Posts Tagged ‘Stanley Cup Playoff

02
May
09

Brown Hits Hudler

 

Brown lays out Hudler. Suspension?

 

 

Both sides of the story compliments of NHL.com

“I didn’t see him coming,” Hudler said. “It happened really quick. I didn’t have the puck for at least two seconds. It was kind of late, but there’s nothing I can do right now. Obviously, it’s a hit on the head. I don’t want to be out of line, but I hope (the League) will get a look at it and do the right thing.”

Not surprisingly, Brown doesn’t feel he deserves a suspension.

“It’s the playoffs, I want to play,” he said. “I want to help the team. I don’t know if it’s necessary to get that suspension. It was just a clean hit. I wasn’t meaning to do any harm or anything. I was just playing physical. He got cut from his visor.”

Hudler was able to return for the start of the second period after receiving several stitches, but Brown was gone for the rest of the night and the Wings got a five-minute power play — much to the dismay of Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle.

“I’m sure they’re going to say it was dirty, but this is a game that’s played and physical contact is allowed,” Carlyle said. “We timed the hit. From the time he passed the puck until Mike Brown made contact with him, there wasn’t a second that went off the clock. It was at 8:36, and the clock did not move by the time he made contact. He didn’t hit him with his elbow, he hit him with his shoulder. Hudler was admiring his pass.

“They can talk all they want about a dirty hit. That’s not a dirty hit in hockey. You’re allowed to take the body in this game.”

30
Apr
09

The Kid and The Great

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It’s what we’ve been waiting for, or at least what Garry Bettman has been dreaming of since 2005, and thanks to some 3rdperiod heroics by the Carolina Hurricanes and a total collapse by the New York Rangers , we finally have a showdown between Sid the Kid and Alex the Great. Obviously this is a marketing dream for the NHL, having the two most recognizable faces of the NHL since Gretzky and Lemieux, (who never saw each other in the post season) squaring off in a Stanley Cup Playoff series. This has been a rivalry in the making since their respective rookie seasons. And with all great rivalries comes the age old question: Who is the best?

The Loge has had its fair share of debates over which player is better. While they both play very different styles of hockey, on paper they look almost identical. Since their rookie seasons of 2005-2006 Ovechkin has put 420 points on the board with 219 goals and 201 assists, while Crosby has 132 goals, 265 assists for 397 points.  A mere 23 points separates the two, while the differences in goals and assists between them can be attributed to their styles of play. Ovechkin, the flashier of the two, will shoot from anywhere , while Crosby is more of a playmaker. In head to head match-ups  they have faced each other 15 times, Crosby has the edge with a record of 11-4-0 to Ovechkin’s 4-8-3.

While this debate has been going on since their first games in the NHL and will surely continue on long after the Stanley Cup is hoisted this year, there is more to this series than these two individuals.

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