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Don Cherry opens Coach's Corner with the Thornton/Orpik incident. Cherry and Ron MacLean then discussed the 1st period between the Leafs and Senators. The next topic was regarding the selection process of Team Canada for the WJC.
Topics include what does Wayne Gretzky do now, the contract talks regarding Subban and Phaneuf and Kulikov trade talk.
Tonight's montage set to 'Save Us'...
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs fans across the nation unexpectedly had their breath stolen for three minutes and three seconds last Saturday night, even before the puck had dropped on the 721st regular-season game between the two storied clubs.
Tuned to Hockey Night in Canada, they were overwhelmed by a pregame video montage that was a magnificent cross-section of a rivalry more than eight decades old, stunning black-and-white and colour footage of the players of yesterday and today, their skating and battling and celebrating at full speed and in slow motion sewn through grainy film and razor-sharp images of buildings and broadcasters and diehard supporters of both clubs.
If the images alone were enough to weaken the knees, their drama soared higher still with the accompaniment of the legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti, singing the Puccini aria Nessun dorma (translated: None shall sleep) from the 1920s opera Turandot.
It was the latest and, many say, the greatest montage in more than six years of Hockey Night in Canada telecast-opening work by Toronto’s Tim Thompson.
continued and if you missed the montage, you can watch it below...
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
For many years, I've asked NHL players what it feels like to win the Stanley Cup, and they always look as if they have been asked to define the meaning of life.
Most say they don't have the words necessary to explain the feeling of accomplishment that they now enjoy. They say it's indescribable, or surreal, or exhilarating.
Some of them can't even try to explain. More than one has let out an audible exhale, paused to fight back tears, and then shaken his head to tell me that he is too emotional to go there.
That's where I am at in trying to explain how meaningful it is to me to be presented with the Lester Patrick award tonight. I simply can't explain.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
My first concern was that the 12-year, $5.2-billion deal would spell the death of Hockey Night in Canada and eventual doom for the CBC — concerns that were much allayed after I read Brendan Kelly’s interview with former Montrealer (and dedicated Habs fan) Scott Moore, president of broadcasting for Rogers.
In one sense, Moore’s task should be easy. He has to sell hockey to Canadians, in a country where 98.2 per cent of the folks over age 10 are hockey fans and 95.7 per cent of those are in need of a good 12-step program. And although we like to think of ourselves as a hockey nation, we’re really a nation that watches hockey on TV. On a busy Saturday night, there might be 100,000 people in NHL arenas across the country, but millions watch on television.
The hard part for Moore will be to sort out the mess that is Hockey Night in Canada — and Saturday night’s HNIC telecast of the 4-2 Canadiens win over the Toronto Maple Leafs should give him plenty of food for thought.
First, we had Don Cherry (whose career has been one extended money grab, raking it in with his Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em videos without paying the guys who do the actual fighting a cent) accusing the players who filed a concussion lawsuit against the NHL of a money grab. Roughly three days after I defended Cherry for the one and only time, he made me regret my words.
Cherry is an out-and-out Leafs fan, but if the rest of the broadcast offers some balance, you can ignore Cherry. Saturday night (hush, people), the play-by-play and the commentary from Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Garry Galley were fine, as they usually are. They pointed out what the Habs did right and the Leafs did wrong.
It was when we got to the Hotstove that the telecast ran off the rails.
After the first period of the late game on HNIC, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean get together again to talk hockey.
Last night topics included the play of Drew Doughty, the Paciorettty goal and Getzlaf and Perry.
If anyone thinks TSN’s coverage will diminish, consider that Bob McKenzie, the network’s go-to insider, broke the news of the Rogers blockbuster. McKenzie is among the on-air folks — others include Darren Dreger, James Duthie, ex-Bruin Aaron Ward, Gord Miller, Jim Hughson, Elliotte Friedman, Ron MacLean — who are the best at what they do at TSN and CBC. They have illuminated the game. Hopefully they will continue to do so at their current workplaces or elsewhere. Fans will lose out otherwise.
-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe on the Rogers NHL broadcast deal. Read on for more on this topic and other hockey subject....
During tonight's Coach's CornerDon Cherry and Ron MacLean looked at the disallowed Phaneuf goal as compared to the goal by Malkin the other night.
They also reviewed the action between Colton Orr and P.K Subban during the first period of the Toronto/Montreal game.
Then Don said never fight a guy who is in a rage mood and showed the fight between Bieska and Boyle from earlier today.
Next topic was Ovechkin taping his stick.
Cherry also addressed the concussion lawsuit and called it a money grab.
Cherrry says the Rogers deal is great for the players, more money for them.
Don Cherry closed by basically saying to Rogers, don't upset the apple cart, leave good things alone.
I will post the video when available.
added 8:46pm, Watch Coach's Corner below...
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