Left Wing Max Pacioretty (#67) of the Montreal Canadiens sits on the boards

Losing the Point

The Montreal Canadiens use the strategy that the LA Kings did in 2011-12, the year they fired their old coach, got a new one, and won their first Stanley Cup. That strategy, suggested by Terry Murray and...
Wildwing from the Anaheim Ducks.

Everything’s Ducky in Anaheim

Goalie matchups make sense when coaching decisions make sense. On Friday, or really, back to Thursday, Darryl Sutter’s choices made no sense. Why play your number one guy (Quick), against a quite likely weak...
Left Wing R.J. Umberger (#18) of the Philadelphia Flyers gets a step on Defenseman Andrej Sekera (#4) of the Carolina Hurricanes

Big on Defense

What’ new in LALALand? The Kings traded away a first-round pick (if they make the playoffs this year) and a prospect (Roland McKeown) for a defenseman to shore up a blueline weakened by suspension (Voynov)...
Goalie Jonathan Quick (#32) of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save with his glove

Never Behind the D

The Wings had their Monday night game with Anaheim well in hand. They were ahead by a pair of goals, and they were continuing to dominate the play towards the end of the second period. But then the Ducks came...
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Hard, Heavy Hockey

The Anaheim Ducks romped through the West of Canada (in a kind of mini way) on the weekend, winning games in Calgary on Friday evening and Edmonton on Saturday. The score in Calgary was 6-3, and the one in...
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Kings Have Found It

The Kings got some help without even asking for it in the form of Boston beating Calgary Monday night. Wait. That was to be the headline, and when I headed upstairs to the Staples Center pressbox, the Bruins...
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Caps Dump Ducks

Corey Perry recorded ten shots, the Ducks lost two key players, and Alex Ovechkin romped over them. That’s pretty much the story from Anaheim on Sunday night. Here’s what’s significant about each of...
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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

Jeff Carter put it simply on Thursday night, explaining how his team won their game versus Calgary: “It’s simple hockey, really. It starts below the puck, and you don’t cheat on defense to get...
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Kings Start to Right the Ship

Efficiency. Expending only the amount of effort one needs to to get the job done. That’s great if you’re talking about your home AC unit or (if you’re not a car guy) your chariot. But if you’re a...
Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kings Down Hawks

The LA Kings were going to exit Wednesday out of the playoffs no matter what they managed to do against the Chicago Blackhawks. They entered the night at 52 points, three behind Calgary for the West’s last...