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NHL announcer Dave Strader: Honkytown takes down Hockeytown (Video)

NHL play-by-play announcer Dave Strader ventured into a touchy area with his final call of the Predators-Red Wings series on Friday night. Nashville had just beaten Detroit 2-1 to win the series in five games, and Strader celebrated the moment with a questionable, and borderline racist pun.

“Honkytown has taken down Hockeytown,” was his call for the series.

Detroit is affectionately called “Hockeytown” because of the Red Wings’ success and the passion of the fans. “Honky” is a racist term for a white person, though there is a type of music/bar called “Honky-tonk,” which would be less offensive.

Let’s hope for Strader’s sake he was referring to Nashville as a honky-tonk bar/music town rather than a city full of honkys. Next time just play it straight, Strader, and don’t try to say something cute that can be taken the wrong way.

Canucks switch to Cory Schneider in goal for Game 3

The Vancouver Canucks have officially entered panic mode. Down 2-0 to the Kings in their Western Conference Quarterfinals playoff series, the Canucks are switching to backup goalie Cory Schneider over Roberto Luongo.

The No. 8 seed Kings won the first two games of the series in Vancouver by 4-2 scores. Luongo stopped 57 of 64 (89%) shots he faced (one of the goals was an empty-netter). It’s not a terrible performance, but it was enough to prompt coach Alain Vigneault to make the switch.

“Obviously being down, 2-0, the way we are right now is not a reflection of the goaltending that we’ve had so far; but it’s time to change the momentum a little bit and this is one of the cards we might have,” Vigneault said.

Vigneault called both men “great goaltenders,” and forward Ryan Kesler points out that despite being the backup in Vancouver, Schneider would be the starter on most other teams. Schneider had the second-best save percentage in the NHL this season and was third in goals-against average.

Fans who have followed the Canucks in the playoffs the past two years will recognize this is nothing new — they also switched from Luongo to Schneider for Game 6 against the Blackhawks last year. The Canucks lost that game and went back to Luongo for Game 7, which they won. Luongo was also pulled during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins, and there were calls for Schneider to start Game 5. Luongo started Game 5 and shut out the Bruins, but he played poorly in the final two games and the Canucks lost the series.

UPDATE: Schneider stopped 19 of 20 shots but the Canucks lost 1-0.

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Sharks defenseman scores on his own net (Video)

Sharks fans, avert your eyes. This is the type of mistake that reminds San Jose fans of all the years of early playoff exits and chokes, and one that probably had LBS writer Sawley Vickrey throwing chairs across his living room like Bob Knight.

Early in the first period of Game 2 between the Blues and Sharks in St. Louis, a slap shot from Vladimir Sobotka trickled past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic tried clearing the puck but accidentally pushed it into his own net giving the Blues a 1-0 lead.

With a start like that, it’s no surprise the Sharks lost 3-0 to tie the series at 1. Game 3 will be on Monday in San Jose.