Road Ice Advantage

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The lone remaining series in the first round of the Stanley Cup will conclude tonight and determine whether Detroit and Montreal will meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1978. If not, it will be Tampa Bay and Montreal for a second consecutive spring. Given that […]

“Loserville” Finds Another Level

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 27) — The Toronto Raptors yielded nearly 70 points in the first half of an elimination game Sunday night at Washington en route to a lurid beat–down by the Wizards. In the 2014–15 National Basketball Association regular season, only 11 of 30 teams averaged 101.5 points or more per game […]

Vintage NHL Jerseys

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 25) — With only eight shopping months remaining until Christmas, here’s a wonderful idea for the old fart in your life: Buy him a vintage National Hockey League jersey. I’m serious. He’ll wear it to bed; wash it with “like colors” and fold it militarily. You can peruse many–such items […]

Hey Mike: Edmonton? Buffalo? Toronto?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 24) — For the sake of argument, let’s assume that Mike Babcock will not return next season as coach of the Detroit Red Wings. This has been pure speculation since October, when Babcock’s self–imposed deadline for a contract extension with the Red Wings came and went. He said he would […]

Leafs Need an Ice Magnet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 21) — Let’s not be mistaken. The Toronto Maple Leafs will ultimately succeed in their hunt for a new general manager and coach. There are only 60–such jobs available in the National Hockey League, and this city — for all its craziness — is still an attractive place to work […]

Rangers/Ducks Will Play For Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Start spreadin’ the news. For the second consecutive spring, the New York Rangers will encounter a team from southern–California in their quest to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1994 — and only the second time in 75 years. This spring, the Rangers will succeed. […]

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