May 13 2013 10:35AM
Henrik Zetterberg had no goals through the first give games of the Ducks/Wings series, but with his team down 3-2, Zetterberg showed up when it mattered most and potted 3 goals and 5 points in the final two games as the Wings upset the Ducks.
There is no doubt you need depth to win in the playoffs, but if your star players don't produce, it is unlikely your team will win. The Ducks got great production from depth guys like Emerson Etem, Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri (combined for 9 goals and 14 points), but their leading goal scorer in the regular season, Corey Perry, had no goals and only two points.
Zetterberg elevated his game when the Wings needed it, while Perry couldn't deliver for the Ducks. In his previous 43 playoff games Perry had 18 goals and 40 points, and he proved he could produce when it mattered most, but he couldn't this year and it cost the Ducks.
May 09 2013 12:53PM
As usual the first round of the NHL playoffs has been great. The intensity, speed, passion and excitement reaches a new level and it is great to watch. However, it also illustrates how far away the Oilers are from being a serious contender. This team isn't just one or two pieces away.
Craig MacTavish and his staff will be hard-pressed just to make them good enough to stay in the playoff race next season.
May 07 2013 11:45PM
A source told me tomorrow afternoon Hockey Alberta will announce that beginning next season there will be no more checking in peewee.
The email I received said, "Effective immediately checking will be removed from peewee hockey."
May 06 2013 12:16PM
Despite the Oilers being out of the playoffs for the 7th straight season, there is still numerous intriguing hockey stories unfolding around the NHL. Did the Vancouver Canucks window for a championship just slam shut? It didn't take long for Ottawa and Montreal to build a legitimate rivalry. The WHL final is very competitive, and today the first finalists for an NHL award were announced.
May 03 2013 03:45PM
Marty McSorley was in Edmonton this past weekend for the Face Off for Alzheimers Pro Am. He's still a huge fan favourite, as he went first overall in the draft. I had a long chat with Marty at the draft about a variety of topics, and then he came on my radio show to discuss suspensions, intimidation, playing tough and how players learn to compete at the NHL level.