Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/14/11 at 01:04 PM ET
from Steve Lepore of Puck The Media,
It is everything that we imagine as hockey fans: playoff overtime. This is one of the things that is undeniably appealing about the sport, even to someone who has no understanding of it. The game becomes simple: score a goal, the game is over. If there are no goals, the game goes on … and on, and on, and on. Even as games head into second, third and potentially fourth overtimes, the game remains fascinating, a study in attrition, in just how much energy the best athletes on earth can expend until one of them slows down just enough to let another of them get the break they need to win it.
So, it is without surprise that – despite showing only the third period before it – VERSUS’ “Joined in Progress” broadcast of Rangers/Capitals from Comcast Sportsnet was followed into overtime, preempting in every market aside from New York and Washington, the entire first period of the Chicago/Vancouver back-end of the doubleheader, which featured original VERSUS production. Anyone outside of those two markets, and obviously Chicago, missed the only two goals scored of the game, both in the first period from Vancouver.
The Detroit/Phoenix game was blacked out on VERSUS in the two markets, rightfully so, but I did receive the Caps/Rangers game on the Versus Alternate Channel 604 (-1) via Directv. When the Wings game was over, the regular VERSUS channel switched to the Caps/Rangers so so I was getting the same game on both channels. Somehow, they need to make the switch in the future if this comes up again.
I was able to watch the Canucks/Blackhawks via CBC here in Detroit, but not many US viewers are able to receive CBC.
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