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via On Frozen Pond,
Panthers D-man Jay Bouwmeester had what the team is calling minor hip surgery today in Vail, Colorado. It was thought he might need some kind of surgery because he was limping around at the end of the year.
from Off Wing Opinion,
Ted Leonsis just passed me a link to Sports Media Journal, an online outfit that’s running a poll asking whether or not bloggers should be allowed into press boxes. The same poll was also used to kick off a discussion thread at SportsJournalists.com, where it seems like most folks would rather see us banned.
I would be interested in the opinion of hockey fans, including hockey bloggers.
from the Leader-Post,
The three-year-old spent his last hours at home, nestled between family and friends on a mattress on the living-room floor in front of the television watching the Ottawa Senators reach the Stanley Cup finals.
His right lung had collapsed and he breathed loudly, wheezing. When it became too hard to keep his heavy-lidded eyes open, because of the morphine, his family whispered the play-by-plays to him.
not much more to say but to read on...
from the Ottawa Senators,
The Ottawa Senators’ quick run through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs has given head coach Bryan Murray a healthy roster to work with in the final. Murray credits a strong strength and conditioning program and luck for the success.
“We’ve been healthy. I have a lot to say about that to the conditioning level, the strength coach and the people who have worked hard here to make the program what it is. It’s what I consider a little bit of management and a lot of luck. That’s what it will take to win.”
from Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports,
NBC knew the audience for the Preakness would be at least three times greater. And it had far more valuable commercials sold for the pre-race show than whatever it would get out of overtime hockey.
So it cut the game. Which doesn’t mean we need to cut up the game.
Maybe I’m just skittish to change because much of it hasn’t worked (can we bring back the old names, Adams Division, Campbell Conference, et al?). The “Preakness Game” proves that most of the tinkering has failed. But mostly I’d hate to see the NHL again react out of a defensive position, the embarrassment of this, and make another permanent, major change to the sport.
Just because NBC thinks women in silly hats and Black-Eyed Susans are better television than overtime hockey, doesn’t mean it’s true.
from the Toronto Star,
Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg sees no reason why he and teammate Pavel Datsyuk have suddenly gone stone cold, a big reason why Detroit faces elimination tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference final.
They’re jitterbugs around Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, creating opportunity after opportunity. They’ve beaten defencemen Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer to pucks, and on dekes, and with passes.
But they haven’t been able to finish. Zetterberg hasn’t scored in four games; Datsyuk in three. Worse, neither has scored on the road in the playoffs.
Q. First off, any lineup changes tonight. Todd Bertuzzi going to play tonight, that kind of thing?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I don’t know. Game-time decision. It’s basically can a guy go, can a guy not go.
Q. Anything to get off your chest before tonight?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: No, we’re excited. One of the things I find is as the rounds go, and not the Finals, but as the rounds go, I always find there’s a long time between games. It seems like forever. After you’ve flushed it out, lets get going and let’s play the game. We think we’ve been playing well. We’re looking forward to it. Let’s go out there and play.
There’s a big difference between being loose and driving and tight and tentative. So let’s make sure we know what to do.
from the Vancouver Sun,
The Detroit Red Wings, currently battling for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals, have some of the oldest players in the National Hockey League, including starting goaltender Dominik Hasek (aged 42), and ageless defenceman Chris Chelios (45).
Small wonder the team has ordered 75 pairs—including 20 pairs at the start of their series against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks—of Coreshorts, a product invented by an Abbotsford physiotherapist and one that has found its way into every NHL locker room, as well as those in other major sports leagues.
Compression shorts have been part of an athlete’s wardrobe for years, but Coreshorts takes the concept a step further. By angling elastic pieces within Lycra shorts in an X-pattern running diagonally from the hip to the opposite thigh, Coreshorts support the pelvis, lower back and groin. The more the athlete pushes in a direction, the more stability he or she gets.
from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
There will be a great Game 6 between Detroit and Anaheim tonight. People are being blown away by the amazing goaltending of J.S. Giguere of the Ducks, and the tremendous efficiency of Wings star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
No longer are people talking about the trap, the dead puck era, or clutch and grab hockey. The stories now are about speed, skill, hitting, villains, heroes, controversy, and passion.
Fans in Anaheim love their team. Fans in Detroit love their team and hope they will see the Wings play host to a Game 7 on Thursday.
Fans in Ottawa are thrilled that they now have Daniel Alfredsson as their captain. This playoff season he has been the most reliable Senator. Last year, they wanted him run out of town following the Sens elimination at the hands of the Sabres.
Q. Any lineup changes, injuries, anything like that for tonight?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: We’ll make those decisions as the day goes on. We think that we have some interchangeable parts. And as we go forward, there’s some people that have been in and out and we have some youth sitting on the sidelines, so we’ll make that decision as we go into the rest of the day. It’s not set yet.
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