Monthly Archives: May 2013

Series Review – Bruins Power Past Rangers to Reach Eastern Conference Final

Bruins' players celebrate after their 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers in Game Five. (Courtesy of csnphilly.com)

Bruins’ players celebrate after their 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers in Game Five.
(Courtesy of csnphilly.com)

Heading into their Eastern Conference Semi-final encounter, the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers looked well matched, both having won their respective quarterfinals after enduring tense Game Sevens. The Rangers had recovered from a 2-0 hole and then a 3-2 deficit in their series to destroy the Capitals in Washington. Meanwhile, the Bruins had thrown away a 3-1 series lead against the Toronto Maple Leafs, before a stunning 3-goal comeback in the dying moments of Game Seven at TD Garden and then stealing the victory in overtime to break Leaf hearts.

Needless to say, despite expectations of another war of attrition, this series wasn’t really too close in the end. The Bruins proved too powerful for the Rangers all over the ice, despite the remarkable efforts of Henrik Lundqvist, and triumphed by a series score of 4-1. A result that ultimately proved the end of John Tortorella in the Big Apple. Ahead of their Eastern Conference Final against the explosive Pittsburgh Penguins, this post takes a look at how a powerhouse Boston line-up smashed their way past a gritty New York team.

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SERIES REVIEW: Settled Down – Penguins fly past Senators.

Sidney Crosby and Daniel Alfredsson shake hands following the conclusion of the series. Image courtesy of cbc.ca.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were always going to be the favourite in this series against Ottawa, although there were doubts given (a) how well the “Pesky Sens” had played against Montreal in the first round and (b) how much trouble the Islanders gave Pittsburgh in their own first round series, exposing their goaltending most of all.  Nonetheless, with Tomas Vokoun taking over seemingly full-time from usual starter Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins have appeared to settle down and are doing what they do best – blowing away inferior competition.

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NHL News – New York Rangers Fire Coach Tortorella

Early candidates to replace Tortorella in New York are NHL veteran Lindy Ruff and former Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. (Courtesy of businessinsider.com)

Early candidates to replace Tortorella in New York are NHL veteran Lindy Ruff and former Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.
(Courtesy of businessinsider.com)

On Wednesday, the New York Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella only four days after their exit from this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, a semi-final defeat in five games at the hands of the Boston Bruins.

This post takes a brief look at ‘Torts’ time in charge and the murky circumstances surrounding his departure.

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The EIHL Marketing Problem

Over at Paul Wheeler’s terrific Chasing Dragons blog, the Coventry Blaze play-by-play guy has published a very interesting article concerning the state of British ice hockey with regards to the media and how they interact with their devoted fanbase, or in many cases, how they don’t.

Whilst we here at Ice Nation UK don’t specifically cover much EIHL news or issues, we have done from time to time and the health of the sport in the UK is something we’re hoping will continue to improve.  Matters such as those that Paul outlines in his post are particularly galling to read at a time when social media makes it easier than ever to gain a following, and much of the EIHL establishment appear to be shooting themselves in the foot (feet?) over a phenomenon that almost every business worth knowing about around the world has embraced.

A Legend Returns – Colorado Avalanche Appoint Patrick Roy as Head Coach

Patrick Roy won two Stanley Cups whilst with the Avs, in 1996 and 2001. (Courtesy of sportsillustrated.com)

Patrick Roy won two Stanley Cups whilst with the Avs, in 1996 and 2001.
(Courtesy of sportsillustrated.com)

On Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche named Hall of Famer Patrick Roy as their new head coach and vice president of hockey operations. The move was an exciting one for fans in Denver and hockey writers alike, for the sporting icon brings with him an exciting mixture of controversy, entertainment and a veritable wealth of NHL experience. With a spell as coach and general manager of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts under his belt, questions abound as to whether Roy’s cavalier style of management will transfer to the elite level.

This post will take a brief look at the credentials the man who once uttered possibly the most famous line in hockey history amidst a heated exchange with Jeremy Roenick, “I can’t really hear what Jeremy says because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears” (You knew I would find a way to mention it!), brings to the NHL.

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS FIRE COACHING STAFF

As per TSN, the Vancouver Canucks yesterday announced that they have fired head coach Alain Vigneault and his assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown.  The news was not entirely unexpected following the Canucks’ second straight first round exit, yet it was despite their sterling record in the regular season having won their 5th straight Northwest Division title and 6th in 7 years.

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