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Sabres-Flyers’ Final Minute

Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2011 by davepoleck

I am not a fan of the three point game; I don’t like that it rewards a team for inevitably losing the game and creates an unnecessary insane logjam in the standings. But now I have a whole new reason for hating it. Buffalo and Philly were 3-3 with just over a minute left last night. About 10 minutes earlier, Pittsburgh had beaten the Islanders to jump ahead of the Flyers for the Atlantic Division by a single point. Buffalo needed just one point in order to clinch a playoff spot. So what did they decide to do….

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Another Shorty For Giroux

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by davepoleck

Claude Giroux scored his second shorthanded goal of the year on another beauty breakaway goal last night. Looks like he is already benefiting from the additional icetime he is seeing this year.

In the three Flyers’ games this year, Giroux is averaging almost 20 minutes of ice time, which is just a little more than Jeff Carter. Another interesting note coming out of Philly’s ice time is that James van Riemsdyk (17:04) is miles ahead of Ville Leino (14:30), Scott Hartnell (14:19) and even further ahead of Nikolay Zherdev (12:34)

Atlantic Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by davepoleck

Here we go with another awesome puck picture and my picks for breakouts in the tough Atlantic.

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2010 Finals

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2010 by davepoleck

Ben Eager Ben Eager #55 of the Chicago Blackhawks fights for the puck against Lukas Krajicek #2 of the Philadelphia Flyers in front of the goal of Michael Leighton #49 of the Flyers in Game Three of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Last night, I ended up watching one of the mezmorizing games from last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. I thought that series was absolutely epic. It was definitely more exciting than the past two season, in which Detroit dominated Pittsburgh in ’08, then dominated them again in ’09 before losing four of five games at the hands of the trap.

The skill and storylines in this series were unreal. Skill players in the series (aka player who would probably be on the top line in Toronto):

For Philly: Briere, Richards, Carter, Gagne, Pronger, Timonen, Leino, Hartnell, Giroux and van Riemsdyk.

For Chicago: Toews, Kane, Keith, Hossa, Sharp, Bolland, Campbell, Seabrook, Versteeg and Byfuglien.

Not to mention other storylines like the awesome play of Hartnell-Briere-Leino,  Hossa’s Cup curse, Pronger vs Byfuglien, Niemi vs Leighton, Richards vs Toews, Bolland vs everyone and definitely not the least, Cup drought vs even longer Cup drought.

All in all it was a great Final and one can only hope we get something half as good in 2010-11. My prediction coming early next week.

Another Datsyukian Deke

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2010 by davepoleck

I guess people are now taking note that Pavel Datsyuk knows how to deke. The video is of Claude Giroux in the shootout against the Leafs last night and he pulls the a very similar move to the classic that Datsyuk has used only a few times.

Giguere looked absolutely awful in the shootout, although it shouldn’t have even happened because the Leafs scored in the overtime period but the play was ruled no goal and the puck was dropped before any further review. I love how Greg Millen was so adamant about the Leafs holding up play to review the goal; relax, it’s pre-season. I hate Greg Millen and his biased ways.

Nonetheless, nothing beats the original….

Teams Should Thank Flyers, Habs

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by davepoleck

Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends against Glen Metropolit #15 of the Montreal Canadiens on February 27, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Habs defeated the Flyers 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Carter;Glen Metropolit

Dear Montreal and Philadelphia,

We would like to thank you for your recent success in the NHL Playoffs. Enjoy your late round draft picks.

Sincerely,

Half of the NHL

Teams and fans alike, should be thanking the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers for their recent success in the 2010 Playoffs. As everyone knows, the Habs had one of the best underdog runs that I have seen in my life time, knocking off both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby in two seven game series. The Flyers success might be even more impressive, with the way they’ve dealt with injuries to their comeback against the Bruins when down 3-0.

Why is the success of two of the most hated teams in League be important to any of us?

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Stanley Cup Preview – Chicago vs Philadelphia

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2010 by davepoleck

I literally cannot wait for these Finals. I have proclaimed all year that the East is no match for the Western Conference, so this should be a cake-walk for Chicago right? The media seems to agree with me as Chicago is the overwhelming favorite to win. Just for the record, I did pick the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup in the preseason this year. Continue reading