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from the Toronto Sun,
Former NHL tough guys Tiger Williams, Bob Probert and Kevin Maguire played in some hostile venues over the years, but none like this.
The three ex-NHLers are part of a entourage that left Canada yesterday for a week-long tour of Afghanistan, a trip that is scheduled to feature a ball-hockey game versus the troops.
“We’re supposed to play the winners of their tournament,” Maguire said. “Mostly, we’re going to help lift the spirits of the soldiers.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Henrik Zetterberg gave a thumbs-up to having big right winger Todd Bertuzzi as a linemate, so good news for Zetterberg: He is going to see more of Bertuzzi tonight when the Red Wings resume their second-round series against the Sharks.
Bertuzzi has been a part of numerous line combinations during the playoffs, but he was such a success in his latest incarnation on Detroit’s top line that Mike Babcock plans to use him there again as a stand-in for the injured Tomas Holmstrom for Game 3.
from the Mercury News,
Wilson’s impressions of Game2 against the Red Wings didn’t change after he broke down the video.
“Same. We played really well, but we made some catastrophic giveaways - unforced, too,” he said. “But at the end of the day, we got a split in Detroit. We totally limited their offense, and we were so close to scoring that third goal yesterday it was unbelievable.”
Would the Sharks have prevailed if they had built a three-goal bulge?
“It would’ve helped, but who knows?” Wilson said. “You never know. Like, if Brian Burke and I didn’t flunk chemistry, would we be doctors? We were premed. I don’t have an answer for that. If we’d have scored the third goal, would we have won? I think, but you’re playing a dangerous team, Detroit. You’re not going to keep them off the board long, and we’ve limited their offense.”
from the Rangers Blog at the New York Post,
The tone was set with the kilotons of non-calls by the refs, favoring the Sabres to an absurd degree. The tension built to maddening proportions with each missed scoring opportunity and each bad call against the Rangers.
Buffalo got seven power plays in regulation to the Rangers two. To further tip things in the Sabres’ favor, a goal — just as valid as the Pominville one that counted in game two — was called back. The reason? The most indistinct “distinct kicking motion” I’ve ever seen.
Seriously, if the League and the refs don’t have it out for the Rangers, I can’t explain why so little seems to go their way.
Waiting for the 2nd OT to start in the Rangers/Sabres game, and I think it just may be a fluke goal that ends this game.
The ice conditions are terrible and I would have thought we would have saw more “toss” it at the net shots in the first OT.
One good thing, the NHL has now knocked “Barbaro, A Nation’s Horse” off the air, at least on the east coast.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
That’s because Brodeur and Shanahan both say they believe it’s time for the NHL to adopt a playoff overtime system featuring one 20-minute, sudden-death, five-on-five period, followed by four-on-four competition to decide a winner.
“It used to be you’d come into the room after a long overtime game and it’d be like, ‘Wow! Did you see that?’ Now, it’s kind of, ‘Oh, another one?’ ” Shanahan told Slap Shots.
from the Vancouver Province,
Rory Fitzpatrick is the latest victim of this bad-luck flu cocktail. The defenceman was injured, or caught the flu, sometime late in Game 2 in Anaheim.
He remains doubtful tonight for Game 3. As does Sami Salo who hurt his lower back, or caught the flu, in the Dallas series when he was slew-footed by Ladislav Nagy.
Kevin Bieksa, who skated on his own Saturday, said he can finally see “light at the end of the tunnel” recovering from what is believed to be an upper rib or shoulder injury.
But the light is still a ways off and the best-case estimate has Bieksa coming back only at the end of this series with the Ducks.
“I can’t tell you exactly who is in and who’s out right now because I don’t know,” Vigneault said. “Right now, I’m not sure what our defence is going to look like.”
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.
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