- From the San Jose media:
David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports on the local allegiences of the citizens of St Thomas, Ontario (Joe Thornton's hometown), and the Morning Buzz asks Was a Dead Sharks a Bad Omen?. The San Francisco Chronicle's Ray Ratto examines the adjustments head coach Ron Wilson needs to make for Game 5 in Detroit.
- From the Detroit media:
Mlive reports that Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win may give the Wings the confidence it needs to regain momentum in the series, and boost the production of Robert Lang in particular. The Detroit News republished a column by San Jose's own Mark Purdy Sharks looking in mirror?, and made a case for goaltender Dominik Hasek as the best free agent acquisition in the NHL (Hasek signed for $500,000). DetNews also noted that Tomas Holmstrom was not on the ice for the game winning power play on Wednesday because of a broken skate blade, not an injury, and posted a wide angle photo of Dominik Hasek's celebration at HP Pavilion on the their Wings Blog. The Detroit Free Press notes that defenseman Brett Lebda will not play on Friday, the Kyle Quincey is expected to remain paired with Chris Chelios, and that by calling out Patrick Marleau and Bill Guerin coach Ron Wilson is trying not to repeat history.
- A press release from the San Jose Sharks:
The San Jose Sharks announced today that Game Six
of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Sharks and Red Wings on
Monday, April 7 is TBD at 6 or 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on FSN-HD.
The exact start time is conditional to the New Jersey and
Ottawa game on Saturday evening. Should New Jersey win on Saturday,
there will be a Game Six between Ottawa and New Jersey on Monday. In
this situation, the Sharks and Red Wings game will begin at 7 p.m.
(Pacific). Should Ottawa win the series on Saturday, the Sharks game on Monday will
start at 6 p.m. (Pacific).
- An update yesterday from the Sharks on the status of Bill Guerin: "Day-to-day with a facial laceration, doubtful for Saturday." Guerin was hit in the face with a puck on a deflected shot by Christian Ehrhoff in OT on Wednesday. Guerin did not travel with the team to Michigan.
- Patrick Marleau Reunited With Steve Bernier, Guerin Out For Game 5
Captain Patrick Marleau will be reunited with right wing Steve Bernier when the Sharks take the ice on Saturday afternoon for the crucial Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against the Detroit Red Wings. The series sits knotted at 2-2.
Marleau had been paired with right wing Bill Guerin, but Guerin will be out of the lineup for Game 5 due to a facial laceration that he sustained when he was struck by an errant puck in the late stages of Game 4. He is listed as day-to-day and a timetable for his return has not been set.
- Wings, Sharks putting past playoff failures behind
- Scott Burnside.
- The Detroit Red Wings alltime record in playoff Game 5's: 30-32 (dating back to 1929). Detroit lost to San Jose 4 games to 3 in the 1994 WCQF, and defeated the Sharks 4-0 in the 1995 WCQF.
- The San Jose Sharks had an opportunity to reach a .500 franchise playoff record with a win over Detroit in Game 4. With the loss the Sharks are 51-53 alltime in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Sharks are 15-38-7 alltime vs the Red Wings.
- Make sure to take a look at the statistical analysis by PBP on the excellent From Behind the Mask blog: Sharks - Wings Tale of the Tape after 4 games
After 4 games: shots (SJ-92, DET-135), faceoffs (SJ-46%, DET-54%), blocked shots (SJ-55, DET-33), Shots+Missedshots+blockedshots (SJ-175, DET-245), goalie save percentage (Nabokov .948, Hasek.913).
- Added Hockeybuzz.com's Sharks blogger Ryan Garner to the San Jose blogroll on the right. His latest post takes a critical look
at the Sharks 3-2 overtime loss on Wednesday.
- More on San Jose's loss in game 4: After holding a 2-0 lead, then allowing Tomas Holmstrom to score with 4.5 seconds left in the second period, letting Robert Lang tie the game in the third period with 33.1 seconds left, and giving Mathieu Schnieder the opportunity to score the game winner on a failed clearing attempt, that was about as bad of a playoff loss as it gets. That being said, it was still only one game. The question for the Sharks before game 5 is can they expunge that loss from memory, and can they rebound to play 60 full minutes of their style hockey, instead of taking a lead and playing not to lose?
- Ron Wilson added Mark Bell to the lineup for game 2, Joe Pavelski for game 3, and Mark Smith for game 4. With Bill Guerin missing from the lineup in game 5 there could be two slots for adjustment.
- I did not witness the event, but apparently a 3-foot leopard shark
was thrown on the ice after Jonathan Cheechoo's goal on Wednesday night.
- In addition to 27 consecutive sellouts
to end the regular season, 36 of 41 overall, the Sharks have sold out 4 consecutive playoff games. The last time there was an available Sharks ticket was December 11th against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The San Jose Sharks announced that tickets
for Game 6 (Game "G") of the 2007 Western Conference Semi Finals to be
played at HP Pavilion at San Jose on Monday, May 7, will go on sale to
the general public on Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. Due to the limited
number of tickets available, individuals will be allowed to purchase up
to two tickets TOTAL.
- Versus sent in a gross of black and grey "NHL Playoffs on Versus" shirts to hand out to hockey fans. A few dozen fans went home Wednesday with a cool souvenir, the rest will be given out at game 6 on Monday. There also might be a contest for fans to recount their favorite moment of the NHL playoffs for a few Versus prize packs. The playoff gear was sponsored by the Best Playoff Moments of Alltime
micro-site on Versus.com.
- You may have noticed the photo gallery
from game 4 looked a little different than those of the past. Nikon sent me a d80 DSLR and a 18-135mm lens to tryout for a year. I had the walk from 2nd street to HP Pavilion to adjust all of the settings for the first time. Look for a full review of the d80 after the NHL playoffs, and after I can attend a few different events. Nikon also offered a walk through of the camera with a member of their team, so I will ask a few of the more difficult questions most photographers have asked me about: setting white balance, exposure compensation, bracketing, etc. Nikon had an earlier advertising campaign where it gave d80's to a few select photographers on flickr.com, and the results were impressive
(large PDF file). It was one of my favorite advertising campaigns of the year.
- The Washington Captials continue their expansion of hockey coverage by sending 4 reporters to write about the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Moscow, Russia. The reporting from Moscow is available on washingtoncaps.com/worlds
, and from the first post it looks like Capitals owner Ted Leonsis drafted a few bloggers from On Frozen Blog
to write about the World Championships.
Thanks to Paul Kukla
of Kukla's Korner for the link, and for an update on a possibly imminent IIHF agreement on player transfers
between Russia and the NHL. The Washington Capitals also partnered with Clearspring Technologies
to deliver audio, video and written content.
- Bloggers On A Rocket To Russia
- Offwing.com. Just a note, my first online video Pavel Bure - Rocket Ride
has hit 10,000+ viewers on Youtube. If I can get access to more clips from the Florida Panthers or New York Rangers I may make a second version.
- O Captain, My Captain: Doan leads Canada past Belarus
Canadian captain Shane Doan's actions spoke louder than words on Friday afternoon in Moscow, as he led his team to a 6-3 win over Belarus with a natural hat trick in a span of 6:35 in the second period. His goals came shorthanded, on the power play, and at even strength. The win leaves Canada atop Group F with nine points...
"It shows you the level of professional [Doan] is, by shelving everything that was going on and going out and leading us by example tonight," said Canadian forward Mike Cammalleri, alluding to the recent controversy in the Canadian Parliament about Doan's appointment as team captain. "We have a live feed of the Canadian media at our hotel, so we've been aware of what's going on."
- The remaining webcast schedule for the 2007 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships from Moscow, Russia on wcsn.com
($4.95 for the entire month) is available here:
Friday, May 4
1C vs. 3B: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
4B vs. 4C: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
1D vs. 3A: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
4A vs. 4D: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 5
2A vs. 3D: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
2B vs. 2C: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
2D vs. 3A: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
1B vs. 2C: Watch LIVE at 1215 p.m. ET
Sunday, May 6
4A vs. 4B: Watch LIVE at 4:15 a.m. ET
4D vs. 4C: Watch LIVE at 4:15 a.m. ET
1D vs. 2A: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
2C vs. 3B: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
1A vs. 2D: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
1B vs. 1C: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
Monday, May 7
4B vs. 4D: Watch LIVE at 4:15 a.m. ET
4C vs. 4A: Watch LIVE at 4:15 a.m. ET
3A vs. 3D: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
3B vs. 3C: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
1A vs. 1D: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
1C vs. 2B: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
Wednesday, May 9
E1 vs. F4: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
E2 vs. F3: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
Thursday, May 10
F1 vs. E4: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
F2 vs. E3: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 12
W(E1-F4) vs. W(F2-E3) Watch LIVE at 7:15 a.m. ET
W(F1-E4) vs. W(E2-F3) Watch LIVE at 11:15 a.m. ET
Sunday, May 13
Consolation match: Watch LIVE at 8:15 a.m. ET
Championship: Watch LIVE at 12:15 p.m. ET
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[Update] Scotty Bowman: Hockey world's most knowledgeable blogger
- Eric Duhatschek.
The hockey world's most knowledgeable blogger, Scotty Bowman, turned at the HP Pavilion Tuesday morning for the Detroit Red Wings optional skate. Though retired, Bowman remains a consultant to the Red Wings' staff and he spent a good 15 minutes or so visiting with coach Mike Babcock before practice, mostly talking about the gridlock that has punctuated this and other NHL playoff series to date. "Whatever happened to the new NHL?" said Bowman...
The NHL asked Bowman to offer his thoughts on the playoffs in a once or twice a week blog. He actually has a ghost blogger, who calls and transcribes his thoughts. Bowman has never met his blogger, but says: "He's a big Rangers fan, so I've got to be careful. The Devils don't get a tumble. He was so excited after (the Game 3 win over Buffalo) he called me about an hour after the game."
[Update2] The new NHL Fanhouse
from AOL has put together a who's-who of opinionated hockey bloggers. The latest Sharks Fanhouse posts range from calling Bill Guerin "An Expensive Piece of Playoff Furniture
", to Ron Wilson's use of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
as a motivational tool, to Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle calling Anaheim "the hockey capital of the West Coast
Bring it Anaheim
, is that the best you got?
[Update3] For movies as motivational tools there is only one option, Glengary GlenRoss
. As seen here during the 2004 Western Conference Finals with Calgary; Stanley Cups are for Closers Only