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Game 4 Highlights

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Here is why a lot of people think Claude Giroux has 90 point potential:

And how about Ville Leino, who now has 12 points in his last 12 games. He snuck behind Subban here and made the Montreal D look pretty bad. Beauty pass by Pronger too.

Maxine Lapierre

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

Maxim Lapierre is a little bitch. Not much else can be said for these two dives from tonight’s game. Diving made me hate Derek Roy back in the Sabres’ 2006 playoff run, but I already didn’t like Lapierre so this just makes it worse. Gotta say though…that goal kinda looks like Stevie’s.

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

Day of Complication

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2010 by davepoleck

Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers fight on March 15, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The Rangers defeated the Flyers 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Richards;Dan Girardi

Everything gets a lot more confusing in the Eastern Conference.

The big game of the day is the showdown between the Rangers and Flyers; winner gets in. It doesn’t get any better than this on the last day of the season. A win from either team would give them the same number of points as the Habs, so this one is going to come down to the tiebreaker system.

If Philly wins, they jump Montreal and finish in 7th in the East (according to tiebreaker rule #2). If New York wins, they will have the exact same record as the Habs (39-33-10), and the tiebreaker goes to their season series. Since Montreal won the series, they would finish 7th, New York in 8th vs Washington.

Boston has clinched 6th and will face either Buffalo, NJ or Pittsburgh.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds were made a lot simpler with the Penguins being shutout by Atlanta last night. With that loss, they can no longer win the Atlantic Division and will face Ottawa in round 1 for the third time in four seasons. Now it just comes down to Buffalo vs New Jersey; if the Devils get a point, they finish 2nd. If Buffalo wins in regulation, they take the 2 spot. The Bruins will be watching this game closely.

An Equal Trade

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by davepoleck

The Benoit Pouliot-Guillaume Latendresse trade is something that has been talked about a lot recently. When this trade happened, it was one of those very rare instances in today’s NHL when two young roster players are traded one for one. Both players had pretty much warn out their welcome on the teams that drafted them; Pouliot with Minnesota and Latendresse with the Habs.

I just wanted to show what their current rate of production would look like over an 82 game season.  Obviously it would be a lot to expect both to continue at this pace into next season, but pretty freaking amazing pro rated stats thus far:

  Guillaume Latendresse   Benoit Pouliot
GP   40       25
G   21       14
A   9       5
PTS   30       19
GP   82       82
G   43       46
A   18       16
PTS   61       62

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……

Stubborn Gainey not surprising

Posted in Montreal Canadiens with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2009 by davepoleck

You can just tell that the Montreal Canadiens are dying for Carey Price to take a stranglehold over the starting goalie position for their team. You could tell when he broke into the League during the 2007-08 and forced Cristobal Huet out of town; and you could tell last season when he was outplayed by Jaroslav Halak down the stretch, but was still the team’s first choice. And once again, after his sixth loss of the season Tuesday night, Price will still be starting for the Habs when they face Boston tonight. Continue reading