Commentary on the recent rash of dirty play in the NHL playoffs, why Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t a clutch goaltender, remembering a recently deceased Panthers fan, Jim Hughson’s bias and Absurd Goalie Monday, why we cheer for average players in the playoffs, the status of Ryan Smyth’s contract talks, Matt Duchene’s difficulty fitting into Joe Sacco’s system, why we should stop calling Crosby “Cindy” and the Sedins “sisters”, and the latest ratings for the NHL on NBC.


NHL disciplinarian Shanahan faces increasing criticism.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Justin Johnson believes NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has failed to change the status quo regarding reckless play and injuries.

CANES COUNTRY/HOCKEY ANALYSIS: Brian Leblanc and David Johnson calls on the NHLPA to step up in the next round of collective bargaining to do more for player safety.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan on how the Penguins display the problems with NHL officiating.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert makes a convincing case for why Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is not the clutch goalie many observers, including myself, believe him to be, while Greg Wyshynski highlights how the Florida Panthers remembered a dedicated fan who recently passed away from brain cancer.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz on the obvious bias of HNiC play-by-play man Jim Hughson, plus has another installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham on why hockey fans love it when a less-notable player rises to the occasion in the post-season.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Alan Hull looks at Ryan Smyth’s contact status with the Oilers.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: Unless Matt Duchene can figure out how to play under coach Joe Sacco’s system, he might not be with the Avalanche for long.

THE ACTIVE STICK: Calling Sidney Crosby “Cindy” and the Sedin Twins “Sisters” is actually using women as an insult. Seriously, folks, that just ain’t cool.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore has the ratings for NBC’s coverage of the Capitals-Bruins Double OT game.