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Deadline Dud

Today's Trade Deadline couldn't have been more boring as only 15 deals were struck with the biggest one coming from the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres which saw Cody Hodgson and Zach Kassian swapped jerseys. The Trade Deadline day I will say is over-hyped but it has been proven to be one of the most important days in the NHL season, as smart teams have added the right pieces and have went on to win Stanley Cups.

I get excited every year for the Trade Deadline and I don't think that will change anytime soon. Now that is over, here are today's winners and losers.

Labelle's Royal Night Sinks Titans

Having gone 3-1-1 in their last five games with slim playoff hopes alive, the Trenton Titans hosted the Reading Royals Wednesday night at the Sun Center. Titans Coach Vince Williams decided to ride the hot hand by starting Brad Phillips again in goal. Phillips had allowed one goal in each of his last two starts, both wins.

In what has become Trenton-typical this season, the Titans allowed the first goal at 11:18 as Olivier Labelle set a screen in front of Phillips and a Yannick Tifu shot bounced off Labelle. The deflection went past Phillips to give the Royals the lead at 1-0.

Late in the period, Ryan Hayes answered right back for Trenton as he stole the puck in the offensive zone from a Royals defensemen and fired a quick shot on net. The shot beat goalie Karel St. Laurent to tie the game with just over a minute left.

Has the NHL Seriously Not Yet Figured Out Brad Marchand?

By now, you've probably all heard about Brad Marchand's ill-fated attempt to hip check Habs hitting machine Alexei Yemelin, in the dying seconds of the second period in last night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. You've probably also heard that the hit will go unpunished by Brendan Shanahan and the NHL.

But the hit, and the lack of punishment at the NHL level raises many questions about how Shanahan and his staff judge these sorts of things, and what the criteria really is for repeat offenders and people who clearly can't get a message.

But first, the hit itself. As the second period came to a close, Marchan...

Bruins Visit Bell Centre

One of the longest rivalries in the NHL writes a new chapter on Bell Centre ice this evening as the Boston Bruins visit the Montreal Canadiens. It was surprising to learn that this is the final encounter of the season (barring a playoff miracle) between these two forever rivals.

The Bruins are fresh off a shutout loss last night against the New York Rangers and, as a result, will probably be in a snarly mood. The Habs are coming off of a loss in what was supposed to be a must win game against Carolina, 5-3.

The Habs are in disarray in this season of out discontent, with frustration being shown at all levels of the organization. Two of the players...

Understanding the NHL’s real problem – Operating Income

In business, the sole purpose of the corporation is to maximize shareholder value.  In other words, the goal and only goal is to make money.  Period. 

There are many financial figures that help us understand if a business is doing well, but the all-important one is operating income.  Operating income is not how much cash you make from sales.  Operating income is the difference of everything that goes into running the business minus everything from operating the business (costs, expenses).  If the business is operating at a loss, chances are they won’t be around for a long time.   A business can sell a hell of a product but they al...

Perreault's trick leads Caps past Bruins

Washington Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault picked a perfect time for his first career hat trick, sending the Caps into the All-Star break with a win. 

The third-year pro's three-goal night, including the game-winner in the third period, helped the Alex Ovechkin-less Caps past the mighty Boston Bruins 5-3 Tuesday night at Verizon Center. 

With the game tied 3-3 heading into the pivotal third period, Perreault cleaned up a rebound off a Roman Hamrlik point shot in front of Bruins goalie Tuuku Rask to put the Caps up 4-3 at the 7:18 mark. 

Washington never looked back, holding off eight third period Boston shots befo...

Schenn Takes Advantage of Opportunity

Due to the unfortunate injury to right-winger Jaromir Jagr, rookie Brayden Schenn is getting the chance to play on the top line alongside Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

Although he has struggled with injuries and consistent play this season, Coach Peter Laviolette had the confidence in Schenn to gave him the opportunity to play on the team’s top line. He doesn't usually play on the wing, but he fit in quite nicely at the position.

Saturday's game against the Devils was his first chance to play on the line. It was the perfect circumstance for the 20-year-old to catch a break and finally get his game going.

In a time where the Flyers' top right-winger got hurt in the early stages, Schenn stepped up and did what he had to do for the remainder of the game. He met Laviolette’s expectations and played just how the coach hoped he would.

After the 4-1 victory, it was reported that Jagr would be out indefinitely. There wasn't any doubt as to who would play on that line in place of him. Schenn would continue to fill the role as best he could. A good test for the kid, as the next opponents would be the physical Boston Bruins.

Tom Sestito leaves a mark against Bruins

Over the past few seasons, the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins have developed a heated rivalry.

While the origins of the hatred between the two teams dates back to the Flyers Stanley Cup victory over the Bruins in the 1974 postseason, the rivalry regained it’s momentum following the 2010 playoffs when the Flyers historically came back from three games down to defeat the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semi-final.

Since then, the Bruins have gotten the better of the Flyers winning nine of the last 11 meetings between the two teams (including a sweep in last year’s rematch in the semi-final).

What this has led to is a great deal of physicality whenever the two teams meet.

That was certainly the case this Sunday.

While there was plenty of physicality and animosity to go around, Tom Sestito made sure to make his presence felt early and often.

Despite offensive outburst, Flyers fall 6-5 in shootout

The last time the Philadelphia Flyers hosted the Boston Bruins, they allowed six unanswered goals and saw the reigning Stanley Cup champions end their seven-game winning streak.

On Saturday afternoon, it was a different story.

Although the Flyers lost 6-5 in a shootout, they displayed that they could go toe-to-toe with the league’s best offensive team.

Islanders Look To Avoid Capital Punishment - Isles/Caps Pre-Game

Somebody had a case of the Mondays.

The New York Islanders, at least, will have a quick turnaround after one of their worst performance’s of the season. After a dismal 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, the
Islanders travel to the nation’s capital to play the red hot Washington Capitals.

Washington, winners of seven straight at the Verizon Center, come into the contest off a 2-1 home victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. They haven’t trailed in a game at home since December 13th. In 22 games since Bruce Boudreau was replaced by Dale Hunter, the Capitals have gone 12-9-1 playing themselves into a 1st place tie with the Florida Panthers in the Southeast Division.