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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.

Isles Get Past Toronto In Overtime

In a battle of the Olympics’ top two goal scorers, the New York Islanders came out on top on the strength of Lubomir Visnovsky’s snap shot from the slot 1:55 into overtime.
Toronto’s Phil Kessel and the Islanders’ Michael Grabner each had five goals in Sochi to pace Men’s hockey in the Olympics, and each of these wingers factored in tonight’s offense.

Where Are They Now? J.P. Parise

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

HBO 24/7: Episode Two Review

HBO’s “24/7” series finally delivered the goods.

The Detroit Red Wings coverage in the first episode had displayed a tame and reluctant club in front of the cameras, mostly regurgitating cliché lines the viewers are accustomed to hear in the post-game. This second episode, though, captured the unfiltered inner sanctum of the Red Wings. If Detroit wanted to appear composed and level-headed in front of the cameras, the team’s losing streak derailed any hope of that.

With that, here are some of the more interesting tidbits regarding the Red Wings:

Brendan Smith alluded to Mike Babcock asking him who he’d rather play against, Sidney Crosby ...

HBO 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic - Episode 1 Review

Saturday night marked the first entry in the popular HBO series "24/7," this year between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings as they gear up for the NHL Winter Classic.

Some look forward to the series more than the game itself as it provides plenty of uncensored behind the scenes footage. Essentially viewers are treated with a barrage of F-bombs and an inside look at the life of the average hockey player.

The first episode, which aired last night at 10 p.m., delivered on the use profanity and a few interesting, if not quirky, characteristics of some players. But let's start with the not-so-good:

The Red Wing...

Hawks trounced 7-2 by Maple Leafs look ahead to LA Kings

In an absolutely dreadful game for the Hawks nothing seemed to go right except for Patrick Kane. Every team has a stinker and the Hawks are no different from any other NHL team and this game they can chalk up to just one of those nights.

From the very start of the game, the Hawks took too many penalties as special teams were the order in the first period. Peter Holland scored on the power play for the Maple Leafs as they went 1-3 on the power play.

The Hawks got a five on three power play when Patrick Kane got the benefit of a deflection off of Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf past Jonathan Bernier to tie everything up at 1-1 and the period ended.

The second period saw th...

High-flying Blackhawks prepare to face the struggling Maple Leafs

The last time the Blackhawks (23-6-5) saw the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-14-3), they were welcoming Dave Bolland's new team to the United Center.

Unfortunately, due to an injury sustained in a game in Vancouver on November 2nd, Bolland will not be in the lineup this Saturday night. The Leafs are without two of their top centers, because Tyler Bozak is also on IR due to an oblique injury.

The Maple Leafs have been struggling as of late. Early in the season, Toronto had a solid spot in the playoff rankings. They have gone 5-3-2 in their past ten games, and have slipped to second place in the Eastern wild card standings, 3 points ahead of Ottawa.

Toronto is ...

NHL Makes Landmark TV Distribution Deal With Canadian Networks, Leaving TSN and RDS In Their Dust

  November 26th is a very important day for the National Hockey League, and not only because it's professional hockey's 96th birthday. On Tuesday, the league announced a new deal with five Canadian broadcasters, changing the landscape of televised hockey distribution in the country for the next 12 years. The deal, worth $5.2 billion and one of the biggest media rights deals in Canadian history, will strip hockey coverage away from Bell Media-owned TSN and RDS, instead distributing English-language coverage of games between the publicly funded CBC -- retaining its iconic Hockey Night In Canada on Saturday nights but losing certain privileged like the All-Star Game and s...

Maple Leafs Missing Fraser's Stay at Home Presence

It was the trade deadline 2012 and for another year it was looking like a big disappointment for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In what had become an annual trade deadline mantra the Leafs were retooling for next season. It was on February 27th 2012 that then GM Brian Burke traded Dale Mitchell for Mark Fraser. If you dismissed this deal as a no meaning minor league swap you weren’t alone, the trade was dismissed by fans almost as quickly as it was announced. For Mark Fraser it represented another shot at proving he was an NHL calibre defenseman.

Fraser had made the New Jersey Devils in 2009 after 3 solid seasons in the AHL and got into 61 games of action that season. After being tr...

Toronto Maple Leafs Missing Their Grit

If you looked at the Toronto Maple Leafs record you would think they have little to worry about, the team has compiled a 6-3-0 record. Dave Nonis was one of the busiest GM’s in the league this offseason re-signing key players like Kadri, Franson and Kessel while also pursuing players through free agency and trade. All of Nonis’ moves have looked good early on, especially the 1 year $1 M contract given to Mason Raymond. So with all these moves going the Leafs way why are some fans starting to get concerned?

The Maple Leafs are a team that has begun to stray from their identity, and it has begun to be noticeable across the league. Last season Randy Carlyle force fed the re...