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from Puck The Media,
According to Sports Business Daily (reg. required), NBC drew a 2.4 overnight rating. While this is still more than double what any indoor hockey game would draw and very solid for any January 2nd NHL game, this is the lowest overnight rating for any of the first five, and down 15% from last year’s primetime edition of the game. The game faced heavy competition, including the Outback Bowl on ABC, which drew a 5.0, and the 9.0 overnight for the Rose Bowl on ESPN.
via Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
Henrik Lundqvist said he couldn’t believe Briere was afforded a penalty shot and didn’t discount the crazy notion that the NHL and NBC just wanted to showcase a penalty shot to casual fans.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather was also very upset after I asked him about the Rangers backing up his guarantee of a victory on Sept. 26.
“I didn’t think the game would come down to that situation,” Sather said. “You see three or four calls that are enough to blow your mind…Look at all of it.”
Also via Ranger Rants,
JOHN TORTORELLA: I’m not sure if NBC got together with the refs or what to turn this into an overtime game. It started with the non-call on Gaby’s, and he gets pitchforked in the stomach and everything starts going against us. So for two good refs, I thought the game was reffed horribly.
So I’m not sure what happened there. Maybe they wanted to get into overtime. I’m not sure if they had meetings about that or what. But we stood in there. We stood in there.
And again, I don’t want to—because they are good guys. I just thought tonight, it was—in that third period, it was disgusting.
added 11:16pm, Watch below as Tortorella talks post-game about the refs…
Pre-game at the Winter Classic.
Suprised Roenick didn’t break out a grin.
Pucks drops just after 3:00pm ET today at Citizens Bank Park when he New York Rangers Face the Philadelphia Flyers.
Feel free to comment anything game or hockey related.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
This is the NHL’s Little White Lie.
At least the league better hope the so-called Winter Classic is white this year after the rainy debacle in Pittsburgh last Jan. 1. (More on that later.)
The NHL’s New Year’s Day Game (Except If The NFL Is Playing Because We Don’t Mess With Those Bad Boys) offers much to admire—even if none of it is, you know, related to the actual playing of hockey.
The outdoor game is a technological and logistical marvel, a triumph of ingenuity and engineering. It is a marketing machine for a league that, post-lockout, seems driven by events. And in the jammed sporting bazaar, it is the most powerful an attention-grabber that hockey has to offer outside of the Olympics, a game that has induced a surprising number of rheumy eyes to tune in.
from Chris Kerber (radio voice for the Blues) at CBS St. Louis,
Now that the game is a big time success, it’s time for the broadcasters and producers of the event to make sure they do right by the game. I have two suggestions. One may seem small but it’s a pet peeve watching the first few winter classics. The other is a much larger issue that goes well beyond just the Winter Classic broadcast.
First the minor issue. We know the game is being played outdoors. We know there are challenges presented by weather and other factors that affect the playing surface. Please quit spending the entire game describing how the ice surface is not as good as it would be indoors. Quit describing how its slowing players down or making it more difficult to handle the puck. They players don’t seem to care and neither do fans watching. It’s supposed to take you back to the days of pond hockey, right? Isn’t that what everyone says? Let the imperfections be the charm and not a detractor. Despite spectacular efforts by the NHL crew, the elements will create issues and that’s expected. If need be, mention it one time then move on.
Now the bigger issue, and this predominantly deals with pre-game, intermissions, and post-game content. Only the NHL seems to take every chance it gets on a regular basis to highlight problems with the sport. Way too many intermissions or pre-game shows focus on suspensions or telling fans why the league poorly run or having former players criticize the way the game is played today. This needs to change. This must change.
NEW YORK (December 30, 2011) – The National Hockey League (NHL®), in conjunction with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, today announced that the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Alumni Game will change the original 1 p.m. ET start time on Saturday, Dec. 31, to 3 p.m. ET. The delayed start time decision was based on tomorrow’s weather forecast and should make for optimal game conditions for players and fans.
All tickets to the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Alumni Game will continue to be honored and all ticket holder agreement language remains unchanged.
The following is a list of changes for fans based on the new 3 p.m. ET start time:
Dan Rosen of NHL.com with the latest report.
Dan Craig of the NHL discusses putting in the ice at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Pretty amazing process.