Pavelski Lifts Sharks in OT
Joe Pavelski put the San Jose Sharks on his back many a night last spring when the club stormed to the Western Conference Final, and he picked up where he left off last year by burying the Kings in OT on Thursday. The trio of Pavelski, Torrey Mitchell, and Kyle Wellwood looked like San Jose’s best line in Game 1, although Ryane Clowe’s play and 3-assists give his line a strong case. Anyroad, hello post-season OT – it’s nice to have you back.
Schenn Sent to Manchester
Dean Lombardi and the L.A. Kings elected to call-up Brayden Schenn, but they’ve chosen to plop him in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs for the time being. Lombardi on the decision, via L.A. Kings Insider:
“I just think it’s the best place for him to start right now. It’s not like we can’t recall him. He just spent 10 hours on a bus, coming back from that (playoff) game last night, so it’s not really practical to even consider playing here right now, in fairness to him. And actually, in terms of where his development is, it still is the best thing for him. In terms of the team right now, I’m not sure it’s fair to think he’s going to be able to go out there and play at this level. I talked to him at 10 o’clock this morning, and his bus was just getting home. He was just getting in. He had to return my call, because he was just getting off the bus. He had to sleep all day.”
Winnipeg Season Ticket Drive Smells Like Hamilton
Stop me when this sounds familiar: a prospective ownership group intends to ignite a season ticket campaign in a Canadian market in an effort to prove they’re serious about hockey. The Winnipeg Free Press first reported that True North Sports and Entertainment may launch a season ticket purchase campaign to prove that the city of Winnipeg can support a team.
Blues Break Own Cable TV Rating Record
Despite a disappointing season and some ongoing ownership issues, the St. Louis Blues pulled in quite a television audience. The Blues bested their previous TV rating record set back in 1995-96. Via Post-Dispatch:
The rating was fifth-best rating by any U.S.-based NHL team, and the four above them made the playoffs.
According to The Nielsen Co., 3.1 percent of homes in the market tuned in on average to Blues telecasts on Fox Sports Midwest, the second year that outlet has been the sole provider of the team’s local TV coverage. The previous record was 2.9, set in 1995-96 — when the Blues began utilizing cable. Games then were on Prime Sports, FSM’s predecessor.
Stoll Smacks Ian White on Controversial Hit
Stoll with a questionable one on Ian White, no penalty on the call. Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy pointed out the stare job Stoll gives White after flattening him – was it concern or creepiness? We’ll side on the creepy.