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There’s the National Hockey League season, short as it was thanks to the lockout. And then there is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. a season in its own that will stretch to the end of June this year.
As a Detroit Red Wings fan, I was relieved that the Wings qualified for the playoffs for the 22nd straight season — the first in the post-Nick Lidstrom era (only four more years til his Hall of Fame induction!). So what if they had to win their final four games, including the final game of the season. So what if they lost their series opener Tuesday in Anaheim. The Wings are in the game, and I’ll be spending some late nights awake watching them play.
The “Hockey Night in Canada” folks do great montages from time to time, and the start of the playoffs is one of the best times. Given that Detroit has won more Stanley Cups (four) over the last decade than any other team, I could stand a little more Red Wings footage. But as the song goes, it’s the “Good Old Hockey Game,” eh?
There are pictures that tell it all.
Wednesday night, Jose Valverde, nicknamed the Big Potato, returned to Detroit to close and save a 7-5 victory over Kansas City. Given that the Tigers had discarded Valverde after his playoff and World Series meltdowns (despite saving 110 of 118 games in three years), his return was just short of Lazarus rising. Nice to see the tongue wagging again!
Over at Joe Louis, LA Kings coach Daryl Suter was making funny faces as his team lost to the suddenly playoff resurgent Detroit Red Wings, 3-1.
All in all, a good night in Detroit.
On the occasion of Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday. I can say proudly that I have taken a Mr. Hockey love tap (ouch!) to the upper arm! Only Jud Heathcote’s love taps compared.
God bless Gordie Howe.
Twitter is seven-years old today (March 21). Does it matter? Really? Is that a question? This is the first day of spring. Twitter was the pathway for the Arab Spring. This terrific video takes you along the path Twitter has taken the world. I trust you’re on that path, too.
Listen to Mike Milbury of NBCSports absolutely trash the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin for this highlight reel of poor play again Philadelphia.
I’ve been meaning to post this video of the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk taking the puck in his own defensive end and skating away from and through the entire Nashville team on Feb. 19 to score a goal. It’s the best end-to-end rush I can remember seeing since a Stanley Cup goal by the New York Islanders’ Bob Bourne back in the early ’80s during the Isles’ four-year Cup run.
Why is it that I watch this short video and I think about journalism?
How about you?
I like to post all (or part) of Martin Luther King‘s “I Have a Dream” speech on MLK Day. I hope everyone listens to the speech at least once a year just to remember why the day is so much more than some business’s furniture sale or some such thing.
This year, President Obama‘s second inauguration fell on the national holiday. Both men do honor to each other.
Got about 20 minutes?
Even if you caught it the first time, President Obama’s second inauguration speech is worth another listen — or a first listen if you missed it.
The theme you will hear repeated is “we the people” — decidedly NOT “me the person.”
Listen and see what you think.
Yahoo! Sport’s Puck Daddy is really Greg Wyshynski, who’s from Lessburg, Va. Greg, a fabulous blogger who’s as much on top of his beat — hockey — as anyone I know, once told me that his only fear was going to bed and missing something!
Here’s a Puck Daddy video that presents 113 things that have changed since last season, which seems forever ago because of the four-month lockout.
Want to see a reporter beat an NHL general manager to the punch when it comes to access to a player? Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic even impressed Coyotes GM Don Maloney with this scoop!