The Dump and Chase – 04/20/2011

Sharks overcome four goal deficit to take Game 3 in OT

The San Jose Sharks turned the hockey world on its head by rallying back from a four goal deficit in the second period, sending Game 3 into extra time. Devin Setoguchi would seal it just over three minutes into OT, giving the Sharks a 2-1 series lead. Patrick Marleau rose from the grave to open the scoring for San Jose in the second frame, while Ryane Clowe added two goals of his own in the improbable comeback.

The Sharks looked like they were primed to begin a post-season collapse after surrendering two goals in a span of 13-seconds in the first period, and things didn’t look any more promising when Michal Handzus closed the frame with a goal and Brad Richardson opened the second with another Kings marker.

The question now is will the Sharks go back to Antti Niemi in goal for Game 4? Niemi was pulled after allowing four goals on ten shots in just over 20 minutes of action. Antero Niittymaki stopped 11 of 12 shots face to earn the win.

NHL announces new deal with NBC/Versus

The Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin on the 10-year $2-billion deal struck between the NHL and NBC/Comcast:

The new additional platforms on NBC/Comcast will make the NHL a large fish in a smaller pond compared to being swamped in ESPN’s vast network of properties. The NHL hopes to extend its brand across the range of NBC/Comcast properties including Golf Channel, E Entertainment, MSNBC and Bravo.

Jon Litner, president of Comcast SportsNet, believes that the sport’s demographics helped seal the deal. “Hockey has the most attractive young male demo,” he said Tuesday. “and advertisers known that.” NBC also cited a ratings rise of over 84 per cent nationally in the league’s overall ratings since 2007.

Canadian TV rights expire at the end of the 2013-14 season. It’s believed that in the current frenzied competition between Canadian telcos for properties and rights the rights fees could equal the $200-million per year figure of the NHL’s U.S deal. That figure would no doubt squeeze out CBC, the current rights holder, which cannot amortize such a large payment across a secondary business — as the telcos can.

Penguins tops, Panthers at the bottom in local TV ratings

For the fourth consecutive season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have emerged as the NHL’s top local draw in terms of American television ratings. According to a list published by Sports Business Journal, the Penguins reached an average of 101,000 households per game – while the Florida Panthers registered the league’s lowest ratings, reaching an average of just 3,000 homes per game. The Atlanta Thrashers and Phoenix Coyotes reached an average of 6,000 and 9,000 households per night, respectively. It should be noted that data was not available for the league’s six Canadian franchises, as well as the Hurricanes and Predators.

Wife of Vincent Damphousse facing charges of assault and theft

In a strange story that took a turn for the bizarre, the wife of former NHL star Vincent Damphousse is facing a charge for assaulting the five time 30-goal scorer. Allana Damphousse is also facing a charge of theft under $5,000.

A look at reported face-off locations or: an infrared look through the eyes of Predator

BehindTheNet turns out a readout of reported faceoff locations over the past ten seasons, and it would appear that there’s an epidemic of ‘phantom’ face-off locations being recorded.

‘Official’ map of an NHL rink

Down Goes Brown offers an interpretation of an NHL rink complete with markings for “The Hitting Zone (aka Thunderdome” behind the net, as well as “The defensive side of the redline. Where no Kessel has ever been”. Hilariousness!

An evolution in fan interaction: spectator joins hockey fight

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