Eric at Off Wing Opinion gives us the run-down of a playoff brawl during the Canucks-Flames game tonight at GM Place. What he doesn't mention is that Ferrence hit Jovanoski in the back of the head, and when Jovo saw who did it, looked at Ferrence as if to say "not even worth it".
In a postscript, Eric says this about Alex Auld, the surprise starter in net for the Canucks:
Alex Auld got the start in net for Vancouver after Johan Hedberg yielded four goals to Calgary in Game Four. He's stopped eight shots in the first period.
Auld looked good except on the first Flames goal, where he went too far past the post after a shot that went wide. (He has a tendency to do this.) He had no chance on the second goal. This might signal to Hedberg that he will either be traded or released at the end of the season. This is not the first time he's lost the confidence of the coach: Crawford once publicly called Hedberg "terrible", though as Tom points out, he quickly apologized to both Hedberg and the team as the latter rose to the former's defense. All that is speculation, of course, and other than one goal where Hedberg was caught cheating in game 4, he couldn't be faulted for the other 3. An
Much better performance from the Canucks than the last time, and I'm even going to say they way outpreformed the Flames. That is, if it wasn't for Kiprusoff. The Canucks are getting the chances but there is not a lot of garbage—and hence not a lot of garbage goals except for the goal tonight that deflected off both Sedins—and Kiprusoff is in the right spot every time. If the Canucks are going to win game 6, it'll be off garbage goals. Otherwise they're letting the best goalie in the league defeat them.
I can't say I'm disappointed with the pace of the game either. The fans at GM Place got their money's worth in terms of excitement. Many people are pointing to the low-scoring affairs in hockey over the last few years, but the fans still come out, especially to the teams that win. I hate to say it but the Canucks fans are bandwagon jumpers. But guess what? So are the fans for every other team. Winning hockey teams sell tickets, period. (The exception to the rule that winning sports clubs sell tickets would have to be the Indiana Pacers of the NBA.) Analysts looking at lower goal totals are looking at the wrong stat: the goal-tenders have markedly improved in the last 20 years, but has the number of shots decreased? The question is less than rhetorical, because observationally, more shots seem to get blocked before they hit the net, so I leave it up to someone else to do the leg work.
Part of what I like so much about shoes on the wire is their muted statement: we can’t reliably glean any concrete message about the thrower’s intentions from the shoes, and have to invent narratives for them if we want an explanation. These shoes include some kind of inscription, but it’s unintelligible to me…holycola.net: Shoes on the wire update: attractors and inscriptions
I just watched the news conference on CTV, and he announced that he is stepping down because he pocketed a ring evidently worth $50,000 while at an auction on Good Friday. He is taking medical leave from his job as Member of Parliament and is seeking therapy for emotional stress. He blames his fall in Galiano in 1997 and his reluctance to take time off for himself (the president of the Burnaby-Douglas NDP constituency association said he and Svend's friends and colleagues had urged Svend to take some time off from his duties as MP) and describes his actions on Good Friday as "irrational". Svend is taking responsibility for his actions, is seeking legal advice and the police are investigating.
One of the reporters on CTV was skeptical that charges would be laid, and Keith Baldrey—the only political analyst in BC I respect—opined that this is totally out of character for Robinson.
In a poll done by Ipsos-Reid for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada and the Council of Canadians, 75% of British Columbians said the Canadian government should keep its share of Petro-Canada in order to maintain Canadian influence and to ensure our energy security for the future.
The poll was done following the Martin government's announcement in the budget that it will sell its part of Petro-Canada. Full poll results are available at www.ipsos-reid.com.
Entering an already tight and competitive market, Ballard Power Systems, one of the most recognizable names in the fuel cell industry, has spread their expertise into the solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter market with the recent unveiling of a 75 kW power converter designed specifically for large solar PV applications. SolarAccess.com: Ballard Breaks into the Solar Inverter Market
Looks like Ballard is expanding beyond just fuel cells.