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From Tom Jones at Tampa Bay.com,
First, I’m a hockey guy. I covered the NHL for 15 years and if the choice is between watching a hockey game on television and watching another event live from the first row, I’d probably pick the hockey game. To me, it’s the best sport there is, and there’s nothing like the passion, drama and intensity of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Except this year. (And, to be honest, last season, too, because I wrote about this same subject.) Quite frankly, the NBA playoffs have been better than the NHL playoffs. Here are five reasons why:
continued… and he’s got a couple good points, but I have a feeling that hockey fans are going to disagree strongly with some others…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Red Wings’ forward Dallas Drake figures they’ll see a big push from the Stars early tonight. On a rainy day in Dallas, the challenge will be weathering the storm.
“It always seems, in your opponent’s building, the team comes out real hard; the fans are behind them, they play with energy,” said Drake. “So you’ve really got to play smart and get the puck deep and get the puck out and when you do that, you seem to settle down.”
more on the game tonight…
From Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
[T.J.] Oshie, 21, is expected to make the opening-day roster and infuse some offensive skill on a team that finished tied for 27th in the NHL in goals last season with 205.
The Blues also announced Tuesday the signing of forward Lars Eller, the 13th overall pick in last summer’s draft. Eller will be in camp but is likely to begin next season in Peoria or in Sweden.
“This is the whole program here ... this is our future,” Blues President John Davidson said. “We need our veterans really bad next year. But the kids are going to move forward as the season goes along. It’s going to be fascinating.”
from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,
The Sharks’ first phone call, which I’m assuming took place earlier this week, had to go to Pat Burns. Just had to.
It makes so much hockey sense. It helps explain how General Manager Doug Wilson persuaded himself to fire Ron Wilson, a coach he defended and kept through previous tense times.
Everything about the early stages of the Sharks’ search points to Burns - if he’s interested in moving to the West Coast and he’s healthy after two recent bouts with cancer (it sounds as if Burns is doing fine).
from John D. Stoll of the Wall Street Journal,
For the second round of the playoffs, Mr. Catallo’s family’s six seats were priced at $215 apiece, up from the regular season price of $85. The total cost for one second-round game: $1,290, not including parking, beer or hot dogs.
“For that price, I could buy a big, flat-screen TV, some popcorn and watch the game at home,” the 40-year old restaurateur and advertising executive said. “By the middle of the third period, the TV would pay for itself.”
For the cost of just two playoff games, he adds, “I could take my wife and kids to Disney World.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It can’t be the city that keeps people with the Wings, and it’s certainly not aging Joe Louis Arena. The Wings also don’t wildly overpay individual players or executives or coaches.
“We sell a culture, a little bit,” said Holland yesterday. “It’s not for everybody. I would say life isn’t all about money and if every decision you make is about money, then probably Detroit isn’t for you.
“But people like to be a part of winning. It’s a hard thing to leave.”
Don Cherry says the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series is over…
Watch ‘Grapes’ on ESPN below…
from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
After beating the Penguins five times out of eight—and four of four at home—in the regular season, after getting past scoring machine Alex Ovechkin and Washington in the first round, after knocking off top-seeded Montreal in the second round, they have no answers against the Penguins.
At least that seemed to be the prevailing emotion after Philadelphia dug a hole that precedent suggests it will have a difficult time climbing out of.
“I don’t know if I completely have an explanation right now,” winger Joffrey Lupul said after the Penguins trapped, clogged the neutral zone and stifled the Flyers, 4-1.
“We didn’t get many chances, and when we did, we missed the net or they blocked shots. We’re working. We’re in there. We’re skating. But they’re just doing a good job defensively.”
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers asked the question 20,000 times on the 20,000 orange T-shirts they gave their fans last night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins answered it just once.
“Why not us?”
Because the Penguins are better.
The Flyers’ season is not over, of course. But after falling behind three games to none, the outcome of this best-of-seven series is no longer in doubt. Miracles happen. Four miracles in a row do not, at least not against these Penguins.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers were without their top two defencemen last night, but it was their offence that was missing in action.
The Flyers mustered only 18 shots on goal in a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final.
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