NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Dan Girardi #5 and Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebarte the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 24, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/25/15

What everyone is talking about Finally, we have a second team advancing to the next round of the playoffs. After Anaheim swept the Jets, teams trailing in their respective series have been not unlike zombies, completely unkillable. Well, the aging Penguins very closely resemble zombies on their best days, and the Rangers finally were able […]

Cup Dumps 4/24/15

What everyone is talking about The Lightning had a ferocious come back, coming from 2-0 down to win in over time over the Red Wings. Playoff hockey is really fun. Fox, Sporting News, NHL.com Speaking of the playoffs and a team that is so far from the playoffs it’s sort of funny to bring them […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 22:  Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save on Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New York Rangers during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/23/15

What everyone is talking about There is a panoply of things to talk about, as often happens when the playoffs get going, and the focus hasn’t been on any one particular series. The Lightning and Red Wings get Game 4 tonight, with the first team to score securing the win in every game thus far. […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 21:  Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a triple overtime win against the Nashville Predators in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Predators 3-2 in the third overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/22/15

  What everyone is talking about Last night and into the early morning, we had a 3 overtime thriller. Well, it was a thriller so long as you aren’t a fan of Nashville or Chicago, because in that case, it was probably excruciating. Brent Seabrook won the game, and the Hawks have a commanding lead […]

WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 20:  Winnipeg Jets fans do the wave in third-period action in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the MTS Centre on April 20, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/21/15

  What everyone is talking about Playoff hockey returned to Winnipeg for the first time in decades, and not only was the night ruined for the, it was ruined in completely heartbreaking fashion, because the Ducks are the absolute worst. Fox, Sports Illustrated, NHL.com Scoreboard New York Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 1 – There is a lot […]

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Todd McLellan #hc of the San Jose Sharks during the preseason NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on September 27, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 2-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/20/15

  What everyone is talking about Last night it was about the Western Conference’s all Canada matchup, but today the focus is on the East, where Montreal has a death grip on their series, and are in good position for a sweep. ESPN, Sporting News, CBC Elsewhere, the Sharks are out of the playoffs but […]

Puck Dumps 4/19/15

What everyone is talking about It’s late and the scoreboard will still be about Saturday, but the other outlets of the world have moved on to Western Canada, where the Flames are leading the Canucks in Game 3 action. NBC, (Yahoo links to NBC feed), CBC, TSN, NHL.com Scoreboard Tampa Bay 5, Detroit 1 – […]

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a save on Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings as he's defended by Sami Salo #6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 12, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/18/15

  What everyone is talking about The Red Wings took game 1, but the Lightning are making short work of the Red Wings tonight. Goal after goal. Yahoo, CBC, NHL.com Scoreboard Montreal 3, Ottawa 2 – The Senators are the only team down 2 goals so far. Your Hamburgler can’t save us now. Washington 4, […]

Inside the NHL media department

November: Intern Jared – “Hey, I’ve got a great Bobby Ryan pun all saved up!” Editor – “Well, we don’t really let interns write our headlines, especially this early in the season. Maybe later.” December: Editor: As is policy here at NHL.com, we will let the intern of the month write one of the day’s headlines! […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 11:  Sami Vatanen #45 of the Anaheim Ducks scores the winning goal in the shootout past goalie Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center on January 11, 2015 in Anaheim, California.   The Ducks won 5-4 in a shootout.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/17/15

What everyone is talking about There were only 4 games it was the playoffs, but for some reason, there didn’t appear to be one big story that emerged from the playoffs that everyone wanted to talk about. There is a little bit of focus on Anaheim crushing the hopes and dreams of the entire province […]

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 11: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens skates up the ice during NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre April 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/16/15

  What everyone is talking about The Senators opened their series with the Canadiens last night, and were beat up, both in the hockey sense of the word, but also physically, as PK Subban took a swipe at Mark Stone and broke his wrist. The Senators are going to be out for revenge, just as much […]

Oh, what the heck, let’s pick some winners

I am notoriously bad at making NHL based predictions (Sorry, Bruins), but I am also not a quitter. Without further ado, Let’s see what my (wrong) picks are. I would love to see what you have to say about the playoff and what you might really think about me. Western Conference Round 1 Minnesota over […]

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