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Ovechkin Wins Hart Memorial Trophy, Does He Deserve It?

I've always heard for a European to win the Hart Trophy, he must be better than the other finalists by a bigger margin than a Canadian would. This year is an exception. When Alex Ovechkin won his first two MVP's, he was the clear-cut best player in the league. This year he edged Sidney Crosby by just 32 votes in the closest race for the MVP since 2002. Ovechkin was given the award last Saturday, making him ...

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Defense Wins Championships

Everyone has heard the mantra. Well, everyone except the Pittsburgh Penguins apparently. It has been a bloodbath for the Pens thus far at home and defensive breakdowns have handed a two game lead for the Bruins. [caption id="attachment_14228" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo Credit: Associated Press[/caption] Dan Bylsma would not have guessed that his team would be outscored 9-1 in the first two games ...

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NHL: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

Although the Bruins came into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a four seed, there was no doubt in my mind that they were the second-best team behind none other than the Pittsburgh Penguins who have home ice over the Bruins in this best-of-seven series.  Both teams have been dynamite throughout the playoffs, coming off of two rather easy series.  The Penguins dismantled the Senators in five games, and the Bruins ...

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Eastern Conference Semifinal Preview

After successfully predicting the winners of the four first-round matchups, I’m looking to continue my streak going forward to who will make the Eastern Conference Finals. Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. Ottawa Senators (7) [caption id="attachment_13910" align="aligncenter" width="638"] Photo via www.nhlsnipers.com[/caption] While Pittsburgh struggled a bit with the New York Islanders in the first round, the Se ...

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Early Conn Smythe List

Heading into the second round of the playoffs, here is an early look at some candidates to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup playoffs). [caption id="attachment_13882" align="aligncenter" width="534"] Photo Credit: (Scott Rovak, USA TODAY Sports)[/caption] Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings: The defending Conn Smythe winner is at it again, single-handedly keeping the Kings al ...

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Isles-Pens Playoff Preview

This week marks the start of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and the New York Islanders will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. The Islanders, who haven’t made the playoffs since the 2006-07 season, will have to face a red hot Pittsburgh team who outscored them 17-9 in their 5 matchups this season. Although the Penguins have won 23 out of their last 27 games and led the league in goals per game, ...

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Playoff Outlook After the Lockout

Five months ago, it appeared Gary Bettman and the owners would cancel the NHL season for the second time in less than 10 years, as sides could not make any progress on a new collective bargaining agreement.  Luckily, for fans and players alike, they patched things up quickly enough to make a shorter season and all 30 teams hit the ice with a fresh slate. Now that winter turned to spring, the playoffs are fi ...

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