The Canadiens will be back in Montreal tonight for game three of the Stanley Cup finals, looking for their first win of the series. Conventional wisdom is writing them off. The Lightning are overwhelming favorites among bookmakers. On Sportsnet’s Hockey Central today, Nick Alberga and Justin Bourne rhetorically asked “Are the Habs Toast?” (And answered: … More
A Seattle correspondent provides these photographs of the Kraken’s Northgate practice rink in its current state: As he was leaving, someone at the site let him know he was definitely not supposed to have been there without boots, hard hat, training, or authorization. So enjoy these pictures, but don’t go wandering over there to snap … More
One of the pleasures of playoff time is getting to hear broadcast crews you’ve never heard before from all around the league. The variety itself is enjoyable, but there’s no denying some of what varies is the enjoyability. At one end of my personal taste scale is Bob Kurtz, the play-by-play voice of Las Vegas’s … More
Dick’s, Seattle’s homegrown burger chain, pays tribute to the new hockey club in town with a pair of “Ice Blue Legends” sweaters. Available in home and away color schemes at the Dick’s Drive In store online, each jersey bears the number 54, for the year the first Dick’s Drive-In opened in Wallingford. These jerseys are … More
After last month’s “blockbuster” deadline deal with the Capitals, it’s a little easier for Red Wings fans to picture how a rebuilt Detroit team might look. But when the Wings are contenders again, how’s Little Caesars Arena going to sound? Veteran shock rocker and Motor City native Alice Cooper has a modest suggestion. “Go Wings … More
Brian Burke, former GM in Hartford, Vancouver, Anaheim, and Toronto, and pride of PC* is Pittsburgh’s new President of Hockey Operations. Last week, Sportsnet posted this endearing little animated interview with him about his entrée into the Slap Shot era of minor league pro hockey. Enjoy: *Never forget the Providence College Friar consistently ranks among … More
Detroit’s up-and-coming forward Givani Smith recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick tonight in a 4-1 win against the Panthers. “I never heard of it,” he told reporters after the game. “I’m not sure what it is.” It is, of course, a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game. A New York writer … More
Eight years ago tomorrow, on February 8th, 2013, an Andean condor named Queen Victoria escaped her handler during the pregame proceedings at a Bakersfield Condors game, delighting the crowd by strolling freely around the rink for a few moments before hopping into the home bench and heading for the locker room. Kudos to the evening’s … More
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