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From the Vault: Totally Relevant

Cam Neely annihilates Lindy Ruff. I find this wildly appropriate.

My thoughts on the playoffs so far, in bullet-point form:

  • So, Mr. Vanek, you and your fans and I need to have a little chat, and I’ll keep it short. Do not whine about what you think is a “cheap shot” from Johnny Boychuk when you clearly boarded Blake Wheeler in game 1 and didn’t seem to find any fault with that. I’m sorry you got hurt, but man up and get back on the ice.
  • Tuukka Rask educates Sabres fans. Oh, and also he steals a game on Sabres ice.
  • Game two had 99 combined hits, with Mike Grier accounting for 15 of those. Vladimir Sobotka had 6 in the second period alone. This is awesome.
  • Around the league – I’m pulling pretty hard for the Coyotes (they’re just so ENDEARING) and the Blackhawks; if the two teams meet in a later round I’m not sure who I’ll cheer for. In the east, I have just about broken my brain trying to imagine possible matchups. The fact that every single game 1 was an upset was fantastic. BRANDON YIP’S FIRST PLAYOFF GOAL.  If somehow the Preds advance and the Avs do too, and I get a matchup between Colin Wilson and Brandon Yip….I might possibly die. In the East, I hope the Pens crash and burn, and the Caps, too – really primarily JUST to see how NBC will react to having neither of their powerhouse teams in the semifinals. Should be interesting. I am in no way cheering for the Habs, though. No Habs no.
  • Not playoffs-related, but the Terriers named Joe Pereira and Chris Connolly co-captains for 2010-2011, and Dave Warsofsky (American Hero) will wear the A. Congrats, boys. I expect you to rescue the Beanpot from the end of the B-line next year, thanks.

As of right now, the Coyotes lead the Red Wings 2-1 in their series, thanks to a 4-2 game today on goals from these two guys. Go 'Yotes go!

About eighty billion more hours of playoff hockey left today, epic game 3 at home tomorrow. Let’s do this. Go Bruins.

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Get to know: Johnny Boychuk

A little (okay, long) exchange on Twitter today enlightened me to the fact that the Bruins’ hard-working 7th defenseman, Johnny Boychuk, is not a commonly recognized name around the league. My ultimate dream would be to change that; although I know that probably won’t happen, here, at the very least, is a little primer and picture dump about the B’s extra man.

Johnny Boychuk was born January 19, 1984 in Edmonton, Alberta; his junior club was the Calgary Hitmen,  where he played from 2000-2003, including for the 4th place Canadian Under-18 team in 2002. He was drafted 61st overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2002 entry draft; for comparison, teammate Daniel Paille was drafted 20th overall that year, Dennis Wideman was drafted 241st in round 8, and the Bruins’ first round draft pick was Hannu Toivonen. 3rd from last to go in the 2002 draft? Adam Burish. Essentially: drafts are weird.

Boychuk went two spots after Tomas Fleischmann. 61st overall!

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