Leafs–Marlies Bond A Throwback

TORONTO (May 16) — Back in time, it was major–junior hockey. Today, it is minor–professional. Only the name has been constant — the Toronto Marlies. Young fans near and far may not realize the American Hockey League’s best team this… Read More

Beware of California Road Warriors

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 1) – Just when it appears that everything is in favor of the Chicago Blackhawks, they have to encounter one of the clutch road teams in recent Stanley Cup history. Los Angeles Kings. SPORTSLOGOS.NET Game… Read More

It’s a Best-of-1 Out West

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 29) – Los Angeles Kings are poised to become only the fourth National Hockey League team to rebound from a 3-0 deficit in games and win a best-of-seven playoff series. A controversial 4-1 victory by… Read More

If Leafs Fully Crash, Look Out!

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 29) – In memory of Richard M. Nixon, let me begin today by making myself “perfectly clear” – your Toronto Maple Leafs are still very much in the Stanley Cup playoff race. I know it… Read More

Leafs Win V-Shaped Western Trip

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 14) – Having copped four of six points in California this week against three of the National Hockey League’s best teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs are flying from Los Angeles to Washington with understated concern.… Read More

No Stopping Road Warriors From L.A.

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 14) – While the Los Angeles Kings haven’t won anything yet, they are methodically piecing together the most impressive Stanley Cup romp in nearly a quarter-century. Not since the dynasty of Wayne Gretzky and 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

Add a Sedin, Extend a Series

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 19) – It was another triumphant night on Wednesday for visiting teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs and probably should have been a three-game sweep given the Rangers early 2-0 lead at Ottawa. Pittsburgh Read More

We Saw THIS Coming, Right?

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 16) – I have no record of playoff predictions except for my own, but I think I can make the following observations with certainty: a) given how they performed in the final-third of the Read More

I’ll Remind You… While I Can

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 14) – Given the randomness of the second season in the National Hockey League, my gloating window could be narrow, so allow me to get this out of the way as quickly as possible: Read More
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