Rookies Timothy Liljegren and Andrew Nielsen represent a promising future for the Toronto Maple Leafs back end.
GM George McPhee was once again forced to re-align his roster after division rival Tampa Bay swept the Capitals in the second round of the playoffs. With a busy off-season, the Caps look like they’ve replaced quality for quantity, but the core of the team that has brought such success during the regular season is still in tact. With that in mind, Washington’s success seems imminent.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be the 2012 Stanley Cup champions. At least, that’s what EA Sports NHL 12 tells us, after Observer staff ran a full season simulation to see what mere stats and chance can turn out. As for us, we’re picking the San Jose Sharks. With as many roster updates as possible, […]
The 2011-12 NHL season kicks off for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, and it may very well be Ron Wilson’s last with the team. The Leafs’ head coach is in the last year of a four-year contract he signed in 2008, when then-Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher inked the former San Jose Sharks bench boss to a deal that Wilson’s Team USA friend and old buddy, Brian Burke, inherited. At the time, Wilson was seen as a fairly solid hire for the Leafs, considering he was on the heels of a very successful tenure with the Sharks, at least in the regular season, and also considering he once coached the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jason Chimera scored his second game-winner of the playoffs, beating Henrik Lundqvist with an unassisted goal at 12:36 in double overtime, bumping the Washington Capitals to 4-3 win over the New York Rangers and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Brandon Dubinsky scored with 1:39 left in regulation and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves as the New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, leaving them with a 2-1 series deficit heading into Game 4.
Jason Chimera and Jason Arnott scored within a 1:57 span in the second period and Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
The Washington Capitals are one step closer to redemption after Alexander Semin scored his first goal of the post-season, leading the Caps to a 2-1 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.
With the same one vs. eight matchup on the horizon, this time against the New York Rangers, the Capitals hope their new-found commitment to defence can lead them significantly further.
Make no mistake: some familiar faces will be at the top of the heap in the Southeast Division.
Conversely, some usual suspects should be floundering amongst the NHL’s basement from the same region.