Friday, August 8, 2014

Is Ryan Miller Ready For Vancouver?

Ryan Miller is announced as the new goalie for the Vancouver Canucks during a press conference on Tuesday, July 1 at Rogers on July 1, 2014.

Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider , PNG

The Vancouver Canucks are no strangers to drama when it comes to manning the crease for their organization. The Canucks had to deal with the soap opera that was Roberto Luongo and his unmovable contract. They dealt with Cory Schneider sitting behind Luongo and wanting to be a starter.

Now both Luongo and Schneider have been dealt and the goaltending carousel continues with the recent signing of Ryan Miller. Miller signed a three-year contract worth $18-million after becoming a free agent at the end of last season.

There is no doubt that Miller has an extensive resume coming with him into Vancouver. Miller won the Hobey Baker while playing college hockey for Michigan State, he was voted the NHL's top goalie and won the Vezina Trophy in 2010, and was voted tournament MVP when he backstopped the United States to a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The 2013 Stanley Cup Final, How We Got Here


The final round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs are set to begin tomorrow and the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are the final two teams standing and will face off for this year's title. It is safe to say the two teams that will be battling it out for the Stanley Cup deserve to be here and it is no fluke they've made it this far.

Lets take a look at the path both teams took to get to this point.

The Bruins were almost eliminated in the first round by the Toronto Maple Leafs who forced a game 7 after trailing in the series 1-3. The Leafs even went up 4-1 during game 7 before allowing 3 unanswered goals to force overtime. Then the dagger through the heart came, when Patrice Bergeron, who tied the game late to force overtime, finished the comeback to stop the comeback in the extra frame.

The Bruins made easy work of the New York Rangers in the second round jumping out to a 3-0 series lead and closed out the series in 5-games after a speed bump in game 4. The third round came just as easy for the Bruins, when they swept the star studded Penguins. The Bruins only allowed the Pens to score two goals, you read that right, two goals, during their 4-game series, a task well deserving of the Eastern Conference Championship.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Look At The FIrst Round Of The 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs



While most are looking towards the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which are set to kickoff in less then 24 hours, some of the wounds and story-lines from the first wound are still very fresh. The first round of the playoffs had upsets, dramatics, heroics and even a sweep. Here is a quick look at some of the chaos that unfolded through the first 44 games of this year's post season dance.

  • The Vancouver Canucks still can not win when in it counts, they could not even win a game this year and wear swept and eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in just four games. After another disappointing outcome for the Canucks, we may have seen the end of Alain Vigneault or Mike Gillis' time with Vancouver. 
  • By the Sharks and Los Angeles Kings advancing to the next round they set up an all California series, and guaranteed a California club in the Conference Finals for the eighth time in the last ten years.
  • Speaking of the Kings, they swept the St. Louis Blues for a second straight year. Well it wasn't exactly a sweep but they won four straight games after falling behind in the series 0-2 to win the series.
  • The Anaheim Ducks are the California team left on the outside looking in, after squandering a 3-2 series lead and losing game seven on home ice. On the other hand the Red Wings aren't looking too bad now are they? Nick Lidstrom who? 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Video: Nazem Kadri Runs Through Lars Eller

Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has had a break out season this year. Through 41 games he has scored 17 goals, recorded 41 points and has been one of the biggest pieces to the Maple Leafs' success and will have to be come playoffs.

He has recieved praise from all around the hockey world, and even gotten a somewhat ceremonial kiss from perhaps his biggest fan, hockey enthusiast, Don Cherry. Well last night, he reminded the hockey world that there is a physical aspect to his game as well.

Unfortunately for Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens, he was the memo sent out for the world to read.



Toronto went onto rout the Canadiens by a final score of 5-1and Kadri ended the game with one point, an assist on the Maple Leafs' fourth goal of the night.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Top 5 NHL Players Under 21 Years Old



The National Hockey League is a fast paced, hard-hitting gauntlet, a place for men and not for the faint of heart. However, in this man’s sport every season fresh-faced boys make their way into the league and make an impact as soon as their skates hit the ice.

Over the years these young kids start to build up, and in some cases, before they can even legally drink a beer, they are a force to be reckoned and are mentioned in the same sentence as some of the best players in the world. 

Here are the top ten NHL forwards 21-years-old or younger. 

Can The Red Wings Keep Their Playoff Streak Alive?


Over the last two decades, The Detroit Red Wings and the Stanley Cup Playoffs have have gone together like peanut butter and jelly. You could not talk about one without mentioning the other. As a matter of fact, with the Red Wings qualifying for the playoffs the last 21 seasons, there is a good portion of the NHL fan base that likely does not remember a season where the Red Wings did not qualify for the playoffs.

The last time the Wings did not qualify for the playoffs was the '89-'90 season, a year before this blogger was even born. Some of the NHL's top young talent like, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Gabriel Landeskog, Jeff Skinner and Tyler Seguin were born several seasons into this streak.

Monday, March 25, 2013

If The Penguins Weren't Good Before, They Are Now


The Pittsburgh Penguins came into this lockout-shortened season considered one of the leading contenders for the Stanley Cup. They sport a roster with the like of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fluery, why wouldn't they be?

Even with the injury bug lingering over the team they have been successful and have stampeded to a 25-8-0 record and a spot atop the Eastern Conference with just 15 games remaining in the season.

So, with the trade deadline fast approaching few would have thought Pittsburgh would add any major pieces, if any at all. But, the Penguins have very much broke open the trade watch season with two major additions.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Los Angeles Kings Have Found Their Stride

 
The Stanley Cup hangover, you hear it every season. People believe the defending Stanley Cup Champions will always suffer from slow starts to their title defending season. It may be the short off-season, the excessive partying and parades over that time, or the extra focus on your team because of the win, blame it on what you want, this phenomena shows it's face every season. This year the Los Angeles Kings got bit by the bug.

The Kings opened the season with a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the game that ultimately started the Blackhawks' historic run, a game that the Kings looked out of sync and a step behind their competition. The Kings went through their first ten games of the season with a 3-5-2 record, and sat well outside the playoff picture.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Vanek's Trick Powers Sabres Past Bruins


Coming into tonight's Buffalo versus Boston game the primary focus was the potential physical play. Since the Sabres got bigger over the off season, with the additions of enforcer John Scott and agitator Steve Ott, many Sabres fans thought they would finally receive an answer for last season's Milan Lucic and Ryan Miller incident.

However, Sabres sniper, Thomas Vanek grabbed the spotlight and recorded a hat-trick and two assists in the Sabres' 7-4 win over the Bruins. This was Vanek's second five-point game of the season, and he now leads the NHL with 15 points in six games played.

Also Sabres captain, Jason Pominville and young star, Cody Hodgson both recorded a goal and two assists on the night. While Miller turned away 38 shots for his third win of the season.

Check out Vanek's hat-trick below.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Veterans Shine Early, Can They Keep This Speed


Hockey fans across the world have had their prayers answered. The NHL season is just a day old, but already has a slew of story lines grabbing everyone's attention. The league's older players are group that is grabbing most of those headlines after one day of play.

A shortened season will benefit and hinder different players and teams in different ways. Some players have had more time to recover and were able to start on their team's opening night roster, a scenario that would not have been possible had the season started back in October. Others say it will benefit older players that may not be as equipped for the long haul of an 82-game season.

In the season's opening night, it did not seem like the NHL's old dogs have lost much in their step as some turned out dominant performances.

Monday, December 31, 2012

The United States Advances, Beats Slovakia 9-3


Coming into today's game against Slovakia, the United States' offense was being questioned by many. These questions came on the heels of back-to-back 2-1 losses to Russia and Canada, games where both goals came off of the stick of Jacob Trouba, a defenseman.

However, U.S. coach, Phil Housley did not buy into the concern with his team's offensive abilities. In an interview with NHL.com, Housley commented on the situation, "But, right now, in these last two games, we've had chances. We just need to bury one of those early ones or get a bounce."

The U.S continued to get those chances in today's game and converted often, as they cruised to a 9-3 victory over Slovakia.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

ESPN Ranks Jonathan Quick At Number 16 Of 2012's Top 20 Athletes


In ESPN.com's Cross-Sport Power Rankings, a year long weekly series, the top 20 athletes from every sport would be ranked on their dominance and play in the various sports and leagues. This list was published through out the length of 2012 and now at the conclusion of the calendar year, ESPN has put together the top 20 athletes based on a what unfolded on their weekly list.

Only one hockey player made that list, that being Los Angeles Kings goalie, Jonathan Quick. Quick came in at number 16 on the list, ranking higher than big name athletes like, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

ESPN.com's brief description of Quick's season does not give him justice.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was already a Vezina Trophy finalist in the regular season. But he really made his mark in the playoffs, when he turned in one of the greatest runs the sport has ever seen. Quick led the eighth-seeded Kings to 10 consecutive road wins, and eventually the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.