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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
I've been in the RBC Centre when it has been half-empty, but there's no denying the excitement in the building when the National Hockey League playoffs come to town. The last two games here have featured overflow crowds - the team was selling standing-room tickets for $95 - and there isn't another rink in the league with a higher percentage of fans wearing home-team jerseys. Not that the jerseys are mandatory. The party-like atmosphere is reflected in some unusual garb. One row was filled with fans in black formal attire, while two other fans were spotted with yellow and powder-blue tuxes with matching top hats.continued
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It's still to be determined if the Oilers can beat the Red Wings. But there's no question Edmonton is going to annihilate Detroit. "It's nothing in Detroit (compared) to what it is in Edmonton. It's loud in Detroit but it's nothing compared to Edmonton. Coming home with the series tied, it's going to be amazing,'' said Ryan Smyth. Shawn Horcoff goes even further. "As much as they call Detroit Hockeytown, it's 10 times louder in Edmonton in the playoffs,'' said the Michigan State grad.continued
from the Star-Telegram,
Turco melted faster than the AAC ice on a July afternoon, coughing up the tying goal in the fading moments of regulation and the game-winner in overtime. The Avs' 5-4 victory ripped the heart out of a Stars' team that was finally beginning to look like itself again. Instead, they trail this series 0-2 with the next two games on tap in Denver. The loss should force coach Dave Tippett and the Stars to seriously consider whether they can continue to start Turco in goal Wednesday night in Denver.read on
Legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretyak was unanimously elected president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF) on Tuesday, the Reuters news agency reported. Tretyak, who turned 54 on Tuesday, succeeds Alexander Steblin, who was sacked last month following allegations of drunkenness and violent behavior.continued
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
A player like Denis Gauthier of the Philadelphia Flyers has a reputation in the National Hockey League. When a player like that hits someone hard, many like to jump to conclusions. He can say sorry all he wants but, obviously, Gauthier didn't learn his lesson, because on Monday night he did it again against Tomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres. It was a dangerous play that resulted in a five minute major. I think Colin Campbell and the NHL should suspend Gauthier. This guy should forfeit the right to play in the postseason. This was a nothing game because the score was so out of hand, and Gauthier went way over the line. That's embarrassing and he should be suspended.more I turned the channel long before the hit so I did not see it, but I recall Gauthier vowing a week or so ago that he would stop taking stupid penalties. from Philly News, T
he more they acted like idiots, the more we wanted to play," was what Ruff had said, the reporter told Hitchcock in the crowded interview room. Hitchcock listened, and calmly responded: "Well that's Lindy's opinion. He ought to not talk about that." Hitchcock then took one more question, talked more about being embarrassed, then abruptly said thank you and walked away from the podium. It was then that an emotional night took yet another strange and unexpected moment. As he was walking through the throng of reporters, Hitchcock loudly said: "Tell Lindy to [bleep] off. Tell him to mind his own [bleeping] business."more
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
Answer me this: Why wouldn't the NHL keep the same officials with every series from beginning to end? Why must the guys who officiated the Sabres-Flyers game two nights ago travel to New Jersey to handle the Devils-Rangers game tonight? This makes no sense. Officiating crews should be assigned to one series and stick with it. First and foremost, it would give each series consistent game-callingcontinued
from the Detroit Free Press via the Mercury News,
For the past two games, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace has seen entirely too much of one color. "Every time I look up there's white jerseys around," he said, "and they've been keeping us away from the net and letting Rollie see a lot of shots." "Get to the net, make it hard for him to see," Legace said. "He's a very good goalie so you're going to have to get in front of him somehow, because if he sees it, he's going to stop it."more on the series...
Dish owners, check for OLN tonight. My understanding is it will be available in the AT180 base package and higher. I know nothing about Dish, but if you have it, please feel free to leave a comment. added 7:41pm, via Hockey Fights,
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and STAMFORD, Conn. – EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and its DISH Network™ and OLN today announced a multi-year agreement which restores the channel to DISH Network customers. “It was important that we negotiated a fair contract, enabling DISH Network to remain a tremendous value for our customers,” said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of Programming. “We understand that this has been a difficult period for our customers, and we thank them for all their patience. We look forward to a long relationship with OLN in which we can provide the network to our customers.”more added 7:49pm, According to OLN website, OLN is available on Dish at channel 151. If you are interested in Dish Network, help support Kukla's Korner by using the following link...Get Dish in 4 rooms FREE! Find out how.
the Rangers/Devils game is in HD on INHD via Comcast in Detroit. The INHD schedule says MLB Phillies/Rockies. Come on OLN and INHD, get a schedule up so we don't have to go searching every night.
from the AP via Fox Sports,
"Frustration," Tippett said, quickly summing up how he felt. "Come out with effort and execution like that in Game 1 is unacceptable. It's not who we are as a team, and not who we expect to be. Our expectations are much higher than that." So is there reason to panic? "Not so much panic. Maybe a little more desperation to our game, a little bit more urgency to get things done, have a little bit more jump," said Stars captain Mike Modano, whose only two shots in Game 1 came in the third period. "All depends on how you bounce back. Do you panic and go in a frenzy over it?," Bill Guerin said. "It's a little bit of a mixture, because you just don't want to ignore it and think that it didn't happen. You have to face reality. ... We've got to get our act together."read on
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