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In this week's Facing Off, the man dubbed "Baby Lidstrom" discusses how he became the most unlikely of Olympic heroes, why everybody (including his own brother) had better keep his head up on the ice and why the Red Wings deserve to be considered Stanley Cup favorites. Q: Who is the best offensive player in the NHL right now? A: I haven't played [Jaromir] Jagr myself, but he is putting up incredible numbers. Joe Thornton is also a top guy. He is huge, he's a really good skater and he can handle the puck as well as anybody. My teammate Henrik Zetterberg has also been awesome this year.more
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
I often get e-mails from you saying how much you enjoy the e-mail bag. So, with just over a week left in the regular season, let's blow out the e-mail bag.In response to a recent Wirtz article, John responds,
It will be yet another playoff picture without Boston and Chicago. Boston's fan base has yet to be obliterated like the fans in Chicago, but it is teetering. The reason why the Red Wings are the Red Wings is because owner Mike Ilitch LOVES sports and LOVES competition. Bill Wirtz and Jeremy Jacobs do not. Their passion is concession and parking numbers. That's not a knock at Wirtz or Jacobs. And it's not intended to be a compliment to Ilitch. It is what it is.read on
Share your Luc Robitaille memories at ESPN's SportsNation. Mine is very easy to remember, seeing Luc skate around with the Stanley Cup- I never saw anyone so happy in my life, the raw emotions in his face will never be forgotten. added 11:45am, Luc is also the answer to a nice trivia question...Which active NHL player has been a teammate of five of the top six point scorers in league history? Luc has played alongside Wayne Gretzky (No. 1 in career points), Mark Messier (No. 2), Ron Francis (No. 4), Marcel Dionne (No. 5) and Steve Yzerman (No. 6). The only top-six scorer he didn't play with was Gordie Howe (No. 3).- via the Union-Tribune...
from the Hockey News,
We've decided to identify which actual movie titles best summarize each of the 30 NHL teams' 2005-06 campaign. As well, we've sought out professional movie reviews that, though first intended for each particular movie, also apply to the domain of Gary Bettman's Guaranteed Moneymaking Machine. Boston Movie: Ice Age: The Meltdown Summary: Another wasted Bruins season features the trading of captain Joe Thornton, who goes on to finish No. 2 in league scoring. GM Mike O'Connell pays the price for ownership's meddling, losing his job before the season ends. Real Review: "Forgettable, completely harmless, sporadically amusing, and not at all ready to go up against the real masters.” -- Dustin Putman, THEMOVIEBOY.COMread on for the rest of the teams...
from the Chicago Tribune,
After a long day of oral, maxillofacial and dental implant surgery, and before a recent Blackhawks game, in which the home team got creamed by the Dallas Stars, Dr. Eric Pulver made his way through the team entrance.... ...he told about an incident a few years ago, when a Carolina Hurricanes player "somehow came off the ice without his two front teeth." "Anyway, this guy came off the ice without his two front teeth -- he didn't know where they were. ... I went down to take a look, and yeah, they're not there. "Some of the guys went out on the ice to look for them. Two minutes later, they found one and brought it back. The other one got pushed up to the floor of his nose ... way up high.read on
Never before in the history of the NBA and the NHL have teams from the same city captured both the Stanley Cup and NBA Championship in the same season. With the Detroit Red Wings (NHL) and Detroit Pistons (NBA) both sitting atop their respective league standings, Sportsbook.com odds makers have posted 7-1 odds on the Motor City becoming the first to lay claim to the rare double. Will any listed city win both the NHL and NBA Championships in the 2005/06 season? Detroit (Red Wings/Pistons) 7-1 Dallas (Stars/Mavericks) 55-1 New Jersey (Devils/Nets) 225-1
There isn't much access to hockey in Australia, especially now that OLN is doing the coverage of the games. Actually, unless you have the Internet, there's no access to the NHL at all! There's no television or cable coverage available at all -- either at home or in bars in town. There's no radio coverage, no updates on sports shows or anything. So when it was confirmed online that Mike Modano re-signed with the Dallas Stars in August to play out his career with the only team he'd ever played for in the NHL -- and the only team I'd ever loved -- my husband and I decided it was time to fulfill my thirteen-year-old dream. To watch Mike Modano play for the Dallas Stars in person. Seemingly impossible, we saved up the $8,000 the trip cost us, and flew from Brisbane, to Dallas. Over 11,000 miles -- 18 hours in the air, but 37 hours of travel time, including layovers in Sydney and Los Angeles -- we finally landed in Dallas on March 16 at 10pm.read on
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Five summers ago, the Maple Leafs went hunting for a skilled offensive player and stole Alexander Mogilny away from the New Jersey Devils. Well, the time has come to raid the Devils again. The Leafs, as has been well documented, have money to burn this summer, about $20 million worth, and many roster holes to patch. They could, in theory, shop till they drop. But even a cursory market analysis suggests they won't be able to fill all their needs through unrestricted free agency. They need to target their efforts and if they are able to target and land Devils winger Patrik Elias, they will have done very well.read on
OLN is struggling, averaging a 0.19 rating (117,857 households) thru 52 games. Compared to the 2003-04 season, NHL games on ESPN had a 0.47 rating (416,385 HHs), while games on ESPN2 got a 0.24 rating (208,576 HHs). The NHL is also trying to get more celebrities at games by passing out cards to celebs that get them access to playoff action (my card has yet to arive).
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