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from the OC Register,
Game 4 is tonight at GM Place, and the Canucks are not about to back down.
“The main thing is what we believe in this locker room,” Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo said. “There’s going to be speculation outside the locker room, but the most important thing is we believe in our group and we believe we can get the job done. We’ve proven that we can play with these guys. Apart from the first game, they’ve been all tight games. We’re just going to keep plugging away.”
While many in the media, particularly those from Vancouver, might have been guilty of writing off the Canucks after the first game of the series, the Ducks certainly did not fall into that category.
I had the opportunity to speak with Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail this morning to get his views on the Detroit/San Jose series.
Eric has been covering the series for the Globe and Mail and I really appreciated him taking about 15 minutes out of his busy schedule this morning to discuss the series.
The audio should be of interest to all hockey fans.
I started out by asking Eric about the lack of scoring in this series… listen and enjoy!
Well, I was wrong. I thought we would see a slight decrease in April, but instead, we went over 4 million page views for the month.
The whole Krew thanks you!
To see previous month stats, begin here.
from Canadian Business,
Consider that the Penguins spent about $37 million to earn 105 points. That’s $351,603 per point, making it the most cost-effective team in the NHL. (It should be pointed out that the salary figures contained on our charts reflect the current value of all player contracts on a team, not the actual amount paid under the cap, nor do they include performance bonuses.) At the other end of the spectrum, the Flyers spent $723,815 for each of its 56 points.
NEW YORK (May 1, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) will offer free hockey programming to consumers on the Joost distribution platform beginning at the start of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. The announcement was made today by Joost™, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service.
Under the agreement, the NHL will provide full-game replays on a delay and highlights from this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, combined with a rich selection of vintage games from the NHL archives. Some of the historic action available includes: game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final in which the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks; game 7 of the 1993 Western Conference Final game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings featuring Wayne Gretzky; and the ultimate game of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final, in which the Detroit Red Wings topped the Philadelphia Flyers.
The road teams want to go home 3-1 and try to make it a short, 5 game series.
Can they pull it off, stay tuned tonight!
from the Vancouver Sun,
Make no mistake: the twins earned this pressure by breaking out as headliners this season, leapfrogging Naslund and his many assorted linemates, and they say they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We waited a long time to get this kind of pressure on us,” Henrik said Monday. “We want to be out there on big power plays, we like that. It’s not like we don’t want to be out there. We want to make a difference. And we know we have to do better.”
from the Detroit Free Press,
So who was the big winner of the TV ratings game on this Super Sports Saturday?
According to Nielsen Media Research, it was the Red Wings, which drew a 9.1 on Channel 4, followed by the Pistons (7.6 combined) on TNT and Channel 20, the NFL draft (5.4) on ESPN and the Tigers (2.8) on FSN.
The Red Wings, which averaged a 3.6 rating during the regular season on FSN, are averaging a 9.0 rating on FSN during the playoffs. In 2005-06, on FSN, the numbers were 4.7 for the regular season, 9.3 for the playoffs.
more on the Wings…
from Neil Best at Newsday,
It should be noted here that Fischler is 75, has authored more than 90 books on the sport and has been attending pro games in New York since Gretzky was an infant - Walter Gretzky, Wayne’s father.
Yet there he was, all over MSG’s 75-minute postgame. First he worked the crowded locker room with microphone in hand. Later he called the officiating “dreadful” and told a story about Bill Barilko’s Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Maple Leafs in 1951. (He picked it up on the radio from Canada.)
How and why is he still at it? The how is a credit to the paddle handball games that keep him fit. As for why: “I love what I’m doing. My passion for hockey is what it was when Bill Barilko scored that goal in ‘51.”
from the Vancouver Province,
For the Canucks, possibly the most dismaying part of being down 2-1 in their series with Anaheim is that the Ducks have taken the lead while their two biggest defensive stars have been, well, average.
There hasn’t been much in the way of magic, dominance or impact—as of yet—from Chris Pronger and/or Scott Niedermayer, the best defensive pairing since Mean Joe Greene and Jack Lambert….
Part of the reason the Ducks have so easily weathered any mini-slump by their defensive superstars is the fact that—as Yoda once put it—there is another.
Enter Francois Beauchemin, who has all the skills and none of the hype. He is the George Harrison to his Paul McCartney-and John Lennon-like teammates.
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