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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
I have to begrudgingly admit that the Detroit Red Wings—a team I have always cheered against on principle—have been fun to watch during these Stanley Cup playoffs.
They are a team so laden with European stars, they remind me of the old Winnipeg Jets of the WHA years.
Led up front by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg—perhaps the finest two-way players in the NHL—the second coming of Reggie Leach in playoff scoring sensation Johan Franzen and the incomparable Nicklas Lidstrom on the blue-line, the Red Wings have so far looked every bit as good in the playoffs as they did during the regular season.
Montreal police say they are ready for any excessive celebration Saturday night as the Canadiens take to the ice in Game 5 of their NHL playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Officers have been surfing the internet, looking through chat groups on social networking sites such as Facebook for any would-be rioters.
Police want to prevent a repeat of the chaos that followed the Habs’ April 21 game when they won their first-round series against the Boston Bruins in Game 7.
Fans took to the streets after the game to celebrate the Canadiens’ performance but the partying got out of hand when vandals attacked police cars, setting several on fire, and broke into stores on St-Catherine Street.
An anti-riot Habs fan group was created on Facebook that night, and its creator said pro-riot subscribers have since posted messages on the page.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Tonight, the Flyers can close out their best-of-7 series against the heavily favored Montreal Canadiens in five games. It is a position they were in on April 19 when they traveled to Washington and lost 3-2.
“People were concerned we were overconfident going into Washington and I think it was the opposite,” Flyers coach John Stevens said Friday at the Skate Zone.
“We were underconfident. We sat back and waited. We gotta get after this game harder than we have any other game. Montreal is a very good team and their fans are going to be behind them and we’re going to have to be ready to go.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
I know the elimination of the Calgary Flames by the San Jose Sharks has naturally sucked some of the air out of the balloon hereabouts. And with the Toronto Maple Leafs out of the playoffs once again, they might as well not be happening for many east of the Lakehead. That’s understandable (in a pathetic sort of way).
But since when did Mr. Freeze put his glacial hand upon the rest of the post-season, cryogenically rendering the battle to win the Stanley Cup into a bad ice sculpture at some hillbilly wedding? Granted, the playoffs go on four weeks longer than any attention span this side of Stephen Hawking can bear.
But where’s the sizzle? Where’s the steak?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This is where we came in, with the Rangers needing a victory in Pittsburgh, and with the Rangers needing the game officials to allow them to play the kind of game that will translate into a victory.
None of the Rangers will touch the subject now, and why would they following the storm that was whipped up last week when officiating was front and center among topics of conversation?
It is, however, a fact that the Blueshirts New York Rangers must be allowed to knock down Sidney Crosby, Evegni Malkin and Marian Hossa just as they did in Thursday’s playoff deathbed of a 3-0 Game 4 victory at the Garden in order to survive tomorrow afternoon’s Game 5 at the Igloo.
Mr. Kukla, I am writing you at 3:30am to voice a complaint about the Versus broadcast of the Sharks game on Friday night.
I attended my prom tonight and instead of going to an all night drinking party, a bunch of us couples (yes the girls like hockey too) headed back to my house to watch the game that I had saved via Directv DVR. Guess what, no game on VERSUS HD like the NHL.com schedule had listed. So instead of watching a great game, we were stuck watching golf.
Why did VERSUS do this and if they were going to show the game on the regular VERSUS channel, why didn’t they let us know about it?
Do you have a way I can let them know how badly they messed up my plans, my parents even had food ready for us and we had this all planned out. Instead, we turned off the DVR and the party broke up earlier than expected.
from Jamie Baker at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Brendan Morrow and everyone affiliated with or cheering for the Dallas Stars is going to say they got robbed of a goal tonight on Morrow’s first disallowed goal. I am going to give a technical analysis of why the goal was disallowed and why it was the correct call. But first lets clear up a few other things.
* Dave Tippett agreed that Morrow gloved the puck into the net on the second disallowed goal. But he did complain that Morrow got cross-checked and there should have been a penalty. What he failed to mention was on the first disallowed goal Morrow should have gotten a goalie interference call. He was totally in the crease and collided with Nabokov, and it wasn’t because Carle pushed him there.
* When talking about adversity and critical moments in a game Tippett also forgot to mention the quick whistle that negated a Marleau goal in game 3.
from Art Spander at Inside Bay Area,
Was this merely a new chapter of an old story? Are the Sharks destined to be frustrating’s champions? Are they always going to lose in the playoffs to a team that finished below them?
Hockey is different, insisted Wilson the coach.
“It’s not football or basketball,” he said, trying to explain his responsibilities. “In hockey it isn’t red left, XYZ, call that play. A hockey coach puts people on the ice who are supposed to know what to do. You teach them to play defense and what you expect is creativity.”
The Sharks may have been creative. What they weren’t until midway in the second period is successful. Dallas was too fast, too aggressive. The Stars did what the Sharks could not do, control the puck, swarm the goalkeeper.
Watch the OT winner by Sharks Joe Pavelski below…
from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,
Ugly, unfair, unlucky—how else do you describe Stars captain Brenden Morrow registering a disallowed hat trick?
He slapped, kicked and gloved three pucks across the goal line in Game 5. Only one went on the scoreboard.
The kick is the one up for debate. It was the overturned goal.
“No, absolutely not,” said Stars coach Dave Tippett when asked about Morrow kicking in the goal. “He had no idea where it was. How could he have kicked it? We had two critical calls go against us. I think there is frustration with not winning, but we’re going to use it.”
Let’s just end that debate, shall we? The NHL embarrassed itself by disallowing the goal and with its logic for doing so. Morrow had scored with 4:29 left in the second, the way he usually does. He was in front of the net, locked up with a Sharks defenseman, and the puck went in off of his skate.
This is not against the rules. It is only naughty if the player kicks the goal in. The league ruled he had, thus disallowing the goal. The league officials, of course, are idiots.
added 4:47pm, As Tony just pointed out, the original link is dead and I found one that replaces it. Here you go... and yes, text has changed…
Yes, numerous emails, people screaming, go back to ESPN!
Versus, how can you NOT show a Stanley Cup playoff game in HD?
I don’t want to hear about the commitment to golf… How about the commitment to the fans of the NHL!
You ask numerous hockey bloggers to promote the games, without compensation, so I guess this should not be total surprise.
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