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    Yes, they kept the jumbotron camera on him for a long time -- I'd say 40 to 50 seconds or more, but he wasn't looking at the camera or the big screen. People all around him were yelling, banging the glass, etc., trying to get him to look up at the Jumbotron and acknowledge the birthday greetings. He finally did and by that time I do believe, unfortunately for him, the puck was in play... And to all you knocking Tripp as some sort of mental midget, part of it may be just an act. The guy was a goaltender for four years at Harvard University, which I understand is a pretty good school... :wink:
  2. I agree with cheapseats, Esche was the huge difference. And the crowd was very, very energetic...almost playoff intensity.I'm as disappointed as any in the outcome, but thought this was just one of those games where we clearly outplayed the other team and didn't get the result. A bad, bad turnover by Brindy for a breakaway goal and a misplayed puck behind the net by Ward for two goals. Esche, on the other hand, saved (at least) two goals with his back.
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    The players seem to like him and I think he's at his best in player interviews, often able to get an amusing remark if not something insightful. In fact, when he interviews opposing team players, they seem to be receptive to Tripp as well (smiling, talkative) more so than other broadcasters get with in opposing player interviews I see on Center Ice. The exception was Tripp's interview of Serge Federov last year. I thought Federov was going to kill Tripp...it was so awkward for Tripp, but most amusing to watch!
  4. Given the short off-season, the less than favorable first half schedule, and the incredible amount of injuries, I am reasonably pleased with a 5th place conference standing. The off-season moves of trading Oleg and Joe were of modest benefit, Walker in particular has been productive and good for team chemistry. All in all, I'd give a grade around a B or B+.
  5. Last season, the notice didn't go out to season ticket holders about the lithograph until January 12th. So, we should be hearing something on that front soon. Any ideas on who the player depicted on the litho will be? Based on trying to figure out the rationale for the first five in the series, my guess would be Erik Cole. Any other guesses or does any one know?
  6. Christmas greetings to all. Here's a question, best hockey movie to watch (or receive as a gift) for Christmas? My picks are: For kids: The Mighty Ducks For all: Miracle For adults: Slap Shot (with Mystery, Alaska as second choice) For the Caniac: 2006 Stanley Cup DVD -- watched it last night for like the 15th time...!
  7. I sure hope this silly thing doesn't come to a vote. The six divisions now are pretty compact geographically and play eight games versus each other ... how will these bigger divisions "save" travel costs? While I would like to see it worked out where more interconference play can occur, I think the current division structure is just beginning to show promise.
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    Oh yes, I thought they looked familiar. They were discussing making one of the figures of a Hurricane (I am not sure who) a while back, I dont know if it's in the process or if they came out with it yet. I like to collect the Montreal Canadiens ones though, I don't have to do any fixing to them because there are so many and they're beautiful =] The ones you made though are very nice aswell, you did a fantastic job! ive done a custom patrick roy in a canadiens jersey....they were supposed to do a eric staal but they postponed doing the figure. According to the latest I could find on the Macfarlane website, Eric Staal is supposed to be released with the "NHL 15" series slated to hit the shelves in late June 2007.
  9. Just players and coaches....for the players use home jersey (for the red cards) and away jersey shots (black cards) that should get you pretty close to a full deck.
  10. The person who sits in front of me at the games also calls Tanabe snuggles. Where did he get that name? Those who think Tanabe plays too soft for an NHL defenseman call him that. Others, based on his career -53 career +/- ratio and other factors derisively refer to him as "avi Tanabe" because he has no "D".
  11. I agree with colesy, I can't believe the hammering of Walker on this. He was trying to flip a pass to an open Whitney for a play that would have certainly resulted in a good opportunity to win the game. Did he execute? No, and that's fine to criticize, I suppose. But he has, in most respects, been our most consistently good forward all season. For me, I'd much rather have a guy take a penalty for something that would win the game as opposed to the multitude of 'lazy' penalties we took in this game and have throughout the season. If we needed those, we'd have re-signed Sean Hill.
  12. For whatever reason, the Internet Hockey Database link posted earlier didn't work for me -- sent me to an "archive" version that wouldn't let me pull up stats. If anyone else had that issue, see if this works: http://www.hockeydb.com/ Also, NHL.com has more complete stats than IHDB, but only going back as far as the 2001-2002 season. As far as having a great guide by your easy chair when watching games, nothing beats the NHL Official Guide and Record Book. Available at major bookstores or for about $16.50 at Amazon.com, it is full of complete stats for all current players AND prospects and summary stats for retired players as well as having all the team and individual regular season and playoff records. I've found it useful for checking on players that I'm not that familiar with during games. Plus, the 2007 edition has the photo of Brindy hoisting the Cup on the cover!
  13. I will give the aforementioned "Snuggles" his due when earned: I thought he played reasonably well yesterday. In limited ice time, an even +/-, a couple of shots, a block, and one pretty good hit. I thought he played pretty well in his last game before this as well (the one at Boston). I’d say Gleason has been our worst defenseman so far. Slapshot earlier posted the team difficulties captured in a nutshell: the weak Power Play. I agree, just a slightly better PP would make a big difference in our win-losses so far. Stillman’s return should help there and Frank later. Another factor, the games when we’ve been at our worst seem to be caused by a weak forecheck and forwards that don’t think they have to skate back and play defense. Staal and Williams are most guilty of this. On the surface, when the opponent scores, it’s easy to blame the defenseman or goalie, but look at the full play and you may reach a different conclusion. As for the defenseman, it would be nice if they could light the lamp once in a while! Only two or our eight rotating d-men have more than one goal (Commie and Hutch with 3). Four of ‘em have goose eggs. I am disappointed with the consistency of this team, but I’ve seen enough “good†from this team this season to not be too worried.
  14. All of 'em are a little different. Whitney comes out to near mid-ice sometimes while Brindy barely gets both of his skates on the ice!
  15. :shock: I don't think you quite understand the level of hatred the Flames and Oilers have for each other. Yes, indeed, the Calgary vs. Edmonton hatred is like Duke vs. UNC vs. NCSU here in the Triangle!! I'll tell a little story, during the finals last year we were seated next to some Edmonton fans (great fans and people, by the way) that came down from Alberta for the game. For those who went to the playoffs, you'll remember that during the second period intermission before the Canes took the ice they would play the “Let’s Go Canes†song being sung by various fans and celebrities (John Forslund, Ron Francis, Alex Trebek, etc.). Well, when UNC Coach Roy Williams was shown the NC State fans let out a loud chorus of boo’s….as happened during every game. The Edmonton fans leaned over to me and asked, “Who is that man?†I said, “Roy Williams, he is the basketball coach for the University of North Carolina." “Why do they boo him? He was singing for the Canes??†I replied, “A lot of people here like North Carolina State University.†“But,†he asked, even more confused, “isn’t it all North Carolina?†That’s when I was able to put it in perspective for him, “It’s like in Alberta between the Flames and you.†“Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!†they said laughing!
  16. Regarding Cole's off-ice efforts, it was on the Jumbotron last night that he and Staal helped out yesterday with the TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition as they were filming a project in Raleigh. Did anyone else see that or have more info about what they did?
  17. Probably here is as good a place to post this as any: On ESPN's NHL page, the SportsNation poll is "Who is your front-runner for the Hart Trophy?" Brindy is on the list, but ranks 4th in the voting, though as of now he's only two percentage points behind Niedermayer for third. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/index
  18. bag12day wrote: bagger, I showed some teeth with that one!
  19. I like the one of the two Bruins' practically linking their sticks to trip Kevin Adams...another tripping call not made. :|
  20. A season's worth of highlight goals in these last two games, I agree. When he's on his game, Erik's on the very short list of those around the league that are just fun to watch.
  21. I laughed when I read this quote by Boston goalie Thomas in the NHL.com recap of tonight's game:
  22. It was mentioned on one of the other threads that the Canes are only carrying 22 on their active roster, while the limit is 23. So Stillman's return won't bump anyone off the roster. Though OldAndSlow may be correct in that K.Adams may be joining Tannabe as a steady healthy scratch.
  23. This is my third year with Center Ice. Well, fourth actually...I was silly enough to pre-order prior to the lockout season!! Then Time-Warner screwed up my refund...long story :evil: Anyway, it is great to know that even when there's nothing on TV, you can always find a hockey game. I did run into a little trouble though when Mrs. Storm found out how much it cost. 8)
  24. Yeah, WTP, now that you've jumped on the Canes' bandwagon with your new sig., you'll be buying a boatload of 'em at the Eye....
  25. I think this is the link you're looking for; it has various shots of the new mask and Cam's explanation of what's what: http://www.nickelback.com/nb/index.php?opt...id=454&Itemid=3
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