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Surprise: Goalies are the key in the Stanley Cup Finals

1 Jun

Roberto Luongo // photo courtesy of David Steadman

No position is more vital to playoff success than the goaltender in hockey. The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals feature two of the NHL’s elite. So who will be the difference?

Statistically, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas have had almost identical playoffs. They both have 12-6 records, 2 shutouts and have 2.29 GAAs.
But those stats are misleading.

Luongo got off to a rough start, being benched in favour of Cory Schneider (pff), before showing why I’ve been calling this guy the NHL’s best goalie since 2005. Since closing out the defending champs, he’s only allowed 2.18 goals per game, and has posted a .932 save percentage.

While never having to ride the pine, Tim Thomas has lacked Luongo’s consistency as of late. Sure, he posted two shutouts against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals, but he also had four games where he allowed either 4 or 5 goals. Surprisingly, the Bruins actually won one of those games.

That won’t happen against the Canucks.

Tim Thomas needs to be better for the Bruins to win // photo courtesy of rubyswoon

Both teams need their goalies to play well, but Boston needs it more. Boston prides itself with their defensive style of hockey. But how good are you when 4 or more goals are scored four times in a playoff series? The Canucks have scored 3 or more goals in 11 of 18 games, against some of the league’s top defenders (Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, Nashville’s Shea Weber and San Jose’s Dan Boyle) and scored at least 3 goals every single game against San Jose in the Western Conference Finals.

Vancouver has all the momentum. They’re firing on all cylinders at a time where the Bruins can’t keep the puck out of their own net. While I believe Tim Thomas should have been the regular season MVP, he needs that version of himself to show up for his team to have a chance.

Prediction: Vancouver in 6

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Podcast: May 4, 2011

4 May

Wow, show number eight!

For some reason, the first minute was cut off, so just to let you: we opened the show informing listeners that it was “Star Wars Day”, because you can say “May the Fourth be with you”. Lame, I know.

This week’s topics included Monday’s elections, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the infamous Vancouver “Green Men”.

Headlines and Deadlines Ep. 8 – Hosted by Jeff Lagerquist and Charles Vanegas – May 4, 2011

NOTE: Jeff pulled up a photo that WAS NOT Ruth Ellen Brosseau. As far as I know, there is no real nude photo of Brosseau circulating on the internet.

Headlines and Deadlines (Lagerquist/Vanegas version) airs every Wednesday at 6 a.m. on CKLN.FM

You can follow Jeff or me on twitter – send us a note, and we’ll be sure to read it on air.

Don Cherry swears on live TV

6 Mar

During the “Coach’s Corner” segment in the first intermission of Saturday’s Leafs/Blackhawks game, CBC analyst Don Cherry uttered the word “chickensh-t” on live TV.

The term was used to describe a trip made by Ville Leino on Thursday night, when the Philadelphia Flyers hosted Toronto. Leino was racing with Leafs’ defenseman Luke Schenn, and in an attempt to avoid an icing call, reached out his stick and tripped Schenn.

Just hours earlier, ESPN college hoops analyst and former coach Bob Knight – forgetting that his microphone was still turned on – derided the Baylor men’s basketball team for playing “chickensh-t defense” on a pregame segment of ESPN College Gameday. Moments later, ESPN apologized.

This is not the first time for Cherry. On May 2, 2009, he “dropped an F-bomb” in a segment after a playoff game between Chicago and the Vancouver Canucks.

UPDATE at 9:59 p.m. 03/05/11:

While CBC has not commented, Cherry’s slip of the tongue has been edited out of the clip on the CBC website.