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from Jim Kelley at Sporstnet,
As we mentioned above, hockey still has serious problems, and, perhaps, more coming. You can even argue that in his early years Bettman either created or allowed many of the problems that he has now addressed, but in the big picture the Commissioner who came to the game without a trace of hockey knowledge, without even a hint of a feel for its history and tradition and who jumped feet first into a vicious and ill-conceived expansion via one of the most short-sighted and special-interest ownership groups in the history of sport has done what many thought was impossible.
He’s made the game better.
via Multi Channel News,
Akimbo Systems struck a deal with the National Hockey League to make complete games from the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs available through its Internet-download service within 48 hours of broadcast.
Games from the NHL playoffs—set to begin April 11—will be available for 99 cents each to users of the RCA Akimbo Player, a device that plugs into an Internet connection and a TV, as well as through AT&T’s Homezone service and computers with Microsoft’s Windows Media Center Edition.
Akimbo’s Internet video-on-demand service uses Microsoft’s Windows Media format, with video typically encoded at 2 megabits per second.
“It’s full TV resolution, not a tiny Internet-streaming window,” Akimbo vice president of marketing Jim Funk said. “On a TV, the video scales to standard-definition.”
Separately, the NHL offers live Internet streaming video of out-of-market games through its NHL Center Ice Online package.
Akimbo website but nothing about this announcement as of this time.
Scott Burnside of ESPN breaks down every first round matchup and has this to say about the Ottawa/Pittsbugh series…
It might not be what the big brains at the NHL would like to see, but the Senators’ experience and talented back end prove the difference in a surprisingly short series. Ottawa in five.
more on that matchup plus you will find links to every series on the right sidebar of that page…
from the NY Post,
“It’s almost a storybook,” understated goalie Wade Dubielewicz, the newest hero in the Islanders’ proud pantheon of former greats.
“I can’t wipe the smile off my face,” Dubielewicz said after his dramatic 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils yesterday at the Meadowlands….
“I tried my best for you,” Clemmensen said to the Leaf fans, who are up in arms today because Lou Lamoriello decided to leave Martin Brodeur out of yesterday’s finale.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Forty years wandering in the hockey wilderness, still no closer to the Stanley Cup than they were the day Punch Imlach’s reign ended.
His first one, that is.
For the Maple Leafs, this has become a drought of biblical proportions, and truly this week it was as though the hockey gods sent down a mischievous elf named Wade Dubielewicz to ensure the drought would continue.
The Stanley Cup Matchups. Details at ESPN.com.
Detroit Red Wings vs Calgary Flames
Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild
Vancouver Canucks vs Dallas Stars
Nashville Predators vs San Jose Sharks
Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lighting
Atlanta Thrashers vs New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins
(Complete schedules forthcoming.)
Updated 12:30pm EDT:
The National Hockey League today announced the dates, times and national broadcast information for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarterfinal round, which begins Wednesday, April 11.
2007 FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
from Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,
Much of the talk the last couple of weeks of the NHL’s regular season centered around either Sidney Crosby or Roberto Luongo being named the 2006-‘07 MVP.
Great talents, yes. Certainly worthy of the discussion. In fact, I’ve got Crosby No. 2 and Luongo No. 3 on my ballot. But the winner of this season’s Hart Trophy, I believe, has to be New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur.
The New York Islanders win in a shootout over New Jersey, landing the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference on the last day of the season. More later. (The Leafs Lunch show on AM640 radio should be quite entertaining Monday, wouldn’t you say?)
Update 6:57pm EDT:
The win triggered a wild on-ice celebration by the Islanders who were seemingly out of the Stanley Cup hunt one week ago. They regrouped in front of third-string goalie Wade Dubielewicz to edge out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the last playoff berth to be decided on the final day of the regular season.
Toronto finished its season Saturday night with a 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs had 91 points, one more than the Islanders.
The Islanders mission was simple: win, and they were in the playoffs and would face the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres.
From KK Member Steve NJ, the playoff television scheduling on NBC for next weekend,
Saturday April 14
3:00 PM (Regional Coverage)
Rangers vs. Atlanta
Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa
Sunday April 15
Calgary vs. Detroit
from Karen Crouse of the New York Times:
From his spot at the bar, Dr. Coyle Connolly, a dermatologist and rabid Flyers fan, had an open look at Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur. It was late summer 1995 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Connolly’s heart was on the mend after Brodeur and the Devils broke it with their defeat of Philadelphia in that year’s Eastern Conference finals.
Connolly, who had booed Brodeur from his season seat, swooped in like a skater to congratulate Brodeur for having gone on to win his first Stanley Cup. He half expected his introduction to end in rejection, but Brodeur did not turn him away.
Accepting Connolly’s offer of a beer, Brodeur ended up inviting him to join him and a friend for dinner so they could continue their hockey conversation. Nearly a dozen years later they are still talking about hockey and a whole lot more.
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