Archive for the ‘Hockey’ Category

Overlooked But Always There: The Quiet Brilliance Of Kimmo Timonen

When the Philadelphia Flyers’ late-game comeback attempt came up short in Game 7 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals first-round playoff match-up against the rival New York Rangers, Kimmo Timonen was there. He was older and slower and less effective than he has been over the course of his quietly...
August 27th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Jeff Carter Is All Grown Up

There is something uniquely wonderful about watching an athlete you’ve followed since day one grow into his own over the years. You see a player develop, improve on his weaknesses, enhance his strengths and mature into a well-rounded performer both offensively and defensively, and you can’t...
June 10th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

How The West Was Won: The Kings Of The Elimination Game

There is nothing more pressure-packed in sports than a team facing elimination. When your back is up against the wall and it truly is win or go home, everything is magnified. The great teams rise to the occasion, embrace that pressure and play like there really is no tomorrow. Most teams, however, can...
June 3rd, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

Kings vs. Rangers: How To Enjoy The 2014 Stanley Cup Final

It hasn’t even been a full day since the 2014 Stanley Cup Final participants were set, yet before day’s end, you’re going to hear too much about market sizes, ratings — especially from people who don’t know squat about them, which are A LOT — Los Angeles culture vs. New York culture,...
June 2nd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Hockey | Read More

The Quiet King: Henrik Lundqvist’s Playoff Brilliance

As the calendar moves closer toward summer, this time of year has been dominated by the one they call “King” for nearly decade and counting. No, I’m not talking about LeBron “King” James as he embarks on a three-peat with the Miami Heat. I’m talking about the other...
May 20th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

The 300: Playoff Hockey Is A Gateway Drug

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions,...
May 15th, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Truth Of P.K. Subban

Four years ago, P.K. Subban made his home debut for the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. His presence was already in the building long before puck drop. The sweaters with “Subban 76” on their backs jumped off the racks just as quickly as they went up. A seamstress worked overtime to satisfy...
May 15th, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: Each Stanley Cup Playoffs Series In A Sentence

  The Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, and you’ve missed some action. We’ve got you covered and won’t keep you long. Eastern Conference Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings (2-1): With Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron in tow from goal line to goal line, no one...
April 24th, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: Debunking The Injury Myth As The NBA And NHL Playoffs Start

Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the face in game one of the Anaheim Ducks-Dallas Stars series. Getzlaf dropped to the ice briefly and covered his face before skating off to the locker room. He will play in game two because “hockey player”. That’s a term you’ll hear a lot over the next...
April 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

A Mid-Major Finally Wins It All: Union College’s First National Championship

A 30-something Minnesota fan in a white sweater with the number 58 and “The Lego Guy” on the back was walking a few feet ahead of me outside the Wells Fargo Center. He wore a cowboy hat and what looked like partly shredded chaps. For a man drawing so much attention to himself, The Lego Guy wasn’t...
April 15th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Welcome To The New NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are always an exercise in unpredictability. Presidents’ Trophy winners routinely come up short of hoisting the best trophy in sports while even 8 seeds can win it all. The NBA playoffs this is not. But this season, with the NHL’s realignment, we are in...
April 15th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

The Dying Moments: Minnesota’s Justin Holl Stuns North Dakota At Frozen Four

There are two sides to college hockey’s Frozen Four. The name itself carries a youthful appeal and not just because a certain Disney movie has taken the country by storm. It’s barely clever and overly cheesy, not quite fitting the young men who battle through tested opponents to reach the...
April 11th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

The Streak: Making Sense Of The Detroit Red Wings 23rd Consecutive Postseason Appearance

In case you hadn’t heard the news, the Detroit Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance Wednesady night. It is currently the longest such streak in professional sports. The Undertaker would be proud Few things that won in the early 90′s still win today; namely zubas,...
April 10th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Starting Lineups: Wayne Simmonds Is The Most Philly Athlete Going

When I think of the Rev, I think of Philly sports. The man has two tvs and two cable providers (actually one is satellite if we’re getting technical) so that house guests can take in two games at once. This is especially convenient when the Sixers and Flyers play on the same night. So seeing...
March 21st, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday | Read More

Thoughts On Rich Peverley’s Collapse

It would have been too easy to romanticize the irony: hockey player dies of a heart condition. All hockey players have a heart condition. They have too much of it. But in the moments during and following Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley’s collapse Monday night, he ceased to be a hockey player....
March 11th, 2014 | Columns, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: Western Conference Supremacy Holds For The NHL Too

You hear it all the time in NBA chatter, that the Western Conference is so much superior than the Eastern Conference that something should be done to rectify the situation. Never mind that these things are cyclical and dependent more on management than anything else. The West’s supremacy as a...
March 7th, 2014 | Hockey, The Rev | Read More

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Assessing The Defensemen In The USA-Canada Hockey Semifinal

Admit it. Aside from T.J. Sochi and the vibrancy of the Slovenian team, both in uniform and spirit, this has been a dull Winter Olympics hockey tournament so far. The host Russians celebrated hard but bowed out early. The Slovaks, semifinalists four years ago, didn’t win a game. The aging Czechs...
February 20th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

Who’s Really Watching Sports? Q&A With Paulsen Of Sports Media Watch

Television ratings are discussed nearly as much as player statistics these days in sports media. They are also some of the most misunderstood statistics in the world. Debates rage about their accuracy, yet select ratings seem to move the meter more than others. Plus, when it comes to market sizes, hype...
February 20th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Tennis | Read More

Ilya Kovalchuck Is Still Here

I’m not going to lie — until Saturday’s Olympic hockey clash between Team USA and Team Russia, I completely forgot about Ilya Kovalchuk. I mean, I didn’t forget about him in the sense that he existed. After all, he played in the NHL just last season. No, I forgot about him as a...
February 18th, 2014 | Hockey, Oympics, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin Provide A Preview Of Sochi

The Sochi Olympics Men’s Hockey Tournament might as well have taken place Wednesday night. In goal for the Buffalo Sabres stood Ryan Miller, hero of the 2010 games who led the United States to a somewhat surprising silver medal. He may reprise that role when the tournament starts next week. The...
February 6th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More