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12-16-2010, 12:19 PM
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From the WSJ on Boyle's work with Barbara Underhill:

In mid-June of this year, Brian Boyle, a 25-year-old center who was in the midst of a battle to stay in the NHL, took one simple stride down the ice during offseason training in Toronto. Barbara Underhill, a former Olympic figure skater who was just a few minutes into her new role as Mr. Boyle's skating coach, immediately stopped him and began to diagnose his problems.

He had bad posture. His shoulders were shrugged. His upper body was too tense. His arms flailed too wildly. He wasn't using his core. His hips weren't flexible. His legs went too high in the air, and he wasn't using his gluteus maximus efficiently enough.

Aside from that, everything was fine.

Mr. Boyle, a former first- round pick who had spent his career as 6-feet-7 inches of unrealized potential, saved his career this year through an unlikely path, the mentoring of Ms. Underhill, a figure skater who represented Canada in the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics.

With his new and improved skating ability, Mr. Boyle has been one of the early stars of the Rangers' season. He went from what Rangers coach John Tortorella admits was an outside shot at a roster spot to becoming the team's second-best goal scorer. He'd tallied eight goals heading into Friday's game against the Colorado Avalanche, this despite limited ice time and low expectations.


The rest of it is here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...051115476.html


Brings a tear to my eye.

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12-16-2010, 12:35 PM
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Brings a tear to my eye.
Kind of like that movie . . . what's it called?


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12-16-2010, 12:56 PM
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Kind of like that movie . . . what's it called?

Being a bit of a cynic myself, I can see why people would think the excitement over Boyle a bit cheesy.

But Boyle's improvement has been truly dramatic. It's not just the skating, it's the total package of play he keeps bringing to the ice.

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Is there any reason that Torts refuses to call up MZA?

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12-16-2010, 01:00 PM
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I'm not certain that its 100% Tort's call.

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12-16-2010, 01:11 PM
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I'm not certain that its 100% Tort's call.
I'm pretty sure you're right. I don't think he actually picks.

I remember when he was asked last year why they had called up Byers he said he told Gernander/Schoenfeld "just send me your best forward" or something to that effect and that's who they chose.

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12-16-2010, 01:49 PM
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Great job last time by Dubinsky, Callahan and Lundquist outing Crosby and Malkin for the dirty plays. The refs had no choice but to waive off that goal and the Pens were limited to one slewfoot, Cooke on Stepan and the refs had no choice but to call it.

On a more serious note, after two consecutive losses, Penguins ownership has begun talks with the League about the number of first round picks the Penguins will be granted to maintain the franchise in Pittsburgh. According to team sources, the number of Penguins fans has fallen by over 97% after losing two games in a row and the team will need the first round picks grant sooner than scheduled.

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12-16-2010, 01:53 PM
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Great job last time by Dubinsky, Callahan and Lundquist outing Crosby and Malkin for the dirty plays. The refs had no choice but to waive off that goal and the Pens were limited to one slewfoot, Cooke on Stepan and the refs had no choice but to call it.

On a more serious note, after two consecutive losses, Penguins ownership has begun talks with the League about the number of first round picks the Penguins will be granted to maintain the franchise in Pittsburgh. According to team sources, the number of Penguins fans has fallen by over 97% after losing two games in a row and the team will need the first round picks grant sooner than scheduled.
I hardly think that those three complaining had anything to do with the waived off second Pens goal.

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I hardly think that those three complaining had anything to do with the waived off second Pens goal.
Believe it or not, I really think it did. The refs are only human and the last few times the Rangers pointed out the favorable officiating for the Pens without embarassing the refs ala the "donut" incident. I think they simply did not want that controversy last night and may not have been so sensitive had the Rangers not made the officiating a point of discussion. Sorry for the rambling post, I'm actually watching the Caps game in a side window while typing.

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12-16-2010, 02:41 PM
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3. I love Staal and Girardi is playing better too, but Micheletti calling them possibly the best shut down pair of defensemen in the leauge=
not sure what part of that warrants a facepalm since its true...crosby has scored 20 goals in his last 20-21 games and staal/girardi held him to ZERO shots on goals. they didn't just contain him, they completely eliminated him. they are beast in the defensive zone...

you'd be hard pressed to come up with a list of 5 pairs playing better than them defensively right now IMO

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not sure what part of that warrants a facepalm since its true...crosby has scored 20 goals in his last 20-21 games and staal/girardi held him to ZERO shots on goals. they didn't just contain him, they completely eliminated him. they are beast in the defensive zone...

you'd be hard pressed to come up with a list of 5 pairs playing better than them defensively right now IMO
OK, so one game or even one stretch of games doesn't automatically make you the best. Playing well right now? You bet. Nobody else is better?

Pronger and anybody
Keith and Seabrook
Pronger and anybody
Weber and Suter
Lidstrom and anybody
Byfuglein and Enstrom

And there are more. This is a homer post.

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12-16-2010, 05:31 PM
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OK, so one game or even one stretch of games doesn't automatically make you the best. Playing well right now? You bet. Nobody else is better?

Pronger and anybody
Keith and Seabrook
Pronger and anybody
Weber and Suter
Lidstrom and anybody
Byfuglein and Enstrom

And there are more. This is a homer post.
Keith and Seaborrk have been TERRIBLE this season. Go ask any Hawk fan. They will tell you.

Pronger-Carle or Mezsaros or whoever he is playing with is a very good pairing.

Lidstrom is always amazing

Weber-Suter is an amazing pairing

Buff-Enstrom is a solid pairing right now.

What about Erhoff-Bieksa? They have been playing very well.

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12-16-2010, 05:34 PM
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OK, so one game or even one stretch of games doesn't automatically make you the best. Playing well right now? You bet. Nobody else is better?

Pronger and anybody
Keith and Seabrook
Pronger and anybody
Weber and Suter
Lidstrom and anybody
Byfuglein and Enstrom

And there are more. This is a homer post.
I haven't really followed Atlanta this year, so my opinion is worth squat. But while Buff and Toby are eons ahead offensively, I feel Staal and Girardi have the edge defensively.

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