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from Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports,
NBC knew the audience for the Preakness would be at least three times greater. And it had far more valuable commercials sold for the pre-race show than whatever it would get out of overtime hockey.
So it cut the game. Which doesn’t mean we need to cut up the game.
Maybe I’m just skittish to change because much of it hasn’t worked (can we bring back the old names, Adams Division, Campbell Conference, et al?). The “Preakness Game” proves that most of the tinkering has failed. But mostly I’d hate to see the NHL again react out of a defensive position, the embarrassment of this, and make another permanent, major change to the sport.
Just because NBC thinks women in silly hats and Black-Eyed Susans are better television than overtime hockey, doesn’t mean it’s true.
from the Toronto Star,
Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg sees no reason why he and teammate Pavel Datsyuk have suddenly gone stone cold, a big reason why Detroit faces elimination tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference final.
They’re jitterbugs around Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, creating opportunity after opportunity. They’ve beaten defencemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer to pucks, and on dekes, and with passes.
But they haven’t been able to finish. Zetterberg hasn’t scored in four games; Datsyuk in three. Worse, neither has scored on the road in the playoffs.
Q. First off, any lineup changes tonight. Todd Bertuzzi going to play tonight, that kind of thing?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t know. Game-time decision. It’s basically can a guy go, can a guy not go.
Q. Anything to get off your chest before tonight?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: No, we’re excited. One of the things I find is as the rounds go, and not the Finals, but as the rounds go, I always find there’s a long time between games. It seems like forever. After you’ve flushed it out, lets get going and let’s play the game. We think we’ve been playing well. We’re looking forward to it. Let’s go out there and play.
There’s a big difference between being loose and driving and tight and tentative. So let’s make sure we know what to do.
from the Vancouver Sun,
The Detroit Red Wings, currently battling for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals, have some of the oldest players in the National Hockey League, including starting goaltender Dominik Hasek (aged 42), and ageless defenceman Chris Chelios (45).
Small wonder the team has ordered 75 pairs—including 20 pairs at the start of their series against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks—of Coreshorts, a product invented by an Abbotsford physiotherapist and one that has found its way into every NHL locker room, as well as those in other major sports leagues.
Compression shorts have been part of an athlete’s wardrobe for years, but Coreshorts takes the concept a step further. By angling elastic pieces within Lycra shorts in an X-pattern running diagonally from the hip to the opposite thigh, Coreshorts support the pelvis, lower back and groin. The more the athlete pushes in a direction, the more stability he or she gets.
from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
There will be a great Game 6 between Detroit and Anaheim tonight. People are being blown away by the amazing goaltending of J.S. Giguere of the Ducks, and the tremendous efficiency of Wings star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
No longer are people talking about the trap, the dead puck era, or clutch and grab hockey. The stories now are about speed, skill, hitting, villains, heroes, controversy, and passion.
Fans in Anaheim love their team. Fans in Detroit love their team and hope they will see the Wings play host to a Game 7 on Thursday.
Fans in Ottawa are thrilled that they now have Daniel Alfredsson as their captain. This playoff season he has been the most reliable Senator. Last year, they wanted him run out of town following the Sens elimination at the hands of the Sabres.
Q. Any lineup changes, injuries, anything like that for tonight?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: We’ll make those decisions as the day goes on. We think that we have some interchangeable parts. And as we go forward, there’s some people that have been in and out and we have some youth sitting on the sidelines, so we’ll make that decision as we go into the rest of the day. It’s not set yet.
NEW YORK (May 22, 2007)—The National Hockey League today released the schedule of dates for the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin Monday, May 28 in Anaheim or Detroit.
The Stanley Cup Final will match the Ottawa Senators, champions of the Eastern Conference, against the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 6 tonight in Anaheim.
Wings fans- remember May 29, 2002? Wings down 3-2 in games to Colorado in the WCF…
Sticky post until game time tonight.
Challenge: What time in the game will the last goal be scored tonight?
from Hall of Fame Magazine,
Hours before the opening face-off, crowds, most of whom did not have tickets, gathered on St. Catharines St. and adjoining streets around the forum, and they were in a surly mood. At the Montreal Gazette, the editor, sensing that the usual number of reporters staffing a Canadiens game would not be sufficient to cover what might happen, assigned a young sports writer named Red Fisher to rush to the Forum, not to cover any aspect of the game, but to handle whatever other newsworthy event might occur.
Fisher, who was to become a journalistic legend in Montreal, had never before covered anything at the Forum, but as soon as he arrived he sensed that what was growing among the crowds, both inside and outside the building, was a possible riot. He was correct.
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