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from the San Francisco Chronicle,
Nabokov’s playoff numbers are solid, but in comparison with his contemporaries, not spectacular. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere have better save percentages, and six of the eight surviving goalies (Luongo, Giguere, Detroit’s Dominik Hasek, the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller and Ray Emery of Ottawa) have better goals-against averages.
Wilson, awash in bias, endorsed his guy without hesitation.
“I’ve seen some soft goals in some of the other series, but Nabby hasn’t let in a soft goal since the playoffs started,” he said. “He’s not just making saves, he isn’t making any mistakes. I don’t think he’s had to steal a game for us, but he’s been error-free.”
more... I normally do not outwardly cheer for the Wings, but since they are my home team and Wilson did bring it up, tonight is the night for a few of those “soft” goals.
from Eric Duihatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It was well after midnight back home on The Rock when Ryane Clowe scored the tying goal and later still when he started the play that led to the San Jose Sharks’ eventual game winner.
But anyone who stayed with the television coverage into the wee small hours in Newfoundland Monday night sure got their money’s worth, when the Sharks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1, with Clowe, their native son, leading the charge.
In case you missed the audio interview with Eric Duhatschek I did earlier in the day, follow this link. Cleary and Clowe were part of the discussion.
added 8:43pm, Eric also witnessed Scotty Bowman doing his blogging gig for NBC…
Is Bowman reading his own blog? “Sometimes.”
Just to make sure he’s not misquoted in his own blog? “No, he tapes it.”
Thirty years ago, could Bowman ever imagine that this is what he’d been doing, in his retirement years, keeping an on-line diary?
“I didn’t even know what the hell it was,” he said. “No, I knew what it was. He calls and I just give him what I think.”
I had the opportunity to speak with Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail this morning to get his views on the Detroit/San Jose series.
Eric has been covering the series for the Globe and Mail and I really appreciated him taking about 15 minutes out of his busy schedule this morning to discuss the series.
The audio should be of interest to all hockey fans.
I started out by asking Eric about the lack of scoring in this series… listen and enjoy!
from the Detroit Free Press,
So who was the big winner of the TV ratings game on this Super Sports Saturday?
According to Nielsen Media Research, it was the Red Wings, which drew a 9.1 on Channel 4, followed by the Pistons (7.6 combined) on TNT and Channel 20, the NFL draft (5.4) on ESPN and the Tigers (2.8) on FSN.
The Red Wings, which averaged a 3.6 rating during the regular season on FSN, are averaging a 9.0 rating on FSN during the playoffs. In 2005-06, on FSN, the numbers were 4.7 for the regular season, 9.3 for the playoffs.
more on the Wings…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Once upon a time, they were seen as the future of the Chicago Blackhawks and they even had a snappy nickname to go with the part. They were the ABC line — Tyler Arnason, Mark Bell and Kyle Calder — and they were thought to be the franchise’s best hope for a turnaround; three young players, with impressive credentials, who could eventually restore the Blackhawks to their glory days….
For Monday’s third game of the Red Wings-Sharks series, Bell was back in the press box, replaced in the San Jose line-up by rookie Joe Pavelski; and Babcock had Calder on a short leash.
Detroit area doctors cleared Holmstrom today. He is flying out to San Jose to join the team.
Looks like if all goes well, Homer will be in the lineup for game 4.
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…
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