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The Litmus Test, Again

It was touch and go there for a while, but the NHL’s Round 2 matchup in the Eastern Conference is on, as largely predicted right here some weeks ago.

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The Washington Capitals: Celebrating, for now at least

The series is set, but how about our previous observations. Is there a chance that Pittsburgh’s goaltending will falter and let the Caps finally sneak past their most dreaded enemies? The results from the first round are, shall we say, a mixed bag. Continue reading The Litmus Test, Again

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Penguins Gaining, But Risk A Net Loss

After posting my recent critique of the NHL’s so-far lackluster season, I’ve been making a concerted effort this past week to watch more games. And one thing stood out in the play I witnessed, something that’s reflected in the current standings: the Pittsburgh Penguins are starting to actually look like a two-time defending champion.

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Tristan Jarry: a potential crack in the Pens’ championship ice

The Pens have reclaimed the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, and they’ve looked good doing it. They’re riding a three-game winning streak (as of this writing), and they showed a smothering defense–particularly in the third period–in their win Wednesday night over the previously hot but now suddenly ice-cold Flyers. Combine a tight D with that team’s world-class offensive skill and the idea that we’re seeing a team in the midst of an Islanders- or Canadiens-like string of three or four consecutive Cup wins starts to look very plausible.

But that win Wednesday night revealed something else that may give Pens fans a moment’s pause: without the sidelined Matt Murray in goal, Pittsburgh may have a major problem in the playoffs, no matter how many snipers skate on their forward lines. Continue reading Penguins Gaining, But Risk A Net Loss

The Dodgers Go ‘Click’

Remember back when the Los Angeles Dodgers were the greatest team in the history of teams?

Remember when the Dodgers had fallen, and they couldn’t get up?

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The Los Angeles Dodgers: switch-flippers?

If you don’t, in either case, that’s OK, because apparently it doesn’t matter. Because once you get to the playoffs, it’s just about what you’re doing at that moment. And at this moment, the Dodgers are wringing the champagne out of their jerseys after sweeping away the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS.

Beyond the immediate importance of this–LA is headed to the NLCS and another showdown with the Cubs (seriously, the Nationals are still the Nationals), there’s also an interesting implication in the once-dominant, once-stumbling Dodgers turning it on again just in time for the playoffs:

Maybe all those announcers and experts who say you can’t do that are wrong. Continue reading The Dodgers Go ‘Click’

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The Weak In Review

The Stanley Cup Final did not get through one period before the series was besmirched by a really terrible challenge review and reversed call.

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The disallowed goal: “Don’t worry Penguins; I’m here to save you.”

It may be hard to argue that the outcome of Game 1 would be any different without P.K. Subban’s  would-be goal being overturned after Pittsburgh’s challenge, but we’ll never know for sure–and that’s a really bad look considering that Nashville is already a decided underdog in this series. Continue reading The Weak In Review