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May 30: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike chats with Darren Dreger, Pierre McGuire and James Duthie about the Blackhawks beating the Red Wings despite a controversial disallowed goal call and finds out who the guys think is the Stanley Cup favourite.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Hawks beat the Wings in overtime, Jays shut out the Braves, & the New York Rangers fire John Tortorella. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger talk NHL playoffs, plus Peyton Manning calls in to discuss his offseason activities. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

James Duthie talks NHL playoffs, Jason Abrams discusses his show "Scoring the Deal", & Whine of the Week with the "fake" Jim Rome. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Referee Stephen Walkom found himself in a very tricky situation during last night's game seven matchup between the Detroit Red Wings & Chicago Blackhawks. Here's basically what transpired: Kyle Quincey came in & delivered a clean hit to Brandon Saad, Saad retaliated by grabbing Quincey & throwing him down to the ice therefore Walkom made the call "as he saw it." Detroit definitely dodged a bullet but we should also give credit to Chicago for rebounding beautifully in games 5-7. We now move onto the final four where there is no shortage of upper echelon teams. In the Western Conference you have the defending champs vs. the presidents trophy winners, while the Eastern Conference contains the highly anticipated Boston vs. Pittsburgh matchup. The Penguins & Blackhawks are unique teams that can beat you with skill & aren't afraid to "mix it up". Let's not forget about the Kings who are trending upwards & should receive a boost from the return of third line pivot Jarrett Stoll. The biggest question for the Los Angeles heading into this series is how they will contain Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. The Rangers have a variety of potential candidates to take over their newly minted coaching vacancy (Vigneault, Ruff, Messier) however this decision will come down to whoever Glen Sather feels is the best fit. Expect the Rangers to conduct an extensive search in order to make sure they have hired the right man for the job.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

There is no question that referee Stephen Walkom made a bad call during last night's game between the Red Wings & Blackhawks. However the bigger question is "why was Brandon Saad called for a coincidental minor?" Other NHL personnel feel that Saad got the penalty for making a swipe at Quincey's head (even though he didn't connect) This was a terrible call because Saad didn't do enough to warrant a coincidental minor. If Walkom sees coincidental minors he's instantly going to blow the whistle. Should Walkom be mindful what's developing away from the play? (Mike Johnson thinks so) Others felt that there should have been a penalty called on the Bolland/Nyquist altercation however, you can't have it both ways & sometimes the public is guilty of over analyzation. Refereeing has come into question many times throughout these playoffs, perhaps this is the reality of the world we live in. The Stanley Cup winner now comes down to whichever team is left standing. The Los Angeles vs. Chicago series is going to be nasty (both teams have immense skill & the series is littered with storylines) In the East it's the high octane offense of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the "never say die" Boston Bruins. Darryl Sutter has done a masterful job of motivating the Kings & now has his team eight wins away from repeating as Stanley Cup champions. The New York Rangers are looking at all available options but it will depend on what direction the organization wants to take. Vigneualt appears to be the prime candidate, but it's conceivable that a dark horse candidate like Marc Crawford/Mark Messier emerges from the shadows. Let's also not forget about Dallas Eakins who suddenly appears to be on many teams wish list.

8:15 James Duthie – Host "NHL on TSN"

Stephen Walkom was following proper protocol during last night's incident in Chicago however, he should've been a little more aware of what was going on in front of his own eyes. This was a royal screw up & if Detroit wins this is on par with the Brett Hull "foot in the crease incident." The only logical call in this situation would've been to give Quincey a delayed penalty (which wouldn't have mattered because Chicago scored anyway) Walkom is considered to be "one of the best in the business" but even he would probably like to have that call back. It should be interesting to see if Walkom ends up refereeing in the Stanley Cup finals…. The final four matchups in each conference are quite remarkable especially when considering the amount of parity in the NHL. We might not ever see a situation like this (past four Stanley Cup champions going head to head) & Western Conference series should be a treat to watch. Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is entering "Hasek like territory" & has a virtually identical save percentage over his past six series. Los Angeles may have the edge in goal, but Chicago is loaded with talent & have already overcome adversity during these playoffs. Former New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella proved to be the product of his own demise. Would we even be having this conversation if Tortorella wasn't such a jerk to the media? It became painfully obvious during yesterday's press conference that general manager Glen Sather had enough of Tortorella's "extra curricular" activities.

8:30 Jason Abrams – Host "Scoring The Deal"

Fun chat with Jason Abrams host of "Scoring the Deal"



May 29: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

With one half of the Western Conference Finals set, Mike chats with Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger, James Mirtle and Aaron Ward about whether the Kings are primed to repeat and whether the Blackhawks can come all the way back to win Game 7 tonight versus the Red Wings on TSN 1050.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Kings squeak by the Sharks, Jays fall to the Braves, Patrick Roy named head coach of the Avs, & Rob Ford holds an "exclusive" press conference. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and James Mirtle talk NHL playoffs, & are the Blue Jays finally turning the corner? Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg discuss their new movie "This Is The End" & NHL insider Aaron Ward talks playoffs. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Jonathan Quick's save on Joe Pavelski late in the third period ultimately sealed San Jose's fate & propelled the Los Angeles Kings into the third round of the playoffs. This was an extremely close series where the home team emerged victorious in every game. The Los Angeles Kings are four lines deep & will only get better once Jarret Stoll returns to the lineup. The Sharks revealed after the game that Logan Couture & Marc Edouard-Vlasic were playing with some pretty significant injuries. Todd McLellan & the San Jose Sharks now move into the offseason facing a myriad of questions but could be quite proactive (Clarkson/Elias) during the offseason. Goaltending shouldn't be too much of an issue during tonight's matchup between the Detroit Red Wings & Chicago Blackhawks. Detroit has plenty of game seven experience (most recently vs. Anaheim) & have a legitimate shot at winning tonight. The Colorado Avalanche's decision to hire Patrick Roy as head coach is the "ultimate science experiment". It should be interesting to see what type of direction the Avalanche take at next months NHL entry draft. The trio of Sakic/Roy/Sherman will be successful as long as all parties are on the same page (see the Detroit Red Wings)

7:45 Leafs Breakfast – Darren Dreger & James Mirtle

The Los Angeles Kings are starting to look a lot more like the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2012. Goaltender Jonathan Quick appears to have returned to Conn Smythe form having finally recovered from two offseason surgeries & a lengthy lockout. The Kings will need their core players such as Kopitar, Richards, Carter, Brown to contribute offensively on a more consistent basis if they want to advance past the third round of the playoffs. There will be plenty of goaltending options for teams during this offseason therefore; backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier could become available for the right price. During their season ending press conference the Maple Leafs alluded to the fact that they were open to the possibility of acquiring a veteran backup goaltender to aid in the development of James Reimer. We could almost see a "musical chairs" type of scenario with regards to goaltending in the offseason with the Maple Leafs right in the thick of things. The New York Rangers appear to be in a "bit of a mess" & need to assess the long term future of head coach John Tortorella & centre Brad Richards. Many Rangers players aren't a fan of Tortorella's defensive structure, therefore his return behind the bench next season might not be considered a slam dunk. The NHL should be thrilled that several big markets in the United States are on the verge of making the final four (Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston). The Penguins are have committed to winning the Stanley Cup this year but could be very busy during the offseason.

8:00 Seth Rogan & Evan Goldberg – "This Is The End"

Fun chat with Seth Rogan & Evan Goldberg regarding their movie "This Is The End"

8:30 Aaron Ward – NHL on TSN Analyst

The Los Angeles Kings are back in form & appear to be the favourites to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The speed in the western conference is phenomenal & could cause some problems for whichever team makes it out of the Eastern Conference. Detroit has given Chicago everything they can handle, but after playing 48 games & two game seven series "how much do they have left in the tank?" Chicago seems to be heating up at the right time & have done an excellent job of containing the Red Wings superstars in games five & six. Game seven should be a real treat tonight!



May 28: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

With the Blackhawks beating the Red Wings last night, Mike chats with Darren Dreger, Steve Simmons and Pierre McGuire about the dual Game 7's in the Western Conference and which teams have the momentum heading into the deciding contests.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Blackhawks force game seven, Sharks/Kings prepare for game seven, plus another edition of "That's so Hockey." Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and Steve Simmons talk NHL playoffs, & Jack Armstrong breaks down the NBA playoffs. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Scott Ferguson & Scott MacArthur chat Blue Jays, & Maple Leafs radio colour voice Jim Ralph live in-studio! Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Chicago Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik was awarded a penalty shot last night because referee Chris Rooney felt that Carlo Colaiacovo impeded the ability for Frolik to get a shot on goal. This was a gutsy call to make in a tough environment because the play in question looked closer to a slash instead of a hook. Now the Detroit Red Wings head to Chicago tomorrow night to face a Blackhawks team with a lot of momentum. Duncan Keith & Brent Seabrook have rediscovered their chemistry, Jonathan Toews is starting to heat up, & Corey Crawford rebounded well after surrendering a soft goal midway through the second period. Mike Babcock & the Red Wings have plenty of game seven experience & should be a confident bunch heading into tomorrow night. In order for the San Jose Sharks to defeat the Los Angeles Kings tonight they will, have to get the first goal, play a smart road game, avoid take penalties, & get a solid performance from Vezina candidate Antii Niemi. The bottom line is that the first goal will play a large role in the outcome of tonight's game. Darryl Sutter has done a great job of motivating his players (which can be a tough when coming off a Stanley Cup run) The Kings like to give/take a ton of hits making us wonder how much they will have left in the tank if they manage to make it to the next round?

7:30 Jack Armstrong – NBA on TSN

The San Antonio Spurs remain one of the model franchises in the NBA. Any successful organization that has sustained success over a long period has two common ingredients in common: leadership & stability. These organizations do a beautiful job of tuning out all of the "white noise" generated by the fans/media. San Antonio has one of the best management teams in the business (R.C. Buford, Gregg Popovich) providing the organization with a clear sense of direction/identity. Duncan, Ginobili, Parker are "special players" that aren't always running around searching for attention (Dwight Howard syndrome) & are focused solely on one task: winning.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast – Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons

The Detroit Red Wings are another example of a model franchise in the NHL. The winning environment has a "trickle down" effect from management to the players. Coaches want to work for the Red Wings, players take less money/term in order to play in Detroit, & the organization continues to develop key personnel at the management level (Ken Holland, Jim Nill, Steve Yzerman, Jim Devellano) However, the Red Wings aren't totally in the clear & might have missed a huge opportunity by not being able to close out the Chicago Blackhawks last night. One has to wonder if this will be the last "real good run" for this Red Wings organization (Datsyuk/Zetterberg aren't getting younger) Jonathan Toews & the rest of the Blackhawks have bounced back "bit by bit" & appear to have stolen a bit of momentum heading into game seven tomorrow night. Toews might be the most complete player in the NHL which should make for an epic game seven tomorrow night.

8:00 Scott Ferguson & Scott MacArthur – Blue Jays Roundtable

The Blue Jays are on a bit of a roll wining 9/14 games thanks to some timely offense. The problem is that the Blue Jays pitching has been average at best & they still have to pass nine teams in order to claim the second wild card spot. The Blue Jays really need some consistent quality starting pitching in order to "get this thing rolling." Brett Lawrie's ankle appears to be fine after yesterday's incident (X-Rays came back negative) however, expect the Blue Jays to take a cautious approach with this situation as Lawrie is currently listed as "day to day." Mark Buehrle had his best game of the season last night & appears to be finally getting more comfortable in his new surroundings. Josh Johnson arrived in Toronto yesterday afternoon & threw a bullpen session with Pat Hentgen & Pete Walker before heading out on the road to Buffalo. Johnson is expected to pitch one game in Buffalo (as part of his rehab) before getting his first start next Tuesday in San Francisco vs. the Giants (assuming there are no setbacks) Ricky Romero continues to struggle in Buffalo (8 earned runs in 2/3's of an inning) & appears to have completely come undone mentally. You have to wonder if Romero will ever return to his All-Star form from 2011? Perhaps Romero should take some time away from baseball before evaluating his situation? The good news for Blue Jays fans is that the American League East still appears to be "up for grabs."

8:15 Jim Ralph – Maple Leafs Radio Colour Voice

Fun in studio chat with Maple Leafs Radio Colour Voice Jim Ralph.



May 27: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

With the Eastern Conference Finals set, Mike chats with Pierre McGuire about the keys to the series and discusses Game 7 tomorrow between the Sharks and Kings on TSN 1050 and tonight's Blackhawks/Red Wings Game 6.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Penguins & Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, Jays squeak by the Orioles, & British "reporter guy" recaps the Monaco Grand Prix. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire talks NHL playoffs, & Darren Dreger discusses body checking in peewee hockey. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Bob Weeks recaps Boo Weekley's win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, & Adam Growe host of "Cash Cab" drops by for some in-studio trivia! Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Eastern Conference Finals playoff matchups are set as the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare to face the Boston Bruins. This was the series everyone wanted at the start of the season therefore we should be in for a real treat. Both of these teams are extremely deep, well coached, & have won a Stanley Cup within the last five years. Pittsburgh might have a little bit more "star power" than Boston however, these teams matchup quite well against each other & should make for an interesting series. Paul MacLean & the Ottawa Senators have nothing too be embarrassed about after their 6-2 elimination loss vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Senators are still a few years away in terms of organizational development & had a difficult time keeping pace when Pittsburgh decided to amp up the skill/speed of the game. The "puck over the glass" rule has played a huge factor in the Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Shark series. Last night was the third time where this rule has had a negative impact on the series. The NHL needs to alter this rule so that "if the puck is shot over the glass (not on purpose) the faceoff is in your zone & you can't change players/call timeout. This is probably the best way to put this issue to bed once & for all. Tonight's game six matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks & Detroit Red Wings comes down to the health of defenseman Niklas Kronwall. If Kronwall isn't able to play tonight, the Blackhawks have a very real possibility of winning game six. If Chicago wants to win tonight they will need a solid effort from Kane/Towes, Crawford can't allow any bad goals, & their forwards have to be physical with the Red Wings defense.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

After much deliberation Hockey Canada decided to ban full body contact beginning at the peewee level. This decision was based on several studies conducted by Hockey Canada, with Saskatchewan being the only province that wanted body checking introduced at a younger age. Perhaps the most impactful part of the meeting was when Montreal Canadiens assistant coach & former tough guy Gerard Gallant stood up & told the crowd that if it were up to him "all open ice hits would be deemed illegal from the NHL down to the minors." Obviously not everyone was on board with the decision but it's important to consider the safety/well being of future generations of hockey players.

8:15 Bob Weeks – Host "Score Golf"

Boo Weekley had a great performance at the Crowne Plaza Invitational over the weekend (shooting a 67,67,66,66) & went head to head with Zach Johnson until the bitter end. Boo was able to get his first win in five years & overcame nagging shoulder/eye injuries en route to the win. Graham DeLaet started off well on Sunday (earning a birdie on the first hole) but ultimately fell victim to his poor putting. DeLaet's poor putting was a major reason why he slid into a tie for 22nd overall. Hopefully DeLaet can become a better player from these types of experiences. It's an exciting time for golf with the US Open just over two weeks away!

8:30 Adam Growe – Host "Cash Cab Canada"

Fun in-studio trivia with the host of "Cash Cab Canada" Adam Growe.



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