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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Versus, in its second season as the often-derided U.S. national cable outlet for the NHL, is doing a good job.
If you find it and turn it on at the beginning of an evening and leave it on, you’re delivered a solid package, including supplemental coverage from Canadian television and terrific work in the studio from analysts Brian Engblom, a former NHL defenseman who lives in Denver, and one-time Avalanche winger Keith Jones.
They strike the balance between information and entertainment, and they don’t shy away from saying what they think and criticizing. Yet you’re never left feeling - as you do sometimes with NBA coverage, for example - that they’re compromising their credibility for the sake of being “controversial” and perhaps getting their names in a USA Today television column.
more NHL bits from Terry…
SteveNJ, a KK member who kept us updated during the year on the NBC broadcasts, emailed me today to let me know the Versus schedule now indicates what channel the HD game can be viewed. It designates an “M” for games on Mojo via INHD.
fro Scott Morrison at CBC,
The question for the day: what do the Ottawa Senators and the San Jose Sharks have in common?
Both are harbouring deep regrets.
And if they aren’t, they should be. Here’s why:
Both won their second-round series openers on the road.
Both had a chance to take a stranglehold on their series in Game 2.
But both are returning home with a split.
I contacted McGill University yesterday about the “Babcock Tie” and they were kind enough to respond with a picture of the tie, one red and one blue.
from a press release from McGill University,
Perhaps in an effort to change his team’s fortunes, Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, reached into his bag of tricks and donned a necktie from McGill University to see if his alma mater really does matter.
Babcock requested the old school tie from a McGill official via a text message sent earlier in the week and confirmed he would be wearing the red, silk tie in Game 2 of the series, Saturday.
Babcock, the third McGill player to coach an NHL team (Lester Patrick guided the N.Y. Rangers; George Burnett served in Edmonton), was a two-time all-star rearguard at McGill from 1983-84 to 1986-87, where he also served as team captain and won the Bobby Bell trophy as team MVP.
He graduated from McGill with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and also did some post-graduate work in sports psychology. In 146 career games with the Redmen, he tallied 22 goals and 85 assists for a total of 107 points and 301 penalty minutes, graduating as the second-highest scoring rearguard in school history.
He then went on to England as a player-coach before returning to Canada in 1988 to coach at Red Deer College in Alberta, followed by coaching stints with the Moose Jaw Warriors, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (CIS), Spokane Chiefs (WHL), Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) and Anaheim (NHL) before being appointed head coach of the Red Wings in 2005.
From the NY Times,
FRANK PIETRANGELO, 1991 FIRST ROUND, GAME 6
The Penguins trail the Devils, three games to two, and with Tom Barrasso injured, the Penguins have the backup Pietrangelo in net. Ahead by 2-1 in the first period, Pietrangelo stops a point-blank shot from the Devils’ Brendan Shanahan, but the rebound goes to Peter Stastny, who shoots at a gaping net. Pietrangelo somehow dives across the crease and gloves the puck. The Penguins go on to win the game, the series and the Cup. To this day in Pittsburgh, this play is known as the Save.
more… *including this year’s greatest save so far
From Ross McKeon SF Gate,
The Sharks, with visions of bringing a 2-0 series lead home after scoring two goals in the first 4:17, were instead left trying to explain how they could let a golden opportunity slip away.
“We had opportunities throughout the game and (Dominik) Hasek made some huge saves,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said, “but I think about the dumb mistakes we made in the third period that you can’t make in a playoff game.”
From Lonnie White at the LA Times,
Getting production from the Ducks’ grinders is important in this series because Vancouver uses a four-line rotation. That might have played a role in the Ducks’ Game 2 defeat.
Each Canucks forward had at least 22 shifts and more than 13 minutes of ice time, while the Ducks stuck with a three-line rotation and their forwards seemed to tire in the second overtime.
“We have to go out and play physical and create some energy; that’s our job here in the playoffs,” Thornton said. “Whatever we can chip in offensively would be a big help to the team.”
That has not been a problem for the Canucks, who won Game 2 on fourth-line winger Jeff Cowan’s overtime goal.
From Michael Rosenberg at the Free Press,
The Red Wings might just do something they haven’t done in 10 years: Pull off a playoff upset.
Yes, upset. I know: The Wings are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They came into this series with home-ice advantage. And they are the Red Wings. How can the Red Wings be the underdog? Was it an upset when King Kong beat Godzilla?
continued… *King Kong vs Godzilla?? You gotta love playoff hockey coverage…
From Steve Simmons via Slam! Sports,
The Maple Leafs’ championship drought is often overblown in both perspective and in reality.
Yes, 40 years have elapsed since the Leafs won a Stanley Cup, but no, on a broader scale of professional sporting achievement, that’s not exactly monumental.
At least the Leafs have championships, although all were produced in a six-team league.
From Bridget Wentworth at the Star-Ledger,
Martin Brodeur changed his equipment yesterday.
Not just his pads. His glove and his blocker as well.
All brand new.
“I just wanted to feel good, feel different,” he said.
His timing could not have been better.
Brodeur played his best game of the playoffs last night in the Devils 3-2 double overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators at Continental Airlines Arena in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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