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from the Daily Breeze,
“At times we skated too much,” Carlyle said of last spring’s playoff routine. “We changed our travel schedule. Now we’re staying over and traveling the next day.”
Teemu Selanne and a number of other veterans asked Carlyle to make the change, mindful of the need for more rest….
Selanne then complained with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek that Carlyle doesn’t listen to any of his suggestions. So when he has one, Selanne said he tells teammate Chris Pronger and Pronger asks Carlyle about it.
“He goes there and (Carlyle) says, ‘Why not?’ ” Selanne said. “You have to keep mother (Pronger) happy. If the father is unhappy you can still have a happy family. But if the mother is unhappy, forget it.”
from the Buffalo News,
The rating for the Buffalo Sabres’ second- round opener with the New York Rangers on Versus Wednesday was more shocking than any comment made by the Rangers’ Sean Avery.
The game had a 25.2 rating, which is about 2 1/2 times what the Sabres’ first-round series with the New York Islanders averaged on MSG even though it was competing with a two-hour edition of “American Idol” (15.9).
more ratings news…
from the Ottawa Sun,
“They were pretty good shots,” said Murray. “You don’t count on getting five goals on (Brodeur) very often.
“Let’s put it that way. There were a couple of great shots that I don’t know who could have stopped them. I give him a little bit of credit for bouncing back from that (first period).
“We respect him a lot. All we talked about was getting shots at the net. They don’t give you many odd-man rushes and we were able to capitalize on (the ones we got). I don’t know that I would point the finger at him on many. I just hope that we keep doing that.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
“They probably think it’s over. That’s OK,” said Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on a Martin Straka power-play goal 10:08 into the first period that gave the Rangers their first lead of the series at 1-0.
“A series can change with one play, with one period. You never know,” he said.
Jagr might well have been talking about this game as much as his team’s chances of reversing the flow of this suddenly one-sided series.
from the Mercury News,
In touting its overnight ratings for Game 1 of Sharks-Red Wings, Versus cited a 7.3 in Detroit and a 1.9 in the Bay Area. Too bad ratings aren’t available for the Canadian TV coverage in the province of Newfoundland, because percentage-wise it was probably a very healthy number.
There are just three active NHL players from Newfoundland, and two are in this series: Ryane Clowe of the Sharks and Daniel Cleary of the Red Wings. (Michael Ryder of Montreal is the other.)
The CBC took a look at Cleary a few days ago too.
Thanks to a KK reader for passing it on…
from the Hockey News,
Seconds after the Sabres secured a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 Friday, Ruff blew a gasket as he flew off the Sabres bench to complain to game officials about a blown offside call in the final six seconds—which led to a Rangers desperation shot on goal—and about a Rangers too-many-men-on-the-ice infraction that was botched by the referees in the dying minutes.
Ruff was waving his arms and screaming at anything dressed in black and white stripes….
God bless you for scoring, Jeff Cowan. And god bless you, too, J-S Giguere, for allowing a goal at such a strange angle.
from the Mercury News,
Humming. Humming. The laptops are always humming for Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler. They probably spend more time with their hard drives than they do with their families. Hey, it’s a living.
But it all pays off. Hunter and Zettler are the Sharks’ two assistant coaches. They are probably the most crucial unsung guys in the entire operation. But they are having a good playoff run right along with the team. And as the Sharks prepared for today’s Game2 in their series with the Red Wings, Hunter and Zettler were on the case full bore.
Those laptops? Hunter and Zettler use them as video weapons, downloading every game and breaking it up into diagnostic tools.
from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
If the Wings are to compete against the Sharks, they need to hear resoundingly from Datsyuk. So far in the playoffs, Detroit’s best forwards have been the likes of Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen, Kris Draper and Valtteri Filppula; bully for those players, but at some point, the Wings’ most-talented forwards have to be their best forwards….
“It’s hard to score point every game,’’ he said Friday. ‘‘I try to shoot more and I think it’s coming. I have lots of chance, need finish. I need to be quicker and . . . shoot (more), and not give them chance to block my shot.’‘
from John Ondrasik at Sports Illustrated,
So what to do about nothing? What does the hardcore hockey head do at playoff time when his team is somewhere between the third tee and training camp?
Maple Leafs fans know this dilemma. For me, it’s a quandary.
One option is to go bandwagon. Pick a team. Jump ship. This is easy for Los Angelinos. We do it every year with the NFL. Two years ago, I had the Steelers. Last year, I took Farve and the Packers. Hockey-wise, the Pens were a popular pick with the band this year until they got bounced by the Sens.
Sharks’ radio anayst Jamie Baker is a name Wings fans remember very well.
Jamie was kind enough to join me in a casual chat today to discuss game 1, the matchups, Guerin and Rivet and a few other topics.
Feel free to listen...
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