Goalie Kari Lehtonen (#32) of the Dallas Stars

Great Playoff Preparation

Dallas is a bit of a scrappy team. They hack at the other side’s goalie. They aren’t afraid to get in his face, even knock him down. That was evident from early on in the Saturday afternoon tilt of the Stars an...
Center Henrik Sedin (#33 - left) and Left Wing Daniel Sedin (#22 - right) of the Vancouver Canucks

Messages of the Wrong Sort (Mostly)

If I were heading to the NHL playoffs like the Anaheim Ducks are, I’d be using the last few games of the season to send some messages. What would they be? That we’re a tough team that won’t be pushed around. Th...
Connor McDavid (EDM - 97) during warmups.

What’s a WonderCon?

WonderCon. It’s like ComicCon, but not held in San Diego. If that makes sense to you, you probably have a Wonder Woman or Batman costume in your closet. Leave it there. This is about hockey. So why mention i...
Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (#50) of the Boston Bruins stretches during the warm-ups

Ducks Drop Bruins

The Ducks roared out to a lead so quick that Phil Hulett didn’t get one goal call made when the crowd in Honda Center erupted in a cheer that drowned him out. It was about four minutes gone, and the Ducks were ...
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Rangers Call Interference

Don’t count out the New York Rangers. That’s the message that they sent without even having to say it on Thursday night versus LA. They had come off a night-prior 2-1 win in Anaheim, and thus ought to have been...
Goalie Keith Kinkaid (#1) of the New Jersey Devils during the third period

Kinkaid Chills Kings

The LA Kings should have been energized entering their Saturday evening game against New Jersey. The Devils aren’t playing all that well, sitting seventh in their conference and fifth in the East’s wildcard rac...
Center Rickard Rakell (#67) of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck during the third period

Rickie goes Ralphie on a Guy

I am sure I’ve referenced the following scene before: Scut Farcas terrorizes his school. His crummy little toadie, Grover Dill, can be counted on to do the same. One day, they throw a snowball at “four-eyes” Ra...
Max Pacioretty

Hey, Equipment Gods!

The Habs actually held the Ducks close on Wednesday before losing in the shootout, and then they got in a bus, got on the 5, and landed in LA. There, they scratched a guy (Sven Andrighetto) and swapped a goalie...
Goalie Mike Condon (#39) of the Montreal Canadiens makes a glove save during the third period

Like Any Old Team

Maybe it’s just me, but when I watch Montreal play hockey, I want the names on the sweaters to be the history-making ones. I want Lafleur, Robinson, Dryden. I know it can’t be that way, but come on: today’s Mon...
Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry prepares for a first period fa

Perry Beats the Kings

It sure felt like the playoffs at Honda Center on Sunday evening with the LA Kings in town. For one thing, the place was full and raucous from the warm-up. Maybe it was the unfamiliar 6pm start (Anaheim games u...