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from Georgia Straight,
When the final goal of these playoffs is scored, and the betting here is that it’ll be a power-play goal, it would be fitting if National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman strode to centre ice and handed half of the Stanley Cup to the winning captain. Chop it up, carve it up, slice the big silver thing right down the middle: that’s all the winning team deserves in this new era of the NHL. With all the power-play chances being doled out these days, teams are really only using half the ice, and, in the eyes of far too many, the entertainment value of the game has been cut in half as well. The Commish, who’s listed as day-to-day with the all-too-common “upper body” injury—from patting himself on the back during a conference call last week trumpeting the success of his league this year—has this misguided notion that added power-play opportunities bring with them a significant rise in the entertainment value of the product.continued
from Media Life,
When OLN said it would rename itself Versus this week, it was only the latest sign of the Comcast-owned network's ambition to abandon its niche as an outdoor channel to become a major sports network akin to Disney’s ESPN. But it will take more than a name change. It's going to take far longer, and lots more investment to boot, judging by how its first season airing the National Hockey League is finishing out.... Rather than OLN rising up on the power of hockey, hockey slumped even more airing on OLN. Further, few hockey fans who tuned in to OLN for the games hung around to catch other shows.read on
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Mighty Ducks' coach Randy Carlyle was not tipping his hand about his starting goalie for Thursday night's fourth game of the National Hockey League quarter-final series against the Calgary Flames. "Come to the warm-up and see who skates out first," Carlyle advised reporters. The issue of a possible goaltending switch came up only because J.S. Giguere, the Ducks' starter, has struggled in his two appearances in the series, posting a 4.09 goals-against average and a .837 save percentage. By contrast, his nominal back-up, Ilya Bryzgalov has a 1.71 GAA and a .933 save percentage in his only appearance in the series, in which Calgary holds a two-games-to-one lead.continued
The Central Division blues may be coming home to roost for the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators. While nothing is over, both teams are struggling in their respective series against Edmonton and San Jose. Great regular season stats padded by playing the weaker sisters in the Central haven't helped put a playoff edge on either teams' play. There's still a long way to go, but those late season games against the division's weaker sisters haven't helped.continued
Every game tonight has one team up 2-1 in their series. Center Ice games are Flames/Ducks at 10:00pm & Predators/Sharks at 10:30pm. There is no OLN-HD game tonight, but does that really matter? Last night's Rangers/Devils game was broadcast in HD, but not many if any at all saw it. INHD did not show the game and I have yet to find anyone who did see the broadcast. Emails to OLN have not been answered.
from the Buffalo News,
Gauthier speared Dumont right where the Sabres forward had surgery to correct a sports hernia. He missed 28 games while recovering. "I was just driving the net and his stick just hit me in a good spot, right where I had the surgery," Dumont said. "I just felt burning and cramps and everything at the same time. I felt a lot of pain there. But it went away after about five, 10 minutes. "I was more scared than anything else. I was in a lot of pain before I had the surgery, and I think [the spear] was even worse." "I don't believe it was inadvertent," Ruff said. "But he definitely got him with his stick." Dumont wasn't so sure Gauthier's jab was intentional. "He's got a reputation, but I don't think he would use a stick like that," Dumont said. "It's part of hockey. We go on the ice and play hard."more
from the Ottawa Citizen,
However, what makes Havlat perhaps the most fearsome player in the playoffs -- outside of a healthy Jaromir Jagr -- is the psychological threat he represents every time he steps on the ice. He is such a mercurial, explosive player that the other team knows he can score every time he touches the puck. With two goals and one assist, he was one of the main catalysts on Tuesday, when the Senators won 8-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.more
Ron Francis is doing a blog for the playoffs, backed by TV station WRAL.
That was just what the doctor ordered! In a game the Canes could not afford to lose, they showed a lot of heart and character in finding a way to win a game that was not easy to win. The Canadiens did not make it easy for the Canes, but the Canes never quit and in the end were rewarded for perserveering. What can you say about the performance turned in by Cam Ward?continued
Since dumping Sean Avery, Elisha Cuthbert needs a team to root for. Maybe this is a sign she is now a Flames fan. 2nd pic added at 1:31pm.
from the NAtional Post,
Guys shared your pain, Sheldon. Oh, how we shared your pain. Every one of us who saw you absorb that slapshot during Game 2 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. That includes every man on the Hurricanes, especially the three who your triple-vision suggested shot the puck. Even in the heat of the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are no enemies in this regard. All men care for the south-of-the-belt health of their fellow athlete. In fact, playoff widows might say that all guys are athletic supporters. Of course, a woman won't ever understand this pain. But since a man will never understand her bliss during childbirth, let's call it even.continued
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