Jump into the 4th Line time machine and let’s take a ride into hockey’s storied past. May 16th, 1996 – Double OT Thriller The Detroit Red Wings would finish the regular season 62-13-7, with the Presidents trophy in hand and the clear favorite to go all the way. The Wings would have a disappointing post season. Detroit would take a 4-2 series win against the Winnipeg Jets. This would set up a Western Conference Semi Final against division rival St. Louis Blues. Detroit would take each of the first two contests, with a respective score of 3-2 and 8-3. The Red Wings were flying highRead More →

Jump into the 4th Line time machine and let’s take a ride into hockey’s storied past. Embed from Getty Images May 8th, 1988 – Yellow Sunday Its game 4 of the 1988 Prince of Wales Conference Finals. The New Jersey Devils face off against the Boston Bruins at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. The following night Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld got into a verbal altercation with referee Don Koharski. This all happened to be caught on tape by a local cameraman. Schoenfeld words were heard all over NYC.  Schoenfeld was later suspended and banded from the bench during game 4. The DevilsRead More →

Predators vs Blues The wait is over, hockey is finally back. Tonight, we kick off the NHL’s second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a shockingly, but deserving game, between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. Nashville stunned the hockey world with a sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks, who many thought would make a run for its 4th cup in seven years. Embed from Getty Images The Blues took care of business fairly easily with a 4-1 series victory over the Minnesota Wild, who stumbled at the worst time. Nashville has never advanced to the conference finals in franchise history, the Blues willRead More →

As we continue our look at how the NHL became the league we see today, the next step on our journey takes us to 1979 when the NHL expanded to absorb four World Hockey Association teams. Before we do that, we’ll pause for a moment to take a brief look at the 12 other WHA teams for whom fate was not so kind. We’ll save the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets for another time. ‘Forgotten’ is of course a tough word; some of the teams below will live long in hockey memory, others are just a mere blip in the historyRead More →