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Posted: April 15th, 2014

Eastern Conference
No. 1A Boston def. WC2 Detroit, 4-1
No. 3A Montreal def. No. 2A Tampa Bay, 4-2
No. 1M Pittsburgh def. WC1 Columbus, 4-2
No. 2M N.Y. Rangers def. No. 3M Philadelphia, 4-3
No. 1A Boston def. No. 3A Montreal, 4-1
No. 1M Pittsburgh def. No. 2M N.Y. Rangers, 4-2
No. 1A Boston def. No. 1M Pittsburgh, 4-2

Western Conference
No. 1C Colorado def. WC1 Minnesota, 4-2
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 2C St. Louis, 4-2
No. 1P Anaheim def. WC2 Dallas, 4-1
No. 3P Los Angeles def. No. 2P San Jose, 4-2
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 1C Colorado, 4-2
No. 3P Los Angeles def. No. 1P Anaheim, 4-3
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 3P Los Angeles, 4-3

Stanley Cup Final
No. 3C Chicago def. No. 1A Boston, 4-3

- Victor Fernandes

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized
Posted: April 15th, 2014


No. 1M Pittsburgh Penguins vs. WC1 Columbus Blue Jackets
Season records: Pittsburgh 51-24-7, Columbus 43-32-7
Season series: Pittsburgh won 5-0
Players to watch
Pittsburgh – C Sidney Crosby (36 goals, 68 assists, 104 points), C Evgeni Malkin (23-49-72), LW Chris Kunitz (35-33-88), RW James Neal (27-34-61), D Kris Letang (11-11-22, minus-8 in 37 games), G Marc-Andre Fleury (39-18-5 record, 2.37 goals-against average, .915 save percentage, 5 shutouts); Columbus – C Ryan Johansen (33-30-63), D James Wisniewski (7-44-51), G Sergei Bobrovsky (32-20-5, 2.38, .923, 5 SHO), C Brandon Dubinsky (16-34-50), RW Cam Atkinson (21-19-40), LW Nick Foligno (18-21-39)
Fast facts: Crosby won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring champion for the second time. He won the title by 17 points. … Letang rejoined Pittsburgh’s lineup last week after missing more than two months while recovering from a stroke. … Malkin (foot) missed the final 11 regular-season games. His status reportedly remains uncertain. … The Blue Jackets have reached the playoffs for the second time in the franchise’s 14-year history. They were swept by Detroit in the first round in 2009.
Outlook: The Penguins have been banged-up, and the Blue Jackets are a hard-working team capable of an upset. But that won’t happen this year.
Prediction: Penguins in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Saturday at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Monday at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – April 23 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 26 at Pittsburgh, TBD*
Game 6 – April 28 at Columbus, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at Pittsburgh, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 2M New York Rangers vs. No. 3M Philadelphia Flyers
Season records: New York 45-31-6, Philadelphia 42-30-10
Season series: Tied 2-2
Players to watch
New York – G Henrik Lundqvist (33-24-5, 2.36, .920, 5 SHO), LW Matt Zuccarello (19-40-59), C Derek Stepan (17-40-57), C Brad Richards (20-31-51), D Ryan McDonagh (14-29-43, +11), LW Rick Nash (26-13-39); Philadelphia – C Claude Giroux (28-58-86), RW Jakub Vorachek (23-39-62), RW Wayne Simmonds (29-31-60), LW Scott Hartnell (20-32-52), D Mark Streit (10-34-44), G Steve Mason (33-18-7, 2.50, .917, 4 SHO)
Fast facts: Rangers RW Martin St. Louis has one goal and eight points in 19 games since being acquired from Tampa Bay in a high-profile, deadline-day trade last month. … The home team won all four regular-season meetings. … The Flyers won the last three playoff series against the Rangers. … The Rangers led the Eastern Conference with 25 road wins.
Outlook: This will be a hard-fought, evenly matched series between two fierce rivals. The winner moves on to the next round, but how much will that team have left?
Prediction: Rangers in 7 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Thursday at New York, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at New York, noon
Game 3 – Tuesday at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Game 4 – April 25 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 27 at New York, noon*
Game 6 – April 29 at Philadelphia, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at New York, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 1A Boston Bruins vs. WC2 Detroit Red Wings
Season records: Boston 54-19-9, Detroit 39-28-15
Season series: Detroit won 3-1
Players to watch
Boston – G Tuukka Rask (36-15-6, 2.04, .930, 7 SHO), C David Krejci (19-50-69), C Patrice Bergeron (30-32-62), RW Jarome Iginla (30-31-61), LW Milan Lucic (24-35-59), D Zdeno Chara (17-23-40, +25); Detroit – RW Daniel Alfredsson (18-31-49), D Niklas Kronwall (8-41-49), LW Henrik Zetterberg (16-32-48), RW Gustav Nyquist (28-20-48), C Pavel Datsyuk (17-20-37), G Jimmy Howard (21-19-11, 2.66, .910, 2 SHO)
Fast facts: Boston and Detroit meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1957. … The Red Wings were the only team to earn three wins against the Bruins. … Detroit secured its 23rd straight playoff berth by three points over Washington. … Boston edged Anaheim by one point for the league’s regular-season championship and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. … The Bruins led the Eastern Conference with 261 goals scored and 177 goals against.
Outlook: The Bruins have been a model of consistency, especially in the playoffs, the past several years. It won’t be any different this time around.
Prediction: Bruins in 5 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Friday at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Sunday at Boston, 3 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – April 24 at Detroit, 8 p.m.
Game 5 – April 26 at Boston, 3 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 28 at Detroit, TBD*
Game 7 – April 30 at Boston, TBD*
* If necessary

No. 2A Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 3A Montreal Canadiens
Season records: Tampa Bay 46-27-9, Montreal 46-28-8
Season series: Tampa Bay won 3-1
Players to watch
Tampa Bay – C Steven Stamkos (25-15-40 in 37 games), LW Ondrej Palat (23-36-59), D Victor Hedman (13-42-55, +5), C Tyler Johnson (24-26-50), D Matt Carle (2-29-31, +11), G Ben Bishop (37-14-7, 2.23, .924, 5 SHO); Montreal – LW Thomas Vanek (27-41-68), G Carey Price (34-20-5, 2.32, .927, 6 SHO), LW Max Pacioretty (39-21-60), D P.K. Subban (10-43-53), C David Desharnais (16-36-52), D Andrei Markov (7-36-43)
Fast facts: Stamkos led the league in goals per game (0.67) despite missing 45 games with a broken right leg. …Bishop reportedly will miss Game 1 with an elbow injury. … Vanek had six goals and 15 points in 18 games since being acquired from the N.Y. Islanders at the trade deadline last month. … All four regular-season meetings were decided by two goals or fewer, with three being one-goal games and two heading to overtime. … Tampa Bay earned home-ice advantage over Montreal by one point in the standings.
Outlook: Stamkos will be a key figure in this series, but the Canadiens will win out in the end.
Prediction: Canadiens in 6 games

Series schedule
Game 1 – Today at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – April 24 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – April 27 at Montreal, TBD*
Game 7 – April 29 at Tampa Bay, TBD*
* If necessary 

Posted: March 4th, 2014

Brad Boyes

The NHL trade deadline arrives today at 3 p.m. Former Erie Otters captain Brad Boyes won’t be involved in it.
TSN reported that Boyes, 31, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Florida Panthers worth $2.625 million per season. Boyes, who signed a one-year deal this past offseason, has 17 goals and 26 points in 59 games this season. He has 185 goals and 435 points in 665 games during a 10-year NHL career that also included stints with the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues.
Boyes, arguably the most revered player in Otters history, set franchise records with 141 goals, 168 assists and 309 points in 203 OHL games from 1998-2002. The former captain led the Otters to their only league championship in the 2001-02 season.

Posted: January 27th, 2014

Brendan Gaunce

Erie Otters (36-9-2-0) at Belleville Bulls (13-29-2-2)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Yardmen Arena – Belleville, Ontario
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Up next: at Niagara (Thursday, 7 p.m.), at Owen Sound (Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters face the Bulls in a game that was postponed Saturday because of inclement weather and bad travel conditions. … The Otters’ magic number to clinch their first OHL playoff spot since the 2010-11 season stands at 3 points. … C Connor McDavid (lower body) has missed the past two games. No word yet if will play tonight. … The Otters can complete a two-game sweep of the Bulls. Erie won 4-3 at home Oct. 18. … LW Dane Fox (51 goals, 31 assists, 82 points) has no goals in his past four games. He still needs three goals to break Cory Pecker‘s franchise record of 53 goals set in the 2001-02 season. … RW Connor Brown (35-63-98) has set a new single-season franchise record for assists. …

Stephen Harper

Brown has 98 points this season, which stands two shy of breaking Pecker’s single-season record of 99 points in 2001-02 and becoming the Otters’ first 100-point scorer. Brown has a 14-point lead over Fox in the race for the league’s scoring title. … The Bulls are last in the Eastern Conference, but only 10 points out of the final playoff spot. … They have lost three straight and seven of their last 11 games. … The Otters face former teammate Stephen Harper for the first time since the LW was traded to Belleville in late November in the deal for C Brendan Gaunce. Harper has four goals, 13 points and 14 penalty minutes in 20 games with the Bulls. … Gaunce (12-14-26 in 22 games with the Otters) faces his former team for the first time, while C/LW Michael Curtis (18-18-36) plays in Belleville for the first time since traded to Erie this past August. … LW Remi Elie (18-25-43) leads the Bulls in scoring, while D Jordan Subban – brother of Montreal Canadiens D P.K. Subban and Boston Bruins G prospect Malcolm Subban – has 32 points and a plus-4 rating in 45 games.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 28th, 2013

Former Erie Otters captain Brad Boyes has signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers, the NHL club announced Saturday.
Boyes, 31, who led the Otters to their only OHL championship in 2002, had 10 goals and 35 points in 48 games with the New York Islanders a season ago. He has 168 goals and 407 points in 606 games with five teams (San Jose, Boston, St. Louis, Buffalo and the Islanders) over the past decade. He set career highs of 43 goals (2007-08) and 72 points (2008-09) with the Blues. Boyes earned a spot with the Panthers in training camp after signing a professional tryout contract.

Posted: August 7th, 2013

Former Erie Otters head coach Robbie Ftorek is the new assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat, according to the club’s website.
Ftorek, 61, who was fired by the Otters last November after posting a 139-184-15-13 record and missing the playoffs twice in five-plus Ontario Hockey League seasons, returns to coaching at the professional level for the first time since a three-year stint as head coach of the AHL’s Albany River Rats from 2003-06.
He had 20 seasons of pro coaching experience from 1985-2006. He was a NHL head coach with the Los Angeles Kings (1987-89), New Jersey Devils (1998-2000) and Boston Bruins (2001-03), as well as an assistant coach with the Quebec Nordiques (1990-91) and New Jersey (1998-2000, 2001-03). He won an AHL championship with Albany in the 1994-95 season. The Heat, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, are affiliated with the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
“We are thrilled to be able to add such an experienced coach and teacher as Robbie Ftorek to our organization,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. “Robbie’s experience at every level … provides our players, and our coaching staffs, an incredible wealth of hockey knowledge on which to draw.”
Ftorek joins former Otters D Chris Breen in Abbotsford. He recently signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames.

Posted: February 13th, 2013

Niagara IceDogs (25-25-2-2) at Erie Otters (16-30-3-5)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, (live stream)
Upcoming schedule: Friday vs. London, 7 p.m.; Saturday vs. Kitchener, 7 p.m.
What to expect: The Otters snapped a season-high, seven-game losing streak with a 7-4 win Friday at Oshawa. … They lost 4-1 to Belleville Saturday night to fall 18 points behind eighth-place Saginaw in the chase for the final playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference with 14 games left in the regular season. … Any combination of Otters losses and Spirit wins totaling 11 points officially will eliminate the Otters from playoff contention. … The Otters have the league’s second-worst record. Ottawa, which has the league’s worst mark (15-35-0-4), has the inside track to the No. 1 pick in the OHL Priority Selection. Peterborough (18-29-3-4) ranks third on the list. … The Otters scored a season-high seven goals in the win at Oshawa. In contrast, they scored 13 goals in their seven-game skid, and rank 15th in the league with 166 goals scored. … The Otters have lost four straight at home by a combined 20-7 score to fall to 9-11-1-5 overall. … F Connor Crisp serves the fourth game of a five-game suspension for a game misconduct incurred Feb. 2 against Sudbury. He was ejected for being the aggressor in a fight with D Charlie Dodero, who was unwilling to trade punches. Crisp is eligible to play Saturday against Kitchener. … G Oscar Dansk (concussion) said he hopes to play tonight. … C Jake Evans (arm) rejoined the lineup last weekend. … C Connor McDavid (22 goals, 30 assists, 52 points) has seen his lead in the league’s rookie scoring race shrink to two points over Sarnia RW Nikolay Goldobin (24-26-50). Brampton LW Blake Clarke (18-25-43) trails McDavid by nine points. … McDavid leads all rookies with 30 assists and trails Goldobin by two goals. … The Otters have lost four of five meetings in the six-game season series with the IceDogs. … Niagara snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-1 win in Erie Feb. 1. … The IceDogs have lost 10-of-15 games since losing frontline D Dougie Hamilton, who played for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship during Christmas break and now plays for the NHL’s Boston Bruins. … C Ryan Strome (29-44-73) ranks seventh in the league’s scoring race (67 points) despite playing in only 43 of the IceDogs’ first 54 games. He also played at World Juniors before attending New York Islanders training camp. … Former Otters G Chris Festarini has a 20-18-2-2 record, 3.09 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and four shutouts in 44 games with the IceDogs. … RW Brett Ritchie is tied for eighth overall with 31 goals. … F Steven Shipley joins Strome and Ritchie on a top line that has totaled 85 goals and 184 points this season.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 24th, 2012

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Seth Griffith of the London Knights is the OHL Player of the Week for the opening week of the 2012-13 OHL regular season ending Sept. 23 after scoring five goals and one assist for six points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Griffith and the Knights opened the season with an 8-2 win over the Erie Otters on home ice Friday night where the defending Robertson Cup champs were honoured with a pre-game ceremony that raised their 2011-12 Championship Banner to the rafters. Griffith recorded his fourth career hat-trick scoring all three goals in the second period and was named first star of the game. On Sunday afternoon he scored a pair of goals and added an assist as third star of an 8-2 win over the Guelph Storm.

Griffith, a 19-year-old from Wallaceburg, ON, is playing in his fourth season with the Knights after leading the club with 85 points in 68 games last season scoring 45 goals and 40 assists. In June, Griffith was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.

Also considered for the award this week was Cameron Brace of the Owen Sound Attack who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games, while defenseman Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67’s picked up a goal and four assists for five points in two games. In goal, John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers went 2-0-0-0 with a shutout victory and a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .964.

- From OHL news release

Posted: May 1st, 2012

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs is the 2011-12 recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman of the Year.

Hamilton led all OHL defencemen in scoring with 72 points in just 50 games and tied for third in the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-37. He scored 17 goals and finished tied for third overall in the league with 55 assists which included a league-high 30 assists recorded on the power play. Third in voting for this award last season, Hamilton becomes the first winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy in IceDogs’ team history.

“This year has been a ton of fun and it is a huge honour to win this award,” said Hamilton. “I spent the last couple of years watching the best defencemen in the league and then trying to get myself to that point and it is exciting to be here now and receive this award. A lot of past winners have gone on to NHL careers and hopefully I can follow suit.”

An 18-year-old from Toronto, ON, Hamilton was selected by the IceDogs 27th overall in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection. This season he was recognized as OHL Defenseman of the Month four of the six times the award was presented including October, November, February, and March.

Hamilton was selected by the Boston Bruins with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and represented the OHL on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship earning a bronze medal. Last season he earned the Bobby Smith Trophy for combining high standards of play and academic excellence before being named the CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Dougie,” said IceDogs’ General Manager and Head Coach Marty Williamson. “The on ice stuff, it is easy to see how good he is, but he has leadership abilities off the ice and is a great role model not just for younger players on our team but in the community, we just can’t say enough good things about what he brings to the team.”

The Max Kaminsky Trophy is awarded each year to the Most Outstanding Defenseman as selected by OHL General Managers. Teams were not permitted to vote for their own nominee. Players received five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote and one point for a third place vote.

Hamilton received an impressive 80 of a maximum 95 points in the voting process ahead of Scott Harrington of the London Knights who finished in second place with 36 voting points, and Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67’s who finished in third place with 28 voting points.

Other notable winners of the Max Kaminsky Trophy include Al MacInnis (Kitchener 1982-83), Chris Pronger (Peterborough 1992-93), Brian Campbell (Ottawa 1998-99), James Wisniewski (Plymouth 2003-04), Marc Staal (Sudbury 2006-07), Drew Doughty (Guelph 2007-08), and Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires 2008-09 and 2010-11). Ron Meighan (1981-82), and Bryan Fogarty (1988-89) both received the honour as members of the Niagara Falls Thunder.

The award is named in recognition of Max Kaminsky, who enjoyed a 10-year professional playing career that included four years in the NHL with Ottawa, Boston, and Montreal. After he retired from playing, Kaminsky enjoyed a 15-year coaching career that was capped by winning the Memorial Cup with the St. Catherine’s Teepees in 1960.

Hamilton will be formally presented with the Max Kaminsky Trophy at the OHL Awards Ceremony which takes place on Tuesday June 5, 2012, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He will also be the OHL’s nominee for CHL Defenseman of the Year.

- From OHL news release

Posted: April 11th, 2012

Victor Fernandes makes his predictions for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs:

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York Rangers (51-24-7) vs. No. 8 Ottawa Senators (41-31-10)
* The Rangers don’t have enough offense to win the title this season. But they will come close.
Prediction: Rangers in 6 games
No. 2 Boston Bruins (49-29-4) vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals (42-32-8)
* With a healthy Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals will nearly upset the defending champion.
Prediction: Bruins in 7 games
No. 3 Florida Panthers (38-26-18) vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils (48-28-6)
* The Panthers’ first playoff appearance in 12 years will be short-lived.
Prediction: Devils in 6 games
No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins (51-25-6) vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers (47-26-9)
* The winner of this hard-fought, in-state rivarly could limp into the second round.
Prediction: Penguins in 6 games

No. 1 N.Y. Rangers vs. No. 6 New Jersey
* Goaltending and defense will headline a battle between these longtime rivals.
Prediction: Rangers in 6 games
No. 2 BostonPittsburgh
* Even with G Tim Thomas and D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins won’t stop Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins.
Prediction: Penguins in 7 games

No. 1 N.Y. Rangers vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh
* The Penguins reached full strength late in regular season. That pays off in the playoffs.
Prediction: Penguins in 6 games

Western Conference

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks (51-22-9) vs. Los Angeles Kings (40-27-15)
* Much-maligned G Roberto Luongo will lead the way against the league’s second-worst offense.
Prediction: Canucks in 4 games
No. 2 St. Louis Blues (49-22-11) vs. No. 7 San Jose Sharks (43-20-10)
Defense wins championships – or in the Blues’ case, a first-round series.
Prediction: Blues in 5 games
No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes (42-27-13) vs. No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks (45-26-11)
The Blackhawks still have enough holdovers from their 2010 Cup title team.
Prediction: Blackhawks in 6 games
No. 4 Nashville Predators (48-26-8) vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (48-28-6)
* The up-and-coming Predators break through the perennial Cup contender.
Prediction: Predators in 7 games

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 6 Chicago
* The Canucks reach the conference finals for the third straight year. But it won’t be easy.
Prediction: Canucks in 7 games
No. 2 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 4 Nashville
* G Pekka Rinne and the Predators end the Blues’ surprising season.
Prediction: Predators in 6 games

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. No. 4 Nashville
* The Presidents Trophy-winning Canucks fall short of a second straight Cup final.
Prediction: Predators in 6 games

Stanley Cup Final
No. 4E Pittsburgh vs. No. 4W Nashville
* The league’s most dangerous offense leads the Penguins back to the top of the NHL.
Prediction: Penguins in 5 games

Posted in: NHL, Uncategorized

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