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from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,
In a sports world that seems to change almost weekly, here is an interesting trend: fans watching their favorite teams while connected to thousands of others who share their passion, without ever having to leave their couch. Think of it as the ultimate sports bar, only you have to fetch the beer yourself….
As a moderator/blogger for the Free Press, I noticed the number of fans who seemed to be online looking to connect to something beyond them. On the surface it seemed counterintuitive, a distraction—even the fastest typists who use nothing but acronyms must divert their eyes from the TV to post. But then it started to make some sense, especially when considered in the context of the explosion of Facebook and Twitter.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
And in this morning’s (Wednesday) Toronto Sun, these two paragraphs appeared in a story focusing on trade talk:
“Another GM getting a lot of attention is San Jose’s Doug Wilson. Sources say he has gotten numerous calls about captain Patrick Marleau and centre Joe Thornton after a first-round exit from the playoffs, thanks to the Ducks.
“Wilson insisted he isn’t going to move either player, but he wants to make moves.”
Now what should get your attention is that part about Wilson insisting that Marleau will be playing for the Sharks next season. If true, that would be big hockey news in San Jose.
But I talked with Wilson this afternoon after he got home and he said the report is inaccurate. He said he never said that to anyone and, in fact, didn’t field any questions at all from the Sun reporter present, Ottawa-based Bruce Garrioch.
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins insist it’s different this year, even though the bottom-line reckoning reads the same as last year’s Stanley Cup Final, three games deep:
Detroit 2, Pittsburgh 1.
Some of us happen to think they’re right, by the way, that things really are different; that the Penguins really do have a genuine shot to win this thing.
But there’s only one way to prove it: Win tonight.
Win tonight, and the pressure reverts back to Detroit.
Win tonight, and a suspenseful series becomes something more than a concept.
Win tonight, and all the talk about how the Penguins are better prepared for the big stage this year and know how to beat Detroit this year and feel much better about themselves this year becomes a lot more believable.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
He has five points in the final, three on the power play, and is proving to be much more of a handful for the Red Wings in this final than last year’s.
“I feel great now,” Malkin said. “Last year I was a little bit sick. I’m trying to play a little bit hard and physical more.
“I know how to play Detroit and I try to play a little harder.”
With Detroit deploying most of its primary resources to stop Sidney Crosby, Malkin has been able to find some openings.
“I don’t think his body was physically ready for it last year,” teammate Brooks Orpik said. “I think he’s done a really good job of committing himself off the ice, which is paying big dividends for him now.”
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
The Purge of June 3rd is not as critical for the Avalanche as the demanding events in the rest of the month.
The Avs must sign the right coach, from the American Hockey League; sign the right goal protector, from the Swedish Elite League; and secure the right player, from the three potential stars available in the NHL draft.
The once-proud, twice-champion Avalanche was in crumple, collapse, out-of-crease mode from September to May.
The hockey club cannot swoon in June.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
There are a lot of allegations coming out of the Detroit Red Wings dressing room regarding the ‘too many men non-call’ against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3.
Allegations to the point that there are suggestions Dennis LaRue, who was one of the two veteran referees on the ice, was allegedly yelling at the Penguins players to get off. I don’t know that the video evidence supports that; this might just be part of the gamesmanship that goes on.
We do know that Detroit has had some issues with the officiating and this might just be a part of the sour grapes aspect.
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
The Vancouver Canucks plan to start contract talks with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin in the next week or two, assistant GM Laurence Gilman said Wednesday.
“We have a few weeks remaining between now and July 1 and we anticipate that we’ll be speaking with them shortly,” Gilman said from Winnipeg after he scouted the Manitoba Moose playoff game Tuesday night. “I would say we’re going to begin negotiations with them in the next week to two weeks.”
Asked if the team intended to wrap things up prior to the June 26-27 entry draft, Gilman could not offer any guarantees.
“Ideally we would,” he replied. “If we’re going to get them done, we’d like to get them done sooner rather than later. But it is conceivable that we’ll get to the draft and they’re not done — and it could go down to the wire.”
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
For this week, I thought I would check out the Game 3 box score and provide observations on each player. Here they are in uniform number order:
Detroit Red Wings
Nicklas Lidstrom: Played 26:40 and didn’t get a shot on goal. I think he will be more assertive in Game 4. It was his third game in four nights and he might have been pacing himself a bit. Lidstrom and the Red Wings will be in Game 7 lockdown mode in Game 4. They know Game 4 is the series.
read on for a brief look at every player from game 3…
from P.J. Stock of CBC Sports,
I’d love to sit here today, at this moment and tell all of you that this is a great series and it’s going to get even better. Pittsburgh is really going to even things up in the next couple of games and force a deciding Game 7, but … I’d be lying.
After watching the first two games and the latest morning skate, I’m worried that Detroit is just too good. I’m not sure if they can be beaten. There’s even a chance they might get Datsyuk back for Game 4. Imagine the Wings adding the NHL’s MVP and Selke trophy nominee to their already star-studded lineup?
In my heart, I’m pulling for them. In my head, I think the fat lady is warming up.
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