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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hasek’s style of goaltending is difficult to define. He suggests no word for it himself. He uses the butterfly leg spread that long ago became the rage, and he also flops around as if he’s trying to make snow angles on the ice.
“I do anything to stop the puck,” he says. “It doesn’t matter how I am described.
“I like to always be in the right position. Unfortunately, there are times you are not in the right position and you have to jump and do whatever you have to do to reach the puck. I don’t care how my style is described as long as I stop the puck.”
Among the eight referees who will receive third round assignments are Don Koharski and Bill McCreary, both of whom have more than 20 years experience. McCreary has worked in every Stanley Cup final series since 1994, while Koharski has been a referee since 1977.
read on for the list…
The Sabres players took part in the final pre-series press conference.
Q. Ryan, can you comment on the comparisons to Hockey Town and Buffalo, having known what Detroit is all about and just beyond ?? exciting is beyond anything you’ve ever saw there in?
RYAN MILLER: I got a chance to go to a lot of games but not around the time they were playing for the Cup, but the affiliation with the team and the city and the way they feel about hockey there, yeah, this town definitely is from what I’ve seen, I think this town is actually a little crazier so, it’s been a lot of fun.
from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
The playoffs are a time when players can create reputations. Have a bad regular season, but show up in the playoffs, and you can be hailed a hero. Have a great regular season and a bad and short playoff season and you are seen as a failure.
Playoff pedigree matters. Look at the men who will be playing in the Conference Finals this year and you see some huge playoff performers:
Well, this morning I took a quick look at the Wings ticket situation for game 1. I could have purchased a block of 16 tickets in the upper bowl, row 24 at $99 a piece or a block of 20 standing room only tickets for $108 a pop.
Can you imagine if the opposing team was a little closer than Anaheim? The Joe would have a well represented presence from the visiting team.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
I asked Schneider: Did he believe there was justice in professional sport? He had a big smile on his face, when he answered in four precise words: No, I do not. But he knew where I was going – that even if the Sharks were only a minute away from assuming a 3-1 series lead, Detroit was the better team by far that night and deserved to win in overtime.
So when Schneider broke his wrist in the next game – proving his point, there was no justice in pro sport – I almost felt as if I’d jinxed him with the question. Superstition shows no bounds, presumably.
read on and Eric reverses the curse, picking the Wings in six.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Hockey needs goals. More than soccer, where much of the excitement is in the buildup of the play. Somehow, My New NHL extends only as far as the beginning of the playoffs: once we get into the post-season, the norm is the 2-1 game—and it’s not enough.
There doesn’t appear to be a dramatic change in the way referees call the game. They seem to be carrying on the regular-season crackdown on obstruction and hooking. But defenders are still lining up four and five abreast at the blue line, it is still almost impossible to carry the puck into the zone, and if you do break through you are dealing with almost unbeatable goaltenders from Roberto Luongo to Jean-Sebastien Giguere to Dominik Hasek.
A few weeks ago, HNIC did a feature on “Blade Tape”.
NHL Digest thought it was interesting enough to contact the company and get the scoop.
BladeTape is an alternative to traditional cloth hockey tape. It is a self adhesive rubber application that repels snow and ice to offer better control of the puck than traditional cloth tape used on the hockey sticks. It has been patented and tested to be durable for about 12 ice sessions, but some have claimed that it can be used substantially longer.
from Phil Esposito at the National Post,
It’s hard to believe that both of last year’s finalists, the Edmonton Oilers and the Champion Carolina Hurricanes, both were outside looking in once the playoffs began. So it got me thinking about the final four teams this year, and if it’s possible that any of these squads could miss the post-season next year. Pretty difficult to figure out because I can guarantee you that nobody thought that Edmonton and Carolina were in trouble either. But a combination of injuries, free agents, goaltending and just plain bad luck can all contribute. Before you know it, the slope is slippery and down you go. Now, to this year’s crop.
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