Helene Elliott of the LA Times joins Bill to talk about some of the good and some of the bad this NHL season. Why are the Rangers so good? And why are the Blue Jackets so bad?
The displeasure among Montreal natives regarding new Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth doesn’t seem to have much to do with the team’s performance on the ice. Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette joins Bill to discuss the strange dilemma.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is back on the ice … and he’s hot. Crosby spent more than 10 months recovering from a concussion. Since returning to the Penguins’ lineup on November 21, he’s notched 11 points in six games. Bill talks with TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie about the comeback of “Sid the Kid.”
Bill Littlefield wishes he had the naming rights to the new Winnipeg hockey team.
Bill Littlefield offers an update on the NHL finals, and then talks to Boston Herald’s Ron Borges about the impact of impacts on the Stanley Cup Finals. Borges clarifies the terms of Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome’s suspension and discusses how Nathan Horton’s injury has altered the NHL finals. Borges also talks about the future of Rule 48, which discourages lateral or blind-side hits to the head.
The Boston Bruins scored eight goals in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. But that unusual level of offensive output was overshadowed by a blindside hit by Vancouver’s Aaron Rome that left Boston’s Nathan Horton with a severe concussion. Bill Littlefield thinks the NHL needs to do more protect its players.
When Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara checked Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty into the boards Tuesday night, he left Pacioretty with a concussion and a broken vertebra. Chara wasn’t suspended, but Elliotte Friedman of the CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” thinks he should have been. Bill talks with Friedman about the hit. We’ll also report on [...]
Ever stare down a piece of rubber that’s rocketing at your head at over 100 miles per hour? Would you do it without a helmet? Before modern-day netminders could dazzle crowds with acrobatic stops, hockey goalies had to be a lot more careful with their crania. As the invention of hockey’s goalie facemask turned 50, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou celebrated the innovation.
You won’t get many chances to see world-class athletes peform for $5 with 50 or 60 other spectators. But the Canadian Women’s Hockey League offers fans that opportunity as the not-for-profit league tries to find its footing and expand in both Canada and the U.S. Listen to Bill Littlefield’s report on the CWHL this week on Only A Game and check out his photos from a game between the Boston Blades and Burlington Barracudas in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
This week on Only A Game, Kurt Warner tries to continue the recent success of NFL players past and present on ABC’s reality series Dancing With the Stars. Plus, a story on the mentally and physically exhausting sport of chess boxing, and a report from India on the Commonwealth Games – underway after a shaky buildup.