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Penguins Need More Luck

From Dmitry Chesnokov at Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy:

Q. Sergei, can you compare tonight’s game with last night’s?

GONCHAR: In my opinion we did not play bad. Look at the statistics in the regular season and the playoffs. What other team managed to outshoot the Red Wings in a game? We did it yesterday and today. We constantly created scoring chances. It is a different matter that we did not convert. But this is Detroit. You also need luck in addition to playing well against them.

What in your opinion is the main reason for the loss? Just no luck? Or you couldn’t cope with the system Detroit was playing?

Not really, you can play against their system and win. The most important is to finish your chances with goals. It’s not enough just to create opportunities. But I will repeat myself, today they had a little bit more luck than us.

more from Sergei Gonchar plus a couple questions for Evgeni Malkin

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Today with Coach Dan Bylsma

From today’s press conference with Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma. Transcript provided courtesy of the NHL.


        Q. Can you give your impression of where Malkin and Crosby are at in terms of potential level of frustration? We saw some at the end of both games maybe from both of them. Where do you think they’re at? And do you say anything to them going into tomorrow night?

        COACH BYLSMA: You worry as a coach about frustration, and frustration is when you can’t let go of previous events.

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The Science Of The Wristshot

from Dan Peterson of LiveScience, Professors

David Pearsall and Rene Turcotte, along with graduate student Yannick Michaud-Paquette of McGill University wanted to find out how the mechanics of the hockey stick and blade affected the flight of the puck and be able to point to specific movement patterns which resulted in more accurate shots. As Turcotte told LiveScience, “Very little information exists describing the kinetics and kinematics of skating and shooting skills. We are for the first time learning about how skills are executed in an optimized fashion.”

Twenty five hockey players, ranging in skill from novice to varsity level players, were told to shoot pucks at targets located in the four corners of a goal until they had hit each target ten times. They were allowed 20 shots per target with their accuracy percentage recorded. Their stick and the pucks were marked with reflective stickers that could be seen by six 3-D motion capture cameras placed around the goal. Everything from the angle, pitch and yaw of the stick blade to the stick velocity and contact time between puck and stick were measured as possible variables for accuracy.

more & thanks to a KK reader for the link…

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Where Is The League-Wide Prosperity?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

All I know is this: The Coy otes wouldn’t have gone bankrupt if Gary Bettman had been able to get “cost certainty” into the collective bargaining agreement.

Do you know what the Coyotes’ calamitous financial state tells us? It tells us that the league’s claims that a hard cap would ensure league-wide prosperity were bankrupt. It tells us that percentage of the gross means as much to low-revenue clubs as the commissioner’s assurances during the season that the media was blowing the Phoenix issue out of proportion.

continued plus some salary cap talk too…

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Ready to Go

Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Empty Netters is at the arena right now—you can check out his photos here.  He also linked the video below, from CBC’s opening broadcast of the playoffs back in April. 

A great video, and I thought it might be a good kick-off for tonight as well.

Puck drop, 1 hour 35 minutes, and counting…

 

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  Tags: stanley+cup+finals

It’s Not Personal, Says Bettman

From Tim Panaccio at CSN Philly.com:

Three separate times, Bettman stressed that his fight with Balsillie, which has been largely painted in Canada as a deeply personal one, wasn’t “personal” at all, but a matter of following league procedures and policy.

“The issue here is league rules and league processes and procedures,” Bettman said “… This is not just an NHL issue. This is not a Canada versus U.S. issue. This is not a Phoenix versus Hamilton issue. And this is certainly not a personal issue. Any notion to the contrary we think is simply off the mark.”

Bettman said he would welcome this issue before his Board of Governors.

“If and when the board is going to consider Mr. Balsillie as an owner, if I am asked an opinion I will express it,” Bettman said. “I’ll express it to the board first, before I express it to the world.  If in the final analysis, the owners conclude that he is somebody they would like to have as a partner, then we will vote him in. If in the final analysis they don’t think he’s suitable to be a partner, for whatever reason, they’ll conclude to keep him out. If their opinion is one they are interested in, I will express it to them when asked.”

read on for more from Gary Bettman’s press conference today, on a variety of topics

Update 6:30 pm ET: Much more from Bettman’s press conference can be read here, from the CP via TSN.

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Mistakes Etched Into History

Andrew Duffy at the Ottawa Citizen documents the many small and large errors on the Stanley Cup—

Even hockey teams themselves could be victimized by bleary-eyed silversmiths. In 1963, the TORONTO MAPLE LEAES won the Stanley Cup; in 1972, the conquering BQSTQN BRUINS were carved onto the mug; and in 1981, the NEW YORK ILANDERS became part of Lord Stanley’s lore.

read on for a whole selection of engraving snafus through the Cup’s history

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NHL Finances on Public Display

From Ken Belson at the NY Times:

Tussles like these typically take place out of view of the public because most teams are privately owned and disclose as little as possible about their finances. The secrecy gives them an advantage in negotiations with potential buyers, as well as creditors who want to get paid.

But because the [Phoenix Coyotes] and the company that runs the arena have filed for bankruptcy, this fight is taking place in court, where some of the Coyotes’ financial laundry — including a list of its creditors and the more than $100 million that they are owed — is being disclosed for everyone to see.

This may put the National Hockey League and its 29 other teams in an awkward position. Other teams and the companies that do business with them are surely happy to get a glimpse of at least part of the Coyotes’ finances. In an industry where operational data is closely guarded, any information that helps teams and their vendors benchmark themselves against their competitors is valued.

read on

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Copps Coliseum Enhancements

Toronto, May 29, 2009 – Plans to transform Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum into a spectacular home arena for a new Southern Ontario NHL franchise were unveiled today by Jim Balsillie.

With a focus on fan-friendly cutting edge designs, the new Copps Coliseum would feature a soaring atrium-style entrance lobby, a range of luxury boxes, new lounges and restaurants, food and bar amenities throughout and capacity for more than 18,000 spectators. The design also fully addresses requirements the NHL has previously communicated for Copps Coliseum.

continued with more computer designed pictures…

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  Tags: jim+balsillie

NHL Talking Global TV Rights

from Sports Business International,

The National Hockey League is looking to be the first US league to offer a global rights offering, according to its Chief Operating Officer John Collins.

The NHL drew record crowds, greater television viewers and new sponsors this season through marketing strategies borrowed from the National Football League. The league’s current focus is to attract sponsors that will ultimately lead to more television money, says Collins.

“If we grow our share of the sports advertising marketplace, I think somebody will step up,” Collins said as quoted on Bloomberg. “We can be the first domestic league that looks at a global rights offering.”

continued

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