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The Joe Thornton

- April 29th, 2010

There always seems to be room in the NHL for another trophy. So how about The Joe Thornton.
Kinda the opposite of the Conn Smythe. Reserved for biggest playoff disappointments.
For this one, the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association or the broadcasters or the coaches or the players wouldn’t be the voters. Only people in playoff hockey pools would get a vote.
And while Thornton has again put himself in position to win the award again, he’d have considerable competition from his linemates and Vancouver Canucks Alex Burrows.
Last year and again in the first round this year, Burrows has had big numbers in the regular season and disappeared in the playoffs.
He didn’t have a single goal or assist in six games until he scored into the empty net in Game 6 to end the series in Vancouver.

Canadiens Too Pooped To Pop Again?

- April 28th, 2010

TERRY JONES SECOND ROUND

DETROIT VS SAN JOSE
Sharks are second round chokers not first round chokers. Detroit in six.

VANCOUVER VS CHICAGO
Canucks defence ought not hold up against Blackhawks offence. Chicago in six.

PHILADELPHIA VS BOSTON
Anybody see this one as a second round series match-up? Boston in seven.

MONTREAL VS PITTSBURGH
It’s too bad, but Canadiens won’t have anything left. Pittsburgh in five.
terry.jones@sunmedia.ca

That Breaks The Record

- April 28th, 2010

There have been so many close encounters of the first round kind and so many great games in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs that there had to be a record in there somewhere.
When the Detroit Red Wings went into Phoenix and won Game 7 last night, it was the 26th win by the visiting team in the first round,
The previous record, the people at the Elias Sports Bureau discovered upon request from your correspondent, was 25 in 1999.
Can the Montreal Canadiens make it 27 in the final first round game Wednesday in Washington?
And does anybody know what the record for first round too-many-men-on-the-ice penalties might be. The last I heard that one was at 21. Bizarre.

Who’s On First?

- April 19th, 2010

LOS ANGELES – The right fielder comes in to pitch. The pitcher moves to shortstop. The shortstop moves to third base. The third baseman moves to left field. And the left fielder moves to right,
Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, off the moves he made for the morning skate prior to Game 3 here Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings, looked like a Little League manager.
Pavol Demitra looks to have been demoted from the second line to the fourth line.
Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier appear to be moving from the fourth line to the third.
Mason Raymond looked to be moving up to the second line.
Janniik Hansen looked to move from the fourth line to the third.
Tanner Glass of Regina, who has never played a Stanley Cup playoff game, is likely moving into the line-up to replace Rick Rypien.
And in a move which will be celebrated by Canuck fans everywhere the much maligned Andrew Alberts, he of the five minute major which almost cost Vancouver Game 1 and three ill-advised penalties in Game 2 has finally been yanked from the line-up in favor of Nolan Baumgartner.