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Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro have made watching the World Championship games more enjoyable in my opinion.
Focus on the defensemen tonight, including Kris Letang in selfish mode, the Trevor Daley injury and Brent Burns.
And he met Bob Cole too.
TORONTO (May 12, 2016) This is going to be good. Tomorrow, four teams will be just eight wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup - and Sportsnet is ready to roll with blanket coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, and the St. Louis Blues vs. either the Nashville Predators or the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.
Ron and Don talk about the issue with pretend shot-blocking, Nashville’s huge triple-overtime win, and the people of Fort McMurray.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about the hottest topics from around the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Certainly someone should have seen this coming: An NHL playoffs dominated by non-tradtional markets.
And as much as commissioner Gary Bettman might want to pat himself on the back for making hockey viable in such places, there has to be concern when hockey's biggest markets tune out.
-All of the Canadian teams are out.
-All of the Original Six teams are out.
-Buffalo, which cares about the NHL as much as any city, is out.
-All of the big markets are out. Unless you count the New York Islanders as a big market. Don't think New Yorkers do, but, okay.
So who's watching? We'll give the Islanders a share of the biggest TV market in the United States.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
Yes, yes, yes, Chris King had part of his call for the biggest Islanders goal in nearly a quarter century “tucked away” in advance.
No, no, no, it will not be recycled, no matter how far they advance.
“There will be one ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ and that one I want to leave where it is and never use it again,” he said Monday, a day after authoring a memorable soundtrack to a memorable moment: John Tavares’ double-overtime goal to defeat the Panthers, 2-1, and send the Islanders to the second round.
“That’s the way I’ll leave it and be happy with it.”
Most fans should be happy with it, too, and it could not have been uttered by a better media representative of the long struggle for playoff prosperity....
So King is enjoying this ride as much as anyone, an “unbelievable” experience, never more so than Monday, when his voice was all over the media map.
ESPN’s “SportsCenter” played his calls of all three Islanders overtime goals against Florida. That was only the start.
Don Cherry talks about how Brent Burns doesn’t get enough credit because of the way he looks, and that he should be the MVP.
Plus more topics.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet.
Through the first five nights of hockey in the playoffs – from last Wednesday (April 13) through Sunday (April 17) – an average of just 513,000 viewers tuned into the 20 NHL playoff games. Compare that to last spring when there were five Canadian teams playing in the first round and an average of 1.306 million viewers tuned into the first 21 first-round games. That’s a drop of 61 percent from last season.
“Even with no Canadian teams, those are shockingly low numbers,” said one industry expert. “There were regular season games on TSN two years ago that did better than that.”
Attempts by thn.com to reach Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL properties for Rogers, were not successful.
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