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The Power That's Returned to 'Flower': Revising Marc-Andre's Postseason Legacy

For the life of me, I cannot come up with anything comparable for what Marc-Andre Fleury is doing in these playoffs. Resurrections of this magnitude rarely appear anywhere outside of the New Testament. Yet, here he is; back from the dead, leading (yes, leading) Pittsburgh to the Eastern Conference Final.  The liability has been converted to an asset, and share-holders that stuck with him through his penny stock days (i.e. me) are loving it.    There is a theme of this piece centered on rebounds. On the micro level, Fleury was able to respond from a 5-2 beat down in Monday's Game 6. In a hostile Verizon Center, he stopped all 29 Washington shots in Wednesday's series finale -- stealing the 2-0 victory . He was nothing short of spectacular in Round 2's only shutout. Fleury's name was apropos for the the barrage sustained. Even 5-on-5, the ice tilted in the home team's favor from the onset. To the nervous spectator, the game's first eight minutes read like a conti

If You're Not First, You Can Be Second (And There's No Shame In That)

This has been a season to remember for Tottenham Hotspur. The trophy case won't show much for their efforts, but I sure am proud to support this club. Regardless of whether we chase down Chelsea (likely not), this pressure-filled "must win" run in proves Mauricio Pochettino & Co. are building a new culture and not just a new stadium.  The Spurs have been pests that will not go away. That is backhanded praise I don't think anyone could have uttered in years past. This same roster was unable to chase down Leicester City last Premier League season; fizzling to a third-place finish. The lights got their brightest and the up-and-coming Spurs wilted in its immense heat.  But this year has been different. With their 2-0 result over Arsenal on Sunday, Tottenham has  nine straight league victories for the first time since 1960 — 13 straight at home. Sadly, the train is going to run out of track. There's just no time left to chance down the Blues, whose remaining fi