Matt Bradley has Alexander Semin all figured out

So Florida Panthers’ forward Matt Bradley doesn’t much care for his former Washington Capitals’ teammate Alexander Semin.

Alexander Semin

Over the past two seasons, Alexander Semin has been a point-per-game player for the Capitals - but not in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

You don’t honestly think that all players on all teams actually get along with each other, do you? They do not. In fact, sometimes they hate each other so much they won’t even speak. But those points are irrelevant when it comes to winning. Chemistry is important, but a desire to win is much bigger. And that’s the biggest problem Bradley has with Semin. (more…)

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Rory McIlroy’s win yesterday at the United States Open, at Congressional CC outside Washington, D.C., capped a perfect week of feel-good stories in sports – something we surely do not see enough of.

Rory McIlroy wins 2011 United States Open Championship

Rory McIlroy hoists the trophy after winning the 2011 United States Open Championship. McIlroy finished eight shots clear of Australia's Jason Day (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

I know I don’t. A fresh-faced, twenty-two year old kid, McIlroy smiled and giggled his way to a record-setting win in the USGA’s toughest test. And it was great to watch. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen too often. (more…)

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Manny Malhotra and Henrik Sedin accept 2011 Presidents' Trophy from Kris King

Manny Malhotra and Henrik Sedin accept 2011 Presidents' Trophy from Kris King

Well, Vancouver Canucks’ fans, you seem to have almost everything you’ve ever wanted. Your team won the Presidents’ Trophy during the regular season. You have the reigning Hart Trophy winner on your roster. And you probably have the next Hart Trophy winner on your roster. You have a man many consider as the best netminder in the National Hockey League. But, in about two weeks, you’re not going to be happy. That’s because the Boston Bruins are going to win the 2011 Stanley Cup. (more…)

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Stanley Cup surprises litter opening round

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is the best round because it’s laden with surprises.

Sharks' overtime win

Sharks celebrate Devin Setoguchi's overtime goal that completes their comeback win in Los Angeles Harry How/Getty Images

Big ones. Small ones. And, the way things are going so far, we may be treated to a lot of Games Seven on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are a few of the more shocking things about this year’s first round so far.

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It’s Stanley Cup time!

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us! Stanley Cup PlayoffsAnd please do not refer to them as the NHL Playoffs. No such animal exists. They are the Stanley Cup Playoffs, prominently promoting the greatest trophy in the history of sports. It is the greatest time of year. I often tell my family that, when I ultimately kick the bucket, I hope it happens in July – after the Cup is awarded. Yep, that seems about right. Time to predict the first round of sweeps and upsets. (more…)

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