NHL must make the Edmonton Oilers wear their ‘80s jerseys for the second round

Come on, you know you want to see it.Image† Getty Images much like the Canadiens-Leafs series last year, this is why the NHL rejiggered its playoff system nearly a decade ago. To get things like the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Calgary Flames in the playoffs. OK, Gary Bettman’s NHL was only really concerned with getting … Read more

I hate saying this as much as anyone, but there’s nothing really wrong with the Maple Leafs

A Leafs fan is like “😮” as the team gets eliminated in seven.Photo† AP They knew. As we said on Thursday night, as soon as Brayden Point stuffed home the overtime winner in Game 6, Leafs fans knew what was coming. It would be another Game 7 loss, at home, but this time in front … Read more

Washington Capitals face big questions after fourth-straight first-round exit

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals went out early once again.Image† Getty Images The Washington Capitals just pissed away their first round Eastern Conference series against the Florida Panthers. The President’s Trophy winners were on the ropes in three straight games. And the Panthers won all three of those postseason contests in succession, two in … Read more

Toronto Maple Leafs of brink of blowing another first round series

Austin Matthews and the Leafs face another Game 7.Image† Getty Images Nobody ever tweeted about a Florida Panthers playoff series victory before last night, when Carter Verhaeghe, off a pass from Claude Giroux – trade deadline acquisition and bringer of tons of vicarious Panthers fans from Philadelphia – lifted Florida to a 4-3 overtime win … Read more

Maples Leafs lose to Lightning in OT, series tied at 3

These Toronto fans know what fate awaits them in Game 7 vs. Tampa.Screenshot† TBS I’m usually a sucker for reaction shots of big public viewings of playoff or World Cup games. Seeing that much unbridled joy amongst a group of strangers makes me believe in a better world or that there is a purpose to … Read more

McDavid, MacKinnon, Makar, Matthews and Gaudreau come up big in NHL Playioffs

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists against the Kings Tuesday night.Image† Getty Images Hockey followers love to taut that not only is hockey the ultimate team game — everyone gets a shift after all — but that the playoffs highlight this. It’s somewhat true, though it’s usually a top-end player or goalie … Read more

Nashville Predators got taken by Ryan Johansen

Has anyone seen Ryan Johansen?Image† Getty Images The Predators bit the dust last night, as we all suspected they would. The Avalanche are just too much, the Preds were a wonky team whose best player on both ends is a defenseman, Roman Josi, because he has to be. For their entire existence, which is getting … Read more

Leafs and Lightning series is tied 2-2

Image† Getty Images In a playoff series, especially one between two very good teams which the Lightning and Maple Leafs are, you expect some swings. No one expected a short series, which means twists and turns as teams exchange wins. Momentum generally swings on the performance level of your goalie the next night, but hockey … Read more

Connor Ingram goes from third string goalie to Nashville’s best bet at an upset

Nashville’s hopes rest with Connor Ingram.Image† Getty Images It may have been an impossible task after all. What more could Connor Ingram have done to stop the Colorado Avalanche other than grow a third arm or leg? In his second ever NHL start, and first in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Ingram went from Nashville’s No. … Read more

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have been a snoozefest so far

photo† Getty Images It’s wonderful as a hockey fan that in this new era of ESPN coverage, playoff games have staggered starts – 7, 7:30, 9:30, and 10 Eastern – so that in this first round, the most exciting round of the playoffs where anything can happen, we can watch as much playoff hockey as … Read more