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from Christopher Botto of NHL Fanhouse,
It looked good. It looked really, really good.
“I think it’s amazing,” said legendary Rangers and Oilers captain Mark Messier, now an executive with Manhattan’s hockey team. “To me, it’s another breakthrough in how hockey can be presented.”
“It looks spectacular,” said Islanders owner Charles Wang, who watched his team give up three early goals in three dimensions in a 5-0 loss to the rival Rangers. “Hockey stands to benefit from the technology ... maybe more than any sport.”
Oh, there were some mild complaints that there wasn’t a “wow” factor, that the 3D telecast crew didn’t show off enough, instead opting to make sure the 2,000 ticketholders, VIPs (Chloe Sevigny!) and guests saw the puck at all times. Other than an opening segment in which announcers Dave Maloney and Joe Micheletti appeared to reach through the screen with hockey sticks, the show was gimmick-free.
from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,
The broadcast of Wednesday’s game between the Rangers and Islanders at Madison Square Garden was aired by MSG Network in 3D, the first time a hockey game has ever been shown in that format.
Everyone from players to announcers were jumping off the television screen before and during the game. When the Rangers took the ice, it was as if they were jumping onto the ice and into your living room.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
With games getting more important, late in the NHL season, it’s time to take a look at each team’s goaltending.
Teams are ranked based on the statistical value of their current goaltenders, with a significantly higher portion of the ranking allocated to the starter’s performance.
15. NEW YORK RANGERS
Henrik Lundqvist remains a consistently strong starting goaltender, one that could probably use some offensive support and the addition of Alex Auld is an upgrade to the backup position, though he’s only started once since coming over from Dallas on waivers. Prospect Chad Johnson played well in five midseason appearances, so he could be part of the team’s future plans.
read on for 1-20 rankings…
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Tonight’s game against the L.A. Kings at the Pepsi Center is another composition game in my estimation. The Avs are 0-2-1 in their last three, and would be 0-3 if not for a T.J. Galiardi goal in the final 10 seconds of Monday’s game. A loss tonight, and they’re going to start being called chokers around the league. That they can’t handle the real heat of a playoff race. That they were a fraud all along, a team that overachieved for a while but folded when it mattered.
Can the Avs throw that back in their faces? We’ll get an idea tonight. Because, a win tonight puts them back in good shape for a playoff spot.
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
With another night to reflect on the hit that should have been a boarding minor at the very least, Gagne talked about the dangerous play this morning at the team’s practice facility.
“As a player, you play the game and it’s a physical sport. You expect to get hit, but you don’t expect to get hit from behind,” he said, “especially when you are hit a couple feet from the boards.
“If I was a bit closer to the boards and my neck had the full impact, we may be talking about something a lot worse than a stiff neck this morning.”
In case you missed the hit, watch it here...
Any hockey fans have the capability to watch the game in 3D?
I know you need the following…
- HD box with HDMI
- 3D ready HDTV
- Compatible active stereo LCD Glasses and emitter (either incorporated with 3D HDTV or external)
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Fair to say that there are weightier games on the schedule Wednesday night than the third of four regular season meetings between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Contests fraught with playoff implications like the Blues against the Red Wings or Rangers vs. Islanders. Real life and death stuff.
Hey, Precious may have been more critically acclaimed than The Hangover, but I know which one I’m tuning into 10 times out of 10.
Sure, Caps and Pens has turned into hockey’s answer to the Red Sox and Yankees and, as a regular season event, the perceived importance of these games supersedes whatever real meaning they might have.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andrew Ference to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“I don’t think anyone anticipated us having the season we’ve had. It’s really frustrating because everyone has the same goal in this League and it’s to win. When you can’t do it and you’ve been somewhere for a long time, it gets frustrating.”
“I believe in this team, I believe in this franchise and I believe in the ownership and management. I think we have good young players who will only get better in the upcoming seasons.”
-Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets, More from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 24, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, earned a .7 National HH rating and averaged 622,000 viewers for the March 22 Detroit Red Wings/Pittsburgh Penguins game making it VERSUS’ highest-rated and most-watched NHL regular season game in network history and the most-watched NHL regular season telecast on cable since 2004. The game peaked at a .9 National HH rating and 760,000 viewers during the live telecast.
Monday night’s game surpassed VERSUS’ previous highs set by the Washington Capitals/Philadelphia Flyers game on October 27, 2009 in terms of HH rating (.6) and the Toronto Maple Leafs/Detroit Red Wings 2008/09 season-opening game on October 9, 2008 in average viewership (577,000).
Locally, Pittsburgh delivered a 6.7 HH rating and Detroit earned a 4.7 HH rating making VERSUS the top-rated cable network and also one of the top networks (among both cable and broadcast) in both cities.
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
The journey has led them through h-e-double hockey sticks. The shadow of death still lingers. But at long last, the Coyotes are back in the mainstream.
Muhammad Ali is on the bandwagon, spotted at numerous recent home games. Jerry Reinsdorf has resurfaced in negotiations to buy the franchise, an owner with real credibility and juice.
On the ice, this rejuvenated club has become the talk of the NHL, a plucky bunch threatening to claim the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
These Coyotes are shaping up to be one of the finer hockey stories in years. And if there actually is a happy ending for the state of Arizona, the irony will be delicious:
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