April 20, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
April 15 - 16, 2010

Last Update - April 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM EDT

Here is Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' for April 15 through 16, 2010. It's a taste of the places I visited on those couple of days.

Within this list (in reverse chronological order), you'll find title links to articles and videos about the National Hockey League's 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Those items concentrate on the first round matchup that I'm following the most, the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between my Washington Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens.

Also included in this installment are the usual articles on what's going on in the world of music, racing and comic book super hero movies. I still currently intend to do separate blog entries for both a 2010 Rally Turkey Review list (WRC) and a 2010 Chinese Grand Prix Review (Formula One) list.

April 16, 2010

Want A Piece Of 'Iron Man' History? Check Out What's On Sale
At The C2E2 Auction!

By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

We're only weeks away from "Iron Man 2" hitting theaters, but fans can get up close and personal with some of the armor, outfits and weapons that made the first film such a hit during this weekend's C2E2 convention in Chicago.

Hollywood auction site Propworx is kicking off a massive auction of props from Jon Favreau's 2008 blockbuster as the grand finale of the weekend's show, but CEO Alec Peters gave Splash Page a guided tour of some of the highlights...

Boudreau on power play: 'We're just off'
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

Alex Ovechkin's struggles weren't all Coach Bruce Boudreau sounded a tad bit concerned about this morning. He was also expressed some worry about his team's power play, which took 10 shots but finished 0-for-4 on Thursday, extending its stretch of futility.

Including the final two games of the regular season, the NHL's top-ranked power play is in a 0-for-11 funk, and is 4-for-26 (15.3-percent) in the Caps' past eight games...

Ovechkin on loss: 'It's all about me'
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

As expected, Alex Ovechkin and his shot-less, point-less effort Thursday night was the center of attention this morning at KCI.

Ovechkin, like many of his top-minute teammates, did not go on the ice at all today. But he was available to reporters and predictably shouldered the blame for his performance in the Caps' playoff-opening, 3-2 loss in OT to the Canadiens...

Record Store Day: Support Your Local Music Outlet
By gbarton at Classic Rock

Tomorrow (April 17) is Record Store Day, which celebrates the continued existence of independent record stores. Come inside to find out how you can support your local music outlet – and hopefully prevent it going the way of Woolworths!

Over 100 UK stores – and many more around the world – are participating in the biggest party ever for independent record shops...

April 15, 2010

Habs Get What They Came For
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Montreal came into Washington wanting to get at least one win in the two games in the District, so as to wrest the home ice advantage away from the league’s top regular season team.

Mission accomplished. And by doing so, the Habs have now put themselves in position to go home with a 2-0 lead if they are able to muster a repeat performance here at Verizon Center on Saturday...

Postgame Notebook: Canadiens 3, Capitals 2, OT
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Stifled – Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec fired a laser from the high slot that whizzed past Washington netminder Jose Theodore at 13:19 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series between the Caps and Habs on Thursday night at Verizon Center.

It was the second time in just over two months that Plekanec victimized Theodore in overtime; the Canadiens center scored with eight seconds left in the extra session on Feb. 10 in Montreal to give the Habs a 6-5 win. That game put a halt to Washington’s franchise-record 14-game winning streak...

Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals
EC Quarterfinal Game 1 Game Analysis

By Joe Beninati And Craig Laughlin
at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

Right click on video to choose full screen option.

Habs Sharper In Game 1
By Joe Beninati - Washington Capitals Play-by-Play
at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

The opening game of the Capitals playoff run fell flat inside of Verizon Center Thursday. The primary reasons were that Montreal executed its game-plan better than the home team and outworked them at times, especially in the overtime.

If you saw the first 10 minutes of the contest you would have noticed that the Caps had a bunch of scoring chances, but Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak responded very well. The first seven shots of the game belonged to Washington and Halak managed to get himself into a good groove which he continued to live in throughout the night. If he wasn’t that sharp, the Capitals could have had a three-goal advantage, but that was not to be...

Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals
EC Quarterfinal Game 1 Highlights

Posted at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

Right click on video to choose full screen option.

And We’re Off
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau opened up his 10 a.m. presser by going off on the assemblage of reporters, imploring the media not to “make [stuff] up.” Game 1 is still hours away, and in the last few days we’ve already been told (inaccurately) that Nicklas Backstrom was injured (he was sick) and that Jose Theodore left practice after being hit by an Alex Ovechkin shot (it was actually a David Steckel missive).

Boudreau says he doesn’t mind answering questions, just wants people to get it right. And naturally, some of those who may have felt they were being chastised responded by writing things to the effect that Boudreau must be feeling the pressure.

So there’s that...

New Ozzy Single - "Let Me Hear You Scream"
By Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

Noticed this morning that the new Ozzy Osbourne single is floating around out there. The track name is "Let Me Hear You Scream". The album is entitled "Scream" (which was way better than the unfortunate first choice of "Soul Sucka").

The album is due out June 15th, and while it's not available for pre-order yet, the official Ozzy site is taking names for a list you can get on an "exclusive pre-order"...

Hey DC Are You READY? Ready to ROCK THE RED?
By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

...So bottom line - there is a very fine line between confidence and stupidity this time of year. Those 121 points the Caps amassed over the prior 82 games - forget about them. Talk about life after the Caps - Canadiens series - forget about it, its basically irrelevant right now. Right now, it's all about FOCUS and focus means for the Capitals tonight is all about tonight, not Saturday night and certainly not anything beyond this series...

Glenn Hughes To Undertake UK Tour In September
Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Former Deep Purple Frontman Glenn Hughes has announced a full UK Tour this September.

The former Deep Purple bassist has revealed that he is to play eight dates across the UK...

Lost Jack Kirby Creations To Be Developed As Film And TV Projects
By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

Jack Kirby earned his reputation as the "King of Comics" by his prolific body of work and for co-creating the early Marvel Universe characters like Captain America, the X-Men, the Hulk and The Fantastic Four. And while Kirby passed away in 1994, a number of his previously unseen concepts may introduce a new generation to Kirby's creations.

According to the New York Times, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears — the founders of Ruby-Spears Productions — have teamed up with Sid and Marty Krofft (“Land of the Lost”) to develop a treasure trove of Kirby's creations into films, TV series, comics and video games...

Queen To Release Third Singles Box Set
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

Queen are to have The Singles Collection 3 released by EMI on May 31.

It’s the third of four box sets collecting together all of the band’s singles. This one covers the years 1984-1989. The full track listing is:...

Ronnie James Dio Talks About Cancer Battle
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

Ronnie James Dio has spoken publicly for the first time about his battle against stomach cancer.

Blabbermouth reports that the iconic Rainbow/Dio/Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell frontman had this to say:...

Hockey’s Greatest Heritage Arrives, at Last, in Washington,
in Spring

By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

All week long I’ve listened to inventive and fanciful forecasts of the Caps struggling with, and perhaps even bowing out to, the Habs in round one. Color me unpersuaded.

The Habs last offseason were assembled by Bob Gainey much as a stew is — without regard for presentation and with the hope that all tastes well once the burner is turned off. Almost all season long, they’ve looked like a product befitting the manner in which they were assembled: rag-tag, tossed together with haste and whim, ultimately unsatisfying. They very much backed into the postseason, winners of just four of their final 12 games...

Caps Start Pursuit of Cup vs. Habs
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Four days after concluding the most successful season in franchise history and one of the most successful seasons in recent NHL history, the Washington Capitals now embark upon the next step, the second season.

The Stanley Cup playoffs.

After laying waste to the Southeast Division race, taking the top spot in the Eastern Conference by a comfortable margin, and earning the first President’s Trophy in franchise history, the pressure is now on the Caps to perform in the postseason...

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