Hitchcock vs. MacLean: Good Luck!

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 30) – Full props to those that nominated the finalists – announced earlier today – for the Jack Adams Trophy as coach-of-the-year in the National Hockey League. Ken Hitchcock of St. Louis; Paul MacLean of Ottawa and John Tortorella of the New York Rangers are well-deserving of recognition among […]

Monday, April 30th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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Playoffs, Leafs and Your Best NHL Logos

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 30) – After nearly three weeks on the Stanley Cup playoff trail – my itinerary moving me, thus far, from Toronto to Vancouver to Los Angeles to Phoenix to Vancouver to Toronto [for laundry] to Fort Lauderdale to St. Louis (via Charlotte) – I needed a “maintenance” day on […]

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Kings Prevail After Deadly Mid-Day Storm

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 29) – Though it was hardly a foreign sight to those that live here in the American mid-west, the darkening sky above this city late yesterday afternoon had “ominous” written all over it. The weather forecast called for a “passing storm or two” – not the accumulation of funnel […]

Sunday, April 29th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News
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Carlo Aches For the Leafs – Really

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 28) – Perhaps he was talking disingenuously this morning; snickering on the inside while spouting a load of politically-sound claptrap as he prepared for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But, nah… Carlo Colaiacovo has never been the type. From the instant I met the Maple Leafs first-round […]

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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Western Teams Share Common Thread

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 28) – What a refreshing change we have this spring in western competition for the Stanley Cup. Teams we’ve grown accustomed to watching on a semi-regular basis in the past 10-15 years – Detroit, Dallas, Colorado, Anaheim, Chicago – either missed the playoffs this season or were eliminated in […]

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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Devils Sputter, Then Escape

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Apr. 27) – In the the second intermission of last night’s deciding playoff encounter between the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers, I passed Bryan McCabe in the press box at BankAtlantic Center. “Is this 2012 or 1995?” came a rhetorical question from the former Maple Leafs defenseman, now working […]

Friday, April 27th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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