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Blackhawks Buried by Rolling Avalanche

Semyon Varlamov stopped all 25 Chicago Blackhawks shots he faced en route to Colorado Avalanche's dominating 4-0 victory last night.

Simply put, the Blackhawks were out-skated at almost all parts of the ice and Corey Crawford was no where near as sharp as his opponent, Varlamov, was at the United Center last night.

The Blackhawks did have some decent scoring chances in their 25 shots against the Avalanche defense, but last night, Colorado was just the better team and Varlamov was just the better goaltender.

David Jones opened the scoring for Colorado mid-way through the first period when he tipped-in defenseman Erik Johnson's point shot. And after that, it was al...

Flyers Sneak Away From Colorado With a Point

The Philadelphia Flyers hit the ice in Denver Monday night seeking another win streak after Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing by the Boston Bruins. Instead, they snuck out of the Pepsi Center with a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Philadelphia (20-8-4) struck first when Scott Hartnell scored with 1:29 remaining in the first period. On the power play goal, Jaromir Jagr saved the puck from leaving the offensive zone and quickly fired it near the net. Jakub Voracek, who has played spectacularly lately, shuffled a pass across the goal-mouth for Hartnell.

The tally was Hartnell’s 16th goal of the season, tying him with Claude Giroux as the highest goal scorer on the Flyers this season. It was also his seventh power play goal on the year.

Colorado (16-17-1) took the game’s momentum in the second period with strong contributions from their young core.

Roy's Next Move

Though I write about the Canucks, I could not get enough of this story. Former Canadiens goaltender and NHL Hall of famer, Patrick Roy, has told reporters that if any proposals came up for a coaching job, he would listen to the offers.  Brian Raiger takes a look at a few teams where the great #33 could possibly go, and could make a positive impact.

Montreal Canadiens - This is going to be my number one choice for a few reasons. We all know that Jacques Martin was fired by the Habs, making Randy Cunneyworth the interim head coach. Let’s say we let Cunneyworth play out this season, and at the end of the year Pierre Gauthier calls up Patty Roy.  Roy has told reporters ...

Drawing The Line: Isles Will Move To "Conference D" Next Season

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It wasn't news to anyone that the NHL would be setting up a new realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season. Plenty of speculation went into this idea as to how it would effect the current Eastern and Western Conferences. The Winnipeg Jets, although presently in the East, seemed to be a team that would make much more sense in the West. Rumors began to run that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, or even quite possibly the Nashville Predators.

The bigger question, and one that still looms over the hearts of many fans out in the desert, is whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes will still be in any Conference next year. They are currently in what seems to be the final year of their lease agreement after almost being relocated this past summer. There's still a good possibility that they might be relocated in the near future as well, but all of that remains in limbo as the 2012 season moves forward.

However, the NHL and it's Board of Governors could not wait to see what happens in Phoenix and passed a very dramatic change to the current alignment. The Eastern and Western Conferences will ultimately be removed next year; the standard two conferences that consist of 15 teams will become four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each one.

Avs Find their Stride, is it Enough?

Avs Struggling, but get a Rare Win at Home

Well it has been quite a while since I posted and I do apologize if anyone has been missing me.  A lot going on in life has kept me pretty busy... anyway, on to the goods.

The Avs have been struggling quite a bit recently, especially at home.  It just doesn't seem like this team can put in a full effort for 60 minutes.  The team has put in some terrible efforts, some where the team scores but gets no defense or bad goaltending, Some where the defense or goalies play well and get no offense.  The Avs are a good team, I don't doubt it.  My ...

Islanders Look To Rebound Against Vancouver

After losing a tough game to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, the Islanders look to finish off their West Coast road trip on a happy note. They will be facing the Vancouver Canucks, a team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals this past season.

The last time these two teams faced each other, both teams got a point, but the Canucks came out with two of them, defeating the Islanders in a shootout.

The Canucks bring along former Islander Roberto Luongo, who has been struggling so far this season along with the rest of the Canucks squad. Only having 17 points so far this season, the Canucks will look to get over the .500 plateau. So the Islanders need to expect a strong game o...

Mile High Meltdown - Avalanche Roll Past Islanders In Overtime

For 38 minutes, you had a glimpse of what could be for the New York Islanders.

 

Josh Bailey, Brian Rolston, and Michael Grabner all had goals. The Isles were up 3-0 and cruising to an easy two points.

 

A 5 on 3 advantage, and power play goal for the Colorado Avalanche later.. Game on.

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The Blackhawks are winning, but what needs work?

Does anybody else find it odd that Daniel Carcillo is leading the team with +/-, at +5? Carcillo has been a pleasant surprise so far, playing - dare we say it - smart.

Last year, the main word that was used to describe the Chicago Blackhawks all season long was "consistency". The team didn't have it; couldn't get any major winning streaks going; and most of the time, couldn't put together a third period to finish off opponents, leaving points on the table strewn across the league.

This year, the Blackhawks have come out of the gate hot. There's a lot to be thrilled about as a fan - a lot of production; team chemistry on the ice clearly there from open...

Avs can't Find Love at Home, Even with Varly Standing on his Head!

 

 

 

If Only Varly Could Score the Goals as Well...

Even after the Avs undefeated road trip, the Avs are still looking terrible at home intheir 3-1 loss to the visiting Hawks.  The Avs looked nothing like the team that was seen on the road, but it wasn't all terrible.  The Hawks had Corey Crawford to thank on the night as he came up big when he was needed.  On the other end, Avs goaltender Semyon Varlamov came up even bigger, but thanks to some defensive lapses, was left out to dry on two occassions (the third goal was...

Avalanche Start Hot, Looking to Bring it Back Home


Avs Set a Franchise Record

The Colorado Avalanche are finally back from a long road trip for a showdown with the Hawks at Pepsi Center tonight.  The Avs faired decent on a tough early season road trip, getting 5 out of 10 points, a successful road trip in most peoples eyes....

Wait!  You say the Avs went undefeated on the road trip?  They took 10 out 10 points in the five games?  They are in first place in the West?

Yes, all those things are true right now for the Avs.  Everyone in Denver said they needed at least 5 points to say th...