PITTSBURGH — Jim Rutherford won’t use the term “three-peat.”
Michael Traikos, Postmedia Network
Michael Traikos is the National Hockey Writer for Postmedia Network. He spent the past 10 years covering the Toronto Maple Leafs for the National Post and was also the Maple Leafs correspondent for The Hockey News. If he’s not at the rink, then he’s on the squash court pretending to be the next Jonathon Power. Married, with two beautiful children and a Beagle named Charlie, he also has a tattoo of the band the Pixies on his shoulder. He lives in Newmarket, Ont.
NASHVILLE — They say dynasties don’t exist anymore.
PITTSBURGH — The problem was never Sidney Crosby. It never is.
NASHVILLE — It was prior to Game 4 when word filtered down that the National Hockey League would not be accepting Conn Smythe Trophy ballots with two names on them.
PITTSBURGH — They don’t ask how. They don’t even ask how many.
NASHVILLE — Back when he was coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs, Randy Carlyle had “Burn The Boats” painted on the inside of the team’s dressing room.
Because it’s the Cup.
Natalie Spooner had just gotten off the ice on Tuesday night when she heard the news.
When the New York Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday, it was an inevitable decision for a team that had won only 17 of 42 games this season.
We had been expecting something special. Memorable. One of those “where-were-you?” type moments that comes along only so often.
MONTREAL — Mitchell Stephens didn’t want to talk about it.
Nearly three weeks into the season, what’s more surprising: that the Edmonton Oilers have the most wins of any team in the National Hockey League or that the Vancouver Canucks haven’t had a reason to fire head coach Willie Desjardins yet?
They won the final game of the round robin. But it came with an asterisk. And now we wait.
It wasn’t the first time Todd McLellan had been asked the question. But like the day before and the day before that, he once again had to revise his answer.
Apparently Canada does not like P.K. Subban.
Jason Zucker learned how to play hockey in a casino.
The man who is called the Finnish Don Cherry is wearing what he calls his “championship final” outfit: cream-coloured dress shirt, silver tie and a bright white blazer that’s been covered in large, sparkling, Swarovski-style crystals.
Just how good was Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price last season? Well, he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender and both the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award as league MVP.
Alex Ovechkin, who used to leap against the glass after goals and once pretended his stick was on fire after scoring, was spending Sunday morning trying to argue that the playoffs are not about individual performances.