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OTPP: Boston Bruins Dominating Toronto Maple Leafs, and All Your Playoff Action

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look at the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

*This episode of OTPP is dedicated to the memories of the 16 people who lost their lives in the Humboldt Broncos Bus Tragedy. If you liked our show, please donate to https://ca.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos.

Boston Bruins Dominating Toronto Maple Leafs

The Boston Bruins have a 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Neither game has been particularly close. The line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak have dominated the series so far with 20 points in two games. Can the Leafs get some momentum back at home, or are the Bruins poised to make quick work of the series? What do the Leafs need to do to get Auston Matthews more involved? Can they fix their defensive issues?

Winnipeg Jets Run Over Minnesota Wild

The Winnipeg Jets have also been in complete control of the first two games against the Minnesota Wild. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been the only reason that these games have been close. How much do the Wild miss Ryan Suter? What is the big difference for the Jets?

Nashville Predators Take First Two Over Colorado Avalanche

The Nashville Predators are another team with a 2-0 series lead. However, the Colorado Avalanche are not going down without a fight. Can the Avs pull the upset, or will the Predators superior depth and talent pull through to move on to the next round? Are the Preds still Cup favourites?

Battle of Pennsylvania is Tied

The Pittsburgh Penguins got a 7-0 win in Game 1. The Philadelphia Flyers won Game 2 by a score of 5 to 1. Why have the two games been so different? What should we expect as the series shifts to Philadelphia?

Tampa Bay Lightning In Control

The Tampa Bay Lightning have dominated the first two games against the New Jersey Devils. Are the Lightning looking like a Cup favourite? Should the Devils switch from Keith Kinkaid back to Cory Schneider? What do the Devils need to do to take the next step?

Blue Jackets Take First Game in Washington

The Columbus Blue Jackets got an upset victory in Game 1 of their series against the Washington Capitals. Artemi Panarin was the overtime hero. How do the Capitals shut him down going forward? Can the Jackets pull the upset? Should the Capitals go back to Braden Holtby or stick with Philipp Grubauer?

Vegas Golden Knights keep Miracle Season Going

The Vegas Golden Knights have taken a two-game lead in their series against the Los Angeles Kings. They have been full value for both wins. What is leading to their dominant possession advantage? Will the returns of Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin turn the tide?

San Jose Sharks Winning the Battle of California

The San Jose Sharks take a 2-0 lead on the road in their series with the Anaheim Ducks. What have the Sharks done well? What does Anaheim need to make a comeback?

 

All this and more as we go On the Powerplay.

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BeLeaf In The Magic: Playoff Preview

BeLeaf In Magic: A Maple Leafs Podcast - Leafs Playoffs Talk

 

BeLeaf In Magic: A Maple Leafs Podcast features Christian Holmes (better known as Christian Mingle or Holmesy) and Oscar Elieff talking about hockey and all things Toronto Maple Leafs. With their knowledge of hockey and comedic talents, Christian and Oscar will enlighten your ears to hard-hitting, truth speaking, uncensored, 100 % no bullshit Leafs talk. So get your chicken fingers and your Freedom 35 because it's about to go down!

Do You BeLeaf In Miracles?: Let's Talk About The Playoffs

It's your new homeboys (and favourite Leafs fans) Christian Holmes and Oscar Eliefff coming at you from the GTA.

What'll be cracking on the podcast today, party people:

In our first eppy ever, we'll be talking 'bout:

  • The playoffs?
  • How we feel the Toronto Maple Leafs stack up against the Boston Bruins
  • We discuss the Leafs UFA situation 2018 and beyond
  • Where will John Tavares go
  • Our bold first round predictions

So stay here and keep your stick on the ice, or as every Canadian's favourite wrestler Chris Jericho might say, "You'll get 'IT!'"

About your hosts

Christian Holmes is a journalism student at Humber College. Known as Christian Mingle and Holmesy, he spends most of his time living life, sipping on Budweiser, listening to The Hip, being a smart ass, and building his writing portfolio. He writes for Grandstand Central and has been featured in Artifact-News.com, and Last Word on Hockey. In the future, Holmesy strives to be an NHL exec and report on the Leafs. Follow him on Twitter @HolmesyWrites.

Oscar Elieff is a student set to attend Brock University in Sept. 2018, for their Sports Management program. Elieff if formerly an employee with the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario. He is set on leaving a major impact on the hockey industry. Elieff is constantly trying to learn new analytics to help his own understanding of the sport. The love of numbers id what he wants to work with. Check out his work on Last Word on Hockey. Follow him on Twitter @oscaelie_99.

 

Timestamps:

0:00 - 1:20 Intro

1:20 - 17:20 Leafs vs Bruins Series Matchup

17:20 - 30:00 Playoff Format

30:00 - 48:30 Upcoming 2018 and 2019 Free Agency

48:30 - 53:00 Maple Leafs Square

53:00 - 1:03:00 Rask vs Andersen

1:03:00 - 1:06:25 Recap & Outro

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Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens Season Wrap-Up

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 20 Montreal Canadiens Season Wrap-Up

Be sure to follow @LWOS_Habs for Habs news, commentary, and analysis.

Connor and Johannes return for the season finale of the Last Word on Habs Pod. This episode, our hosts discuss and dissect the end of season press conference held by Marc Bergevin and Geoff Molson. Johannes wonders if Molson's more prominent role in the press conference means Bergevin is on his last life as Habs general manager. Connor thinks the Habs 'attitude' problem starts at the top.

Then our hosts turn to more introspective questions, such as what was it like covering the Montreal Canadiens during such a down season. Then Connor and Johannes figure out how likely a John Tavares singing in Montreal is. Johannes is optimistic (at least more so than Connor) about Tavares. What is the worst Habs team either host remembers watching? Will Max Pacioretty still be on the Canadiens come October? Can Bergevin turn it around?

All this and Johannes' travel plans, a quick Playoff preview and much more!

Tune in!

As this is the season finale of the Last Word on Habs Pod, both Johannes and Connor would like to thank our listeners (loyal and casual) for tuning in. With the Habs out of the playoffs, the pod will be on hiatus, most likely until after the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Please be assured that The Pod will be coming back! To keep up-to-date with Connor and Johannes' opinions and views (and when the Pod will be back) be sure to follow them on twitter (see the bottom of the article for their handles).

THANK YOU!

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 20 Rundown

Intro (00:00 - 01:50)

Bergevin/Molson Press conference (01:50 - 28:40)

What was it like covering the Habs this year (28:40 - 34:50)

Worst Habs team (34:50 - 43:10)

Will Tavares sign in Montreal (43:10 - 51:48)

Is Max Pacioretty on the Habs next year (51:48 - 104:00)

How can Bergevin turn it around (104:00 - 119:00)

Season one Wrap-up/NHL Playoffs/West Coast viewing/Final Thoughts (119:00 - 127:27)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions.

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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OTPP: Vancouver Canucks Sedin Retirement, Erik Karlsson’s Last Game with Ottawa Senators

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look at the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

Vancouver Canucks Sedin Retirement

Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin have officially announced their retirement. We look back on their career, talk about what they mean to the franchise, and their hall of fame chances, and their place in Vancouver Canucks history. The boys also discuss the 1999 NHL Draft and the moves that made them Canucks. Could someone pull off such a series of moves today?

Erik Karlsson's Last Game with the Ottawa Senators

Defenceman Erik Karlsson may have played his last game with the Ottawa Senators. He certainly felt the need to grab a souvenir. What does this action mean? Is there any way he is back in Ottawa next year? Why is he leaving? How should Sens fans feel?

Hart Trophy

Can Connor McDavid win the Hart Trophy without making the playoffs? Who else deserves the award? How great has Taylor Hall's season been? What about Nathan MacKinnon? Claude Giroux? Anze Kopitar?

Playoff Races Heat Up

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning battle for the Atlantic Division crown. Who will take it? Can the Toronto Maple Leafs beat either team in the playoffs? What happened out west with the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames collapse?

All this and more as we go on the power play.

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OTPP: NHL GM Meetings, Carolina Hurricanes GM Search, College and CHL Playoffs

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look at the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

NHL GM Meetings

The boys discuss the NHL's proposed changes to the goalie interference rule. Is this a solution for the league's most controversial issues? They also look at the lack of changes to the off-side challenge rule. Has the NHL made the right call? Should the Vegas Golden Knights be exempt from a Seattle expansion draft? How will the rising salary cap effect the NHL?

Carolina Hurricanes GM Search

The Carolina Hurricanes let go general manager Ron Francis. Who will replace him, and why have the best candidates pulled out of the race? Will Tom Dundon's plan to build the team work?

Columbus Blue Jackets Hot Streak

The Blue Jackets have won nine in a row, led by the strong play of forward Artemi Panarin and defenceman Seth Jones. What is going right for the Jackets, and what does this mean for the team? Can they ride the play into a first playoff series win?

College Playoffs

The Boys look at the regionals for the Frozen Four and make their predictions for the National Championship tournament. What team was snubbed from a number one seed? Who are the players to watch?

CHL Playoffs

The boys go league by league in predicting intriguing first-round playoff match-ups, looking at the strongest teams in the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL, and making predictions on who will make it to the Memorial Cup. 

Tankathon

Ben and Colton go inside the race for Rasmus Dahlin. The Vancouver Canucks have completely fallen apart without their stellar rookie Brock Boeser, while the Arizona Coyotes are playing their best hockey in several years. Who finishes last in the NHL?

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Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 16 (Do You Trust Marc Bergevin?)

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and other hockey writers. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 16 (Do You Trust Marc Bergevin?)

Be sure to follow @LWOS_Habs for Habs news, commentary, and analysis.

On episode 16 of the Last Word on Habs pod, Connor and Johannes discuss the Habs great game in a losing effort against Nashville. Brendan Gallagher's post-game comments gave our hosts something new to discuss. The Habs followed up (arguably) their best performance of the season with two duds against Colorado and Arizona (not Phoenix).

Marc Bergevin's abilities as a general manager are (again) discussed at length by our hosts. Is his job in jeopardy? Should he be making trades at the deadline? Can he clean up his mess?

Our hosts are joined this week by The Hockey Writers Ryan Szporer to discuss all things Habs. Szporer highlights several reasons for the Habs abysmal season and lays them all at the feet of Marc Bergevin.

All this and much, much more! Tune in!

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 16 Rundown

Intro's and Pizza Parties (00:00 - 3:50)

Habs week review/Nashville game/Subban/Gallagher comments (3:50 - 18:30)

Is Marc Bergevin on thin ice/retool  (18:30 - 34:30)

Is Tavares a "plan"? Build through free agency (34:30 - 39:45)

Marc Bergevin, Disaster Artist (39:45 - 46:10)

Ryan Szporer interview (46:20 -1:11:07)

Wrote for Us (1:11:08 - 1:11:40)

Habs week ahead and Sign Off (1:11:41 - 1:19: 29)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. 

We spoke with Ryan Spzorer this week. Follow him on twitter @rszporer. He highlighted a few of his articles including:

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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OTPP: Marc-Andre Fleury, Alexandre Burrows, Al Montoya, and Mike Zigomanis

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look at the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Alexandre Burrows, Al Montoya, and Mike Zigomanis Go On The Power Play

News broke just before we recorded that Alexandre Burrows would be getting a 10-game suspension for his actions against Taylor Hall. Is this lengthy suspension deserved? Will it provide an opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to give some playing time for their youth? Are the Sens running things the right way? Should they call-up more of their young prospects?

The boys also look at Marc-Andre Fleury's return to Pittsburgh. The organization and the fans treated Fleury like a Pittsburgh legend, and he deserved it. Is he missed on this year's Penguins team? Will his number be retired after his career? What do we remember most about his time with the team?

We also saw Al Montoya denying a quote to Ryan Rishaug in a post-game press conference. What led to the situation and how do we feel about Montoya and Rishaug's actions here?

Mike Fisher has returned to the Nashville Predators. What does his addition mean for the team? Can they win the Stanley Cup? What else will they add at the NHL Trade Deadline?

Lastly, Ben turns into a law nerd, and explains Mike Zigomanis' recent court case in the Ontario Court of Appeal, and why he won a decision over Frank D'Angelo and his Cheetah Energy Drink. While Colton is surprised to learn that there are naked pictures of Mike Zigomanis available on the internet and begins frantically searching for them. This causes us to end the show.

 

All that and more as we go On the Power Play.

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OTPP: Lebreton Flats, Erik Karlsson, Chronic Fatigued Carey Price and More

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

OTPP: Lebreton Flats, Erik Karlsson, Chronic Fatigued Carey Price and More

The big news of the week comes out of Ottawa. The Lebreton Flats project appears to be moving forward, and the NCC will have their announcement on Thursday. What does this mean for the Ottawa Senators? Can Eugene Melnyk finance the arena? After Pierre Dorion's comments, will Erik Karlsson still be a Senator when it happens?

In other arena news, the New York Islanders could play some games at their old home, Nassau Coliseum, while they wait for their new rink in Belmont Park. What does this mean for fans? How will ticket packages and transportation work? Could the Isles do some other throwbacks?

Meanwhile, reports indicate that Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome earlier this year? What does this mean for the soon-to-be $10.5 million man? How did the Canadiens handle it?

The Vegas Golden Knights were first overall in the NHL for a brief time earlier this week. Does this change the team's plan to build for the future? What should they do at the NHL Trade Deadline? How Soon is Now?

Could the unthinkable happen? Can the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks both miss the playoffs? We break down their playoff chances.

Can the Colorado Avalanche make the playoffs? What went right in their ten-game win streak? Is Nathan MacKinnon a Hart Trophy candidate? How does this team's future look?

All that and more, as we go On the Power Play.

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Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 13

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word On Habs Pod - Episode 13 (Grieving A Lost Season)

Be sure to follow @LWOS_Habs for Habs news, commentary, and analysis.

This week, Connor and Johannes discuss the Habs disastrous five games in eight nights that all but sealed their season. Max Pacioretty has found his scoring touch, but it's too late to help the Habs this season. Because we know you love hearing our voices, there is no guest again this week. Our hosts discuss what the Habs should look to do at the trade deadline and beyond. Should the Habs move on from Max Pacioretty? Is anyone else on the roster safe? Johannes and Connor discuss the job Marc Bergevin has been doing (again) and how it might set the Habs back for years to come. Dealing with a lost season can be difficult, but Johannes and Connor are here to guide you through the stages of grief, so listen in!

 

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 10 Rundown

Introduction, weather talk (00:18 - 1:11)

Habs week that was (1:11 - 6:17)

How will fans deal with a lost season? (6:17 - 11:50)

Habs in the Draft (11:50 - 13:20)

Max Pacioretty/Habs trade rumours (13:20 - 21:33)

Marc Bergevin (21:33 - 25:16)

Habs at the trade deadline (25:16 - 31:45)

Habs contracts (31:45 - 34:40)

Trade talk pt. 2 (34:40 - 39:19)

Grieving the Habs season (39:19 - 50:35)

Is Bergevin the man to turn it around? (50:35 - 52:30)

Shut Weber down? (52:30 - 53:35)

Super Bowl talk (53:35 - 55:20)

Upcoming work/Habs prospects (55:20 - 57:22)

Write for us: Last Word on Hockey (57:22 - 57:57)

Goodbye and Sign off (57:57 - 59:12)

 

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

 

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OTPP: Outdoor Games, Erik Karlsson Rumours, John Tortorella Blowups, World Juniors and More

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

OTPP: Outdoor Games, Erik Karlsson Rumours, John Tortorella Blowups, World Juniors and More

The NHL's attention is focused on Ottawa this week. The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators go outdoors to play in the NHL100 Classic. Have outdoor games jumped the shark? What is the experience like? And what should the NHL expect with two teams in the bottom six of the NHL standings.

Off-ice issues have taken over in Ottawa as well. Erik Karlsson rumours are running wild as the team asked for his no-trade list. Mike Hoffman, Cody Ceci and Derek Brassard are also in rumours. What will happen in the nation's capital?

The Adidas/Fanatics jersey deal is looked at, and Ben is not pleased. What has got him going this week?

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost 7-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, and coach John Tortorella was not pleased. He refused to answer media questions. The boys give their thoughts. It evolves into a discussion of the Blue Jackets chances of winning a cup.  Are they a contender or pretender?

The boys also look ahead to the World Juniors. Should Nolan Patrick and Tyson Jost have been loaned to Team Canada. Is keeping struggling players in the NHL best for development? How does Canada look without them? Who will be the key players? Who is the toughest competition this year? And how do the boys feel about another outdoor game?

All that and more in today's edition of On the Power Play.

 

 

 

 

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