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Yet another NHL teleconference today featured Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who has posted and 8-4 record with a sparkling .173 goals-against average, and Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, who has recorded seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 12 games, including two overtime game winners in the series win over San Jose last round.
Here is the transcript of their Q&A.
Q. Marty, you’re just fresh off winning two incredible series and beating two fellow great goalies. I see right off the bat that people are already asking you about your record at Joe Louis. There’s no time to breathe. What do you make of that? Does it mean anything?
Today the NHL hosted more teleconferences, featuring coaches Dave Tippett and Mike Babcock, of the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings.
Both transcripts from these Q&A’s are below.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings have positioned themselves best for the heavy lifting that will come, largely because they’ve managed to avoid a lot of heavy lifting through the first half of the playoffs.
And because of that, if history is any indicator, the Penguins and Red Wings will meet in the Stanley Cup final with the Penguins emerging as slight favorites at this point.
The fact Pittsburgh played three fewer games than the Philadelphia Flyers through the first two rounds and the Red Wings two fewer than the Dallas Stars might not seem like much, but history tells a different story.
Today, the NHL hosted a NHL conference call making Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg available for questions. In ten post-season games Henrik has recorded seven goals and six assists for 13 points, scored two game-winners and leads the league with a plus 10 plus/minus rating.
Transcript from the Q&A is below.
Q. Could you talk a little bit about the chemistry between you and Datsyuk specifically, but also with Homer as well. A lot of good players have difficulty playing with each other, but you have had a chemistry almost from the beginning. Talk about what each of you does that sort of makes this line work very well.
The Wings have the power of prayer behind them.
Watch the video below and thanks to Snapshots for the pointer…
From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com:
How many times must it be said that the NHL shootout sucks?
No, I didn’t stutter. It sucks, much like a working Hoover. The shootout should go the way of lava lamps, ‘80’s hair and Thomas Dolby. Just gone, yesterday’s news. Period.
Maybe I’m in the minority, but the shootout just doesn’t do it for me. They’re bad enough in the regular season.
But don’t even get me started if you are one of those who actually believe, while sober, that the league should mandate shootouts in place of these overtime marathons that last three, four, five extra periods.
Yesterday, I confessed at the tail-end of a post that I’ve never seen a hockey game in HD. I expected to be almost alone in this, but apparently not—and a few of the commenters who responded are prominent hockey bloggers, who also don’t have HD readily available. Some of their thoughts:
Mike Chen: “Don’t feel bad, I’ve got standard def too. Sometimes, bills are just more important than kick-ass TV.”
Earl Sleek from Battle of California: “I haven’t seen a game in HD either, and I thought I was the only one! Maybe we’re missing out, but I dunno. I have yet to really say, “damn, what’s going on out there?”
Baroque from HockeyTownTodd: “I too haven’t seen a game in HD. And I have no trouble seeing the puck on my little non-wall-sized television, either.”
But others raved about the technology, as well (*more of their comments here). So I’m curious about this on a bigger scale—Do you have HDTV? If you want to use the comments here to say why or why not, please do. After all, owning something like this isn’t cheap. Is it worth it?
NEW YORK (May 6, 2008)—Following is the order of selection for the first 26 picks of the 2008 Entry Draft, June 20-21 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
The four remaining selections in the first round of the draft—picks 27 through 30—will be allocated based on the results of the upcoming Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (May 6, 2008)—The following nine referees and nine linesmen have been named to work the third round of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. Their career playoff games are also listed (updated through round one).
Bill McCreary (262); Paul Devorski (144); Brad Watson (88); Kevin Pollock (78); Dan O’Halloran (57); Marc Joannette (49); Kelly Sutherland (28); Mike Leggo (25); Mike Hasenfratz (24).
Brian Murphy (173); Brad Lazarowich (162); Jean Morin (131); Jay Sharrers (111); Shane Heyer (94); Tim Nowak (83); Pierre Racicot (80); Derek Amell (47); Steve Miller (30).
From Paul Kukla at his NHL.com blog:
Goaltending is always under the microscope during the playoffs and holds especially true in the Wings-Stars series. Chris Osgood must be steady and avoid the “how did that one get by him” question, while Marty Turco must continue to be outstanding. You can be sure both teams will be trying to get to the opposing goalie and rattle their cages a bit. Whichever keeper maintains his focus the most should win this series.
more… on each series
Plus more from Paul at Hockey.com:
Never have I done something like this — as a matter of fact, I despise the prediction side of this business. But this time, I feel it in my bones, in my head and in my heart.
Pens/Wings will meet in the Stanley Cup Final.
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