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via Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane is questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Calgary Flames tonight.
The second-year winger wasn’t on the ice for the morning skate at the Pengrowth Saddledome and afterward Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Kane was “resting” and a decision on whether he’ll play will be made shortly before the game.
added 8:48pm, Kane is out with the flu.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
We take you for a moment from your regularly scheduled face wash and ridiculous after-the-whistle scrum for the first installment of What We’ve Learned So Far In The Playoffs:
• Unless the San Jose Sharks start moving their feet and taking advantage of their superior speed and skill, they’re going to be cooling their heels in the next couple of days.
• Scott Niedermayer isn’t anywhere close to being done at 35. He’s playing so well, it was almost worth enduring how he jerked the Anaheim Ducks around while still under contract two years ago.
• Never, ever, ever doubt Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland. Prior to the playoffs, Holland could have sacrificed one of his young prospects to get proven goaltending help in the playoffs. If you remember, that was right around the time Chris Osgood was doing a spectacular job of avoiding getting hit by pucks. Holland argued at the time that Osgood had the best playoff pedigree of any goalie out there and insisted he would tie his team’s playoff fortunes to Osgood’s ability to rebound once the post-season began….
“He is the guy who wants to win more than anybody, and sometimes he has the tendency of trying to do everything by himself. That’s just something that we have to talk to him and say, ‘Hey, Alex, you’ve got 19 other guys here to help you.’ His personality is to want to do everything so hard and so well and you can’t fault him for that. You just have to reel him in sometimes.”
-Washington coach Brude Boudreau on Alexander Ovechkin. More on the Caps/Rangers from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC.
from Puck The Media,
So this is an interesting one. According to SportsBusinessDaily (reg. required), NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs had a mixed weekend. While the network’s Saturday coverage of Rangers/Capitals Game 2 drew a mere 1.0/3, flat with last year’s comparable Predators-Red Wings game, Sunday’s telecast of the Penguins-Flyers Game 3, drew a huge (for hockey) 1.7/4, NBC’s highest hockey ratings since the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, and likely tied for the highest non-Finals/Winter Classic rating on NBC in the network’s history.
continue with some local numbers…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Their fans will be partying outside the Pengrowth Saddledome, where a series of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff impersonators – decked out in the home red jerseys of the Calgary Flames – will be getting fuelled up in the ‘Get Red Zone’ in advance of tonight’s third game of the Western Conference quarter-final.
The key, from the real players, inside the dressing room, will be to give those spectators something to celebrate.
The Flames go into tonight’s must-win game against the Chicago Blackhawks knowing the road back into a series in which they trail by two games is a long one.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
In response to the rules and standard of enforcement changes four years ago, players can no longer hold, hook and interfere with rivals as much as before. As a result, NHL coaches, hockey’s top strategists, have responded with systems that resemble zones in basketball, all designed to keep shots coming from the perimeter or a considerable distance from the net.
To continue the basketball terminology, a lot of shots are coming from three-point range.
“The way the new rules were set up, there’s a lot less interference and it took away from the power of the defenseman,” Penguins defender Rob Scuderi said.
from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
Suspended Boston Bruins battering ram Milan Lucic was not necessarily disappointed in Colin Campbell’s decision to suspend him for Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
His disappointment lied elsewhere.
“I’m a little disappointed in myself,” Lucic said Monday in his first comments since the decision was handed down Sunday evening, “because our team’s done a really good job of being disciplined.”
Lucic, Bruins coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli all said they would have to live with Campbell’s decision, even if they don’t necessarily agree with it, and they each made a point of noting how difficult Campbell’s job can be.
continued with more Bruins and Canadiens talk…
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The New York Rangers had an interested observer sitting on the visitor’s bench as they took the ice for the pregame skate this morning.
Caps superstar Alex Ovechkin watched the Rangers practice before apparently being asked to leave by the home team.
The quote from Ovie on being asked to leave the bench during Rangers’ skate: “Because they’re afraid of me,” he said.
Rangers coach John Tortorella insisted after the skate he had no idea Ovechkin was there.
“Who? Oh, god, this is the first I’ve heard of it,” said Tortorella. “Ask me a question about the game, not that [expletive].”
On the Fly goes around the league to listen in on what some of the players and coaches are saying.
from John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,
MSG Network is the country’s first regional sports network to run virtual advertising during its live NHL games, a potentially important application to attract advertisers during the economic recession.
The New York-area RSN successfully tested the virtual advertising by superimposing Subway’s logo on the glass above the dasherboards during the final week of the NHL’s regular season. MSG Network was set to expand on the application during the Rangers’ first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals.
continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid link to KK readers…
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