|Kerry Fraser on D&C: ‘Nobody came to the aid of Daniel Sedin’||06.15.11 at 11:04 am ET|
Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to offer his thoughts from a referee’s viewpoint on the Stanley Cup finals. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
‘This is not a typical series, certainly not a typical Stanley Cup final,” Fraser said. “We’ve seen such crazy, bizarre things go on, and the officials have certainly been under a lot of scrutiny. There has been some inconsistencies for sure, from my perspective. They need to make sure they are well prepared and call that first penalty that happens, otherwise they’re going to be batting uphill all night.’
Fraser was asked about Game 7s and if the referees don’t call as many penalties as in other games.
‘It’s got to be imagined,” he said of that perception. “The players will dictate what the officials do and how they respond. That being said, the officials have to respond appropriately. I found in most Game 7s, the players just want to play. All the stuff that happened in the previous six games is over, it’s forgotten, now it’s do or die. … This is the kind of game where one call, one penalty can make a huge difference in the outcome of the game.”
When asked about the Johnny Boychuk hit that knocked out Mason Raymond for the rest of the series, Fraser said he didn’t feel like it was deserving of a suspension. “The Vancouver fans are furious,” Fraser said. “That was a normal, acceptable kind of play. Twenty seconds in, Johnny fork-hooked the legs of Raymond. It should have been a two-minute hooking or interference penalty. That was it. Once he turned him and their momentum carried him into the boards, it was an awkward position, that’s all it was. There was no suspension deserved.”
|Game 7 countdown, 10 a.m.: No violence toward Green Men in Game 6||06.15.11 at 10:08 am ET|
The Green Men duo ‘ Force and Sully ‘ made it through Game 6 at TD Garden without any incident.
“The Bruins were up 4-0 after 10 minutes, they were just so focused on the fact that they were going to go to Game 7, they were kind of leaving us alone,” Force said. “There was no threats of violence, no beer throwing.”
The duo was amused at the fact that every time a Canucks fan exited the building Bruins fans gave them a standing ovation.
“We really thought the Canucks were going to take it home, and when you’re out of the game only 10 minutes in, it’s really deflating to know you’re going to have to sit there and watch these guys get pummeled for another two hours,” Force said.
|Game 6 countdown, 6 p.m.: Inside the numbers||06.13.11 at 6:00 pm ET|
With Game 6 fast approaching here are a few notable statistics regarding the series and Stanley Cup finals history that could play a role in Monday night’s game:
– The team that has scored first has won each of the first five games of the series.
– The last time the home team won every game of the Stanley Cup finals was in 2003 when the Devils beat the Ducks in seven games.
– The Bruins are 7-0 in the playoffs when Brad Marchand scores.
– Since 1989, six Stanley Cup finals series have been won in six games. All of the clinching games have been won on the road.
– The last four times a team won the Stanley Cup in Game 6, all games were decided by one goal, with three games going into overtime.
– Only two teams since 1939 have won Games 6 and 7, with Game 7 being on the road in the Stanley Cup finals. They are the Canadians in 1971 and the Penguins in 2009.
|Game 6 countdown, 5 p.m.: How will Vancouver watch?||06.13.11 at 5:01 pm ET|
Vancouver will once again see its people flock to the streets tonight to view Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. The city of Vancouver is closing many streets in anticipation of all the people that will take to the streets to watch the game outdoors.
Friday night’s Game 5 drew more than 100,000 people to downtown Vancouver to watch the game on three large televisions at three outdoor viewing locations. Two dozen people were arrested, mostly for breach of peace and public intoxication.
‘Our fan zones have been a big hit downtown throughout the playoffs, and we want to keep the positive celebrations going,” Mayor Gregor Robertson wrote in a statement.
There have also been other outdoor viewing locations outside of the city of Vancouver, which have drawn thousands of people. It was a rainy day Monday in Vancouver, which could effect the number of people who attend the outdoor viewing parties Monday night.
Fans can also watch the game at Rogers Arena, the home of the Canucks, for $10, with net proceeds going to charity.
|Game 6 countdown, 4 p.m.: What are the hockey experts saying?||06.13.11 at 4:01 pm ET|
With Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals getting closer and closer here is a look at what a few of the hockey experts are saying:
TSN’s Bob McKenzie writes that is has been a ‘bizarre’ Stanley Cup finals. McKenzie has been surprised with just how unruly things have gotten and also writes how he spoke to a referee and he too was surprised at how on edge the players have been. He also writes about how special teams have played a key role in the series and the challenge the Canucks face playing in Boston.
Jeff Klein, of the New York Times, examines just how close the Canucks are to claiming their first Stanley Cup in 41 years of existence. He writes the celebration would rival the celebration that followed the 2010 Winter Olympics gold-medal game held in Vancouver.
Helene Elliott of the LA Times writes how even though the Bruins have dominated the majority of the statistical categories throughout the series it is the Canucks who are one win away from winning the Stanley Cup.
|Game 6 countdown, 3 p.m.: A Canucks player’s view on the series||06.13.11 at 3:01 pm ET|
Marblehead, Mass native, Boston College grad and Canucks backup goaltender Cory Schneider has been running a series long blog, Cory’s Story, on NHL.com. He posts almost on a daily basis and writes about his experiences during the series and gives insights on what it’s like playing in a Stanley Cup final.
A few highlights from the blog include:
– Schneider plans on spending $4,000 on tickets for Game 6. He wants his family to be there and tickets are going for about $500 each in the loge section of the TD Garden. He says that he gets free tickets for home games, but is on his own for road games.
– Writing about the Vancouver locker room after the win in Game 5 he wrote, “Guys were obviously excited in the room, but I also think it was kind of unfinished business. We haven’t won anything, but we’ve put ourselves in a position to win and I think we’re a little more excited and optimistic to head back to Boston and try to get it done.”
– He discusses his role as a backup goaltender during the playoffs, a time where he sees very limited action. “Practice is a time when I can help the guys get better when they want to stay out for extra work. In that sense, that’s my role right now, finding a way to help the guys get better. It’s tough because you have to be ready at any moment. At the same time, you’re into it and as caught up as the players are. Sometimes even more.”
|Game 6 countdown, 2 p.m.: Other cities have issues with Vancouver||06.13.11 at 2:02 pm ET|
Boston is not the only city that has an issue with the way the Canucks play the game.
Chicago Tribune writer Steve Rosenbloom wrote an article about the Blackhawks being familiar with the Canucks style of play because they acted the same way when they faced the Canucks in Round 1 of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. He notes a few dirty hits that the Canucks laid on the Blackhawks and the league did nothing in response to them.
The Province, a newspaper in British Columbia, recently ran a story about how most of Canada is pulling for the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup because most of Canada hates Vancouver. It says the hate comes from Canadians being jealous of Vancouver because it is a beautiful city and it hosted the Winter Olympics.
The Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper, had a story saying that the Canucks have become the NHL’s most hated team. The story examines the way the Canucks have reached the Stanley Cup finals and the way they have played the series. It also includes a quote from Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney, who said, “This team is so easy to hate, it is unbelievable. … I’d say that 90 percent of the guys in the league want nothing to do with seeing them win.’