Just Imagine If…

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 10) – So, there I was on an Air Canada A-321 Tuesday, flying home from Phoenix – my fourth cross-continent trip of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs – and wondering what might be happening in Read More

A Truly Western Final

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 8th) – Hockey fans in Eastern Canada and the United States will be wise to take an afternoon nap, if possible, during the Stanley Cup semifinals. There is bound to be some late-night TV Read More

Hockey Delirium in SoCal

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 7) – There is nearly two decades of separation between Wayne Gretzky and Dustin Brown; Kelly Hrudey and Jonathan Quick; Barry Melrose and Darryl Sutter. But, suddenly, the Los Angeles Kings are back where Read More

U.S. Hockey Fans Well-Served on TV

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 6) – For a variety of reasons, playoff ratings on television here in the United States are very encouraging to this point of the 2012 Stanley Cup tournament. Teams from several of the biggest Read More

Roenick Remembers the “Dagger”

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 5) – First there was stunned silence… and then just silence – year after year after year: the epitaph of the post-lockout Toronto Maple Leafs. In the late-’70s, as part of a craze surrounding Read More

No Stopping L.A. Juggernaut

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 4) – Brian Burke is many thousands of miles away from here at the moment, scouting the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Finland and Sweden. Somehow, though, it is almost impossible to forget his Read More

Former Leaf Finally “Himself” Again

By HOWARD BERGER EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (May 3) – If a book is ever written about the Year of the Concussion in the National Hockey League, Alex Steen will be mentioned prominently in the lead chapter. The one-time Maple Leafs Read More

45/8: Leafs Tragic Numbers

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 2) – Crappy anniversary, Leafs Nation. As if you weren’t aware, it was 45 years ago tonight – May 2, 1967 – that your team last played a game in the Stanley Cup final Read More

Kings of the Road Up 2-0 Again

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (May 1) – As the embodiment of an unmistakable trend in the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring, the Los Angeles Kings would probably choose to remain here in St. Louis for Game 3 of their Read More
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