NHL Blog Beat – April 25, 2014

Playoff analyses, plus commentary on the Islanders, the idiocy of hockey’s “code”, Lady Byng and Selke trophy trivia and more. 

Antagonists like Matt Cooke (left) remain part of the NHL game.

Antagonists like Matt Cooke (left) remain part of the NHL game.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne rings down the curtain on his blog (though he’s moving on to bigger and better things with The Score). He also wrote a recent piece on why antagonists like Matt Cooke aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, while Ryan Lambert calls for improvement in playoff supplemental discipline.

GRANTLAND: Die-hard Leafs fan Sean McIndoe grudgingly praises the Montreal Canadiens for their first-round sweep of the Lightning, and suggests the new playoff format isn’t as bad as some critics feared.

HOCKEYBUZZ: Eric Engel reviews how the Canadiens dispatched the Lightning so quickly in their opening round series.

DEADSPIN: Ryan Lambert believes Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean channeled his inner Don Cherry when suggesting French-Canadien referees shouldn’t officiate Canadiens playoff games.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow examines how the Penguins have played better when Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are on the ice in their series against the Columbus Blue Jackets than not, as well as where the Blue Jackets improved aspects of their game against the Penguins.

HOCKEY INDEPENDENT/ISLANDERS INSIGHT: BD Gallof on the upcoming summer of Isles fans discontent, while Peter McEntee addresses the Islanders ownership situation.

MILE HIGH SPORTS: Doug Ottewill examines the idiocy of the hockey code.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier has your Lady Byng and Selke Trophies trivia.