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NHL ON NBC: The 1.1/2 (RAT/SHR) overnight for the season debut of “The NHL on NBC” marks a 20% decline from a 1.5/3 last season
Two stories regarding hockey equipment were written and posted by George Malik last Friday.
I wanted to make sure KK readers didn’t miss these articles, which take an in-depth look at the equipment.
The Gearhead: An Interview With TPS Hockey’s Goalie Guru
The Gearhead: TPS Hockey And The Art Of Stick-Making
George did a great job and the two articles are receving numerous hits from the hockey community.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
• Slava Fetisov reiterates that little progress has been made on an NHL peace pact with the Russian Federation over imports. The operative word is “stubborn.”
• Andy Murray has a different view of game rehearsals, “Practice is overrated,” Murray told us after his Blues completed an optional skate.
• Is it Brett or Brat Hull opining for NBC? And which daffy script writer had him promoting Roberto (Never In The Playoffs) Luongo over Martin (Three Stanley Cups) Brodeur? And wasn’t it Hull who last week opined, “You don’t have to be a jerk about it (commentating).” Luongo over Brodeur equals J-E-R-K or B-R-A-T! Or both.
What hockey blogs do you visit that are maintained and connected with the main stream media?
This is my topic of the week for my NHL.com blog and your input is appreciated.
Anyone remember what hockey moment happened a year ago tonight?
On Frozen Blog has a great memory.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
One of the first things Dan Cleary does each morning is turn to the National Hockey League summaries to see how his boys did the night before.
“I’m always watching how the other guys from down home are doing,” said Cleary, the Detroit Red Wings’ right-winger.
Down home, as in Newfoundland, that part of Canada where everyone seems like family.
With 21 players to its credit, Newfoundland’s NHL family is not exactly an extended one, although it is growing at a rapid rate.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Left winger Rick Nash, out the past four games because of a strained back, was a surprise participant in practice and could be on the verge of a return.
Center Sergei Fedorov (hyperextended elbow), center Alexander Svitov (bruised foot) and defenseman Adam Foote (flu) took the ice, too, and they all, along with Nash, packed their bags for a trip to Chicago, where at 7:30 tonight the Blue Jackets will play the Blackhawks in United Center.
“We looked like a completely different team on the ice today than we have the past three games,” coach Ken Hitchcock said, smiling.
from the Province,
Luongo hit the ice like a dropped rock near the end of Monday afternoon’s practice at the Bell Centre when a soft 15-foot Daniel Sedin wrist shot—an unassertive shot basically flicked at the net—found a way under his mask, smashing into the front of his neck near his Adam’s apple.
Luongo crawled out from the crease and spent more than a minute crumpled on the ice, grasping his neck in extreme pain.
Canucks fans at the practice gasped and huddled around the glass, waiting to see if Luongo was OK. Luongo then skated off the ice crouched over. Shortly after, he had a golf-ball-sized red welt on his throat.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Even during practice, Alexander Ovechkin is a striking figure.
When it comes to bright colour, he is an equal opportunity employer. He wears a red practice jersey and a white helmet with the famous tinted visor, canary yellow laces on a pair of black and silver skates. Yellow laces also hang from his black hockey pants, and in his hands is a tri-coloured stick shaft that leads to a wicked curve near the tip of the blade.
He emerges from the visitors’ bench and explodes up and down the ice with those bow-legged strides, blasting a shot high and wide, first at one of the Scotiabank Place ice, then the othe.r
from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,
Some critics may not endorse Lemaire’s coaching because of the use of the neutral-zone trap, but there’s no denying he’s an astute teacher, one capable of getting his message across.
The Wild check tenaciously, get their sticks in passing lanes and defend leads. Minnesota also is going on the offensive more often, getting away from trapping because it has more skill at the forward positions….
“I love the challenge of coaching, all the competition, especially when the guys are working hard,” he had said in Vancouver.
“But sometimes you have to push them to work. You get frustrated.
“When we had less talent [in other seasons], we were winning games on the road. We do have more talent than before, so where do you go? You work a little harder, that’s all.”
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