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NBC Gets Big Ratings From Game 7

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

All figures and info from NBC Press Release:

LAST NIGHT’S STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME TIES FOR BEST GAME 7 OVERNIGHT ON RECORD

—Up 14% Over 2009’s Game 7
—Ties for Second-Best Stanley Cup Overnight in 37 Years
—Highest Stanley Cup Overnight Featuring a Canadian Team in 38 Years
—Boston Sets Record, Leads All Metered Markets with a 43.4 Rating & 64 Share

NEW YORK – June 16, 2011 – Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, which saw the Boston Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, to claim their first championship since 1972, generated a 5.7/10 overnight rating, tying 2003 for the best NHL Stanley Cup Game 7 overnight on record, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company. The overnight was up 14 percent compared to the most recent Game 7 in 2009, which featured two U.S. teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

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Kolzig Named Associate Goalie Coach For Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have hired former Capital Olie Kolzig as associate goaltender coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Dave Prior will return to his role as director of goaltending and NHL goaltender coach.

“We are excited to add a familiar face to our staff in Olie Kolzig,” said McPhee. “Olie had a tremendous impact on this franchise as a goaltender as well as an individual, and we are looking forward to him having the same impact as a coach.”

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Aftermath Of The Vancouver Riot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Austin, Sam Cooper, Cheryl Chan of the Vancouver Province,

It took a small army of police over two hours but the chaos in downtown Vancouver is “substantially under control,” said Vancouver Police’s Const. Jana McGuiness.

Downtown Vancouver descended into chaos following the 4-0 Canucks loss to the Bruins, with rioters burning cars and looting stores and brawls and fights breaking out.

McGuinness could not confirm any fatalities or whether any police officers were injured.

There were unconfirmed reports of four stabbings, she said. Police made dozens of arrests, but could not provide an exact number.

Just after 11 p.m., in the aftermath of violence, the street was a deserted war zone. Very few businesses were left unscathed and sidewalks were littered with shattered glass.

One shoe store had virtually no merchandise left, while the London Drugs on Georgia and Granville, where alarms still blared, had its doors smashed in, and coat hangers and shoes strewn outside.

Unruly, booze-fuelled mobs also broke into Sears at Robson and Howe. One looter managed to break into Chapters bookstore, but apparently no one bothered entering.

Ugly brawls tinged with a racial element were seen breaking out on Granville Street as late as 11 p.m. and a police chopper circled the crowd overhead as police attempted to take control of the melee.

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No Matter The Reason, Bruins Deserved The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

They won it for every New England mom and dad who ever woke up to drive kids to the rink at 6 a.m., and drank hot chocolate while they waited in the cold.

They won it for the Revere girls with the big hair and O’Reilly sweaters; for the shot-and-beer guys who pour every dollar of expendable income into the hockey budget.

They won it to avenge losing Bobby Orr to Chicago, too many men on the ice in Montreal, free agents never signed, trades that went bad, unspeakable injuries, and Game 7 disappointments.

They won it for you.

The Boston Bruins last night won the Stanley Cup, shocking the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, capping an epic seven-game series and bringing the holy grail to the Hub of Hockey for the first time since 1972.

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Injuries Hurt The Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Alex Edler admitted he played with two broken fingers. Christian Ehrhoff admitted that he had to get a troublesome shoulder shot up and it will need addressing in the offseason. Chris Higgins admitted that his foot was never quite right after blocking a shot in the second-round series with Nashville and will need further attention. And Dan Hamhuis wasn’t around to admit that he was probably sidelined in the Stanley Cup final series opener by a torn groin muscle.

Ryan Kesler? He wouldn’t admit to anything.

Despite playing on one leg and having his teammates marvel at his resolve to take shots to endure the pain of a suspected groin tear and hip labrum tear, the Vancouver Canucks bit his tongue when he could have leaned on a crutch of convenience following a bitter 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 at Rogers Arena.

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Recchi’s exit starts the changes

Blog: KK Hockey By pcoffey

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It’s amazing how fast change happens. The Boston Bruins hadn’t left the on-ice celebration in Vancouver before their roster changed with the word that Mark Recchi was taking the Lanny McDonald route and skating off into the sunset with the Stanley Cup held triumphantly aloft.

So Recchi is the first to go and there will be other changes coming pretty quickly for the Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, with the upcoming draft, free-agency and arbitration season rapidly approaching.

As for Recchi, you can’t debate his decision to skate away on top. The 43-year-old exits as one of the top players of his generation and a terrific mentor for the young Bruins this season. Over his regular-season career, Recchi scored 1,533 points in 1,652 games. That’s the 12th highest total in NHL history and his games played total is fourth behind Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Ron Francis, all Hall of Famers, a spot where Recchi is sure to reside.

“It’s the end for me,” Recchi told reporters. “This is the last time I get the chance. I’m going out on top. I couldn’t be happier with this group of guys. Regardless of what happened tonight, this was going to be one of the best groups I ever played with. We’re very fortunate to win. We’re going to enjoy this.”

According to ESPN Boston’s James Murphy, one of the most important roles Recchi played with the Bruins this season was as a mentor to rookie Brad Marchand. Judging from the dynamic play of Marchand, Recchi did quite a job getting the message across.

 

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End-of-the-season reading and a Red Wings overnight report of sorts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The 2010-2011 NHL season ended in the strangest way I’ve ever witnessed an NHL season end in a Nicklas Lidstrom’s career’s worth of years—19 and counting. The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in a dominant Game 7 performance, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0, but this morning’s sports pages across the world (I can verify this in terms of at least Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Slovak and English) contain fewer images of the Boston Bruins lifting the Cup than images of downtown Vancouver in flames due to the actions of morons who even the Detroit area morning news—and I’m old enough to remember the post-Tigers looting and pillaging in 1984—insist were the result of Canucks fans’ anger.

This just in, folks. The people who did that aren’t fans, and if they were, Vancouver Canucks fans and those of 29 other teams are collectively kicking them out, effective yesterday. The Vancouver Police has a website which allows you to report morons if you were there, and there’s a Tumblr blog asking people to identify people pictured and send their information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Otherwise, Vancouver fans, we get it. This had nothing to do with you or your team. “You” are not “them.”

As for what happened on the ice, the only thing I can say as an American is that it puzzles me to no end that there’s a sense that Canada has been shut out and lost “its” Stanley Cup to America again. Once your team has lifted the Stanley Cup, no matter where you live or where you’re from, you believe that its “home” is in your team’s hands, in your team’s city and your favorite players’ hometowns. If anything belongs to hockey fans, it is the Stanley Cup, and while I heartily congratulate the Boston Bruins this morning, if you’re a hockey fan that’s witnessed your team lift the Cup in your lifetime, and you’re not a Bruins fan, you don’t think it’s “home” today.

In any case, here’s a brief survey of the hockey world (as the boss will hopefully sleep in for the first time in forever), and I’ll eventually get my way to discussing some Red Wings stuff:

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A print veteran weighing in on the Twitterverse

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

For better or worse, the hockey world runs on Twitter, which is both a wonderful resource for those who wish to be “in the know” and remains the land of snap judgments, a place where snarky comments are often uttered, and, in the case of an inherently unpredictable game like hockey, often chewed like so much digital crow when frozen pucks skitter, bob and weave. In other words, like so much of the talk uttered by the once-print-based hockey media, it’s nothing more than talk once the puck’s dropped and the game’s story is written on ice.

The dyed-in-the-wool media types’ fascination with the land of snap judgments, however, is nothing less than fascinating, because many scribes, like the Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin, for example, believes that Twitter will further relinquish coaches and players to the land of cliches—which is hard to believe in a world where, “Next question” and the cliche-meter are lit like afterburners from the start of training camp:

Adding Twitter to a story is like seeding clouds. You wonder how anyone not walking a sea wall can cope with the noise. Which brings us back to the media shopping Luongo’s quotes on Tim Thomas for an off-day story Saturday and Sunday.

We in the press love to encourage such badinage—witness LeBron James’s ill-fated “taking my talents to South Beach”—then make the athlete own the headline. James’s humiliating no-show in the NBA Finals was low-hanging fruit for headline writers. Luongo did the same.

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Boston Bruins Win The Stanley Cup

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup.  That brings my playoff predictions to 10-5 with my incorrect finals prediction,

I was in downtown Vancouver watching the game at CBC Plaza.  Where I was watching is where the first fire was set in front of the downtown post office.  We left immediately following the game and were likely waiting for the bus home on Hastings Street when the first fire started.  There was a rush of police cars to the scene.  We had to get home and turn on the television before getting the full idea of what had happened.

Onto hockey.

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Khan: Jagr rumor has legs; Red Wings’ unsure about Osgood, Draper; MacDonald gone

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Now things get “interesting” for Red Wings fans. The Free Press’s Helene St. James’s report was titled to suggest that the Red Wings would not bring back Chris Osgood or Kris Draper, but if you get into the actual comments from Ken Holland, here’s what he told St. James:

“Right now, we owe it to ourselves to wait till July 1,” Holland said. “I’ll talk to both players, but so much is unknown right now. We don’t know who is going to be on the market July 1. Is there somebody out there we think brings something we’d like to our team? We owe it to ourselves to look at options. The torch has to be passed. If 40-year-olds aren’t passing the torch, we aren’t going anywhere.”

This suggests that after the Wings, whose braintrust just wrapped up its organizational meetings, find out what Nicklas Lidstrom has planned next week (as reported by the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan), they’re going to wait a bit to decide whether or not to bring back Osgood or Draper, and that’s what Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan:

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