The Maple Leafs Lost Again – What Now?

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports What’s happening now? The Maple Leafs lost. Once again. Another Game 7. Her sixth straight playoff loss of the current era and tenth straight missed opportunity to knock out her opponent. The deepest roster the franchise has ever frozen, blessed with home field advantage, couldn’t make it against the team that’s … Read more

Recap: Canes Win Game 7, Advance To Round Two

RALEIGH, NC. – The Carolina Hurricanes secured their seat in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday, beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 7. Highlights | Statistics | Video Three things 1) Maximum effort Every Game 7 needs a hero and today it turned out that he is one Max Domi. … Read more

Screen Shots: Barry Trotz, Wild’s Playoff Struggles and New Jersey’s Future

Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports It’s a Stanley Cup playoff release of screenshots where we take a relatively quick look at some hockey related topics. Not all of today’s topics are playoff-related, but this is always a fascinating time on the NHL calendar because, in addition to the aftermath of the first round of the postseason, … Read more

Sidney Crosby Has Turned Back the Clock

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Let’s get something straight right away: Sidney Crosby never left. Sure, a couple of shiny new toys named Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews burst onto the scene dramatically in recent years, tearing up the record books and absorbing all the media attention for their nightly displays of magic on ice. But … Read more

Fischler Report: Who Looks Like the Early Cup-Winner?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR THE NIGHT’S DEBATE 1. PENGUINS: Pitt’s boss Ron Hextall was goaltender. He must have known that if an SOS was flashed, Lou Domingue would get through. 2. FLASH: The champs have found that “extra tank” and are milking it well. 3. PANTHERS: The hockey craze has … Read more

Ovechkin uncertain for start of playoffs with Capitals

ARLINGTON, VA– Alex OvechkinHis status for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Washington Capitals next week is uncertain due to an upper-body injury. The 36-year-old forward did not play in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena but said he hopes to be ready for the start … Read more