1. 2011 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks Overmatched, Not Outworked

    Just like in four of the past six seasons , the San Jose Sharks did not underachieve in the 2011 NHL playoffs. To the analyst who looks beyond the surface, it is obvious they once again simply ran into a superior team...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 932 reads 31 comments

  2. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Canucks Beat Sharks in Battle of Underachievers

    The San Jose Sharks are the only team in the NHL to reach the final four of the Stanley Cup playoffs two years in a row. Unfortunately, they are 1-8 in the conference finals after dropping Tuesday night's contest in Vancouver , 3-2...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 662 reads 0 comments

  3. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Penalties, Turnovers Put San Jose Sharks on Life Support

    In the first round, the San Jose Sharks were dominated in the first period. The Los Angeles Kings outscored them 8-1 in six games but still won just two games...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 192 reads 0 comments

  4. 2011 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks Alter Approach, Results in Game 3

    The Western Conference finals looked all-but-over coming into Friday's game in San Jose, but when it was over the landscape had changed dramatically (click the following link to read the recap )...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 517 reads 0 comments

  5. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Vancouver Canucks on Verge of Defeating San Jose Sharks

    The Campbell Trophy, going to the Western Conference representative in the Stanley Cup Finals, was lost by the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night in Vancouver, BC. It only remains to be seen whether the Canucks claim it...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 180 reads 2 comments

  6. 2011 NHL Playoffs Show Importance of Closing out Opponents

    The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs could end as late as the second weekend in June. But one team has already claimed the trophy. Which one? The one that knows how to win when it has to...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 160 reads 9 comments

  7. NHL Playoff Predictions 2011: Final Three Series Winners

    The NHL 's marketing tag line for the Stanley Cup playoffs is, "History will be made." We know that is true for 2011. There have already been two teams that blew a 3-0 series lead and managed to win Game 7...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 390 reads 2 comments

  8. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Early Conn Smythe Front-Runners

    After a big win over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night, the San Jose Sharks became the last team to advance to the conference finals...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 339 reads 4 comments

  9. 2011 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks' Epic Collapse Good for the NHL

    The San Jose Sharks are facing a collapse of historical proportions in this year's playoffs. They won the first three games of their second-round series against the Detroit Red Wings ...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 375 reads 8 comments

  10. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Second Round Takes a Toll on Western Conference

    With the Vancouver Canucks finishing off the Nashville Predators on Monday night, three of the final four teams left fighting for Lord Stanley's Cup have been determined...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 399 reads 0 comments

  11. NHL Playoff Predictions: Who Will Hoist Lord Stanley's Cup?

    The NHL Eastern Conference finalists are set, but the Western Conference second round plays on. What the second round has shown us thus far is the fraud that is the top teams in the regular season...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 466 reads 6 comments

  12. NHL Playoffs 2011: Coming of Age Teams Make for Lopsided Series

    So far in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, the second round looks like it may end disappointingly early. The first round featured 13 overtime games and had six of the eight series going at least six games...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 494 reads 0 comments

  13. 2011 San Francisco Giants Return to .500 Behind Tim Lincecum's Gem

    The San Francisco Giants needed this. A basic analysis of this team shows how it has been struggling mightily all season, and has recently suffered a few key injuries to make matters worse...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 344 reads 2 comments

  14. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Road Wins Continue in Second Round

    Road teams went 26-23 in the first round, and that trend is continuing into the conference semi-finals: Thus far, road teams have swept both games in both series in the Eastern Conference and gone 5-3 overall...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 180 reads 1 comments

  15. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Contrasting Styles by Conference

    14 periods of play in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, there have been a total of 10 goals scored. One second round game had that many goals in the East, which had 16 in six periods overall before this evening's contest...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 719 reads 1 comments

  16. NHL Playoff Predictions 2011: Second Round Preview

    I correctly predicted all four Western Conference teams that advanced in the first round as well as three of the four winners in the Eastern Conference ...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 462 reads 1 comments

  17. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Six Lessons Learned from the First Round

    The dust has just about settled from the first round of the 2011 NHL playoffs. No matter how the two remaining games Wednesday night fall ( Montreal at Boston , Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh ), those results will not be much of a surprise...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 1,268 reads 1 comments

  18. MLB Cornerstone Players for Your Franchise: Battery

    Each team in every sport needs cornerstone players on whom to build their franchise. Such players need to be young enough to be around for a long time but also need to have proven that they can compete at a star level...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 252 reads 0 comments

  19. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Home Teams Struggle in First Round

    After play Easter Sunday, home teams are 18-24 (.429) in the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs . This is nothing new for the NHL —it is not even the worst record they have ever had through one round...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 421 reads 8 comments

  20. 2011 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals Historic Comebacks

    There are only two teams who have active streaks of four years as division champions—the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals ...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 466 reads 0 comments

  21. 2011 MLB Season: Way Too Early Playoff Projections

    The season is only 10 percent over, give or take depending on the the number of games each team has played. Hardly a milestone moment that allows early returns to hold any significance...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 1,665 reads 27 comments

  22. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Sharks Have 4/20, EA Sports-Friendly Comeback

    How appropriate that one of the more bizarre and impressive comebacks happens in California on the eve of this day when I can first write about it? In 1971, the counter-culture ...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 347 reads 7 comments

  23. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Cheapshots Will Continue Until League Cracks Down

    So far in the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, there have been a number of exactly the type of hits the NHL says it wants to eliminate...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 193 reads 0 comments

  24. 2011 NHL Playoffs: Goaltending Rules Series Openers

    With all eight series being one game in, only one thing can be said for sure: Goaltending is once again king. Four of the eight games have featured shutouts...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 492 reads 0 comments

  25. NHL Playoff Predictions 2011: Eastern Conference First Round

    I started with the best, now I do the rest. Sorry Eastern Conference fans, but it is not even close. I know most of you are not up late enough to see teams on the Pacific Coast play, but the level of play is better...

    MJ Kasprzak Written by MJ Kasprzak about 3 years ago 596 reads 0 comments