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from the CP via NHL.com,
Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL for his tirade at the end of Friday night’s 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Ruff, who was also assessed a gross misconduct, was irate with on-ice officials for what he perceived were two missed calls late in the game.
from the National Post,
Might there be something in Thursday’s narrow escape to suggest the Senators have reformed their game? Perhaps.
“We still have moments when we stray from the game plan, but I think it’s just the realization that, if we do the things right that we practise during the year—really not giving the other team any chances—we know how to play that way now,” Emery said.
“If we dedicate ourselves and play like that ... guys are willing to do that now.
“I don’t know if we even knew how to do that last year.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Accordingly, the challenge for Saturday’s second game is simple — get more traffic in front of Sharks’ goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and get more shots through to the net.
“There’s no skill part of it,” said Cleary. “It’s just wanting to do it and anticipating rebounds and being confident and being brave in going to the net and hanging around there. It’s a tough area. If you’re willing to go to tough areas, you’re going to score. Most playoff goals are scored in that 10-foot range around the net, on rebounds. Not great-looking goals, but they’re goals at the end of the day.”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
The Red Wings are winners on the ice. Always have been, but the organization becomes a loser when it rips off a devoted fan base at playoff time.
The owners have the salary cap, after years of trying to get fitted with one. Seems to me it’s time somebody up there put a cap on ticket prices during the playoffs.
more... and as I have stated numerous times this season, the Wings do not have the pulse of the Wings fans. No marketing effort, every event they offer the fans is a “pay to get in” type thing.
No open practices, no involvement from the players within the community and of course, trying to get access to anyone within the organization is almost impossible.
Christy at Behind the Jersey takes an in-depth look at ticket sales for both the Wings and Pistons.
Spector at his Fox Sports blog also wonders where are the Wings fans?
Detroit and New Jersey don’t won’t to go on the road down 0-2.
Both need a win badly today.
from the Daily Breeze,
“At times we skated too much,” Carlyle said of last spring’s playoff routine. “We changed our travel schedule. Now we’re staying over and traveling the next day.”
Teemu Selanne and a number of other veterans asked Carlyle to make the change, mindful of the need for more rest….
Selanne then complained with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek that Carlyle doesn’t listen to any of his suggestions. So when he has one, Selanne said he tells teammate Chris Pronger and Pronger asks Carlyle about it.
“He goes there and (Carlyle) says, ‘Why not?’ ” Selanne said. “You have to keep mother (Pronger) happy. If the father is unhappy you can still have a happy family. But if the mother is unhappy, forget it.”
from the Buffalo News,
The rating for the Buffalo Sabres’ second- round opener with the New York Rangers on Versus Wednesday was more shocking than any comment made by the Rangers’ Sean Avery.
The game had a 25.2 rating, which is about 2 1/2 times what the Sabres’ first-round series with the New York Islanders averaged on MSG even though it was competing with a two-hour edition of “American Idol” (15.9).
more ratings news…
from the Ottawa Sun,
“They were pretty good shots,” said Murray. “You don’t count on getting five goals on (Brodeur) very often.
“Let’s put it that way. There were a couple of great shots that I don’t know who could have stopped them. I give him a little bit of credit for bouncing back from that (first period).
“We respect him a lot. All we talked about was getting shots at the net. They don’t give you many odd-man rushes and we were able to capitalize on (the ones we got). I don’t know that I would point the finger at him on many. I just hope that we keep doing that.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
“They probably think it’s over. That’s OK,” said Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr, who assisted on a Martin Straka power-play goal 10:08 into the first period that gave the Rangers their first lead of the series at 1-0.
“A series can change with one play, with one period. You never know,” he said.
Jagr might well have been talking about this game as much as his team’s chances of reversing the flow of this suddenly one-sided series.
from the Mercury News,
In touting its overnight ratings for Game 1 of Sharks-Red Wings, Versus cited a 7.3 in Detroit and a 1.9 in the Bay Area. Too bad ratings aren’t available for the Canadian TV coverage in the province of Newfoundland, because percentage-wise it was probably a very healthy number.
There are just three active NHL players from Newfoundland, and two are in this series: Ryane Clowe of the Sharks and Daniel Cleary of the Red Wings. (Michael Ryder of Montreal is the other.)
The CBC took a look at Cleary a few days ago too.
Thanks to a KK reader for passing it on…
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