How Many Wins Do The Ducks Need Until They're Taken Seriously?

So what if these Ducks are for real? That isn’t meant to be an insulting question. They had a fantastic regular season, but we’ve seen that twice before, each time before playoff flameouts. They rolled through the first two rounds in the West, but they faced a pair of creampuffs. Their Game 1 win over the heavily… » 5/22/15 9:48am Friday 9:48am

Why Not Allow Kickass Header Goals?

The best moment of last night’s triple-OT Blackhawks win didn’t even count. Andrew Shaw’s headbutt goal in the second overtime was waved off, quite possibly for being too awesome to process at 1 in the morning. Things worked out in the end for Chicago, but did we and future highlight reels really need to be deprived… » 5/20/15 9:23am Wednesday 9:23am

The Ben Bishop Save That Brought Some Sanity To The Lightning's Win

So rarely does a four-goal game have such an obviously pivotal moment as did last night’s 6-2 Lightning win to even their series with the Rangers at a game apiece. Rather than the laugher the score suggests, it was, for most of its runtime, a tense, thrilling game: maybe the fastest and most wide-open of these… » 5/19/15 9:30am 5/19/15 9:30am

Joel Ward Gets Hockey Better Than Lazy Sportswriters

Alexander Ovechkin guaranteed that the Capitals will win tonight’s Game 7. What if the Rangers win? Or, more trickily, what if the Caps win and Ovechkin doesn’t appear on the scoresheet? How would that reflect upon Ovechkin, who (unfairly) has gained a reputation as a scorer who can’t score in the most critical of… » 5/13/15 2:35pm 5/13/15 2:35pm

Alex Ovechkin: "We're Going To Come Back And Win The Series"

The quote feels so businesslike, I’m almost hesitant to call it a guarantee. Aren’t players supposed to be outwardly confident? To assume the best-case scenario? To believe that if they play up to their abilities, victory can actually be assured? More to the point: would you ever want anyone on your favorite team who… » 5/11/15 9:05am 5/11/15 9:05am

The Blackhawks Are Too Good To Hate

If it felt like there was more familiarity than usual in the handshake line after the Blackhawks’ sweep of the Wild, maybe that’s no coincidence: it’s the third consecutive season Minnesota has been bounced by Chicago. Not enough familiarity to breed contempt, though, perhaps because the Wild have only won three games… » 5/08/15 9:50am 5/08/15 9:50am

Niklas Kronwall Finally Kronwalled One Too Many Defenseless Players

Niklas Kronwall’s flattening of Nikita Kucherov late in the second period of Tampa’s Game 6 win was the platonic ideal of a “Kronwalling,” the flying elbow to a head-down player for which the physical Red Wings defenseman has become so well-known. Kronwall has never been suspended before, but that appears likely to… » 4/28/15 11:29am 4/28/15 11:29am

Who's Going To Beat Carey Price?

A couple months ago, I was dismissive of the Canadiens’ chances at a deep playoff run, disproportionately predicated as their success seemed to be upon a Hart-worthy performance from Carey Price. I take it all back. Price’s 43-save shutout to step on the Senators’ throats was an excellent reminder that it doesn’t take… » 4/27/15 9:10am 4/27/15 9:10am