Bruins, Leafs and Scorpions

It’s NHL playoff time. Much like The Masters and the Kentucky Derby the playoffs are a true sports-themed harbinger of spring. The weather is getting more pleasant, the snow has just about all melted under the warm sun. Bars and restaurants open their terraces and make sure that there are adequate big-screen televisions to accommodateContinue reading “Bruins, Leafs and Scorpions”

Dear Ottawa Senators Fans

A condensed version of this letter appears in today’s Ottawa Citizen Dear Ottawa Senators Fans, Let me begin by congratulating you on your team’s advancement to the playoffs. It was a hard fought battle right to the end, and you can certainly be proud of the way your guys turned it on down the stretch.Continue reading “Dear Ottawa Senators Fans”

Canadiens Coach Therrien Takes Big Gamble

If the young replacement comes through and gets a couple of wins in New York and ties the series, Therrien will look like a hockey wizard. If he continues to be merely average the coach will forever be questioned and second guessed for not starting his back-up in game three. If you are following theContinue reading “Canadiens Coach Therrien Takes Big Gamble”

It Was Clearly NBC’s Fault!

… but true Habs fans know the real culprit is NBC Sports and their 1:00 start time. Deep breaths … nice and easy; game one of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final was just a blip on the radar. It’s over and done with, finito, history, forgotten … well, almost. The 7-2 drubbing my Montreal CanadiensContinue reading “It Was Clearly NBC’s Fault!”

Dear New York Rangers Fans

However if you do run into someone who doesn’t understand you, remember that no matter how loudly or slowly you speak to them in English, it isn’t going to work. Welcome to round three of the 2014 NHL playoffs. Your team’s spirited win over the Pittsburgh Penguins has brought you one step closer to theContinue reading “Dear New York Rangers Fans”

The Montreal Canadiens: Canada’s Team!

The Montreal Canadiens, the only Canadian team to make the NHL playoffs, have advanced to the third round by defeating their longtime rivals the Boston Bruins. No doubt hockey fans across the nation will be rooting for the Habs and wishing them well as they continue in their endeavor to bring the Stanley Cup backContinue reading “The Montreal Canadiens: Canada’s Team!”

The Boston Hockey Fan’s Montreal Map:Irish Pubs, Strip Bars and a Basilica

None of the Canadiens had played at (12:30) since Pee-Wee, and those games comprise three 15-minute periods. No wonder the Habs stopped playing after 45 minutes! Welcome to Montreal Boston hockey fans! So the 34th Bruins/Habs playoff series is all tied up at one game apiece after that sneaky 12:30 start for game two. NoneContinue reading “The Boston Hockey Fan’s Montreal Map:Irish Pubs, Strip Bars and a Basilica”

Boston vs Montreal: Playoff Rivalry Take 34

Any day now, after what seems like a decade-long break, the Montreal Canadiens will begin the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. The long period of downtime was the result of a four-game sweep of their first round opponents, the Tampa Bay Lightning. All teams like a bit of a rest during theContinue reading “Boston vs Montreal: Playoff Rivalry Take 34”

NHL Face-offs: drop the damn puck!

  It seems that every year some unheralded aspect of the game comes to light during the NHL playoffs. This year is no exception with much discussion, debate, and even letters to editors about the testy subject of face-offs. No doubt other topics have been written about and game analyses have been produced but thisContinue reading “NHL Face-offs: drop the damn puck!”