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from the Detroit Free Press,
Henrik Zetterberg gave a thumbs-up to having big right winger Todd Bertuzzi as a linemate, so good news for Zetterberg: He is going to see more of Bertuzzi tonight when the Red Wings resume their second-round series against the Sharks.
Bertuzzi has been a part of numerous line combinations during the playoffs, but he was such a success in his latest incarnation on Detroit’s top line that Mike Babcock plans to use him there again as a stand-in for the injured Tomas Holmstrom for Game 3.
I contacted McGill University yesterday about the “Babcock Tie” and they were kind enough to respond with a picture of the tie, one red and one blue.
from a press release from McGill University,
Perhaps in an effort to change his team’s fortunes, Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, reached into his bag of tricks and donned a necktie from McGill University to see if his alma mater really does matter.
Babcock requested the old school tie from a McGill official via a text message sent earlier in the week and confirmed he would be wearing the red, silk tie in Game 2 of the series, Saturday.
Babcock, the third McGill player to coach an NHL team (Lester Patrick guided the N.Y. Rangers; George Burnett served in Edmonton), was a two-time all-star rearguard at McGill from 1983-84 to 1986-87, where he also served as team captain and won the Bobby Bell trophy as team MVP.
He graduated from McGill with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and also did some post-graduate work in sports psychology. In 146 career games with the Redmen, he tallied 22 goals and 85 assists for a total of 107 points and 301 penalty minutes, graduating as the second-highest scoring rearguard in school history.
He then went on to England as a player-coach before returning to Canada in 1988 to coach at Red Deer College in Alberta, followed by coaching stints with the Moose Jaw Warriors, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS), Spokane Chiefs (WHL), Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) and Anaheim (NHL) before being appointed head coach of the Red Wings in 2005.
From Ross McKeon SF Gate,
The Sharks, with visions of bringing a 2-0 series lead home after scoring two goals in the first 4:17, were instead left trying to explain how they could let a golden opportunity slip away.
“We had opportunities throughout the game and (Dominik) Hasek made some huge saves,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said, “but I think about the dumb mistakes we made in the third period that you can’t make in a playoff game.”
From Michael Rosenberg at the Free Press,
The Red Wings might just do something they haven’t done in 10 years: Pull off a playoff upset.
Yes, upset. I know: The Wings are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They came into this series with home-ice advantage. And they are the Red Wings. How can the Red Wings be the underdog? Was it an upset when King Kong beat Godzilla?
continued… *King Kong vs Godzilla?? You gotta love playoff hockey coverage…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
According to Earl Zukerman, the communications officer & Webmaster of the McGill University’s Department of Athletics, Babcock asked that the school send him a red silk tie hat he could wear behind the bench for Game 2 of the series.
Babcock is the third former McGill player to coach an NHL team (Lester Patrick guided the N.Y. Rangers; George Burnett served in Edmonton).
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Accordingly, the challenge for Saturday’s second game is simple — get more traffic in front of Sharks’ goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and get more shots through to the net.
“There’s no skill part of it,” said Cleary. “It’s just wanting to do it and anticipating rebounds and being confident and being brave in going to the net and hanging around there. It’s a tough area. If you’re willing to go to tough areas, you’re going to score. Most playoff goals are scored in that 10-foot range around the net, on rebounds. Not great-looking goals, but they’re goals at the end of the day.”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The Red Wings are winners on the ice. Always have been, but the organization becomes a loser when it rips off a devoted fan base at playoff time.
The owners have the salary cap, after years of trying to get fitted with one. Seems to me it’s time somebody up there put a cap on ticket prices during the playoffs.
more... and as I have stated numerous times this season, the Wings do not have the pulse of the Wings fans. No marketing effort, every event they offer the fans is a “pay to get in” type thing.
No open practices, no involvement from the players within the community and of course, trying to get access to anyone within the organization is almost impossible.
Christy at Behind the Jersey takes an in-depth look at ticket sales for both the Wings and Pistons.
Spector at his Fox Sports blog also wonders where are the Wings fans?
from the Mercury News,
In touting its overnight ratings for Game 1 of Sharks-Red Wings, Versus cited a 7.3 in Detroit and a 1.9 in the Bay Area. Too bad ratings aren’t available for the Canadian TV coverage in the province of Newfoundland, because percentage-wise it was probably a very healthy number.
There are just three active NHL players from Newfoundland, and two are in this series: Ryane Clowe of the Sharks and Daniel Cleary of the Red Wings. (Michael Ryder of Montreal is the other.)
The CBC took a look at Cleary a few days ago too.
Thanks to a KK reader for passing it on…
from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
If the Wings are to compete against the Sharks, they need to hear resoundingly from Datsyuk. So far in the playoffs, Detroit’s best forwards have been the likes of Dan Cleary, Johan Franzen, Kris Draper and Valtteri Filppula; bully for those players, but at some point, the Wings’ most-talented forwards have to be their best forwards….
“It’s hard to score point every game,’’ he said Friday. ‘‘I try to shoot more and I think it’s coming. I have lots of chance, need finish. I need to be quicker and . . . shoot (more), and not give them chance to block my shot.’‘
Sharks’ radio anayst Jamie Baker is a name Wings fans remember very well.
Jamie was kind enough to join me in a casual chat today to discuss game 1, the matchups, Guerin and Rivet and a few other topics.
Feel free to listen...
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