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from the Hockey News,
• Sharks winger Mike Grier during a second intermission interview with TSN: “We’ve got to get back to playing hockey.”
Glad he cleared up his contractual obligations.
• At this point in the playoffs, whenever I hear a broadcaster use the words “regulation time” during a one-goal game in the late stages of the third period, I wish a small pox (thought not smallpox) on him.
• And, right on schedule, Robert Lang scores with 34 seconds left. Damn you, Chris Cuthbert!
more observations from both games last night…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On his goal, Lang said Rivet’s decision to back off surprised him.
“Definitely, it gave me a little more time and space. I think he just didn’t want to risk it, that I would pass it and then Johan [Franzen] would have a breakaway. But he made a split-second decision and I think he made the right one for me.”
Sharks’ coach Ron Wilson was unhappy with his team’s defensive play on the tying goal, by Lang. Without naming names, he suggested his players were cheating on the offensive side of the puck, instead of paying attention to their assignments. For the record, the Sharks’ forwards on the ice for the winning goal were Patrick Marleau, Bill Guerin and Rismiller.
“We blew the game in the last minute,” said Wilson. “They’re a damn good hockey team and they were desperate. We need a couple of guys to wake up in the series, or it’s going to be over….”
Mathieu Schneider scores in OT on the power play to tie the series at 2-2.
Now a best 2 out of 3 series with two games in Detroit and one in San Jose.
from the San Jose Sharks,
Holmstrom is notorious for sitting directly in front of the netminder, and while it may ultimately be the goaltender’s problem, Nabokov is simply the last line of defense and the blueliners and forwards can help deter any potential problems as well.
“He gets there as early as possible,” said Hannan of Holmstrom’s offensive position. “You can get in front of him or lift his stick.”
Being in front of Holmstrom to stop a shot, prevents the goalie from being screened. Working his stick keeps the Red Wings forward from grabbing any rebounds or tipping for a redirect.
“You can’t allow any second chances,” said Hannan. “He’s good at tipping the puck. He knows where to screen and how to tip.”
While the sailor is busy covering ground in record time, I thought I would do a little Wings update.
Red Wings Corner reports Lang needs more ice time and has the possible line combos for tonight’s game. Looks like Hudler is out.
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.
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