Battle of Alberta vs. Battle of Florida in Stanley Cup playoffs

Connor McDavid (l.) and Matthew Tkachukphoto† Getty Images The second round of the playoffs worked, in part, the way that the NHL dreamed up when it went to this postseason format of divisional brackets. You can question the wisdom of it happening in the second round, but we’re getting the Battle of Alberta and the … 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

NHL playoffs are getting tight, but we’ve seen tighter

photo† Getty Images There’s a common phrase percolating through each NHL playoff broadcast about how this is the most “evenly-matched” postseason of all time. It’s like these commentators get a bonus every time they talk about it. It’s nauseating and more importantly, it’s not correct. This year’s NHL postseason is the most tightly contested in … Read more

Florida teams thawing out in first round of the NHL Playoffs

Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals took a 2-1 series lead over the Florida Panthers.Image† Getty Images The President’s Trophy winners are in trouble. The resilient regular season champion Florida Panthers have a tough task ahead of them to win their first playoff series in 26 years. They were overmatched Saturday afternoon by the Washington Capitals … 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

Hobey Baker winning goalie Dryden McKay suspended

Minnesota’s State goalie Dryden McKay has been suspended for six months for testing positive for a banned substance.Image† Getty Images In the age of NIL and PEDs, college athletes must be cautious about every ingredient in any protein shake or supplement is reckless. The case of Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay, who won the Hobey … Read more

NHL Players’ Association clears itself of any fault in Chicago sexual assault case

The NHLPA investigated itself and found it did nothing wrong.Image† Getty Images Aren’t those supposedly independent self-investigations just so handy? The NHL Players’ Association released a report Friday (late on a Friday afternoon on a holiday weekend, more specifically) indicating that NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr did nothing wrong in handling reports of sexual assault … Read more