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TCL Top Ten 2010 Stanley Cup Moments

The 2009-10 season in the NHL was a memorable one for fans, playoffs, and the league itself. An outstanding playoffs brought us upsets, Cinderella runs, record-breaking games and series, and moments that will forever live on in history, and in infamy in the minds of many fans. We all have our favourite moments, our favourite games and stories that will be passed on throughout the years, but what were the top 10 moments of these past playoffs? What were the best games, the best stories to come out of the league over the last couple of months? With the Stanley Cup Finals finally over, and with a couple of weeks gone by for all of us to decompress and look back at what was an outstand...

Biggest Surprises and Upsets

Perhaps the most anti-climatic goal in playoff overtime history, but it still counts. The Chicago Blackhawks had an unbelievable ride to the top this past season and they deserved to win the Stanley Cup. Just a few days later, it's already time to start looking ahead to next season. The NHL draft is only a couple of weeks away, as well as the award ceremony. On June 22nd, the NHL master schedule will be released, but we already know one game on it. Pittsburgh will host the Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year's Day 2011. Numerous experts have looked at the top players for the entry draft, but the lists haven't stopped changing. Everyone's rankings are different, but their opinions don't...

The Franchise Player Rule

This year something happened that left me scratching my head and really questioning the current CBA. The Atlanta Thrashers were forced to trade their franchise player, Ilya Kovalchuk in the midst of their own attempts to make the playoffs. The reason being of course that the Thrashers were unable to get him under contract for next season before the trade deadline and were not willing to take the risk of negotiating with him after the deadline where they could lose him for nothing come July 1st. To make it clear, I understand why the Thrashers had to do what they did, but I just don't see how this is good for the NHL, especially for struggling franchises like the Atlanta Thrashers. Do I...

2010 Stanley Cup Final Begins Saturday

And then there were two... Over a month ago sixteen teams began the quest to hoist Lord Stanley, now just two teams have that chance. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will meet in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.

NHL Sets Conference Finals Schedule

The NHL's Final Four are set after the Philadelphia Flyers capped off their historical come back this evening when they defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 to move into the Eastern Conference Final. Not only did the Flyers battle back from 0-3 down in the series, they were down 0-3 early in the game as well. Philadelphia will now face the 'Giant Slayers' from Montreal. The Canadiens dispatched both NHL superstars and the two teams that were favoured to meet in the East Final, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. The San Jose Sharks look to have finally broken their playoff curse, and they did it in convincing fashion. San Jose dispatched of the two-time defending Western Conference...

When Elimination Becomes Reality

Every year, 29 teams face disappointment. The possibility of elimination becomes reality for all but one team. You can break down stats, rosters, salary caps, or whatever it is you think it is important, but you cannot determine a team's success, especially in the postseason. The farther your team advances, the stronger the blow is once they are eliminated. As a Sabres fan, seeing Buffalo get knocked off by the Bruins was tough, but not compared to the rest of the Eastern Conference. I couldn't even begin to describe what it must feel like for Washington, Pittsburgh, or even New Jersey. Each of them were defeated in their own arena, leaving their fans stunned. With such high expectatio...

Home Ice Is No Guarantee

The 2010 playoffs have shocked the NHL, and there are still two rounds remaining. The saying “anything can happen in playoffs” has certainly been proved once again this year, especially in the Eastern Conference. All three division winners in the East were knocked out in the first round. Even with earning the home-ice advantage, they still were unable to win the series. In the first round, the home team lost more than half the time, posting a 23-26 record. There was little improvement in the second round as the home team posted a 14-11 record. Why is home ice mean less in the playoffs? Or does it? Washington, New Jersey, and Buffalo all had 25 or more wins on home ice during the re...