Stanley Cup Champion this year and plenty of teams looking to end Cup droughts as they compete to play hockey in June. We've come a long way from the dynasties of the 1970s and 80s, and even a long way from the back-to-backs of the 1990s, and as a hockey fan, it's hard to complain about the new blood on display in this year's playoffs. 5 of the 8 teams left competing have never won the Stanley Cup, and 1 of those 5 teams are guaranteed a chance at participating in the Stanley Cup Finals for a chance to win their first Stanley Cup.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Back in the 1990 playoffs, John Druce of the Washington Capitals played some of the best hockey of his career putting up 14 goals in 15 games and leading his team in points with 17. This was a big deal because Druce was a 4th line defensive player who scored 8 goals during the regular season, but seemed to save his best for when it counted as he helped the Capitals make it to the Conference Finals and become a playoff legend.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
he considered it a consolation prize. Well we're going to try and defend the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and attempt to make a case as to why it should be a relevant trophy for NHLers to compete for, especially in today's hockey climate.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Scott Hartnell had some extra motivation to win the series against the Penguins after this sign showed up in Game 5 at Pittsburgh. For those unfamiliar with Lisa Renneke, she is the ex-wife of the power forward and was rumoured to have slept with former Flyer, Jeff Carter. While both publicly denied the affair, the divorce sounded brutal and Hartnell had a big decline in offence with the personal distraction dragging throughout the season. Well flashforward two years and Hartnell had a career season with 37 goals and 67 points with Renneke behind him, and Jeff Carter on another team (and maybe behind Renneke).
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Wax Stain Wednesday is a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. WARNING: these posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.Craig Button from TSN believes Montreal will draft him while other sites like MyNHLDraft.com have him going to the Blue Jackets as the second overall pick. Nathan on the other hand is a 16-year-old who won’t even be 17 until September and is quickly earning notoriety and praise like another famous Nova Scotian hockey player. Only 7 points separated these two at the end of the regular season with Grigorenko finishing with 85 points compared to MacKinnon’s 78 points. At this point, many have Grigorenko winning the award, but MacKinnon could be the much better player when it comes to both being in the NHL.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Los Angeles Kings Twitter account made some headlines after their Game 1 victory last week against the Vancouver Canucks by posting this. Canucks fans were none too pleased at the shot @LAKings took in reference to them being one of the most hated teams in the NHL, even by Canadians. The Kings organization apologized for their Twitter guys trolling Vancouver fans, but the @LAKings have remained creative and engaging which is great to see when you compare it to other NHL teams Twitter accounts.
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Monday, April 16, 2012
|Get used to being that guy in the background, Mike Comrie.|
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Most people are fixated on the Stanley Cup Playoffs right now and may have forgotten about what the teams that didn't qualify for the postseason are up to. Well, they're obviously partying and drinking away their sorrows about not playing right now. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been having these parties every April now for some time, and we managed to catch up with some of those hired to work their most recent end of the season party.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
|Evgeni Malkin will score big at the NHL Awards in June. "Best Makeout" not included.|
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Last night, the Maple Leafs released an Open Letter To Leafs Fans on the team website. Well, unfortunately one the web guys for the Leafs was sloppier than Mike Komisarek's defence and accidentally published a Rough Draft of the Open Letter. We managed to save a copy of this rough draft and share it with the fans for them to see.
This wasn't the only draft the Maple Leafs wrote as the Buds at Pension Plan Puppets also found an original draft of Tanenbaum's letter.
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Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
|Fantasy Hockey GM of the Year|
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Friday, April 6, 2012
The other night, I read an amazing article by Bruce Arthur of the National Post titled Acron Eger's Shadow. It's a great piece that took months of interviews to write and discusses the disappearance of British Columbian highschool basketball star Acron Eger, who went missing on a boat with his family while vacationing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It happened in 1989, and Eger and his family have never been found or any trace of what might have happened to them. Rumours of kidnapping, pirates and a capsized boat were told, but the mystery remains unsolved. In an odd twist, the following night after reading Arthur's article, I saw a documentary titled The Iceman on CBC's the fifth estate that told the story of Duncan MacPherson, a Canadian hockey player who disappeared in the Austrian Alps in 1989, and was found 14 years later.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
last Sunday's Penguins/Flyers tilt got a little crazy at the end with Peter Laviolette and Tony Granato exchanging words while standing on the boards separating the two team benches. It was hilarious to see, partly because Pierre McGuire just stood there. He was just so awkward. There is yelling and screaming going all around him, and he's just standing there all nonchalantly.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
|What watching hockey with a concussion is like.|
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