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Be sure to stop by at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon as we host another live chat session. I’ll be co-hosting along with Ted Starkey, NHL Editor for AOL Sports as we talk to Bret Hedican, currently a defenseman with the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s sure to be interesting, as Hedican won a Cup himself just two seasons ago with Carolina, and he’s been in the headlines thanks to his wife, Olympic Gold Medal winner Kristi Yamaguchi, the current champion at Dancing With the Stars.
Check it out. It starts right away, at 1pm ET.
Q. Coach, can you talk about how proud you are, as a head coach, of the effort that your guys showed in Game 5, you had guys with broken noses and injuries, and seeing them come back and Max making the goal, is that the most proud you’ve been of a team in your coaching career?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: They showed a lot of character, there’s no doubt about that. And they see the prize. There’s a lot of sacrifice. It’s nice to get the reward, and they deserve it. It was a game that could go to both sides. We capitalized on the power play. And we get a high stick in the face.
But there’s no doubt, this is a team that faced adversity through the course of the season. And it was not any different last game.
from Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,
As a reporter, you know that the playoffs have reached critical mass when you can no longer remember where you are, never mind what day it is.
That day arrived Tuesday for the NHL.com group.
After staying up all night Monday after Game 5 – we left the arena at 3:30 a.m. —to catch a 6 a.m. bus Tuesday to Pittsburgh, the NHL.com crew arrived in the Steel City at noon. As usual, there was work to do so we scattered to all corners.
Some of us went to Pittsburgh availability, others to Red Wing availability. The rest went straight to hotel rooms to maintain the site. Myself and Brad Holland made sure we got the post-game podcast with Kings coach Marc Crawford, an NHL.com exclusive, done.
From James Deacon at AOL Sports Canada,
The unthinkable has happened.
Hockey Night in Canada, the absolute gold standard in hockey broadcasting for generations, is being matched - and in some aspects beaten - in its coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.
By NBC, no less. An American network.
It’s sacrilege to even suggest such a thing. Hockey fans expect HNIC to be the best because, well, it always has been.
From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:
I think comedian George Carlin is one of the great minds of our time. And one of my favorite bits of his centers around the needless softening/wimpification of language. That was on display again Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Lightning sent out an e-mail announcing head coach (and preferred target of this space) John Tortorella “will not return” to the team.
I suppose it was just too hurtful to say the guy was dismissed. Perhaps the next franchise that fires a coach can do the Bolts one better and issue a press release that reads, “Coach X will be coaching the team next season (in spirit only).”
It’s funny that Proteau mentions this. When we first got the press release about the Tortorella story, it did make me pause for a moment.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Once over lightly in this Stanley Cup final series, which nearly everyone (including yours truly) advertised as likely to be the most exciting and hotly competed in recent memory. It took a while, but if you happened to be among those who put in impressive couch-potato time for a game that started at 8:15 p.m. on Monday and didn’t end until 12:51 a.m. yesterday, that’s what this series was supposed to be all about.
So you and I had to wait until Pittsburgh’s 4-3 victory in Game 5? So what? It was worth waiting for. No matter what happens in Pittsburgh tonight, the Penguins’ refusal to die is what the NHL represents - and always has.
What TV network are you watching the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals on?
Comments are encouraged.
from the Vancouver Province via the National Post,
...Add it all up and if an evil genius conceived of a plan to systematically destroy the NHL, he couldn’t do worse than Bettman has done. But after taking more shots than Sonny Corleone in the toll booth, the NHL seems to have finally reversed the trends of the last 14 years and has taken huge steps in rebuilding both its image and its brand.
Who knows, if everything goes right, it make even get back to the place it occupied 14 years ago when the Vancouver Canucks met the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
from Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Red Wings still lead it, three games to two.
But it was the Red Wings who lost The Marathon.
And recent history is replete with examples of teams that end up losing such games being unable to recover.
And those teams, unlike the Red Wings, didn’t belong to AARP as well as the NHLPA.
The Penguins know both ends of the equation
from Theresa Tedesco of the National Post,
As many as eight National Hockey League teams have been in discussions or made overtures to Jim Balsillie in recent months about a possible sale or minority partnership with the Canadian billionaire, sources say.
A struggling U.S. economy, strong Canadian dollar and weak hockey markets south of the border have combined to make the deep pockets of the 47-year-old co-founder of the BlackBerry device too irresistible to some NHL owners, despite Mr. Balsillie’s tempestuous relations with the league’s head office in New York.
Update 1:26pm ET: (alanah) The ‘war of words’ continues via TSN,
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was quick to address the quote from Balsillie’s camp, maintaining that the league’s decisions on the matter are based from what the owners want.
“That certainly is inconsistent with anything I have ever heard the commissioner say,” Daly told TSN on Wednesday. “Ultimately, Mr. Balsillie’s ability to be an owner in the NHL will depend on his ability to find an existing owner who wants to sell him a team, and his ability to persuade the 29 other team owners - his prospective partners - that he would be a good owner and good partner in the league venture. That’s not something the Commissioner decides. Maybe Mr. Rodier would be better off confining his comments to subject matters as to which he might have some small level of knowledge; this subject isn’t one of them.”
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