Unlike other weekday games, the anticipation isn’t salved by the diversions of the workaday life. But because our Canadian cousins had their summer-starting holiday last week, the league refuses to drop the puck in the afternoon, as they would had the game been on an actual Sunday as opposed to a feels-like Sunday.
So here we are, six hours before the puck drops on Game Six in Detroit —the NHL couldn’t even use the one advantage of Eastern time and start this one early — and hairs are being yanked out across Conference III territory, bald spots appearing from Bald Mountain to the Bald Mountains.
You need to get your mind off the game, lest you wake up Tuesday morning Getzlaffed from the pressure.
As a public service, III Communication has 12 projects, a half-hour each, to keep your mind off the game.
A recap of tonight’s Conference III playoff action with help from the geniuses at SportsYapper:
Uh-oh. Kindl fired.
IMPORTANT: “ie – Jordan or Cutler.”
What is a sweer?
Dan Cleary fills an empty.
The Colorado Avalanche have officially hired Patrick Roy as head coach, re-uniting him with Joe Sakic in the Mile High City.
We don’t engage in much speculation here, but yesterday on a radio hit in Nashville, new Predators assistant Phil Housley gushed about the chemistry Paul Stastny and Craig Smith had at the World Championships. Meanwhile, Roy coached erstwhile Predator Alexander Radulov. Seeds of a deal?
Probably not. Enjoy Serge and Brigitte:
In his last second-period intermission interview of the 2013 season, Predators associate coach Peter Horachek wrapped things up as he usually did — by praising, with a hogshead of faux-sarcasm for the questions asked by Pete Weber and Terry Crisp. I know that seems either tautological or oxymoronic, but he is acting like the praise is sarcastic as a joke on his reputation for having disdain for Pete and Terry’s questions.
But then he said something to the effect of “And for J.R. and everyone else out there, I’ve got the gravel all ready for the summer.”
At that moment, a man who had long been a punchline — unknowingly at first and always treated lovingly — gave a big fat wink to the crowd in on the joke, letting them know he was in on it, too.
It was as if a character became ever more cognizant he was a character and then finally acknowledged his author.
And, in this case, that marked the end of the character. Peter Horachek was fired by the Predators, — by phone! —for reasons I don’t fully comprehend (and neither did he), unless someone at the top said someone had to go and decided it would be the second-in-command.
But Peter Horachek wasn’t just a character, of course. He was an actual person with an actual job (at various times in his career with the Predators, he’d been in charge of the power play and/or the defensemen). And his departure from the Preds means, at least for the time being, one of Conference III’s Three-ist men is unemployed.
But let’s go back to the beginning.
This week, J.R. joined C.T. and Fork for Hockee Night’s PUCKCAST. It was a good time. To quote my hosts, we talked about:
As always, direct inquiries to conferencethree[at]gmail[dot]com or tweets to @jrlind.
A recap of today’s Conference III playoff action with help from the geniuses at SportsYapper:
Detroit 4, Chicago 1: Plenty of confidence from Chicago pregame with a 1-0 series lead and priorities straight. But how that confidence faded with “suspicious” “non-calls” early on. And all that confidence seemed justified when Patrick Kane scored first.
Do the Wings have the ‘Hawks on the run?