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from Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,
As a reporter, you know that the playoffs have reached critical mass when you can no longer remember where you are, never mind what day it is.
That day arrived Tuesday for the NHL.com group.
After staying up all night Monday after Game 5 – we left the arena at 3:30 a.m. —to catch a 6 a.m. bus Tuesday to Pittsburgh, the NHL.com crew arrived in the Steel City at noon. As usual, there was work to do so we scattered to all corners.
Some of us went to Pittsburgh availability, others to Red Wing availability. The rest went straight to hotel rooms to maintain the site. Myself and Brad Holland made sure we got the post-game podcast with Kings coach Marc Crawford, an NHL.com exclusive, done.
From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:
I think comedian George Carlin is one of the great minds of our time. And one of my favorite bits of his centers around the needless softening/wimpification of language. That was on display again Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Lightning sent out an e-mail announcing head coach (and preferred target of this space) John Tortorella “will not return” to the team.
I suppose it was just too hurtful to say the guy was dismissed. Perhaps the next franchise that fires a coach can do the Bolts one better and issue a press release that reads, “Coach X will be coaching the team next season (in spirit only).”
It’s funny that Proteau mentions this. When we first got the press release about the Tortorella story, it did make me pause for a moment.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Once over lightly in this Stanley Cup final series, which nearly everyone (including yours truly) advertised as likely to be the most exciting and hotly competed in recent memory. It took a while, but if you happened to be among those who put in impressive couch-potato time for a game that started at 8:15 p.m. on Monday and didn’t end until 12:51 a.m. yesterday, that’s what this series was supposed to be all about.
So you and I had to wait until Pittsburgh’s 4-3 victory in Game 5? So what? It was worth waiting for. No matter what happens in Pittsburgh tonight, the Penguins’ refusal to die is what the NHL represents - and always has.
What TV network are you watching the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals on?
Comments are encouraged.
from the Vancouver Province via the National Post,
...Add it all up and if an evil genius conceived of a plan to systematically destroy the NHL, he couldn’t do worse than Bettman has done. But after taking more shots than Sonny Corleone in the toll booth, the NHL seems to have finally reversed the trends of the last 14 years and has taken huge steps in rebuilding both its image and its brand.
Who knows, if everything goes right, it make even get back to the place it occupied 14 years ago when the Vancouver Canucks met the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
from Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Red Wings still lead it, three games to two.
But it was the Red Wings who lost The Marathon.
And recent history is replete with examples of teams that end up losing such games being unable to recover.
And those teams, unlike the Red Wings, didn’t belong to AARP as well as the NHLPA.
The Penguins know both ends of the equation
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I’ve got to believe that the Red Wings are looking back to their series with the Dallas Stars where they were up 3-0 before Dallas came back to win two straight. At that point everyone was talking about how the momentum had shifted heading to Game 6 in Dallas. Well the Red Wings came in and obliterated the Stars in their home arena.
I’m not saying that Detroit will obliterate Pittsburgh in Game 6, but this is a team with a lot of composure and I don’t think they are very happy right now.
From Joe O’Connor at the National Post,
He gave both men [Brian Burke and Ron Wilson] their first big breaks in the NHL back when he was the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Quinn met Burke well before that, in 1977, when Burke was a player and he was the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Maine Mariners.
“Brian really took a shine to me,” he said. “I think he liked that I was someone who would always give him an honest answer.”
Burke lasted one season with Maine before deciding law school was a better idea. He was reborn afterwards as a hard bargaining players’ agent, just as NHL salaries were rocketing to the moon. And a lot of hockey people didn’t like it when Quinn recruited failed minor league pro to work for him in Vancouver in 1987.
From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail,
The latest development is a second lawsuit filed against [Boots] Del Biaggio. It alleges further acts of fraud to secure a $4-million loan. The suit has been launched by the Heritage Bank, which was founded by Del Biaggio’s father.
Both suits were filed after Del Biaggio, 40, said he was unable to repay the loans. Since then, the businessman has dropped out of sight and cannot be reached by telephone. [...]
Del Biaggio’s plight has caught the NHL’s attention, even though league officials have declined any direct comment. One NHL club official wondered what effect Del Biaggio’s difficulties will have on the Predators: Did Del Biaggio make good on his roughly $60-million investment in the team and will his legal woes have any bearing on the Predators’ long-term credibility as they try to gain sponsors and sell season tickets?
The Predators have insisted Del Biaggio’s problems have no bearing on the club. However, should Del Biaggio declare bankruptcy, his personal finances would become a matter of record and include his dealings with the Predators.
Update 10:00am ET: John Glennon at the Tennessean with the fallout in Nashville,
Targeted by three multi-million dollar lawsuits over the past few days, Predators minority owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio III may soon see his role with the hockey club coming to an end as well.
Sources familiar with the team and the National Hockey League said that all interested parties are helping Del Biaggio divest himself of any interest in the club.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Penguins’ 4-3 triple overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.
7171: Pennsylvania Big 4 Lottery numbers Monday.
71 to 17: Combination on winning goal—71 (Evgeni Malkin) to 17 (Petr Sykora).
130: Shots the Red Wings launched toward the Penguins’ goal (58 on net; 41 wide; 31 blocked).
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