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

Edmonton Oilers Darnell Nurse does dirty headbutt on Phillip Danault

Darnell Nursephoto† Getty Images Why athletes decide it’s a good idea while wearing helmets to throw a headbutt, I’ll never understand. It only risks concussions for both temples involved. Darnell Nurse’s plunge at Los Angeles Kings’ defender Phillip Danault was dirty and downright idiotic. It should cost the Edmonton Oilers’ assistant captain multiple playoff games, … 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

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov tries to pull a fast one

We’re…not sure you can do that.Image† AP Rules are meant to be broken. That’s the saying, isn’t it? Where there’s a boundary, it must be tested in order to push the limits of the sport you’re playing. That was hockey innovator Roger Neilson‘s ideology when he was a professional coach. From 1977 to 2002, Neilson … Read more