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I'd be remiss in not bringing this up, fellow hockey fan. Tomorrow night, on PBS's "Frontline" news documentary show, the National Football League is going to get raked over the coals for the manner in which it has (or has not, dependin...
I'd be remiss in not bringing this up, fellow hockey fan. Tomorrow night, on PBS's "Frontline" news documentary show, the National Football League is going to get raked over the coals for the manner in which it has (or has not, depending on how you look at it) handled the issue of traumatic brain injuries. Here's the trailer for "League of Denial": It's a two-part series, and you can go to this link if you want to see a few more teaser videos about the subject matter. The doctor who analyzed the late former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster's brain and Leigh Steinberg, agent for oft-concussed Troy Aikman, offer particularly compelling first-person commentary on the state of affairs in football. If you've watched "Frontline" in the past, you know that these guys aren't in the business of doing hatchet jobs. They fund legitimate investigative reporting, something in too short supply these days. So while I have yet to see the whole show, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt on whatever they choose to air. I also note that in at least one of the videos that I've seen, it was mentioned that the NFL has refused to offer anyone to provide an on-camera rebuttal. In fact, the NFL has been alleged to exercise its influence on ESPN, one of its major broadcast rights holders and a contributor to the "Frontline" project, to back away. So why am I discussing this on an NHL hockey blog? No, it's not about fighting in hockey (though scientific evidence has shown that at least some habitual fighters do end up with similar conditions to the football players who get their brains smashed every week). I do so for a couple of reasons: 1. The NFL is the straw that stirs the professional sports drink in America. The NHL is a second or third-tier professional league in comparison to the NFL. So when the NFL sneezes, the NHL gets a cold...or perhaps comes down with the flu. It's just smart to stay abreast of what's happening at the macro level in the other professional sports. 2. Hockey has perhaps more similarities to football than any other major sport, particularly when it comes to equipment. Both sports require significant amounts of padding, require players to wear helmets and presume a significant level of collision-based physical contact. So while hockey doesn't force its players to endure the physical equivalent of two major car crashes with every game as I read in an article once, it does take a physical toll on at least some of the folks who take the ice in the name of our entertainment...especially those who are the repeated recipients of hits that result in brain trauma. So it's reasonable to presume that any spillover of the football-concussion dialogue will ensnare hockey quickly. So I'm encouraging you: Invest the time, learn about the issues at hand from people who have studied and investigated much more than you or I have and draw your own conclusions. If nothing else, you'll be up-to-speed on what many (including me) consider the biggest threat to the way our sporting life looks today.
about 21 hours ago
Turning in strong, effective performances for the Birds were Darryl Boyce, Michael Chaput, Sean Collins, Frederic St. Denis and new netminder, Jeremy Smith.Boyce, a seventh year pro and briefly a former Blue Jacket, adds a physical dimen...
Turning in strong, effective performances for the Birds were Darryl Boyce, Michael Chaput, Sean Collins, Frederic St. Denis and new netminder, Jeremy Smith.Boyce, a seventh year pro and briefly a former Blue Jacket, adds a physical dimension to the middle of the ice for Springfield.Chaput, building on his strong second half of last season, picked up where he left off. He was left totally uncovered in front of Jones and made no mistake, going top shelf for his first goal of the season.Collins was kept off the scoresheet but was a rallying force on every shift. His work ethic is superb and given his brief opportunity with the Jackets last season, it wouldn't surprise me to see his name on a short list of call-ups when the time comes.St. Denis, a veteran blueliner, showed some puck moving skill and started the play for the Falcons first goal.Smith was in control between the pipes for most of the night. He stole the show late in the third period, throughout the five minute extra session, recording six big saves, then rejected all five shootout attempts by Manchester.Smith would have gotten my vote for the game's number one star. Instead it went to Little for his SO heroics. Chaput earned second star honors, while Jones was the #3 star of the night.Springfield Falcons Opening Night Numerical Roster3 - Joe Lavin D4 - Will Weber D5 - Austin Madaisky D7 - Blake Parlett D8 - Patrick McNeill D10 - Spencer Machacek RW11 - Peter Sakaris LW12 - Ryan Craig LW (team captain)13 - Trent Vogelhuber RW14 - Broc Little LW15 - Jack Skille RW16 - Michael Chaput C17 - Sean Collins LW18 - Jonathan Marchessault LW19 - Darryl Boyce C20 - Jeremy Langlois RW21 - Jake Hansen C22 - Ilari Melart D24 - Andrew Joudrey C (alternate captain)25 - Ryley Grantham LW27 - Cody Goloubef D28 - Lukas Sedlak C29 - Mike McKenna G30 - Jeremy Smith G32 - Frederic St. Denis D (alternate captain)33 - Dalton Smith LW37 - Thomas Larkin D40 - Alex Aleardi RWOpening Night scratches, all nursing undisclosed ailments were Aleardi, Grantham, Langlois, Machacek and Sakaris up front. Scratched D-men were Larkin, Lavin and Parlett.The Birds currently stand third in the Northeast Division, trailing Hartford and Adirondack, while Bridgeport and Albany round out the division after the first weekend of the season.The Birds are off until next Saturday night when they host the Worcester Sharks at 7PM.
1 day ago
After much anticipation, the 2013-14 Season has finally started!  The Jackets opened the season at home versus the Calgary Flames.  The boys came out flat and played a little soft for my taste.  In all fairness, The CBJ hadn’t real...
After much anticipation, the 2013-14 Season has finally started!  The Jackets opened the season at home versus the Calgary Flames.  The boys came out flat and played a little soft for my taste.  In all fairness, The CBJ hadn’t really had any contact in 8 days.  Meanwhile the Flames were coming off of a game the night before.  The Flames came out guns a blazing and took the lead quickly.  The Jackets battled back through-out the night and scored a goal with about 4 minutes left, but came up short in the end.  Bobrovsky made 28 saves, but looked soft at times. The next night, The CBJ traveled to Long Island to take on the Islanders.  The Jackets scored a Pair of 3rd period goals to push it into overtime.  Bobrovsky made 27 saves and made a few dazzling saves in the shootout.  Cam Atkinson scored the deciding shootout goal to seal the deal vs New York. The CBJ scored 5 goals through the first 2 games.  Of those 5 goals, they were scored by 5 different Jackets.  Also 9 different Jackets have chipped in with assists as well.  I think we all expected some more goals, 2.5 goals a game obviously isn’t going to get it done in the long run!  But, its early in the season, and these guys will turn up the heat, I’m positive about that. Overall, I honestly don’t have an opinion of how I feel about the first 2 games.  As a fan, I was a little shook up about that first game.  But, I wasn’t ready to jump off of the cliff just yet.  Game 2 showed me that these guys can come back from a 2 goal deficit and win the game.  The game versus the Islanders very much reminded me of last season.  And THAT, makes me excited about this season.  So now its off to Buffalo on Thursday, and I will have the TV on full blast, listening to My Guys Jeff Rimmer and Bill Davidge broadcast the game.  Tune in, you won’t be disappointed! The post Jackets Are 1-1 After the Opening Weekend! appeared first on Fire The Cannon | Columbus Blue Jackets Blog.
1 day ago
We're still celebrating the launch of NHL 14, and one feature in particular-the new physics engine-offers up a more realistic experience for the gamer. The new engine means among other things, NHL 14 features huge hits. Let's take a look...
We're still celebrating the launch of NHL 14, and one feature in particular-the new physics engine-offers up a more realistic experience for the gamer. The new engine means among other things, NHL 14 features huge hits. Let's take a look at some of the biggest hits delivered by the Jackets: BRANDON DUBINSKY ON IAN COLE Over the years spent together in the Central Division, the Jackets and Blues had many-a-battle, and last year Dubi got into the act, pasting Ian Cole into the end boards. ANTON STRALMAN ON PATRICK KANE Though he was frustrating to watch for most Jacket fans, Stralman had everybody cheering when he laid out Patrick Kane as he entered the zone. JAN HEJDA ON PATRICK KANE I could watch Kane getting leveled all day. Thanks to Hejda for hooking me up. SERGEI FEDOROV ON DUNCAN KEITH We're going back a few years for this one- Feds taking out Duncan Keith behind the net with a punishing hit. CAM ATKINSON ON STEPHANE ROBIDAS The Jackets came out with their list of five best hits from last year. This one came in second place, but in my opinion it was the best one. It's always good to see the guys you don't expect laying out the big hits. THE GREATEST CBJ HIT EVER You can't make a list of greatest hits for the CBJ without including this gem:
2 days ago
Columbus Blue Jackets 3- NY Islanders 2 Shoot Out The Columbus Blue Jackets earned their first win of the 2013-14 season, as well as their first win in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference in a third period comeback sho...
Columbus Blue Jackets 3- NY Islanders 2 Shoot Out The Columbus Blue Jackets earned their first win of the 2013-14 season, as well as their first win in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference in a third period comeback shoot out win. A character win for sure, because they looked 'stick a fork in 'em they're done' cooked in the second period. As much as the Islanders skated them off the ice in the middle of the second period, they stopped the bleeding trailing 0-2. Then at the midway point of the third period, Mark Letestu punched home a power play goal to get the Jackets on the board, and the team gathered momentum throughout the second half of the third period. Letestu, not Gaborik Offensive cycling which had been nonexistent in the second period began to emerge, and then the tying goal came on an RJ Umberger rush, where he put the goal on net, and Nick Foligno bumped the rebound back at the net, and it rebounded off an Islander crashing the net, and the game was tied. The teams traded chances down the stretch, and both teams had power plays in the last two minutes of the game. The Islanders power play persisted into Over Time, but the CBJ seemed to have momentum. OT remained scoreless, and the game went to the shoot out. That's when 'snow-gate' happened. Fox Sports did a good job of capturing the CBJ bench, as Craig Hartsburg noticed that the zamboni left all the snow in front of the Islanders' goal. Todd Richards got the attention of referee Paul Devorski, and the officials inspected the ice. The then made the zamboni come back out on the ice, and a HUGE pile of snow was removed from in front of the Islanders' goal. Thus, the shoot out conditions were rendered fair. Matt Moulson scored for the Islanders in the shootout, but Letestu and Cam Atkinson scored for the CBJ to secure the win. My take is that this was what will be a typical Metro division game, a back and forth affair. The Islanders scored on a heavily screened Bobrovsky on a power play that they earned with sustained offensive pressure. On their second goal our weak side defense was mesmerized by Tavares' puck handling, and Moulson came all alone on the backside and Tavares hit him with a beauty of a pass. But the CBJ shut down the rushes they were giving up at that point, and the game turned for them. Once the CBJ got some offensive cycling below the goal line started, instead of launching pucks at the net from the perimeter, they eventually drew a penalty, and got the power play goal that turned the momentum. Dogged hard work paid off in the win. That bodes well for this team recapturing the spirit they had at the end of the season last year sooner rather than later. The CBJ are on the board for the 2013-14 season, with 2 Metro division points. A good response from last night's disappointment. Game Haiku: First win in Metro Tavares is the real deal The test tube strikes GO JACKETS!!
2 days ago
When the Jackets left Columbus last night, they had to be feeling some frustration after the undignified way that they dropped the home opener. With a divisional game on their plates tonight, though, they didn't quite seem to have figur...
When the Jackets left Columbus last night, they had to be feeling some frustration after the undignified way that they dropped the home opener. With a divisional game on their plates tonight, though, they didn't quite seem to have figured out what to do about it. Hemmed into their zone from the get go, the only real surprise was that the Jackets managed to hold the Islanders to just 9 shots on goal, though some of that may be credited to some pretty iffy Coliseum ice conditions. (More on that later.) Mustering just four shots on goal through 20 minutes, the team once again looked like they were struggling to get co-ordinated, and the defense in particular was simply not on the same page. Things started to look gut-clenchingly familiar when a frantic sequence in front of the Jackets' net somehow ended in Artem Anisimov getting his stick up on Michael Grabner, taking the penalty to save against what would have been a tap-in goal. Unfortunately, though the penalty kill would do fairly well against the Islanders' top PP unit, John Tavares would get the puck past Nick Foligno and over to Lubomir Visnovsky, who did a quick back and forth passing drill with Frans Nielsen before hammering a shot through traffic to open the scoring. The goal energized the Islanders, and they went hard on the attack, finally cashing in when John Tavares went to the corner for a loose puck and served it up to Matt Moulson, who had slipped behind Dalton Prout and was ready to put the puck home before Bob could get over in the crease. (Full credit to Moulson, but you have to wonder if that's a goal that might not have happened with last year's smaller nets and longer pads. Oh, well.) The Jackets did find some offensive push, particularly late in the second, but Evgeni Nabokov was equal to everything they had through 40 minutes, leaving the Jackets trailing 2-0 and outshot 19-12 with just 20 minutes to play. I've no idea what Todd Richards did or said at intermission (perhaps, as we discussed in the game thread, he stared drawing up plans for a Sunday morning bag skate?), but the team seemed to get on the same page, pushing the play back into the offensive zone more consistently and finally seeming to skate with the Isles. The Atkinson / Dubinsky / Gaborik line in particular started to find their ice, and Dubi would draw the first penalty for the Islanders when he got whacked with a high stick by Travis Hamonic. The power play started slow, but when the Gaborik line went over the boards again in the final minute, pucks started flying at the net, with both Dubinsky and Atkinson looking for rebounds. A Gaborik shot from the circles would go into traffic, get whacked into the crease where both Dubinsky and Cam took tries at it, and finally Mark Letestu pinched down from the point and snapped the rebound past Nabokov to cut the lead in half. Legs finally pumping, it would be a re-assembled line from last season that got the next big shift, with R.J. Umberger, Ryan Johansen, and Nick Foligno entering the zone and crashing around the way they did for much of last year. With both Johansen and Foligno on the doorstep, the puck found its' way behind Nabokov, with a pretty decent chance that Nabby may have kicked it into his own net while trying to find it. It was announced as Johansen's goal in the arena, so he was likely the last Jacket to touch the puck, but it's not really clear what happened. (NHL.com doesn't even seem to be 100% sure what happened - the box score still shows it as Johansen from Foligno and Umberger, but the play by play worksheet is showing it as Foligno from Umby and Nikitin.) Update: The goal has been officially changed to #71 from 18 and 6. The tie game would stretch into the final minutes, when the Jackets drew their second power play of the night, but nearly saw it turn to ashes when Michael Grabner picked off a pass and raced up for a shorthanded try. Just as fans around Columbus started to wince, Mark Letestu roared in and s
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2 days ago
The Jackets don't have to wait long to get the bad taste of last night's game out of their mouths. Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders October 5, 2013 - 7:00pm EDTNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, New YorkRadio - W...
The Jackets don't have to wait long to get the bad taste of last night's game out of their mouths. Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders October 5, 2013 - 7:00pm EDTNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, New YorkRadio - WWCD 102.5 - TV - Fox Sports OhioOpponents Blog: Lighthouse HockeySBN's Flames vs Blue Jackets Coverage Well, at least we don't have to wait long. Let's face it: last night, largely, sucked. The Jackets were sloppy, they were clearly rusty, and they couldn't stop committing turnovers long enough on defense to get any sustained offensive pressure going. Part of that may have been that Todd Richards shifted his lines early and often. With that in mind, I'm leaving the lineups as they were projected to be at the start of last night's game. Who knows what we'll actually see? The Islanders won in New Jersey in a shoot-out last night, so both teams should have their game legs going tonight. The Jackets need to be aware of that top line, as it is a deadly combination. That said, Michael Grabner scored two goals last night, as well. For the Jackets, though, this game really comes down to one thing: can they get back to the execution from last spring? It seemed clear--and it's a convenient excuse--to blame it on their week off leading up to last night's game. There is not that excuse anymore. They need to get back to crisp passes, both out of their zone and in the offensive zone, and they need to get shots on net. They tried--and failed--far too often last night to get cute, and it cost them repeatedly. Projected Lineups Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0, 0 Points; 6th division, 12th conference) Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Marian Gaborik Matt Calvert Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson Mark Letestu Artem Anisimov Blake Comeau R.J. Umberger Derek MacKenzie Nick Foligno Dalton Prout Jack Johnson Ryan Murray James Wisniewski Nikita Nikitin David Savard Sergei Bobrovsky Curtis McElhinney New York Islanders(1-0-0, 2 Points; 2nd Division, 7th Conference) Matt Moulson John Tavares Kyle Okposo Michael Grabner Frans Nielsen Josh Bailey Brock Nelson Peter Regin Pierre-Marc Bouchard Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Colin McDonald Travis Hamonic Andrew MacDonald Thomas Hickey Lubomir Visnovsky Matt Donovan Brian Strait Evgeni Nabokov Kevin Poulin Season Series 10/05/13 - Columbus at NY Islanders11/09/13 - NY Islanders at Columbus03/23/14 - Columbus at NY Islanders04/06/14 - NY Islanders at Columbus 2012-2013 Head to Head Stats Islanders Columbus 3.00 (t12) GPG 3.00 (t12) 3.00 (t12) GAPG 4.00 (t22) 0.0% (t17) PP% 33.3% (t5) 100.0% (t1) PK% 100.0% (t1) Michael Grabner, 2 G leader three tied, 1 four tied, 1 A leader six tied, 1 Michael Grabner, 3 Pts leader Jack Johnson / Marian Gaborik, 2 two tied, 2 PIM leader Jack Johnson, 4 0-0-0 Home/Road 0-0-0 10/4 @ New Jersey, W 4-3 (SO) Last Game 10/4 vs. Calgary, L 4-3 1-0-0 Last 10 0-1-0 Game Notes Bounce Back - The Jackets looked sloppy, discombobulated, and rusty. Thankfully, they get to get right back at it again tonight. Can they bounce back? Can they play their game, cut down on the turnovers, and just concentrate on getting pucks on net instead of trying to set up the fancy pants play? Special Teams - The Jackets did alright on special teams last night, and that will need to continue. The Isles have the potential for a deadly Power Play, so Columbus will need to be disciplined and stay out of the box. Goalie Time - It's an all-Russian goalie matchup tonight. Not sure that Nabakov would be in the discussion for Sochi, but I'm sure these guys know each other well. Alright, Jackets, let's get back on track.
3 days ago
Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders October 5, 2013 - 7:00pm EDTNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, New YorkRadio - WWCD 102.5 - TV - Fox Sports OhioOpponents Blog: Lighthouse HockeySBN's Flames vs Blue Jackets Covera...
Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders October 5, 2013 - 7:00pm EDTNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, New YorkRadio - WWCD 102.5 - TV - Fox Sports OhioOpponents Blog: Lighthouse HockeySBN's Flames vs Blue Jackets Coverage Well, at least we don't have to wait long. Let's face it: last night, largely, sucked. The Jackets were sloppy, they were clearly rusty, and they couldn't stop committing turnovers long enough on defense to get any sustained offensive pressure going. Part of that may have been that Todd Richards shifted his lines early and often. With that in mind, I'm leaving the lineups as they were projected to be at the start of last night's game. Who knows what we'll actually see? The Islanders won in New Jersey in a shoot-out last night, so both teams should have their game legs going tonight. The Jackets need to be aware of that top line, as it is a deadly combination. That said, Michael Grabner scored two goals last night, as well. For the Jackets, though, this game really comes down to one thing: can they get back to the execution from last spring? It seemed clear--and it's a convenient excuse--to blame it on their week off leading up to last night's game. There is not that excuse anymore. They need to get back to crisp passes, both out of their zone and in the offensive zone, and they need to get shots on net. They tried--and failed--far too often last night to get cute, and it cost them repeatedly. Projected Lineups Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0, 0 Points; 6th division, 12th conference) Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Marian Gaborik Matt Calvert Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson Mark Letestu Artem Anisimov Blake Comeau R.J. Umberger Derek MacKenzie Nick Foligno Dalton Prout Jack Johnson Ryan Murray James Wisniewski Nikita Nikitin David Savard Sergei Bobrovsky Curtis McElhinney New York Islanders(1-0-0, 2 Points; 2nd Division, 7th Conference) Matt Moulson John Tavares Kyle Okposo Michael Grabner Frans Nielsen Josh Bailey Brock Nelson Peter Regin Pierre-Marc Bouchard Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Colin McDonald Travis Hamonic Andrew MacDonald Thomas Hickey Lubomir Visnovsky Matt Donovan Brian Strait Evgeni Nabokov Kevin Poulin Season Series 10/05/13 - Columbus at NY Islanders11/09/13 - NY Islanders at Columbus03/23/14 - Columbus at NY Islanders04/06/14 - NY Islanders at Columbus 2012-2013 Head to Head Stats Islanders Columbus 3.00 (t12) GPG 3.00 (t12) 3.00 (t12) GAPG 4.00 (t22) 0.0% (t17) PP% 33.3% (t5) 100.0% (t1) PK% 100.0% (t1) Michael Grabner, 2 G leader three tied, 1 four tied, 1 A leader six tied, 1 Michael Grabner, 3 Pts leader Jack Johnson / Marian Gaborik, 2 two tied, 2 PIM leader Jack Johnson, 4 0-0-0 Home/Road 0-0-0 10/4 @ New Jersey, W 4-3 (SO) Last Game 10/4 vs. Calgary, L 4-3 1-0-0 Last 10 0-1-0 Game Notes Bounce Back - The Jackets looked sloppy, discombobulated, and rusty. Thankfully, they get to get right back at it again tonight. Can they bounce back? Can they play their game, cut down on the turnovers, and just concentrate on getting pucks on net instead of trying to set up the fancy pants play? Special Teams - The Jackets did alright on special teams last night, and that will need to continue. The Isles have the potential for a deadly Power Play, so Columbus will need to be disciplined and stay out of the box. Goalie Time - It's an all-Russian goalie matchup tonight. Not sure that Nabakov would be in the discussion for Sochi, but I'm sure these guys know each other well. Alright, Jackets, let's get back on track.
3 days ago
Here we go! We're finally in the East, and as promised in my first post, I'll try to get us Eastern Conference n00bs primed for hating a whole new slate of teams. Since the NHL Schedule Gods opened us with the familiar Calgary Flam...
Here we go! We're finally in the East, and as promised in my first post, I'll try to get us Eastern Conference n00bs primed for hating a whole new slate of teams. Since the NHL Schedule Gods opened us with the familiar Calgary Flames, we have to wait until game two to get to hating one of our new Metropolitan Division brethren: The New York Islanders. OK, let's be honest, what is there to hate about the Islanders? That logo? Their four Cups? They won those back in the early 80s, those are historical now, not annoying. All those years chanting "Nineteen Forty!" at the Rangers? Hell no, that was AWESOME. (And sadly came to an end in 1995.) Their owner? Their GM? Um, no...they've been more comic relief than anything else. Even through the MacLean and Howson debacles here, when Jacket Fan had to defend themselves, they could always come back with, "Yeah, sure...but did you see what Wang/Milbury/Snow did with the Islanders?!? Can you believe it??" It is certainly not because they beat up on the Jackets over the years. We didn't lose to the Isles until December 23, 2006, our 8th meeting with them. Overall the Jackets are 9-4-1 against the Islanders and have lost to them in regulation since...wait for it...December 23, 2006. (If you're scoring at home, the Jackets have gotten a point out of every game against the Islanders in franchise history except for that one sad day on December 23, 2006.) So, historically speaking, it's really, REALLY hard to hate this team. They've been so nice to us since we came into the league. I have a feeling truly hating the Islanders is going to take some time, and a few more losses to them. Maybe a playoff series against them. Though if the Jackets and Islanders are in the playoffs in the same year, it may be akin to crossing the streams. I don't know if those losses will start with tonight's game, but the chances are there. First off, we'll play them a lot more now. Secondly, they're on the rise just like your beloved Blue Jackets. The Islanders got into the playoffs last year with 55 points... Wait, wait, wait...they got IN with 55 points? We missed out with 55 points! OK, we have a slight glimmer of a reason to be marginally perturbed with the Islanders. Continuing... These guys play an exciting game. They skate hard, they skate fast, and they come at you in waves. It's not always defensively responsible, but it is fun to watch. Their first round with the Pens last year was some of the best hockey of the playoffs. They just kept coming. Over. And over. And over. It was great to watch. So we open our Eastern Conference play against a team that I'm not sure any of us can really hate at this point. Guess we'll have to let this one simmer for a while and see if we can work something up. Seriously, can ANYBODY share a reason to outright despise the Islanders?
3 days ago