FSN analyst gets even closer to the action

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2007 - 11:52 PM

Mike Greenlay has backstopped the Saskatoon Blades to a Memorial Cup Final and the Atlanta Knights to a Turner Cup, so he's used to being in the line of fire.

Mike Greenlay has backstopped the Saskatoon Blades to a Memorial Cup Final and the Atlanta Knights to a Turner Cup, so he’s used to being in the line of fire.

But at least then he wore a mask.

Thursday against St. Louis, the Wild’s fifth-year FSN North color analyst broadcast the Wild-Blues game from between the benches -- the place they call “Suicide Box” or “Ricochet Alley” for the amount of flying pucks and out-of-control sticks that enter the vicinity.

”Honestly,” Greenlay said, “I wasn’t as concerned about getting hit by anything as [much as] what I was going to be able to see. When you’re on a flat plane as opposed to the bird’s eye view, it’s like looking at a forest through the trees.

”You gain a different appreciation for the angles these players have to make passes through. Up top, when you say, ‘Why didn’t he pass it?’ you don’t see the three guys in between him. You don’t appreciate the small space they have to make a play and the lack of time they have. Up in the press box, everything seems in slow motion.”

There is tradeoff though. The different vantage made it more difficult for Greenlay to see how plays developed, but he heard the on-ice chatter, instructions from coaches and verbal jousting between benches that would have been impossible from upstairs.

For instance, while fans saw the end result of Derek Boogaard fighting D.J. King, Greenlay witnessed what precipitated it.

”Doug Weight got hit in the mouth [by a puck],” Greenlay said. “As he went to the bench, Boogey was chirping at him. [Weight] got on the bench and was yelling back at Boogaard and then [Blues coach] Andy Murray was yelling at Boogaard.

”A few shifts later, Boogaard and King are standing next to each other. So you say, ‘Ah, two plus two equals 10 minutes of penalties.’ “

Lemaire plays Boogie late

Usually coach Jacques Lemaire avoids playing Boogaard inside the final five minutes because if he instigates a fight, it means a one-game suspension for Boogaard and $10,000 fine for Lemaire.

However, when Lemaire spotted Los Angeles Kings tough guy Raitis Ivanans on the ice with less than four minutes left Saturday, he threw Boogaard out for insurance. After Ivanans ran Wyatt Smith, Boogaard challenged him to the fight but made certain not to drop the gloves first.

”I just said [to Boogaard], ‘Be careful,’ “ Lemaire said. “I still have his check. He wrote me a check, so I keep it in case.”

Carney wins bet

Defenseman Keith Carney won a bottle of wine from teammate Mark Parrish because his alma mater, Maine, beat Parrish’s alma mater, St. Cloud State, in the first round of the NCAA hockey tournament.

Carney said it’s a shame Clarkson lost as well because Maine would have played Todd White’s alma mater in the quarterfinals.

”That would have meant a second bottle of wine for my wine cellar,” Carney said. “I don’t even have a wine cellar, but I’d have to build one.”

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