Archive for the ‘2009 Playoffs’ Category

Bettman: ‘I Should Have Wished For More Wishes’

I love when people say hockey is a team sport and one person really never has the ability to dominate a game, unlike the NBA. If anyone says that, show them last night’s Caps-Pens game, where Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin each had a hat trick. It’s funny to watch Washington play Pittsburgh so well […]

Can Poor Analogies Cost a Team the Cup?

It’s very interesting to see how the Flyers view their status as a heavily penalized team. Tim Panaccio asked Mike Richards about the Flyers signing someone who can set-up in the crease as well as clear the crease, and Richards said the Flyers can’t afford that kind of player given the amount of penalties they […]

Unlucky Sevens for New York/New Jersey

Wow. Two crazy game sevens last night. Down in DC, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made some stunning saves against the Capitals, but ended up giving up a soft game-winner, once again showing how vulnerable he is when you shoot shortside on him. For whatever reason, Lundqvist just does not fully hug the post. The Rangers […]

Sharks: ‘Wait. There’s More Than One Round? Is that New?’

How can you not be impressed by the poise and maturity of the Chicago Blackhawks? Going into Calgary in game seven, you would think a young team like Chicago would collapse under the pressure and expectations. Instead, they went in and won the first round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks were aided by Calgary playing […]

The Non-Winners

Sometimes, during the playoffs, it’s nice to check-in on what the losing teams are up to. For instance, Jim Kelley has a great piece reminding HabNation not to give up on goalie Carey Price after his brutal playoff performance. Kelley points out it takes a while for a great goalie to emerge and uses Roberto […]

Coaches Learn to Play the Hot Hand

In a lot of ways, it’s kind of a relief for a coach to be down 4-1 in a game. It frees the coach up to make riskier decisions, since the game is pretty much gone anyway. Last night, down 4-1 to the Flames, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville rode his third and fourth line to […]

Everyone Do What Detroit’s Doing

Wow. Poor Columbus. They’ve looked like a deer in headlights against Detroit. The only thing remotely working for the Blue Jackets is R.J. Umberger, who’s scored all of their playoff goals and two of their three points. Columbus goalie Steve Mason is having problems dealing with all of the Red Wing traffic in front of […]

Ovechkin Passes

Everyone made a big deal about Alex Ovechkin sitting on the Caps bench to watch the Rangers practice before game three. Maybe he caught some of a passing drill and decided he wanted to pass the puck, too. After spending the first two games almost pathologically refusing to pass up a shot, Ovechkin spent game […]

Havlat Still a Hawk

Be honest. How many people even remembered Martin Havlat still played for the Blackhawks? I think even people in the Blackhawks organization didn’t remember Havlat was on their roster. Now, it’s tough to forget, given his two huge goals in a 3-2 win over the Flames. Chicago basically held on against Calgary, but it was […]

Adjusting to the Playoffs

The beauty of the playoffs is that teams see each other over a series, allowing each to adjust. This is key as last night’s Ranger win over the Capitals was a bit of an upset. The Rangers want to do it again. The Capitals are looking to put themselves back on track. Washington goalie Jose […]