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2013/14 Playoffs- Week 1 Recap

We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.

Where Are They Now? Mariusz Czerkawski

Today we look back at an individual who was nothing but a consistent scorer and a fan favorite during his 6 seasons on Long Island. Mariusz Czerkawski was part of the New York Islanders from 1997-2002 and then again during the 2003-2004 season.

Hawks' return to Boston spoiled by loss, hoping to bounce back in Ottawa

On their return to Boston’s TD Garden after winning the Stanley Cup there last summer, the Chicago Blackhawks were unable to solve the Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask, who made 28 saves throughout the game. The Blackhawks have only been shutout 3 times this season.

 

The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron scored twice to extend a goal streak to a career-high five games. He scored the first goal of the game 11:50 of the first period on a tip-in of a slapshot by Matt Bartkowski, and scored his second goal, the third and last of the...

Blackhawks make first return to Boston since Cup win

The last time that the Blackhawks skated on Boston ice, it was a hot day in late June, hoisting the Stanley Cup triumphantly over their heads.

Perhaps there is no better time for the Blackhawks to return to TD Bank Garden for the first time this season. Those memories will be as strong and fresh as they were nine months ago. Most of those Cup-winning players returned to the team; although a few are now gone. For example, Dave Bolland, the "17 seconds" game-winning scorer, was traded to Toronto.

While the Blackhawks returned from the summer mostly intact, the Bruins underwent more than a face lift. Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverly, and with Ryan Button, were se...

Isles, Grabner Fly Past Jets in OT

On a day highlighted by trade talk, the Islanders escaped on the ice and prevailed in overtime after blowing another 3rd period lead. The Vanek trade is still the number 1 story in Islanders nation, but this was a great way to have some fun while Garth and company look to get a deal done.

Blackhawks best Bruins 3-2 in shootout

Last spring, the Blackhawks and Bruins played no less than seven overtime periods during the Stanley Cup Final.

Is it any surprise, then, that Sunday's first game of the season between these two teams went to a shootout?

Boston's roster might have changed a little more than Chicago's since June, but their new pieces have fitted smoothly into the team. The two teams picked up right where they left off in June.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring early, a Marian Hossa wrist shot to make it 1-0.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews took an uncharacteristic - and unusual - penalty when he tossed a piece of his broken stick into the stands, resul...

Where Are They Now? J.P. Parise

Today we profile a member of the New York Islanders from the 1970's J.P. Parise.

Where Are They Now? Bill Guerin

Today we profile an individual who had a very successful career in the NHL and could very well become a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is a two time Stanley Cup champion and former Islanders captain Bill Guerin.

Shawn Thornton’s Punch A Cause For Concern

 

 

Just about every hockey fan out there understands that fighting is part of the game. However, the sucker punch thrown by Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins over the weekend to knockoutPittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is something that is extremely painful to watch, and crosses the line of right and wrong.

As the NHL deals with another brutal incident, people are asking what should be done about this type of play from NHL enforcers.

There are certainly a lot of unwritten rules in hockey, and some will point at Orpik messing things up by not fighting Thornton when initially given a chance. This pr...

Pregame 11/5: Islanders at Capitals

The Islanders begin a 4 game road trip tonight in our nation’s capital against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center that is now a divisional matchup as part of the Metropolitan Division.