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from Cole’s Notes at the Vancouver Sun,
Dear Gary Bettman:
On behalf of the travelling members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, I would like to lodge a complaint about the amount of money the NHL’s deal to telecast playoff games in the United States on the Versus network is costing writers, and the damage it is doing to our livers….
Club soda and cranberry juice doesn’t pay the rent, so we are forced to consume copious quantities of beer and other libations just to keep the bars from throwing us out in favour of more lucrative customers. Over three hours — or six, if there happen to be two games on, back-to-back — this runs into serious money, not to mention dangerous levels of alcohol consumption and more chicken wings than are good for our slender figures.
From Steve Zipay at his Blue Notes blog on Newsday,
That’s the word from the Rangers as of a few moments ago. This means the internal bleeding from Avery’s lacerated spleen has stopped. He’s still several days away from leaving hospital, but this is a vast improvement from when he went into St. Vincent’s late on Tuesday night.
From Elliotte Friedman at CBC,
“His brother owned the one gym in town,” Roloson said. “And we would meet him there to work out. John took it very seriously, and eventually we did, too.”
“I believe his nickname was Rambo, because of how hard he worked out,” Blake said.
Stevens is still in excellent shape and expects nothing less from his players. During the off-day between Games 3 and 4 of this series, the Flyers didn’t skate but did have a weight-training workout.
But his impact extended beyond the exercise room.
more from Dwayne Roloson and Rob Blake on how the Flyers’ coach impacted their own early careers
From Stu Hackel at NYT Slapshot blog,
It was 33 years between the 1942 Maple Leafs comeback and the 1975 Islanders comeback. Now, it’s 33 years later, so the Soothsayers, Numerologists and Kabbalists of the hockey world have concluded this will be the year that another team is invested with mystic powers and awakens from inside the 0-3 grave to rise up and smite the unbeatable foe once again.
Even Madonna, the most well-known Kababalist of our time, is down with this. Remember, she’s originally from Detroit — Hockeytown. Just check out her new record, Hard Candy, which is both retro and futuristic. Clearly, she’s telling us that it’s back-to-the-future time for the 0-3 revival. And her first single, that duet with Justin Timberlake? It’s entitled “4 Minutes.” A double minor. A hockey reference for sure. And Hard Candy is also going to be released this month as a special edition 3 LP set. LPs, you may remember, play at 33 1/3 rpms. Thirty-three. Coincidence? We think not. Yep, she’s sending us a message. She’s into it.
more weird reasons the Sharks will win, plus a look at the NYR and the Canadiens’ series.
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
I have to begrudgingly admit that the Detroit Red Wings—a team I have always cheered against on principle—have been fun to watch during these Stanley Cup playoffs.
They are a team so laden with European stars, they remind me of the old Winnipeg Jets of the WHA years.
Led up front by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg—perhaps the finest two-way players in the NHL—the second coming of Reggie Leach in playoff scoring sensation Johan Franzen and the incomparable Nicklas Lidstrom on the blue-line, the Red Wings have so far looked every bit as good in the playoffs as they did during the regular season.
Montreal police say they are ready for any excessive celebration Saturday night as the Canadiens take to the ice in Game 5 of their NHL playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Officers have been surfing the internet, looking through chat groups on social networking sites such as Facebook for any would-be rioters.
Police want to prevent a repeat of the chaos that followed the Habs’ April 21 game when they won their first-round series against the Boston Bruins in Game 7.
Fans took to the streets after the game to celebrate the Canadiens’ performance but the partying got out of hand when vandals attacked police cars, setting several on fire, and broke into stores on St-Catherine Street.
An anti-riot Habs fan group was created on Facebook that night, and its creator said pro-riot subscribers have since posted messages on the page.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Tonight, the Flyers can close out their best-of-7 series against the heavily favored Montreal Canadiens in five games. It is a position they were in on April 19 when they traveled to Washington and lost 3-2.
“People were concerned we were overconfident going into Washington and I think it was the opposite,” Flyers coach John Stevens said Friday at the Skate Zone.
“We were underconfident. We sat back and waited. We gotta get after this game harder than we have any other game. Montreal is a very good team and their fans are going to be behind them and we’re going to have to be ready to go.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,
I know the elimination of the Calgary Flames by the San Jose Sharks has naturally sucked some of the air out of the balloon hereabouts. And with the Toronto Maple Leafs out of the playoffs once again, they might as well not be happening for many east of the Lakehead. That’s understandable (in a pathetic sort of way).
But since when did Mr. Freeze put his glacial hand upon the rest of the post-season, cryogenically rendering the battle to win the Stanley Cup into a bad ice sculpture at some hillbilly wedding? Granted, the playoffs go on four weeks longer than any attention span this side of Stephen Hawking can bear.
But where’s the sizzle? Where’s the steak?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
This is where we came in, with the Rangers needing a victory in Pittsburgh, and with the Rangers needing the game officials to allow them to play the kind of game that will translate into a victory.
None of the Rangers will touch the subject now, and why would they following the storm that was whipped up last week when officiating was front and center among topics of conversation?
It is, however, a fact that the Blueshirts New York Rangers must be allowed to knock down Sidney Crosby, Evegni Malkin and Marian Hossa just as they did in Thursday’s playoff deathbed of a 3-0 Game 4 victory at the Garden in order to survive tomorrow afternoon’s Game 5 at the Igloo.
Mr. Kukla, I am writing you at 3:30am to voice a complaint about the Versus broadcast of the Sharks game on Friday night.
I attended my prom tonight and instead of going to an all night drinking party, a bunch of us couples (yes the girls like hockey too) headed back to my house to watch the game that I had saved via Directv DVR. Guess what, no game on VERSUS HD like the NHL.com schedule had listed. So instead of watching a great game, we were stuck watching golf.
Why did VERSUS do this and if they were going to show the game on the regular VERSUS channel, why didn’t they let us know about it?
Do you have a way I can let them know how badly they messed up my plans, my parents even had food ready for us and we had this all planned out. Instead, we turned off the DVR and the party broke up earlier than expected.
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