San Jose Sharks Thrives in Conference Final featuring two of the best teams in the NHL battling head-to-head. In a reliving of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks face off again. The Blues boast a very passionate roster that has rebounded from early-season woes. On the other hand, the San Jose Sharks offence has been among the absolute best in the league, both in the regular season and the post-season.
The two teams facing off is going to make for an exciting series. Game 1 lived up to fans’ hopes, with the Sharks showing an amazing amount of dominance. They easily won the game 6-3, despite a third-period surge from the Blues.
Sharks Speedy Stars
The Sharks were absolutely relentless through Saturday’s Game 1. They flaunted a much different gameplan than against the Colorado Avalanche, favoring their elite speed and puck work to take advantage of almost every single Blues turnover. Players like Timo Meier, who had three points, and Logan Couture, who tallied three of his own, made life very difficult for any Blues defender.
This new, speedy game plan was evident from the opening puck-drop. Sharks leading-scorer, Couture, scored only three minutes into the game. After St. Louis winger David Perron fell and lost the puck, Meier and Couture corraled it fast and caught the Blues on their back-foot. The two went down on a two-on-one and easily got the puck past Blues goalie Jordan Binnington. This play set the precedent for the rest of the game and the series. The Sharks stars were going to be fast and the Blues didn’t have any room for error. San Jose was able to pounce on any loose puck and created scoring chances constantly throughout the game. The Blues can thank rookie-goalie Binnington for keeping the game as close as it was. The Sharks deserved quite a few more goals but Binnington was able to give his team a chance.
Penalties Kill the Blues
The Blues showed off an elite level of discipline during their series against the Dallas Stars. Despite it being a very physical seven games, the Blues only took a combined 44 penalty minutes. This number was skewed by a chippy start to the series where they netted 28 penalty minutes through the first three games. They made up for these high numbers later in the series, though. Between Game 6 against Dallas and the opening minutes of Game 1 against the Sharks, the Blues had a combined 130 minutes-straight without a penalty.
Of course, not all good things can last. This streak went down in flames when the Blues recorded two blatant penalties less than a minute apart from each other. This gave one of the best power-plays in the league a two-man advantage. The Sharks took advantage of these power-plays, netting one power-play goal and creating many, many more chances.
In total, the Blues recorded 12 minutes in penalties, excluding Robert Bortuzzo‘s late-game 10-minute-major. This could’ve been much worse with stricter officiating, though, as the Blues looked simply undisciplined throughout the majority of the game. If they want any chance of rebounding from a terrible Game 1, St. Louis needs to be much more careful about taking penalties.
Goaltending Again a Highlight
In just about every series so far, goaltending has been a very important factor. Game 1 wasn’t any different, with both Binnington and Sharks goalie Martin Jones putting in noteworthy performances. Jones was the one to steal the show, though. He padded aside 28 shots, in yet another very strong performance.
The Blues didn’t make Jones’ life easy on Saturday, particularly towards the end of the game. They tallied 31 shots total, with just about all of them being quality chances. Jones was able to turn all but three aside, though, as he quickly became the Blues top concern.
Dazzling goaltending isn’t anything new for the Blues. In round two, they faced Vezina-finalist Ben Bishop who played unbelievably through all seven games. Jones looked just as solid in Game 1 but had a much more complimentary roster in front of him. The Blues will need to change quite a bit before Game 2 and finding a way to get pucks by a red-hot Jones will need to be their top priority.
What This Means
The San Jose Sharks had a very impressive start to the Western Conference Final. There was undoubtedly an ego about the Blues, who had dominated their previous to games, as they came into a series against a struggling Sharks lineup. This ego has been completely washed away now. The Sharks proved on Saturday that they are a force to be reckoned with and the better of the two teams. St. Louis has a lot to change if they want any chance of keeping up with a dominant San Jose Sharks offence.
Sportsnet faces challenges after Don Cherry departure
Sportsnet brass made the call to end Don Cherry’s nearly four-decade run on Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner after his rant over the weekend. Their next big decision may be even tougher.
With his bombast, insight, experience and over-the-top delivery, Cherry created an institution with his appearances on the popular Saturday evening segment.
Love him or hate him, he’s hard to replace. Therein lies the challenge for Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley, Rogers Media president Jordan Banks and other company powerbrokers.
Consistently a ratings hit, the first intermission this Saturday night will be appointment viewing.
“It’s going to be very, very interesting to see what they do and I wouldn’t be surprised if they just let it slide for a while and put something else in there,” said David Shoalts, a former Globe and Mail sports reporter and author of Hockey Fight in Canada: The Big Media Face Off Over the NHL.
“It’s not as difficult as it would have been for them, because under Rogers they did cut [the segment] to five minutes. At the CBC, he had come to take up the whole first intermission, so that would have been a big problem.”
A spokesman said Sportsnet is “still considering options” for the first intermission segment and that company executives would not be doing interviews at this time. Segment co-host Ron MacLean did not immediately return a telephone message.
However, it’s likely Sportsnet already had ideas for the segment’s future post-Cherry.
A complete Coach’s Corner reboot is possible or there could be a shuffling of other segments. Extended highlight packages could help fill the gap. The segment could be dropped altogether, although that’s unlikely given its history and showcase status.
The network may choose to recognize the massive impact Cherry had as a commentator, but it would be tricky to balance that with his rather ignominious exit.
A career overview could buy some time since the seat might be a little too hot for an immediate replacement. Of course, it’s possible the page gets completely turned and Cherry’s name is not mentioned at all.
Just like when he was on the air, there will be no shortage of critics and plaudits.
Burke is a 3-2 pick to replace Cherry this Saturday and a 5-4 pick to fill the role next season, according to odds released Tuesday by SportsBettingDime.com. Sportsnet hockey commentators Kelly Hrudey, Colby Armstrong and Craig Simpson were listed among the other early favourites.
HNIC was a longtime CBC Saturday night staple, but the show and its games moved to Sportsnet when Rogers landed a 12-year, $5.2-billion US national broadcast rights deal with the NHL that began in 2014. Coach’s Corner and HNIC are still broadcast on CBC in a sub-licencing deal with Rogers Media, which owns Sportsnet.
Sportsnet apologized Sunday for Cherry’s comments about his belief that new immigrants don’t wear poppies, and in turn, don’t support veterans.
Cherry prefaced his on-air remarks Saturday night with the phrase, ‘You people’ — drawing criticism from all quarters – but denied in interviews after his departure that he was singling out visible minorities. He has not publicly apologized for his comments.
“If I had to do it over again, I probably would have said ‘Everybody,”‘ Cherry said Tuesday in an interview on Sirius XM Canada’s “Canada Talks” channel. “But I didn’t and there’s no sense of whining about it and I paid the price.”
Given his long tenure, how — or if — his departure is addressed this weekend will be fascinating, as will MacLean’s thoughts. The veteran HNIC anchor apologized last Sunday.
“I had a good time,” Cherry said. “I’m 85 years old and I’m still having a good time. As I have always said, ‘I’m glad I’m going out on my shield. I’m not going out with a whimper.”‘
Don Cherry defends Hockey Night in Canada comments but says he would have ‘used different words’
Don Cherry says he won’t apologize for his divisive comments about new immigrants not wearing poppies, but the former co-host of “Coach’s Corner” says if he could do it again, he would have chosen different words.
“I think the closest I’ll come to apologizing is I wish I had used different words,” Cherry told Global News.
“I should have said everybody. If I had to do it over again, I would have said everybody.”
Cherry, 85, was fired from the Hockey Night in Canada segment by Sportsnet Monday, following televised comments Saturday night in which he singled out “you people that come here” in Toronto and Mississauga, where he lives, for not wearing poppies, implying they don’t support Canada’s soldiers.
“You people that come here… whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you could pay a couple of bucks for a poppy,” he said on Saturday.
In an interview with Global News, Cherry refused to back down from his comments and said that everyone should wear a poppy to honour Canada’s fallen soldiers.
“I do believe to this day that everybody in Canada should have a poppy on, out of honour and respect of the fallen soldiers that have fallen in the Second World War, Korea and the whole deal,” Cherry said.
“Those people who gave their lives, at least we can buy a poppy.”
Pressed on whether his comments were racist, Cherry said his comments weren’t directed at minorities, and that what he said applies to anyone.
“It could have been Irish, it could have been Scottish, it could have been anybody,” he said, adding that the “silent majority” supported him.
“It was picked up the way it was picked up.”
Cherry said he was planning to apologize on this week’s upcoming Hockey Night in Canada, but was never given the chance.
“I was ready to apologize,” Cherry said. “I was gonna put out a tweet, or whatever they do, saying I was wrong and I think it could have smoothed over pretty good. But that’s the way they wanted it and that’s the way it goes.”
Global News has contacted Sportsnet about whether Cherry would have apologized, but they said they had nothing further to add.
Cherry, a former player and NHL coach, had worked as a broadcaster for more than 37 years on Hockey Night in Canada, drawing attention for a number of controversial statements including calling progressives “left-wing pinkos,” describing Quebecers as “whiners,” and making derogatory comments about European hockey players.
Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a statement Monday that it was “the right time for him to immediately step down.”
“During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for,” Yabsley said.
Coach’s Corner co-host Ron MacLean also apologized Sunday for Cherry’s remarks. During Cherry’s rant, MacLean could be seen nodding and giving a thumbs-up.
‘We were wrong:’ Ron MacLean apologizes for Don Cherry’s comments on Hockey Night in Canada
MacLean issued a televised apology that Cherry’s remarks were “hurtful, discriminatory” and that he wished he had responded differently on air.
“Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory, which were flat out wrong,” MacLean said. “I owe you an apology, too. I sat there, did not catch it, did not respond.
“Last night was a really great lesson to Don and me. We were wrong, and I sincerely apologize. I wanted to thank you for calling me and Don on that last night.”
Cherry told Global News that he was “disappointed” in his co-host Ron MacLean, but that the two were still friends.
“He buried me. I was very disappointed the way he handled [it],” Cherry said. “I don’t want to condemn him but I was very disappointed.”
Cherry’s remarks were roundly criticized by politicians across Canada including Toronto Mayor John Tory and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. The National Hockey League also weighed in, saying the comments “made last night were offensive and contrary to the values we believe in.”
Steven Purewal, a historian on the contribution of Indian soldiers during the First World War, told Global News on Monday it was wrong for Cherry to suggest immigrants don’t support Canadian veterans, noting the broadcaster has no way of knowing who’s an immigrant and who was born in Canada.
“It endorses a stereotype that the immigrant is somehow unpatriotic, is thankless about the sacrifices it took to build the country,” he said.
“What we need to be telling Canadians is that many, many diverse communities fought in the Great War and the Second World War. Without their contributions, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have today.”
Meanwhile, some have been calling for the hockey host’s return. A Change.org petition called ‘Bring Back Don Cherry!’ has amassed over 108,000 signatures.
As for the long-time hockey pundit, Cherry said he is still processing being fired.
“I don’t think it’s hit yet,” he said. “It will be a little different Saturday when I sit down and watch where I was for 38 years.”
“I have no idea and I don’t think Ron Maclean has any idea what they’re going to run after the first period… It’ll be watched that’s for sure because everybody will want to see what goes on at the end of the first period.”
— With a file from Sean Boyton
Brian Burke considered favourite to replace Don Cherry
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, November 12, 2019 10:56AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 12, 2019 11:09AM EST
TORONTO – Former NHL executive Brian Burke is listed as the heavy favourite to be Don Cherry‘s successor on “Hockey Night in Canada” on one sports betting site.
SportsBettingDime.com has released odds on candidates to replace Cherry after the commentator was sacked by Sportsnet yesterday for a rant about immigrants not wearing poppies on his “Coach’s Corner” segment on Saturday.
Burke, who currently works as an analyst at Sportsnet, is listed as the 3-2 favourite (must bet $2 to win $3) to appear on Cherry‘s longtime “Coach’s Corner” segment on Saturday.
Burke is the 5-4 pick to be the full-time replacement next season.
Sportsnet has not said whether it plans to keep the “Coach’s Corner” segment, which has been a first-intermission staple on HNIC.
Sportsnet hockey commentators Kelly Hrudey, Colby Armstrong and Craig Simpson are among the other betting favourites for Cherry’s job.
The site also is taking odds on what Cherry does next, with working for another media organization the favourite.
If he goes into politics, the odds consider Cherry’s most likely destination to be under Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the Conservative party.
Cherry is listed as a 2,000-1 pick to join the NDP.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 12, 2019.
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