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“No” To Wave In San Jose

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from the Mercury News,

With about seven minutes left in the game, the whole arena started doing the wave during playing time! This was very inconsiderate, since it is often hard to see around the persons sitting in front of you. Now we had the whole section standing in front of me, blocking my view of the ice. The couple behind me were voicing their displeasure also. I have no doubt there were others who must have felt of same way.
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Niittymaki’s Job To Lose

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from Philly Burbs,

While Ken Hitchcock is trying to say all the politically correct things about having two competent goalies at his disposal, he's clearly giving Antero Niittymaki the keys to the car for this season. If the Finn can't keep it on the road, there's always Robert Esche as the fallback position. Those who follow the Flyers might have their own secret conspiracy theories. Like maybe Hitchcock is using this little streak of games simply as a motivating tool for Esche. Maybe deep down he has more faith in Esche and figures he can afford to play mind games in October.
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The Pads Problem

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from the Vancouver Province,

It's not uncommon for goalies to flash new pads in games shortly after unwrapping them but when asked post-game if he got caught leaning on the Sharks second goal -- a bad angle shot on which he looked out of sorts -- Luongo responded: "I wasn't feeling too comfortable with the new pads, to be honest with you. I felt good in practice with them, but in the first it was not going great and I don't know if that had anything to do with that goal or not, but I switched back to the other ones." After donning his old, more-comfortable leg pads, Luongo didn't fare much better. The tone was set early for the superstar and it lasted a full 60 minutes. Luongo was clearly frustrated after the game that he wasn't able to make the huge save when it was needed most, notably on breakaways by third-line checkers Curtis Brown and Mike Grier
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Wave That Towel

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from the NY Times,

Towel Man’s celebration routine after Blues goals has made him a linen legend in St. Louis. In the past 16 years, Towel Man has become as much a celebrity as Wayne Gretzky, MacInnis and Hull. “Towel Man has become my alter ego,” said Ron Baechle, 47, a commercial artist who lives with his wife, Mary, and three children in St. Louis. “I enjoy getting fellow fans and the players motivated, and as long as I’m having fun doing it, I’ll keep doing it.” After the Blues score, the Towel Man, who is perched high in Section 314 Row E Seat 13, begins frantically waving a towel bearing his likeness and making his way down a staircase, then stands on a railing.
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Letowski Knocked Unconscious

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via the AP,

Carolina Hurricanes forward Trevor Letowski was carried off the ice on a stretcher after apparently being knocked unconscious by a hit from Pittsburgh's Colby Armstrong in the first period Saturday night. Letowski was skating up ice from the Hurricanes' end when he made a drop pass to teammate Eric Belanger between the circles. Moments after he made the pass, and skating with his head turned in the opposite direction, Letowski was checked hard by Armstrong. Armstrong's shoulder clipped Letowski in the head, causing Letowski to drop limply to the ice. The hit appeared to be clean and no penalty was called. Letowski landed face down on the ice at the top of the slot and lay motionless for several minutes. After being attended to by the team's medical staff, he raised his head slightly and a pool of blood could be seen on the ice. After he was lifted onto a backboard and then a stretcher, Letowski had his neck placed in a brace before he was taken to a nearby hospital.

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Inside Slap Shot

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Danny Belisle on his part in Slap Shot from Evan Weiner of NHL.com,

The way the scene took place, the director, George Roy Hill, told the two teams and, of course, Paul Newman was on the opposing team. He just said, 'this is going to be the fight scene. Just pair off, you guys know what to do and the guys who don't sort of help one another.' Of course, we weren't assigned dancing partners and I knew if I could get to Paul Newman, I'd get my little nose in the movie. "So I outfoxed a few of the other players and I got to Paul Newman. The battle went on for about four and a half hours, it was that many takes. It seems like a 100 takes. We started off the fight with Paul Newman sitting on my chest. It was a long morning for me." Did Paul Newman know how to dance? The short answer according to Belisle was no. "No, not really," laughed Belisle. "I was never, ever any fighter and he knew less than me. He had to win, that was the sad part. Meanwhile, I got a few bruises, I had to take all the punches and that's the way it was set up."
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Bonding Trips

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from Camwest News Service via the Vancouver Sun,

A good teammate will help you move. A great teammate will help you move a body. With this (or perhaps something less heinous) in mind, National Hockey League coaches are employing more and more artificial means to ensure their players progress from good to great. These outings are broadly grouped together as "team-building" exercises and, quite frankly, far too much is made of them. For instance, San Jose's Ron Wilson took his team curling in Banff recently.
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Sharkspage Talks Streaming

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PJ writes...

The technology to air games became ubiquitous, but a glut of pipeline built to fuel a non-sustaining .Com boom caused the price of bandwidth to plummet. The expectant pay-per-view video models eventually gave way to the occasional ad-supported, and even free video streaming ventures. That is exactly where hockey video streaming finds itself now.
read on for much more... If you have questions regarding the streaming and videos of NHL play, you may find an answer...

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One Up, One Down

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

TSN tried something new, even mildly revolutionary Friday night for its Buffalo Sabres-Detroit Red Wings telecast. Instead of having the play-by-play team of Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire set up, side by side, to call the game, they went off in different directions. Miller took his spot in the broadcast booth at the Joe Louis Arena, but McGuire worked at ice level between the two benches. In addition to providing game analysis, he reported on developments at the benches and on the ice. This was the first time that a two-man hockey broadcast team called a game from separate locations, although NBC employs a third broadcaster rinkside for its game telecasts.
continued Did anyone watch? Was it any different than both guys being in the booth?

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Authentic Orr

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from the Vancouver Sun,

To cheer him up, a family friend gave him a Bobby Orr hockey sweater. But not a store-bought sweater, a real one, worn by Orr in road games with the Boston Bruins during the 1968-69 season. Joyce has had the sweater in his closet for decades. Last March, he heard about a sports memorabilia show at the Croatian Cultural Centre. A Montreal firm that had auctioned off Jean Beliveau's personal collection for over $1 million US was going to be there looking for memorabilia -- and the same company had sold a game worn Bobby Orr jersey for $150,000 US. So Joyce went down to meet them. He went up to dealer's table, took the Orr sweater out of a bag and said "Can you look at this?" The guy he handed it to literally started shaking with excitement. A buzz went round the room, and they were instantly surrounded by fans looking to see one of hockey's holy grails.
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