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from the Dallas Morning News,
The D-FW market has averaged a 1.8 rating for the Red Wings series in the wake of the Stars’ march through Anaheim and San Jose. That translates to 43,841 homes. That’s worse than awful….
Now let’s compare. In Detroit, where some homes have access to the Canadian broadcasts, the series has averaged a relatively healthy 9.6 rating (184,848 homes) on Versus.
And in the Eastern Conference home markets, Philadelphia is averaging an 8.3 (244,020 homes). In Pittsburgh, which should be known as Hockeytown USA, the Penguins-Flyers series is averaging a 20.2 rating (233,956 homes) on Versus.
read on and some additional information regarding the OT plans of NBC for the Stars/Wings game on Saturday. Do remember the times listed are CT.
Q. I know you’ve already answered this before, but can you get a little more into the line situation with Modano moving to the wing. You banter that around during the playoff series trying to make adjustments. When did you come to that conclusion, Let’s try this?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: When we came to the conclusion that Lehtinen wasn’t going to be a player in the series, Barnes wasn’t coming back, our injuries are dictating that. Our right side is pretty banged up right now. So we tried Chris Conner for a game. Decided we just were going to load up a couple lines, see if we could find a line that could play with some pace, then a banging line.
It’s a little bit of trying to find things that are creative, that will help us win, and a little bit of filling injury holes.
Today, some interviews with the Detroit Red Wings. Q&A’s featuring coach Mike Babcock, Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom.
Q. A Franzen update? But can you also talk about what this has been like for him for him to be playing as well as he was and then have to watch.
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Obviously it’s real difficult for him. It’s part of playoff hockey, though. Things like this happen. You know, the bottom line is you just got to overcome it. Every team gets injured.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Pity Tomas Holmstrom.
How often are you going to see those three words in a row?
But really. For the second time in as many Western Conference finals, the Detroit Red Wings’ hard-headed Swede, who has made a living out of obstructing goaltenders’ vision and scoring garbage goals no longer than his hockey stick, is deserving of our sympathy. A limited amount. Certain terms and conditions may apply. See your dealer for details.
from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,
“What happened to the Stars I used to know? Where is the spirit? Where is the guts? This could be the greatest game of our lives, but you are going to let it be the worst.
“Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you, Ott. We might get in trouble.
“Well… not me. I am not going to take this.
“Osgood? He’s a dead man.
from the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
Stars captain Brenden Morrow was interviewed Thursday by Bob and Dan of BaD Radio on 1310-AM The Ticket and had a lot to say.
One of the first points Morrow made was to revisit a questionable roughing penalty called on Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in the first period of a 4-1 loss in Game 1 against the Red Wings. Referee Bill McCreary whistled Fistric for the 2-minute minor for roughing Tomas Holmstrom, giving the Red Wings a 5-on-3 power play that they converted into a Brian Rafalski goal nine seconds after getting the two-man advantage to take a quick 1-0 lead.
“That was a very phantom call,” Morrow said.
Morrow accused McCreary of a retaliation penalty call on Fistric.
Today’s Q&A session with the Dallas Stars features some thoughts from Steve Ott and coach Dave Tippett.
Q. Steve, one step down. Now you got to go back to Detroit where things haven’t been great. How are you going to focus for that?
STEVE OTT: Obviously, things haven’t been great in Detroit. Starting with your goalie, when he hasn’t really won in that building, it kind of sets up for a great night, I think. What better time than now to, you know, put a little bit of pressure on them, Marty have a big night, get out there with a win.
One of the better lines from Melrose- To Linda Cohn of ESPN, “Don’t be a referee, you’re an anchor”!
Watch Barry in action breaking down the Stars win last night…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars owner Tom Hicks said before Wednesday night’s game that he is pleased with the team’s co-general manager configuration and would like to take “interim” off of the titles for Les Jackson and Brett Hull.
“I look forward to having negotiations with them to talk about what the future is going to be,” Hicks said.
Q. Mike, do you have any thoughts on the disallowed goal?
MIKE BABCOCK: What do you want me to say? The guy’s not in the paint? The guy’s out of the paint. That’s a repetition call totally. It’s disappointing. I mean, Homer got a penalty the other night and he bumped Turco earlier in the game. But I guess the way I look at it is this: in the League there’s lots that goes on on the ice. Sometimes a guy gets tripped and you miss it. Some things go wrong and you miss it. Just don’t make stuff up, that’s all.
These men are doing their very best, just like us. They want to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Kelly is a good referee. He just blew the call. That’s life.
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