-0 lead.  An excellent checking job by the fourth line led to Anthony Stewart’s fourth of the season, extending the lead to 2.  Lars Eller broke the shutout with a shorthanded goal, to make it 2-1 heading into the third period.  Michael Cammalleri quickly tied the game 27 seconds into the period, but Brandon Sutter would respond moments after.  Once again, Montreal tied it with a re-direct from Travis Moen.  In overtime, both teams traded chances, but the goalies came out on top.  Brian Gionta scored the lone goal in the shootout, as Carolina fell 4-3 to the Canadiens.

OFFENSE: 9/10

The good:

*3rd and 4th lines carrying the offensive load tonight

*Checking was solid, and led to Stewart’s goal

*Lots of speed during rushes

The bad:

*Awful PP, bad decisions (i.e. passes) led to easy clears for the Montreal PK squad

Jussi Jokinen plays keepaway from a Canadiens defender. Photo Credits: Phil Ellsworth/Getty Images

DEFENSE: 7.5/10

The good:

*PK was excellent, and did a good job cutting off angles and jamming up shootiong lanes

*Played the physical game very well

The bad:

*Not clearing bodies in front, which led to two goals via tip-ins and redirects

*Some bad clears at times led to turnovers

Tim Gleason defends against ex-Hurricane Erik Cole. Photo Credits: Phil Ellsworth/Getty Images

GOALTENDING: 8.5/10

*Made some big saves, especially during odd-man rushes

*Good rebound control as usual

The bad:

*Felt that he was a bit too far out on the Eller shorthanded goal

MY TOP 3 ‘CANES PERFORMERS:

1. Brandon Sutter (1 goal, 1 assist)

2. Jiri Tlusty (1 goal, 1 assist)

3. Cam Ward (32 saves)

NEXT GAME: Friday, November 25th vs. Winnipeg 7 PM EST

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