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NHL Network U.S. will take to the airwaves early for tonight’s match-up between the Penguins and New York Islanders in order to broadcast a special pre-game ceremony planned to commemorate the final regular-season game played at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.
Mellon Arena, often nicknamed the ‘Igloo’, will host its 1,667th regular season game tonight. The Penguins will have over 50 alumni players, coaches and management in the building for this special ceremony. The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., will be followed by the puck drop at 7:30 p.m. ET—both the ceremony and game will be broadcast in HD.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com,
If the Canadiens decide to shed one of their young goaltenders during the offseason, there’s a veteran goaltender who just might jump at the idea of serving as a backup/mentor to whichever goaltender remains with the team.
We’re talking about the Islanders’ Marty Biron, who is making the most of a discouraging season with a strong finish. He is 7-1-2 in his last nine starts after posting a 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens last night.
There’s a certain amount of self-interest when media folks talk about having Biron in your home city. That’s because the 32-year-old native of Lac St. Charles is one of the best interviews in the league in either of Canada’s official languages.
Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy has all the details.
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.
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 Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Neither Rick DiPietro nor anyone else with the Islanders is ready to say that DiPietro has played his last game of the season, but with the goalie still not permitted on the ice because of swelling in his surgically repaired right knee, the odds of him suiting up by April 11 seem remote.
But even if he winds up playing just eight games this year, DiPietro considers it a success.
“This isn’t a wasted year,’’ DiPietro said while the rest of the Isles prepared to play the Rangers at the Garden tonight. “I proved I could come back from a major surgery and play in the NHL and win hockey games. That was the main focus of this year. Does it [stink] that I haven’t been able to go out and play every single game, every single night, when we’re in the middle of the playoff [run]? Yeah.”
DiPietro has not played since Feb. 6 and he has been sidelined since first experiencing the swelling on March 1 after returning from the Olympic break.
Though questions of his durability persist—and no doubt will continue to do so into next year—DiPietro said he remains confident.
The Islanders/Rangers game tomorrow will be broadcast in 3D.
I’ve posted five videos below with a behind the scenes look. The videos are pretty self-explanatory.
via Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,
MSG Network will show next Wednesday’s Islanders-Rangers game in 3D, the first time a hockey game has been carried in the technology, the network said. It will be available to Cablevision subscribers and offered to other providers.
The game will also be shown on a screen at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
For the game, five 3D cameras will be set up on platforms lower down in the arena than for high-definition broadcasts. “You produce 3D games differently,” said Mike Bair, the president of MSG Media. “And you have to hold shots longer and not cut as quickly.” Kenny Albert and Dave Maloney, the Rangers’ radio team, will shift to the 3D broadcast.
via Dan Martin of the NY Post,
People have been saying the Nassau Coliseum has been falling apart for years. Now it is—literally.
Strong winds brought down two pieces of the aluminum façade that goes around the entire building at approximately 5:30 yesterday—about 90 minutes before the Islanders hosted the Devils—near the box office. The larger piece was 10 feet by 18 feet.
No one was injured and the box office entrance was closed, because other pieces also appeared close to falling.
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