2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Thornton Is Key If Sharks Have Any Chance Of Turning Cup Final Around

There is only one way to remove the label of playoff choker: Win. The label is rarely fair, especially in a sport like hockey. When we consider the amount of time a player like Joe Thornton actually plays and is able to impact the game, it becomes clear that a name like the “Tin Man” […]

How Goaltending Is Impacting The Eastern Conference Final

One player. The randomness of one individual performing above expectations or below expectations is all it takes to turn a small sample playoff series on its head, and one of the reasons the Stanley Cup playoffs are always entertaining. The Pittsburgh Penguins have out-played the Tampa Bay Lightning pretty thoroughly through five games. Possession numbers, […]

Maven’s Ravin’: About Playoffs, Draft, Awards And More

@StanFischler 1. If I’m in Steven (Still Sidelined) Stamkos skates, I’d get it over with and pledge allegiance to the Tampa Bay Lightning with a new contract.  As the club he still captains battles toward the Cup Final, such a move would galvanize his teammates when they most need it. 2.  What’s more, with a […]

My Top 3 Moments From the Islanders Playoff Run

It was a good run. Skating around the rink with the Cup hoisted high is the only way teams finish the NHL season not disappointed. It didn’t happen for the Islanders this year and you could see and hear the disappointment with the players after Sunday’s loss. I’m not going to rehash the five-game series […]

So You Want To Be An Underdog? No Choice for Islanders Heading Into Game 5

@StanFischler Some hockey teams revel in the role of an underdog and become super-motivated in that perilous situation. In the Islanders’ case, Jack Capuano‘s skaters have no choice. As they prepare for Sunday afternoon’s fifth playoff game at Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena, the Brooklynites have only the Lightning to blame for their precarious position. The Floridians […]

Islanders: You Can’t Win ‘Em All, But Must Win Game 4

@StanFischler While “dismay” may be an appropriate word to describe a playoff team falling behind by a game, “anger” best fits the Islanders’ psyche as they look ahead to their next chance to get even on Friday night at home. The anger developed over what the home club considers a missed referee’s call that led to […]