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Nino Hit, Cammalleri Slash

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by davepoleck

UPDATE: About 2 minutes after I posted this, it was announced Cammalleri will serve a one game suspension for the slash. I still think three games would have been better but at least they didn’t shy away from suspending a high calibre player for opening night.

I’m sure Mike Cammalleri doesn’t to start off the 2010 season in the pressbox, but that might just be the case after his retaliation to Isles’ rookie Nino Niederreiter this past weekend. First video is the hit by El Nino…

…and now the payback by Cammalleri.

He has a meeting with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell today and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if there was a suspension handed out. Not only is it deserved, but it would set the tone for the NHL season letting the players know this kind of thing won’t be tolerated.

Chelios’ HHOF Team

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

Great question posed over at “Red Wings Guy Dot Com”, which jersey will Chris Chelios wear in the Hall of Fame? While he did play the most seasons in Detroit and won two Cups there (and one in Montreal), I think it will definitely be Chicago. Not only is that his hometown but it is where he solidified his name as one of the best and fiercest competitors to ever play the game and won two of his three Norris Trophies. In fact, even as a Wings’ fan, when I think of Chelios, I think of him as #7 on Chicago.

Head over to vote:


Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by davepoleck

What will be criticized as possibly the worst defensive play in NHL history. The only thing I can think of is that Gonchar thought that Moen was going to dump and chase and the puck was going to be sent into his corner. But that theory is shot down when you see Moen was a few feet before the red line before he let go of  the puck.

There were still 15 minutes left in the 2nd period at the time of the goal; at 3-0, all Pittsburgh needed was one goal to get themselves back in the game. Talk about a backbreaker. Or seasonbreaker.

Round 2 Predictions

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by davepoleck

Round 2 begins just one day after Round 1 ended. I got six of the eight series right in Round 1, let’s see how Round 2 goes. I will throw up the Wings/Sharks series predictions first because they start tonight:

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Calling the Other Alex….Soon

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Lost in the midst of arguably the most intriguing series of round 1 so far is the disappearing act that Alexander Semin has been pulling. The Montreal-Washington first round matchup has pretty much seen it all through the first three games; smack talking off the ice, goalies being pulled, overtime thrillers, comebacks and upsets. All of these events are to be expected during the grueling first round, especially when it is an underdog trying to prove itself against the best team in the league.

The one thing this series hasn’t seen is an appearance from the other Capitals’ star named Alex, Alex Semin, who has put up a big, fat goose egg on the scoresheet through three games, although he has 16 shots.  Continue reading

Jose Three-or-more

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 17, 2010 by davepoleck

Well, not quite…..but just like in last year’s opening round series against the Rangers, Jose Theodore has been relieved early by Semyon Varlamov.  Under a minute after the change the Caps made it 2-1. I guess ‘Jagr’ was right.

Carey Pays the Price

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 21, 2010 by davepoleck

Above is Cam Janssen absolutely running over Carey Price in last night’s game. He got a two minute roughing penalty on the play. I am a firm believer that if a goalie comes that far out of his crease or net area, then the player should not be held accountable if they run into each other. All Janssen is just trying to get the puck in deep when Price cuts him off and leaves him no option but to run into him. The only option Janssen might have at that point is to swerve out of the way of Price, but why the heck should he have to do that. Price is on the god damn side boards!! No where near his crease…and there is a defenseman right behind him who could have easily took Janssen out. If Janssen swerves out of the way when he realizes Price is there, all he is doing is risking a knee injury. I absolutely hated how Price got up and start to wail on Janssen right when he got him. This rule gives goalies such a false sense of entitlement that absolutely no one is allowed to touch them. If they are allowed to roam around the ice and play the puck just like a defenseman, then they should be subject to the same physical punishment.

I hit the spot yesterday

Posted in Montreal Canadiens with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2009 by davepoleck

It seems like my blog hit on some issues for those whom I wrote about yesterday. The Blues continued their struggles with another 1 goal game, making that 1 goal scored in their past three games. And after being in amazement that the Habs would start Carey Price in consecutive games after his poor play, he came out with a 42 save shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.

Now we will see what happens with the third team that I wrote about, the Carolina Hurricanes, who play the equally lowly, but not nearly as banged up, Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Will the winner of this game break out of the basement of the League? Only time will tell.

I could not think of a picture for this……