Posts Tagged ‘Paul MacLean’

Toews tops Bergeron again as NHL trumpets first batch of award winners

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Josh Harding

Josh Harding won the Bill Masterson trophy after playing the season with multiple sclerosis. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

By Allan Muir

The upside of abandoning the NHL’s flashy awards presentation in Las Vegas is obvious: no experiments in forced chemistry between C-list celebrities and hockey players; no disdainful hosting from Jay Mohr; and no more sequels to the wacky adventures of Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan.

Still, this year’s hastily planned alternative won’t exactly be remembered as a triumph of marketing genius, either.

The NHL dropped the first eight winners online and the buzz it generated nearly matched the excitement over the last Twisted Sister LP. It’s really too bad, since the league could have benefited from wider exposure afforded to these worthwhile honorees.

The most highly anticipated award of the night went to Jonathan Toews, who edged out Patrice Bergeron (again) in the tightly contested race for the Selke Trophy. You can read Sarah Kwak’s take on it here. In my book, Bergeron deserved a repeat win — he took home the hardware last season — based on his league-leading faceoff numbers and the fact that he was on the ice for just 13 even-strength goals-against all season. Toews is right there with him on nearly all counts, but I think the voters tossed him this bone after bailing on him in the MVP balloting.

And now, the rest of the winners:

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  • Published On Jun 14, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Penguins dump Senators, advance to Eastern Conference Finals

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    James Neal Hat Trick

    James Neal (center) scored a hat trick in the Penguins’ 6-2 Game 5 win. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    When the Senators had a parade of players hauled on to the injured reserve, they were expected to sink. When they dropped five in a row in early April, people thought their postseason hopes were gone. And yet Ottawa found ways to win games, make it to the playoffs, make it past the first round.

    Well, after a season of exceeding expectations and proving doubters wrong, Ottawa finally reached the end of its line; after 58 games, the Senators just could not muster any more of their magic this year, and their surprisingly excellent season ended Friday night as they fell to Pittsburgh, 6-2, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Captain Daniel Alfredsson’s remarks after Game 4 — he had intimated that the end was imminent for his team, that he didn’t think it was likely his Senators could come back — turned out to be spot on. “With their depth and power play right now, you know, it doesn’t look too good,” Alfredsson said.

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  • Published On May 24, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: New faces add intrigue to Penguins-Senators clash in Game 4

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    Jussi Jokinen joins the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup for Game 4 vs. Ottawa

    The Penguins hope Jussi Jokinen juices a power play that may have cost them Game 3. (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Neither the Pittsburgh Penguins nor the Ottawa Senators were happy with the sputtering offenses that produced just one goal apiece in regulation in Game 3. So it’s no surprise that both Dan Bylsma and Paul MacLean are looking to add a little more punch to their rosters for tonight’s crucial Game 4 at Scotiabank Place.

    In for Pittsburgh is Jussi Jokinen. For Ottawa, it’s Mark Stone.

    Jokinen will see his first action in the series after sitting out the first three games, likely replacing Tanner Glass. He could skate on the fourth line tonight, with spot duty elsewhere to help out on face-offs, and should see time on Pittsburgh’s second power play unit. Don’t be surprised if he makes a big impact.

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  • Published On May 22, 2013
  • Adams Award finalists: Bruce Boudreau, Paul MacLean, Joel Quenneville

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    Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators is a 2013 Jack Adams Award nominee.

    If you really think about it, there is only one sure thing in this year’s NHL awards field. (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Think about the levers that Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates had to pull to convince struggling superstar Alex Ovechkin to play the game his way, or how Mike Babcock guided the Detroit Red Wings into the post-Nick Lidstrom era with a rookie-laden lineup. That is a pair of remarkable coaching efforts right there, yet neither was good enough to make the cut for the Jack Adams Award, which is given to the coach who has contributed most to his team’s success. That tells you all you need to know about the quality of this year’s field.

    The NHL announced this morning that Bruce Boudreau of the Anaheim Ducks, Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators, and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks are the finalists for the Adams, as selected by the members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. It’s pretty easy to craft an argument in support of any one of them.

    MORE NOMINEES: Hart | Norris | Vezina | Calder | Lindsay | Masterton | Selke | Byng

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  • Published On May 17, 2013
  • Top Line: Canucks’ window closing, tooth fairy busy in Ottawa, more links

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    The Sharks have the Canucks down 0-3 and are looking to finish them off.

    Antti Niemi and the Sharks have the Canucks down 0-3, but will they let them back up? (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Alain Vigneault is likely to take the fall when the Canucks are eliminated, but this defeat was induced by the failures of GM Mike Gillis.

    • Tony Gallagher says it’s time for the Sedins to stop taking the blame in Vancouver. Apparently two assists apiece through three games gets you a pass in some parts.

    • The Sharks have to be feeling good about themselves with a 3-0 series lead, but coach Todd McLellan will remind them today that the last time they were in this spot they ended up playing in a Game 7.

    • The Senators battled back from a disappointing loss and mugged the Canadiens in a fight-filled Game 3.

    • The Canadiens embarrassed themselves in every way while losing this one. That whirring sound you hear is Toe Blake spinning in his grave.

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  • Published On May 06, 2013
  • Top Line: Islanders stun Penguins, Canadiens avenge Eller, more links

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    Kyle Okposo (center) and the Islanders showcased their toughness in a comeback win over Pittsburgh. (Getty)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Penguins led Game 2 with their strength, Sidney Crosby. The New York Islanders countered with theirs: fearless resistance. Amazingly, it was enough for the Isles to steal a thriller in Pittsburgh.

    • Sean Gentile breaks down Pittsburgh’s Game 2 break down. Is brutal puck management on the list? You bet.

    • Montreal’s annoyance with Ottawa coach Paul MacLean inspired their gutsiest performance of the season.

    • Ottawa needs to start driving to the net if it wants the upper hand in this series, because Craig Anderson can’t do it all by himself.

    • I’m not coming around to Cam Cole’s thinking on the need for thinking to evolve on what is and isn’t a clean hit in hockey but he makes a very compelling case. This is a must-read.

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  • Published On May 04, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Canadiens’ Prust calls Senators coach a ‘bug-eyed fat walrus’

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    Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean

    Coach Paul MacLean’s honesty about the devastating hit on Lars Eller didn’t sit well with the Canadiens. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    If you thought the Montreal Canadiens might let bygones be bygones a day after watching bloodied teammate Lars Eller wheeled off the ice in Game 1, you’re about to have your faith in humanity shaken.

    The Habs didn’t like Eric Gryba’s hit that sent Eller to the hospital. And they didn’t like the postgame thoughts offered up by Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean any better.

    MacLean aroused Montreal winger Brandon Prust’s ire by suggesting that Raphael Diaz, the Habs defenseman whose suicide pass left Eller open to the hit, was to blame for the play, not Gryba.

    “[If I’m Eller], I’m really mad at [Diaz], whoever he is, because he passed me the puck in the middle of the rink when I wasn’t looking,” said MacLean. “That’s always been a dangerous place as far as I know. Ever since I’ve been playing this game, that’s a dangerous place to be — bad things happen.

    “I think it’s a hockey play that ended up going badly for Lars Eller.”

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  • Published On May 03, 2013
  • My 2013 NHL midseason awards

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    Sidney Crosby is the leading candidate for the 2013 Hart Trophy.

    Keeping his Penguins in contention with high-powered offense, Sidney Crosby may well run off with the Hart Trophy. (Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    With every team but one — the Boston Bruins — having hit the halfway point of the abbreviated schedule, it’s time to update our handicapping of the postseason hardware races. Here are my first-quarter choices, so you can compare.

    Not surprisingly, many of the names have changed since our first look revealed some surprise favorites. Injuries have played a part, but in most cases it’s been a matter of players reasserting themselves among the elite once they had a chance to get their legs under them.

    Here’s how we see the fields shaping up. Got a bone to pick with these choices? Make your case in the comments section below.

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  • Published On Mar 12, 2013


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