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from the NHL Fanhouse,
I decided to call Babcock’s alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, to figure out what advantage - if any - a background in sports psychology could give a National Hockey League coach. Gordon A. Bloom is a faculty member of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at McGill, where Babcock studied as an undergrad and graduate student while also playing for the McGill men’s hockey team.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
“Full-season ticket sales are up 60 percent over this past season,” Penguins vice president of communications Tom McMillan said. “We haven’t seen anything like this since the [Stanley] Cup years. We anticipated a spike. We didn’t know it would be anything like this.”
McMillan declined to give specific numbers of season tickets for last season or next.
from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
On a team with elegant Swedes such as Holmstrom’s linemate Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, Holmstrom is a Norse of a different color. “He can’t skate,” general manager Ken Holland says. “If you have him race most NHL players over 30 feet, he’d lose. But put a puck four feet away, tell him to get there first, and Homer”—Holmstrom’s nickname—“will win that race. And when he sets up shop at the front of the net, they can’t twist him or turn him.”
from Inside The Panters at the Palm Beach Post,
The Senators have been one of the more entertaining teams in the NHL for years, but they’ve consistently been one of the worst draws among all visiting teams for the Panthers and, presumably, most other American-based franchises. One can only speculate, but a miserable first few years out of the blocks combined with no Stanley Cups and no Original Six history has added up to no excitement for the casual hockey fan.
The bloggers that were sent over to Moscow by the Washington Capitals to cover the WC did a fantastic job and I enjoyed following along with them.
Hopefully they have set a standard that others will follow.
I respond to an email I received regarding the state of the NHL in my NHL.com blog today.
Your comments are always welcome too.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Tonight, they go into Game 3 at home tied 1-1 with the Detroit Red Wings, believing they should be up 2-0 and with a confidence about them, but not a swagger, of a team which thinks they can get it done and maybe be the first NHL team from the West Coast to win a Stanley Cup.
“We’re a very confident group and a very tough team to beat now,” is how goaltender J.S. Giguere describes the difference.
“One year later is a big difference because we’ve got that one year under our belt. Our young guys are better. The young guys know what the playoffs are all about.
“Mostly we know what it takes to win and how much it hurts to lose.”
from On the Forecheck,
There’s nothing like the pivotal moments late in an NHL game, where each rush up ice is met with hope and dread, depending on the rooting interest of the fans watching. Sometimes, the deciding strike comes swiftly after a faceoff win, and what I’d like to look at today is which players help produce or prevent such chances.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The reality is that Buffalo is all but finished, headed home with barely a whimper. How else can you explain a team that looks discombobulated if not disinterested? You’ll hear all the right things from both teams, how the Sabres never quit, how they’re going to keep coming. In this series, their reputation has been a myth.
If you’re searching for answers, look no further than the only goal the Ottawa Senators needed to beat the Sabres in Game Three on Monday night. It pretty much exemplifies what’s wrong with a hesitant Buffalo group against an unwavering, confident Ottawa team that knows the Stanley Cup is no longer a fantasy.
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
But the question that needs to be asked in a hurry is, what ever became of the Buffalo Sabres?
With a power play that would shoot blanks if it shot at all, and a President’s Trophy winning roster that looks intimidated against the hard-charging Senators, the Buffalo Sabres took one more step toward extinction last night at Scotiabank Place, losing 1-0 to fall behind three games to none in what was once a highly anticipated Eastern Conference Final.
Talk about anticlimactic. The scoreboard may have read 1-0, with Daniel Alfredsson’s second period goal standing up. In reality, however, Game 3 was a blow-out, disguised only by the spectacular play of Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller.
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