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from the Hollywood Reporter,
NBC Sports defended its decision to cut off Saturday’s telecast of the Buffalo Sabres-Ottawa Senators playoff game just as it moved into overtime in favor of the Preakness Stakes.
The network received criticism in the blogosphere and from some viewers for its decision to forgo the final minutes of the game to cover the Preakness from a Baltimore racetrack. A network spokesman said Monday that there was not much NBC could do: It was contractually obligated to carry Saturday’s Preakness telecast….
“We terribly regret that some of our avid fans weren’t able to see the overtime play,” the spokeswoman said. It wasn’t as much a problem among home viewers as it was for those who were watching at bars and restaurants nationwide, where the distribution of Comcast-owned Versus is still sporadic.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Ducks players were shrugging off comments Hull, now a hockey analyst with NBC, made during Anaheim’s 2-1 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings Sunday. The Ducks lead the Western Conference final 3-2 and can advance to the Stanley Cup final by beating the Red Wings in Tuesday’s Game 6 (CBC, 9 p.m.) in Anaheim.
“If I was Detroit, I would not be worried about being down 3-2, because they dominated,” Hull said on air after the game. “They can go in and win (Game 6) and come home and win Game 7.”
Anaheim defenceman Chris Pronger, who also isn’t shy about speaking his mind to the media, shook his head when asked about Hull’s prediction.
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Daniel Briere has heard the rumors that he’s heading to Nashville, Philadelphia or Montreal, ready to cash in once free agency opens in July.
Not so fast, the Buffalo Sabres co-captain said Monday, after he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers.
“My first, my probably biggest wish right now would be to be a part of this team,” Briere said. “The Sabres, if they’re interested, they’re going to have the first chance. They’re going to have the best chance. And if that doesn’t work out, then we’ll start looking at different options.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Perhaps hockey fans have to accept the fact that there will never be justice in officiating. But it might be nice if there were fewer injustices.
Hockey is one of the most difficult sports to officiate. In fact, it may be the most difficult.
Baseball is almost without exception, relatively simple, black-and-white calls. A runner is either out or safe. A pitch is either in the strike zone or it isn’t.
Basketball and football require a bit more judgment, especially on calls like interference and holding in football, and charging in basketball.
But until recently, hockey officiating required judgment calls and very little else. The game had evolved to the point that calls were purely subjective, varying from night to night depending on the referees’ whims.
from The Maven,
It’s difficult to imagine a team winning The Stanley Cup with the Human Sieve, Ray Emery, in goal. Yet, it could happen because the Ottawa defense is so strong…
Q. Coach, was there any question in your mind about when to pull Giguere at the end of the game?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: I guess there’s always a question of when. We just felt that with the face-off and a power play and almost a full two minutes to utilize, it would be the best time to do it.
And as I stated last night, if it works it’s a good move. If it doesn’t work, then you’re open for criticism. But that holds true with a lot of decisions you make as a coach. And that’s just part of the job. And sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Last night it did.
The Caps picked a pretty good day to sign Nicklas Backstrom, not much hockey news out there today (remember the Canadian Holiday).
D.C. Sports Bog gives us the scoop on Backstrom…
—His favorite NHL player is Henrik Zetterberg.
—A little sketchy on the details here, but apparently he studied carpentry in school. His father suggested that it was really more like masonry. I hope the Caps use this in some sort of promotional campaign about building the foundation of the new core or something like that.
from MultiChannel News,
In Demand and league representatives confirm they’ve held talks to renew distribution of Center Ice; the current pact ends after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The package provides access to about 40 regular-season hockey games per week from outside the viewer’s home area, plus some first- and second-round playoff games.
But cable executives said that so far at least, initial discussions for a Center Ice renewal have remained separate from talks about the NHL Network, or about a planned high-definition NHL service. NHL executives would not comment on the negotiation strategy.
via the Express-News,
When the Spurs knocked out the Suns to set up their meeting with the Jazz, more than a few people speculated the nation’s viewing public wouldn’t be too interested in watching the two small-market teams.
Apparently, San Antonio isn’t all that interested, either.
For the first time in the five-year history of the AT&T Center, the Spurs didn’t sell out a playoff game.
The Spurs listed their attendance as 18,300, about 500 short of the 18,797 capacity.
hmmm, will the media be all over this one?
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
There are countless things we can and should write about after a stunning weekend of hockey that saw the Presidents’ Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres eliminated and the Detroit Red Wings, the team that tied Buffalo for the most points in the regular season, put on the brink.
Television decisions shouldn’t be one of them, but what happened with NBC in the United States on Saturday and Sunday was almost beyond comprehension for a so-called major sports league.
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