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via Jill Painter of Inside the Kings,
Kings coach Darryl Sutter has now worn the same red, checkered shirt on Tuesday for media day, Thursday for practice and Friday for practice. Did he really pack just one shirt. Do you like it? Are you a superstitious sort? Kings won Game 1 so he has to wear it until the Kings lose? Or are you, like me, wondering if he could bring another shirt for a change of scenery already!
Below, you can see the red, checkered shirt as Sutter speaks to the media after practice today.
from Justin Bourne of The Score,
I’m a Canadian guy living in the US, so I’m quite familiar with the work of most national broadcasters. I love Bob Cole and Harry Neal (“Great save by…the goalie!”), and usually I love Jim Hughson. Now that I’m in the US, I get a lot of Doc Emrick, who is a whole bunch of fantastic himself (“Waffleboarded into the corner by Brodeur!”).
When Anze Kopitar scored the OT winner in Game 1 it, Emrick owned the moment. You could see the play unfolding, so the announcers had time to get excited as things developed. It’s not as fun when some surprise garbage goal goes in – this one gave us the rising action and the climax.
Jim Hughson’s call on CBC wasn’t exactly electric though. He sounded like a one of the bias broadcasters that sounds openly disappointed when their team gets scored on.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Doughty has a surfer boy’s demeanour when things are going well. He is apt to blurt out just about anything, with every third sentence is punctuated by the word “awesome.”
Goaltender Jonathan Quick is awesome. Head coach Darryl Sutter is awesome. The Kings’ new-found notoriety in Los Angeles is totally awesome.
There is a confident swagger about Doughty, but it is not offensive. More than anything else, it’s his youthful exuberance that comes tumbling out. The way Doughty plays, it’s easy to forget he’s just 22 and, according to Sutter, still learning the ropes, and getting better all the time.
To Doughty, he is now playing hockey “the way I used to play, just kind of carefree, having fun out there. Once I started to have fun out there, that’s when I hit my stride. Now, I’m feeling good.”
For their part, the Devils know they have to attack the Kings defence far better than they did in the opener when the best-of-seven series resumes Saturday. According to New Jersey centre Travis Zajac, the Devils had issues because the Kings defencemen collectively stood up so well, and got a lot of back pressure help from their forwards.
via the Futon Critic,
Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:
FOX (6.97 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the time period premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” (6.97 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1).
The silver then went to CBS (6.55 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with the debut of “Dogs in the City” (6.66 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) followed by repeats of “Criminal Minds” (5.95 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (7.03 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).
Next up was ABC (3.57 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of “The Middle” (5.00 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), “Suburgatory” (3.83 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), “Modern Family” (4.41 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), “Happy Endings” (2.81 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), “Don’t Trust the B——in Apartment 23” (2.73 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and another “Modern Family” (2.64 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).
Meanwhile, NBC (2.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) was out of the hunt with its coverage of the “NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1” (2.71 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Gradually, the vise has been squeezed tighter and tighter on this playoff season.
With every game, it seems, there has been less room to move, less time for even the most skilled players to make the head fake or shimmy to throw off a defender. With every game, the play has become more about ricochets and bounces and odd deflections, a style of play that has many in the NHL industry at least somewhat concerned that this is a trend that isn’t good for either the game or the selling of the game.
That seemed to be the case once again in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup final, a match between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils deadlocked at 1-1 after 60 minutes of play, a Cup opener with little room to breathe, sent to overtime for the first time in a decade.
No odd-man breaks, no wide open rushes, little flow.
Then, suddenly, daylight.
For a brief, shining moment, there was open space. A yawning opportunity, a veritable hectare of white, unclogged ice.
Kind of a ho-hum first game.
Kings had 25 total shots while the Devils managed only 18.
Hopefully we will see more offense or at least offensive challenges on Saturday.
added 11:25pm, Here’s the Kopitar game winner via Jim Hughson of HNIC.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss the toughness of the Kings, Cherry believes they have to hit every chance they get to win the series.
Also discussed was keeping the puck away from Brodeur, the Devils trying to shoot high on Quick, Pete DeBoer and The Memorial Cup.
I re-tweeted and interesting stat from Ian Medes earlier this morning which was since the lockout, the home team has won every game 1 of the SCF.
Will that pattern continue?
What I expect to see is the Kings using their size and hitting an New Jersey player whenever possible. Will it work? We are about to find out.
The puck drops around 8:15pm ET and can be viewed on NBC, CBC and RDS.
Gord Stellick of Hockey Night in Canada Radio has a look at the two teams below…
from Ben Shpigel of Slap Shot,
The most common surnames in N.H.L. history are Smith (59), Brown (27) and Wilson (26), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, so it stood to reason that at least one of them would be emblazoned on the back of a player participating in the Stanley Cup Finals. Look no further than Dustin Brown, the Kings’ pugnacious captain.
But when Brown steps onto the Prudential Center ice Wednesday night, he will be outnumbered by three of the less common surnames in the league. The Kings-Devils matchup features a Greene, a Carter and, bizarrely enough, a Bernier on each side.
In fact, defensemen Andy Greene (Devils) and Matt Greene (Kings), 29-year-old natives of Michigan, are the only two Greenes ever to have played in the N.H.L.
Continuing on with the process of picking the winners from each round, we are down to the the ultimate, who wins the Stanley Cup?
Your choices of course are the New Jersey Devils or the Los Angeles Kings.
I am picking the Kings in six games, I think the travel gets to the Devils on their second trip to LA.
So, what about you, who wins and how many games? Extra credit to you if you pick the Conn Smythe winner.
If you want to see how you did in previous rounds, start here.
note: original post was on 5/28/12 at 11:56am
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