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from the Globe and Mail,
Evgeni Malkin, the 20-year-old Russian who is thought to have a lock on the NHL’s rookie-of-the-year award but has been invisible in the playoffs, will play tonight with Sidney Crosby, the 19-year-old leader of the Penguins and 39-year-old veteran Mark Recchi.
It is a line Therrien has turned to before with success, and was, in fact, the combination that happened to be on the ice late in Saturday’s Game 2 when Crosby scored the winning goal in Pittsburgh’s only victory.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
And here they come for the fifth overtime. Aren’t they warriors? Aren’t they courageous? Isn’t this the best part about the NHL playoffs?
No, no and no.
Hockey players are not warriors, and they are not courageous. They are incredibly skilled, strong-willed, athletic professionals who can make their bodies do outrageous things, such as play 140 minutes of hockey or more in a night. But they shouldn’t have to show us that mental and physical strength. It shouldn’t be allowed.
I have been listening to The Fan 960 in Calgary all morning just to get a feel of what is going on in Calgary.
The jocks there took a shot at the Joe Louis PA announcer because he could not pronounce the last name of Kristian Huselius.
They have no idea who that man is, so I thought I would give them a little background on Budd Lynch…
A native of Windsor, Ontario, Lynch joined the Essex Scottish Regiment of the Canadian Forces during World War II; he lost his right arm during combat.
Returning home from the war, he joined the Red Wings, with the team winning the Stanley Cup during his first season. In fact, Detroit won the Stanley Cup four times during his first five years with the club.
read on about Mr. Lynch, HHOF’r in the media wing….
One of the NHL’s longest-serving general managers is staying on the job even longer.
The Carolina Hurricanes have given GM Jim Rutherford a five-year contract extension.
Rutherford has served as the franchise’s GM for 13 years - dating back to its time as the Hartford Whalers.
from Jim Baumbach at Newsday,
Stickle agreed to talk, but you’re not going to like what he told me. “I’m happy with the job that was done tonight,” he said.
As part of his job, Stickle sits in the press box and focuses on the officials, watching every call (and non-call) live and then on the replay. He was a linesman for 27 years, so he knows penalties.
“I did that job for a long time, so I see things that could become a bone of contention and take a look at it,” Stickle said. “Sometimes we’re wrong, too. But not in these cases tonight.”
I did a little “What Do They Really Mean” today at my NHL.com blog.
from TV Predictions,
With HDTV in roughly 30 million U.S. homes, shouldn’t the networks have a better handle on providing sports in high-def?
After all, we’ve all been sold that sports is the driver of High-Definition TV; that people are rushing to buy sets to watch their favorite teams in crystal-clear HD.
So why can’t we see them in high-def?!
added 11:56am, NBC affiliate in St. Louis bumping NHL games...
At least 5 1/2 hours of hockey tonight.
Wild must win to continue the series and all the other home teams need a win badly.
from the National Post,
So far, the NHL hasn’t had a worst-case scenario with head shots. Eric Lindros played the game like a bull, a style that played a large part in his concussion troubles. But for the most part, it has been players like Adam Deadmarsh, Jason Allison, Matthew Lombardi, and Tim Connolly that have had concussions impact their careers. No Crosbys. No Sedins. No Joe Thorntons.
“They see Patty Eaves and they just take notice,” Spezza said. “I think they’re waiting for it to happen to Jarome Iginla, Sidney Crosby, or someone real important. They’ve got to fix it now.”
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
NBC earned a 1.4 overnight rating (percentage of households tuned in) for its Flames-Red Wings telecast on Sunday, down 6.7 per cent from its rating a year ago for a regional broadcast. NBC’s Saturday regional telecast, Penguins-Senators and New York Rangers-Atlanta Thrashers, earned a 1.2 overnight, down 7.7 per cent.
Yesterday, KK member snafu pointed out Don Cherry taking a cheap shot at Pavel Datsyuk and Houston agrees,
What did Pavel Datsyuk do to deserve Don Cherry’s attack on Saturday? Well, nothing, really, except for being a European, leading his team in scoring and signing a fat seven-year contract extension for close to $7-million (U.S.) annually.
To assist Cherry in his cheap shot of Datsyuk, Hockey Night compiled a couple of clips of retired Red Wings star Steve Yzerman falling to the ice to block shots.
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