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Awful OT Winners

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by davepoleck

Awful play by Marian Gaborik poking this puck by the best goalie in the league. Believe me….he had the situation under control.

Neal just turns and fires; Roloson wasn’t even ready for this one. Pittsburgh is winning games exactly the same way they were after Crosby went down, boring, shutdown hockey. Please come back, Tampa Bay.

I love two things about this video. A) that it has already been posted on YouTube. B) It was definitely posted by a Wings’ fan because it is titled “Cleary scores an amazing goal of the pad of Bryzgalov”. Planned, yes. Amazing…c’mon.

RIP Coyotes?

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by davepoleck

The Red Wings defeated Phoenix 6-3 tonight, eliminating them in four straight games. The game was tied 3-3 late in the third period when Dan Cleary banked a shot off of Ilya Bryzgalov leg to put the Wings up. Minutes later, Todd Bertuzzi threw the puck out front and had it bank off David Schlemko’s skate and into the net to make it 5-3.

The Wings can now be certain that they will have at least a week off before playing again, which comes as good news to the injured Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.

Nothing can really be made certain until we hear more from the league, but speculation suggests that we have just witnessed the last game of the Phoenix Coyotes. I’m going to come back tomorrow with the top moments and players in the history of the Coyotes.

Deja Vu?

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes with tags , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by davepoleck

Poor Shane Doan. Tonight could be the second time that the Red Wings force his team to play their last game in town.

Back in 1995, the Wings eliminated the Winnipeg Jets and a very young Shane Doan from the postseason in what was the last game ever played by the Jets.

The difference back then was that everyone knew that the Jets were going to be on the move. This time around, everything is in question. No one knows if they will be back, or if they’ll, or even if they’ll move to Winnipeg or not. Of course the rumours are heavily in favour of the Coyotes becoming the Jets once again, but that has nor been confirmed or denied by the league.

Datsyukian Deke

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2011 by davepoleck

Pavel Datsyuk put on a legendary performance during today’s afternoon Game 2 against Phoenix. With Henrik Zetterberg out of the lineup and Johan Franzen injured early in the first, Datsyuk literally took control of the game. His first period was capped off by the play above on definite Norris Trophy nominee, Keith Yandle. He could have easily had six or seven points by mid way through the second period if some of the Wings could have capitalized.

Here are his stats from this amazing effort:

1 Goal
3 Assists
+ 2
3 Blocked Shots
3 Takeaways
16-4 on Faceoffs
21:42 TOI (including 1:19 on the PK)


Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by davepoleck

For the first time in….forever….I will be missing the opening of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I have a ball hockey game at 7 and due  to an oath I swore in blood at the beginning of the season, I have to attend. I’m already planning on taking my phone on the bench in order to prevent anxiety attacks, but it just won’t be the same. Thank God there are five games on tonight!!

Washington vs New York

  • Aka Washington vs Lundqvist; he’s the best goalie in the league and rarely has an off game. The same can’t be said for the Caps in the playoffs
  • Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch
  • People are always so hard to get on AO about not leading, but he had 10 points in seven games last year. Alexander Semin had two assists in their loss to the Habs
  • Michal Neuvirth makes his playoff debut. Jose Theodore was pulled after Game 1 in the last two playoffs

Detroit vs Phoenix

  • Modano is a scratch, Zetterberg is out, Kronwall is returning. Ugh.
  • In 2010, the Coyotes were up 2-1 in the series until Shane Doan missed games 4-7
  • The Wings outscored 28-13 in the seven game series last year

Pittsburgh vs Tampa Bay

  • Sidney Crosby likely won’t be playing in this series
  • After a slow start, Jordan Staal has 30 points in his last 37 games
  • After a hot start, Steven  Stamkos has five goals in his last 27 games
  • Crosby’s 61 points in 40 games still led the Penguins
  • Ryan Malone only has two points in 10 games against Pittsburgh since leaving
  • Dwayne Roloson’s last playoff appearance was in 2006 when he lead the Oilers to the Cup Final

Vancouver vs Chicago

  • This is going to be awesome. Enough said.
  • In the six game series last year, Byfgulien had four points, Ladd had one, Versteeg had three
  • Luongo has never played more than 12 playoff games in a season; the Sedin’s highest was 14
  • The Canucks and Hawks are 1st and 3rd in goals scored

Anaheim vs Nashville

  • Corey Perry has the same number of goals as Erat and Kostitsyn (Nashville’s leading scorers) do points
  • It looks like Dan Ellis will be starting in net for the Ducks

Modano Scratched Tonight

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by davepoleck

Wow. The Wings will be sitting future Hall of Famer Mike Modano for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Modano has been lining up with Hudler and Filppula in practise since the season ended, but Drew Miller will slide in to that slot at game time. Niklas Kronwall will return, but Henrik Zetterberg has yet to skate. Here is their lineup:



Shane Doan on Mantracker

Posted in Phoenix Coyotes with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by davepoleck

Unbeknownst to me, Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan filmed an episode of Mantracker late last year! Shane’s brother Brook is supposedly a massive fan of the show and convinced Doan to apply for the show while he was off with an injury. Here is the preview that OLN gives:

As a member of Team Canada, hockey player and Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan is used to gold, but this is a whole new challenge!  He and brother Brook face off against Mantracker and Sidekick Russ Floyd in Gold Bridge, BC, nestled high in the Chilcotin Mountains.  Will he take home a win this time, too?

Although I’m not really a fan of the show, this appearance is bordering on must see TV. Hopefully Doan and his bro will stick it to Mantracker and his stupid sidekick. The episode airs April 17 on OLN.

Western Conference Predictions

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

This will probably be a lot quicker than the East predictions because there is a lot to get to before the season kicks off Thursday at noon. Still don’t know why there needs to be three full days without hockey before things get underway, but oh well:

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Phoenix Centre-Mania

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by davepoleck

Switching over to Phoenix, maybe Toronto should look into making a deal with them as they now have as many centres as the Leafs do defense; Belanger, Hanzal, Ebbett, Turris, Wolski, Fiddler and training camp invitee Kyle Wellwood. WOW.

Looks like Wolski will move back to the wing and Wellwood will also have to if he wants a spot in their top six. Eric Belanger has third line centre written all over him no matter what team he plays for, so does that mean Hanzal and Turris are 1 & 2. Hanzal really developed his game last year into one of the premier shut down centres in the entire league, but he still has a lot of skill.

Turris spent all of last season in the AHL after making the big club in 2008-09. The former 3rd overall pick (behind Kane and JvR) will get his shot in the top six this year. I still don’t get why the Coyotoes rushed him and Boedker into the NHL (Boedker was straight out of the draft as an 18 year old) as it has clearly stunted both of their growth.

Boedker also spent most of last season playing for San Antonio, but only had 38 points in 64 games. Now he is a longshot to even make the Phoenix roster out of camp because of his disappointing year and that they team added wingers Lee Stempniak and Ray Whitney to their top six over the summer. If Boedker had went straight to AHL or even stayed another year in Kitchener, then played the full season there last year as well, maybe the Coyotes wouldn’t have felt the need to bring back Lee for another season.

Belanger Deal Drama

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , on September 15, 2010 by davepoleck

So according to newly signed Phoenix Coyote Eric Belanger, he had a verbal deal in place with the Washington Capitals that would bring him back to the team for one year at $1.85 million. The deal was supposed to go through  after the Caps cleared up some space with a trade. What that trade was is complete speculation because it obviously never happened, thus Belanger signed a one year deal with Phoenix earlier this week. Belanger lost out on $1.1 million between the two deals!

Although the Caps just re-signed Fleischmann, I keep hearing that he will be used as trade bait throughout the season. His second half performance definitely doesn’t bode well on a team that is absolutely going to have to move some bodies before next season starts. UFAs next year are Fleischmann, Semin, Knuble, Laich and Tom Poti, while both Varlamov and Neuvirth are RFAs.