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from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
The question: Does the NHL need the Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals?
Another playoff season brings this question to the forefront and whaps it in the faces of hockey fans. It causes guys like MSNBC contributor Mike Celizic to stroke the keys in rhapsodic tones in favor of New York’s men of old Broadway playing for the grandest, hardest-to-obtain prize in North American pro sport.
And the question is pure, unadulterated bull. The answer is simple: No.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
San Jose has officially created a new kind of system: the offensive trap. OK, it’s just puck-possession with great forechecking, but Detroit’s hardly getting a sniff of the puck in the final frame, which must be maddening, since they were supposed to be the puck-possession team.
more on both games from last night…
fro Buffalo Business First,
A quick Google search found Zakowicz’ unofficial site among more than 600 Sabres-related sites and blogs. Those include the team site, Sabres.com, and unofficial ones such as Sabresreport.com, Sabreslegends.com and NewBlueandGold.com.
All boast Sabres facts and updates. Some go one step further by offering highlight clips of TV broadcasts originating from “Hockey Night in Canada,” the MSG Network or NBC.
In legal terms, blogging or running a Sabres-related site is perfectly legal - a First Amendment right. But when unofficial sites use official logos, game footage and images - as many do, including Zakowicz’ - copyright questions arise.
“It’s difficult to police, but we are doing the best we can,” said Michael Gilbert, Sabres’ director of public relations.
via Sports Business Daily,
NBC earned a 0.7/2 final Nielsen rating for its national coverage of Devils-Lightning Game Six last Sunday, down 41.7% from a 1.2/3 for regional coverage during the comparable Sunday during last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sunday’s NHL coverage on NBC was sandwiched between the National Heads-Up Poker Tournament and the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, which earned a 0.9 and a 0.8, respectively.
The net’s national coverage of Flames-Red Wings Saturday earned a 0.8/2, down 20.0% from a 1.0/3 for comparable regional coverage last year
A fascinating story of rambunctious vagabond gold seekers who, in typical Klondike fashion, dream big and become Stanley Cup silver seekers.
It’s a story about the players, the trip, and life in the north.
Most importantly it’s a story about hockey - the common passion.
Read the whole story at Legends of Hockey.
Both road teams would like to steal a win and gain home ice advantage.
fromm the Winnipeg Sun,
A five-pack on the NHL playoffs on TV:
5 It’s a long running joke that hockey players interviewed between periods offer us very little, if anything, in terms of interesting quotes or insight into the game. We know all we’re going to hear are the same old cliches. But here’s the thing. Ask better questions. The responsibility of a good interview relies on the interviewer. If you ask a good ole boy from northern Alberta to “describe the pace of the first period”, you’re just not working hard enough.
continued... some good points made here…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Judging from the Ducks’ 5-1 win in Game 1 in which Selanne was the third star despite linemate Andy McDonald scoring three goals, the Finnish Flash has the best chance to take himself off the loser list.
“For sure this is my best chance,” Selanne said after practice yesterday.
“You never know what is going to happen.
“It’s so hard to win one. But the feeling is there. These last two years have been the most fun I’ve had in my career.”
via the Toronto Sun,
He said he never intended to rile the top-seeded Sabres by questioning their status as a legitimate Cup favourite before the series started. Renney’s line “they’re not the cream of the crop” was gobbled up and spat out by media and players alike in these parts.
“You have to be more calculated in what you offer up,” Renney said. “You’d expect the same from your players.
“I’m most disappointed because those weren’t my words. I was asked the question, ‘Do you think Buffalo is the cream of the crop?’ The answer was misconstrued. But (the fallout) is like sticking a tennis ball up a tail pipe.”
from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press,
Surely you remember the Red Wings. Hockey team ... perennially in the playoffs ... the guys like to skate around with the Stanley Cup every few years ... does any of this ring a bell?
There were thousands of empty seats at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. The Wings gave the official attendance as 18,712, but I suspect they meant limbs.
We saw this kind of attendance in the first round, too. I really thought that if the Wings made it past Calgary, they would convert some skeptics, and the atmosphere would change by Round 2.
And the atmosphere did change.
It got worse.
Can you say high ticket prices and the complet lack of any marketing plan by the Wings is to blame. The Wings fans have no connection with this team and that is a huge marketing issue.
added 7:48am, from the Mercury News,
Evgeni Nabokov sure knows how to suck the air out of an arena. So do the rest of the Sharks. After scoring two quick goals in the first period Thursday, they performed an amazing magic trick.
They made Hockeytown disappear before our very eyes.
Honestly. They did. Normally, the Detroit Red Wings and a boisterous Joe Louis Arena go together like, well, the NFL draft and overanalysis. But the atmosphere for Game1 of the Sharks’ second-round series wavered somewhere between lethargic and tepid.
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