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The Twelfth Night and it's Over.

Posted by Radatz on April 23, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Move over Shakespeare. Your comedies and tragedies had company today. It's a topic of conjecture whether Boston could have won its game with Ottawa even without suffering another overtime PP goal, but it probably cemented the bad look the series had to this point. Meanwhile the miracle of Toronto's kids, exciting as it was, got no further than Boston did. Or Montreal. Or San Jose. And those were the 4 longest series. We haven't had a seven game series once. 4-0, 4-0, 4-1, 4-1, 4-2...

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Eleventh Night. All Three Series End. Refs Strike Again

Posted by Radatz on April 23, 2017 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (2)

All three first round series on display bit the dust on Saturday. They're dropping out like flies. Bad news for hockey fans. The good news? Not the officiating, as yet another potential winning goal (for the Wild) was negated on yet another GI call, one which was not (have any been?) well-received. It's at the point where the officials have heavily influenced the outcome of not one (which is too many) but several series, doubtless with more to come. The NHL better figure out how t...

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Tenth Night: 3-2 All Around, More Brutal Officiating

Posted by Radatz on April 22, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

It became obvious that late games are getting rare tonight. Boo. And with only two games on tap, the increased viewership of the Boston/Ottawa game exposed a deepening and suspicious looking NHL officiating problem to a huge audience. Are they suddenly inept? Are the Toronto big brothers calling the calls? Or has replay made them so afraid to be wrong they make the safe call every time?

Oshie scored at the end of the 1st period but Toronto shored up and tied...

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Ninth Night: Two Down, Two Strangely Easy OTs

Posted by Radatz on April 21, 2017 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Our undertone tonight is the officiating again, but there was hockey too. The NFLization of NHL officiating (replay et al) seems to be taking its toll on good hockey. The seemingly better team didn't always win, which seems to be an odd theme this offseason. Two teams tried to stave off elimination. Neither did. Dominos are falling now. We had two games with a complete reversal of form in overtime. Last preliminary thought: does everyone have a player named Carlson or Karlsson or ...

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Eighth Night: The First Domino

Posted by Radatz on April 20, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (2)


To provide yours truly with at least something pleasant, we present the Patriots calling the NYT for fake news:


Game 4 has been comeback city, but the first team to break the mold was Boston. They pressed early but couldn't score, actually having a goal wiped off the board on chal...

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Seventh Night. Comebacks Everywhere

Posted by Radatz on April 19, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (9)

Hockey fans everywhere (except in three cities) had reason to rejoice tonight as we were spared two sweeps and one foregone conclusion. The playoffs are short enough as it is. Could the NHL simply shorten the season to 60 games and make all playoff series best-of-11? I'll watch. It'd sure help with Super Bowl hangover.

Despite the 3-0 Pittsburgh advantage coming in, this series has featured near picture-perfect hockey and close games. This night Columbus' shot ad...

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Sixth Night. Controversy Mars 3 of 4 Great Games

Posted by Radatz on April 18, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (3)

If there are several things besides the OTL I'm suddenly getting quite sick of, they are (1) automatic icing, (2) broken sticks and now (3) early penalty calls that result in quickie OTs. Inconsistent officiating is of course on the list now too. It was not a good night for NHL rules or refs. A puck hits a guy going off but if he doesn't 'play' it you don't call too many men? Maybe, but news to me. Now it's a 'judgement call'? Rules vague regarding hitting a goalie who's out of th...

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Fifth Night. The Winless Get Winlesser

Posted by Radatz on April 17, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Despite fairly competitive hockey, Round One is beginning to degenerate, at least partially, into the blowoutfest that so often occurs and which fans dread. It's not that the games are blowouts, at least on the scoreboard. But we now have 4 teams without a win, two of which have blown home ice big time. C'est la guerre.

Deja vu. I turned on the NYR/MTL game and thought I was watching Toe Blake's Canadiens skating against the Rangers in 1960, peppering the Gumper....

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Fourth Night. Canada Rallying. Hawks Reeling.

Posted by Radatz on April 16, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Lest I forget, Happy Easter! Kali Anastasi!

We've seen road teams look tired in game 2. It's understandable though inexcusable that Boston would blow a 3-1 lead. It's understandable that Chara, one of four (4) defensemen left on the active roster after McQuaid exited, would make a lazy clearing pass with 12 seconds left. It's inexcusable that he'd send it over the glass and give Ottawa a power play to open overtime. It's just inexcusable that with the PP down to ...

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Third Night... More of the Same. Which is Fine.

Posted by Radatz on April 15, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (3)

The first night of game 2s produced the usual interesting results. 4-1 was our 'rout', but the routee outshot the router 40-32. We had a last-minute tying goal leading to a late OT winner, a last 3-minute winner and almost a tying goal at the horn (a second too late). Plus one not-as-close-as-it-seemed. Good stuff again for the greatest show on sports TV.

It's not so surprising that Pitt is ahead of the BJs 2-0, but it is surprising that the main reason continues...

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