Good Guy, Good Goaltender: Goodbye, Marc-Andre Fleury

 

We won’t forget you, Flower.

None of us will forget you flicking your glove like a switchblade during Game 7 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, robbing Alexander Ovechkin on a breakaway. And how could any of us lose sight of you plowing across the crease, deflecting Nicklas Lidstrom’s snap shot in the waning moments of Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. Continue reading “Good Guy, Good Goaltender: Goodbye, Marc-Andre Fleury”

It Is Finished: Pens Grab Back-to-Back Titles

For the length and breadth of this Stanley Cup Final, the national media fawned over Nashville’s arena atmosphere, heaping upon it the same aura they do when talking about Jonathan Toews’ leadership.

But Smashville suffered a Steel City Invasion, the kind of invasion that hushed the whole of Bridgestone Arena’s collective vocal cords. Continue reading “It Is Finished: Pens Grab Back-to-Back Titles”

Is Jake Guentzel a Conn Smythe Contender?

 

Jake Guentzel served as Phil Kessel’s stick boy when Kessel attended the University of Minnesota. Guentzel’s father was an assistant coach for the Golden Gophers at the time, and the pre-teen Guentzel inevitably hung around the rink. Thus, during games, Guentzel was responsible for getting Kessel a new stick during games when one snapped. Continue reading “Is Jake Guentzel a Conn Smythe Contender?”

Watching Game 7 from a Hospital Bed

 

A hospital attendant rolled me down the hallway into a spacious physical therapy room. Fresh off of spinal fusion surgery, I waited my turn for a physical therapist to work with me on the simple things: getting out of a chair, walking, and climbing stairs. After such a surgery, which includes cutting through muscle, bone grafts, and rods, every patient requires daily PT post-operation. Continue reading “Watching Game 7 from a Hospital Bed”

You Don’t Know Dumo: Brian Dumoulin’s Value to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Journalists and broadcasters alike are junkies for statistics and streaks. They illustrate talking points, provide context, and fill up copy space and broadcast time alike. But in Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin, a particular stat hung a phantom monkey on his back during the regular season.

Continue reading “You Don’t Know Dumo: Brian Dumoulin’s Value to the Pittsburgh Penguins”