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NEW YORK (March 21, 2008) – National Hockey League (NHL) content is now available on-demand for free through Hulu.com. A partnership between the NHL and the new online video service known as Hulu was announced last week. Under the agreement, the NHL is providing full-length “Games of the Week,” full-length classic games, “Best of the Week” highlights and all-access features focused on NHL players and events.
The Hulu.com (NHL page) website brings together the widest selection of premium video from across 50 content providers with an elegant, easy-to-use interface. With a focus on the video viewing experience, Hulu.com streams videos in high-quality while offering additional tools to enhance the viewing experience, including full-screen view, a pop-out window, a ‘lower lights’ feature and much more.
“NHL fans are early adopters who consume New Media more than fans of other sports,” said Troy Ewanchyna, NHL Director Business Development. “Partnering with Hulu is an important next step in our commitment to delivering NHL content our fans want, when and where they want it.”
In addition to NHL content, U.S. consumers can go to Hulu.com to watch a large selection of hit TV shows, movies, clips and more in high-quality – any time, for free. Hulu’s extensive distribution network includes Hulu’s partner sites (AOL, Comcast’s Fancast.com, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo!) and other Web sites where users have embedded Hulu videos.
I have embedded the recent Capitals/Penguins game and must say the picture quality is very good… Watch it now and play around will all the options you have. Moving to different time areas of the video works well too.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Sedins are identical twins: two bodies, seemingly one brain. Henrik has played 556 games, Daniel 552, almost always on the same unit.
This isn’t like playing captain Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison on different lines as Vigneault has done in the past. This is a much different thought process, hard on the eyes.
“I don’t know which one I’m breaking up, they both look alike,” joked Vigneault.
“As a coach you move people constantly, but what makes it a little different with the twins is this: when one is off (his game), they’re both off, for whatever reason.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL’s regular-season schedule is down to its final 17 days, crunch time for the six teams still in the hunt for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
The Globe and Mail enlisted the services of an NHL East pro scout to determine which teams have the best chances of qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs based on the current standings, remaining schedule difficulty and recent performance.
Boston Bruins: “They’re in.
Playoff seedings are beginning to take shape and Wings fans have chimed in with what team they would like or not like to meet in the first round.
How about fans of other teams, any team you want to match-up with, how about a team you just don’t want to face in the first round of the playoffs?
Let your feelings be known, it may be good therapy for you!
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
There’s just something about Jason Pominville that draws fans near. Whether it’s his personality, his last name or his innocent look, people just feel they can ask him anything. Then they do.
Do you think Britney Spears is crazy? How come you’re French Canadian but don’t have an accent? Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Most players would say, “Come on, seriously?” Then again, most players wouldn’t get those questions. There’s just something about the Buffalo Sabres captain that makes everybody treat him like the guy next door.
from the Boston Globe,
Chara looked the same. He used his reach to fish loose pucks out of trouble spots and leaned on opponents with his big frame. He was even booed by the large Montreal contingent in attendance.
For the most part, his return went as planned. Until Alex Kovalev hopped over the boards.
The Montreal dynamo ruined Chara’s return - and the Bruins’ night - with two goals and an assist, all against the tandem of Chara and Wideman.
Watch the spin move Kovalev put on Chara…
from the LA Times,
If he were still in Vancouver or playing in another hockey-first market, Bertuzzi’s lack of output would be a major topic of discussion. Yet the offensive struggles barely register in Anaheim as he’s merely been one of many contributors of a veteran-laden team that’s on the verge of clinching a playoff spot for the third consecutive season.
After seven-plus polarizing seasons with the Canucks, Bertuzzi is glad to not be the center of attention.
“You’ve got a lot of real good guys in this room,” Bertuzzi said. “It makes coming down to the rink pretty enjoyable when you’ve got an atmosphere like that. A pretty easy team to fit into and find your niche.
“At this time of my career, it’s a perfect situation for me to be in. Right now, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
via the Tennessean,
“We’re in a playoff hunt right now,’’ Trotz said. “We need good goaltending. It’s so disheartening on the bench when we let bad goals happen.’‘
“We’re up 1-0 to start the second period and I think we’re feeling pretty good,’’ Trotz said. “We come out of the locker room with confidence and then a feeble wrist shot from the blueline goes in. We need that save.’‘
from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
Nolan may have been more upset with his team this week than he has been all season. He issued a rare public rebuke after a desultory 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, then was displeased with them after a deliberately hard workout Wednesday.
“I told the players, ‘I don’t know how some of us can sleep at night - not doing what you do to the best of your capabilities.’ We’re compensated quite well, and the people who watch us pay quite heavily for us to do that,” he said after yesterday’s practice, which left him more encouraged.
“This isn’t Sunday lunch-hour hockey. We’re playing in the National Hockey League, the best league in the world,” he said. “For anybody to take that for granted and not to perform ...”
via Slap Shot at the NY Times,
During the final 10 minutes of many Rangers home games, the spotlights focus on Section 407 as Larry Goodman, the season-ticket holder known as Dancin’ Larry, pumps up the crowd with a frenetic dance in the aisle.
As Goodman’s routine is broadcast on the giant monitors above the ice, a familiar chant picks up momentum. “Ho-mo Lar-ry!” the crowd shouts.
The chant is one example of what several gay hockey fans describe as a toxic atmosphere during Rangers games. They say that Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, is not doing nearly enough to address their concerns.
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