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Versus- Are You Listening?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mr. Kukla, I am writing you at 3:30am to voice a complaint about the Versus broadcast of the Sharks game on Friday night. 

I attended my prom tonight and instead of going to an all night drinking party, a bunch of us couples (yes the girls like hockey too)  headed back to my house to watch the game that I had saved via Directv DVR.  Guess what, no game on VERSUS HD like the NHL.com schedule had listed.  So instead of watching a great game, we were stuck watching golf.

Why did VERSUS do this and if they were going to show the game on the regular VERSUS channel, why didn’t they let us know about it?

Do you have a way I can let them know how badly they messed up my plans, my parents even had food ready for us and we had this all planned out.  Instead, we turned off the DVR and the party broke up earlier than expected.

-Jason

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Clearing Up The Kick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Baker at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Brendan Morrow and everyone affiliated with or cheering for the Dallas Stars is going to say they got robbed of a goal tonight on Morrow’s first disallowed goal. I am going to give a technical analysis of why the goal was disallowed and why it was the correct call. But first lets clear up a few other things.

* Dave Tippett agreed that Morrow gloved the puck into the net on the second disallowed goal. But he did complain that Morrow got cross-checked and there should have been a penalty. What he failed to mention was on the first disallowed goal Morrow should have gotten a goalie interference call. He was totally in the crease and collided with Nabokov, and it wasn’t because Carle pushed him there.

* When talking about adversity and critical moments in a game Tippett also forgot to mention the quick whistle that negated a Marleau goal in game 3.

continued

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Sharks Force Game 6

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Art Spander at Inside Bay Area,

Was this merely a new chapter of an old story? Are the Sharks destined to be frustrating’s champions? Are they always going to lose in the playoffs to a team that finished below them?

Hockey is different, insisted Wilson the coach.

“It’s not football or basketball,” he said, trying to explain his responsibilities. “In hockey it isn’t red left, XYZ, call that play. A hockey coach puts people on the ice who are supposed to know what to do. You teach them to play defense and what you expect is creativity.”

The Sharks may have been creative. What they weren’t until midway in the second period is successful. Dallas was too fast, too aggressive. The Stars did what the Sharks could not do, control the puck, swarm the goalkeeper.

more…

Watch the OT winner by Sharks Joe Pavelski below…

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League Officials Are Idiots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Star-Telegram,

Ugly, unfair, unlucky—how else do you describe Stars captain Brenden Morrow registering a disallowed hat trick?

He slapped, kicked and gloved three pucks across the goal line in Game 5. Only one went on the scoreboard.

The kick is the one up for debate. It was the overturned goal.

“No, absolutely not,” said Stars coach Dave Tippett when asked about Morrow kicking in the goal. “He had no idea where it was. How could he have kicked it? We had two critical calls go against us. I think there is frustration with not winning, but we’re going to use it.”

Let’s just end that debate, shall we? The NHL embarrassed itself by disallowing the goal and with its logic for doing so. Morrow had scored with 4:29 left in the second, the way he usually does. He was in front of the net, locked up with a Sharks defenseman, and the puck went in off of his skate.

This is not against the rules. It is only naughty if the player kicks the goal in. The league ruled he had, thus disallowing the goal. The league officials, of course, are idiots.

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added 4:47pm, As Tony just pointed out, the original link is dead and I found one that replaces it.  Here you go... and yes, text has changed…

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NO HD On Versus Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yes, numerous emails, people screaming, go back to ESPN!

Versus, how can you NOT show a Stanley Cup playoff game in HD?

I don’t want to hear about the commitment to golf… How about the commitment to the fans of the NHL!

You ask numerous hockey bloggers to promote the games, without compensation, so I guess this should not be total surprise.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

“Mike Modano scored one power play goal, one other goal, he’s minus in the series — so it’s Ribeiro that we’re more worried about,” said (Ron) Wilson, who has been a friend of Modano’s since coaching the Dallas center on Team USA in the 1996 World Cup.

Told of Wilson’s comments, Modano first shrugged it off.

“Rightfully so, Mike (Ribeiro) is a great player,” Modano said.

Then he got in a dig of his own when someone semi-jokingly asked Modano his opinion of Wilson’s coaching.

“No, we’re 3-1 and that’s about it,” said Modano, adding later that he enjoys “the banter with Wilson when he gets going a little bit.”

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Price In Goal For Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CBC,

Guy Carbonneau is going back to Carey Price.

The Montreal Canadiens coach told CBC Sports Friday that he will start Price in net for the Habs when they host the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal on Saturday

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Minor Hip Surgery For Gaborik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pioneer Press,

The Wild’s Marian Gaborik underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery on his right hip joint this morning at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., according to team general manager Doug Risebrough.

The Wild sent Gaborik to Dr. Marc J. Philippon, one of the world’s leading orthopedic hip surgeons, who performed the surgery to repair a torn labrum and to relieve some impingement in Gaborik’s right hip.

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What Will Be Jagr’s Legacy?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam McCaig at The Hockey News,

Dear Jaromir: Thanks for the memories…or good riddance?

That’s pretty much how it breaks down when fans discuss the possibility that the 2008 playoffs may be the final NHL action for Rangers superstar Jaromir Jagr.

Because when it comes to Jagr, not many people sit on the fence.  You either love him or you hate him, and you have a multitude of reasons to back up your stance.

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Fans vs Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

On The Hockey Show hosted by the NHL Network Online, hockey fanatic Scott Ferrall encounters the heated rivalry between Flyers and Canadiens fans.  Video is below.

Also, while I’m on the subject of the NHL Network Online, I contacted their technical people this week with a request for more information being made available to those who are encountering technical problems viewing the material. They were working on it already, but responded quickly by letting me know they put this FAQ page up.  It’s a work in progress, but at least it will help troubleshoot some issues when accessing the available media on different computer systems.

Anyway, back to the video…

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