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.”

Etc.

• With Niklas Backstrom given the morning off Saturday, video coordinator Ian Andersen, who played goalie at St. John’s, tended goal.

Lemaire spent the skate standing on the bench heckling Andersen. Lemaire’s best line: “There you go Ian, two in a row!” Both shots hit the crossbar. ...

• Branko Radivojevic has gotten much ribbing over being ignored by his Slovakian countrymen Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra on the pair’s tic-tac-toe goal Thursday. Radivojevic said, laughing, “I had my stick up screaming, ‘Hey, hey, hey.’ What can you do?”

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Detroit 69 FINAL
Philadelphia 89
Portland 94 FINAL
Cleveland 99
Sacramento 102 FINAL
Toronto 119
Boston 98 FINAL
Minnesota 110
Dallas 94 FINAL
Houston 99
Denver 93 FINAL
New Orleans 85
Brooklyn 102 FINAL
Atlanta 113
Oklahoma City 92 FINAL
New York 100
Charlotte 86 FINAL
San Antonio 95
LA Clippers 94 FINAL
Utah 89
Washington 98 FINAL
Phoenix 106
Toronto 1 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 2
Pittsburgh 0 FINAL
Washington 4
Chicago 3 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Temple 86 FINAL
UCF 62
Winthrop 75 FINAL
Coastal Carolina 68
Lafayette 59 FINAL
Colgate 54
Northeastern 60 FINAL
Drexel 65
Wake Forest 76 FINAL
Florida State 82
Rhode Island 64 FINAL
Fordham 63
Delaware 82 FINAL
James Madison 88
South Carolina 58 FINAL
LSU 64
New Hampshire 63 FINAL
Maine 58
Seton Hall 80 FINAL
Marquette 70
Binghamton 68 FINAL
UMBC 56
American Univ 54 FINAL
Navy 64
Elon 65 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 82
Wright State 76 FINAL
Oakland 84
Minnesota 58 FINAL
Penn State 63
Duquesne 55 FINAL
Richmond 86
SMU 63 FINAL
South Florida 52
Hartford 66 FINAL
Stony Brook 72
Albany 47 FINAL
Vermont 44
Hofstra 79 FINAL
William & Mary 100
UNC-Asheville 74 FINAL
Longwood 64
Radford 84 FINAL
Char Southern 77
Holy Cross 0 Postponed
Loyola-Maryland 0
Duke 73 FINAL
Notre Dame 77
Texas Tech 36 FINAL
Oklahoma 81
Oregon State 55 FINAL
Arizona State 73
Morehead State 82 FINAL
Austin Peay 69
Drake 69 FINAL
Bradley 57
Lehigh 62 FINAL
Bucknell 68
Rice 48 FINAL
Houston 59
Missouri State 57 FINAL
Illinois State 67
Loyola-Chicago 47 FINAL
Wichita State 58
Nebraska Omaha 64 FINAL
South Dakota St 86
Northern Iowa 59 FINAL
Southern Ill 52
Louisville 81 FINAL
Boston College 72
St Johns 74 FINAL
Creighton 77
East Carolina 58 FINAL
Memphis 70
Georgia Tech 70 FINAL
Miami-Florida 50
Miss State 73 FINAL
Ole Miss 79
Clemson 68 FINAL
NC State 57
Indiana 67 FINAL
Purdue 83
Kansas 64 FINAL
TCU 61
Oregon 56 FINAL
Arizona 90
Air Force 66 FINAL
San Jose St 52
Stanford 84 FINAL
Washington 74
Rider 56 FINAL
Siena 49
Dayton 76 FINAL
Richmond 62
Eastern Kentucky 53 FINAL
Jacksonville St 73
Saint Josephs 0 Postponed
Saint Louis 0
UMBC 71 FINAL
Binghamton 55
Akron 60 FINAL
Ohio U 72
Ball State 72 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 55
Memphis 56 FINAL
Cincinnati 44
East Carolina 32 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 87
Murray State 59 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 75
Kent State 63 FINAL
Central Michigan 65
UT Martin 64 FINAL
Tennessee St 58
Eastern Michigan 56 FINAL
Western Mich 83
Bucknell 61 FINAL
Lehigh 76
Indiana 57 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Colgate 56 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Fordham 66 FINAL
Davidson 45
Duquesne 76 FINAL
St Bonaventure 64
George Mason 66 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 70
Detroit 59 FINAL
Youngstown St 58
Army 0 Postponed
Boston U 0
Loyola-Maryland 0 Postponed
Holy Cross 0
SMU 58 FINAL
Tulsa 74
Oklahoma St 54 FINAL
Kansas State 52
West Virginia 57 FINAL
Texas Tech 73
Denver 56 FINAL
South Dakota 82
Northwestern St 46 FINAL
Central Arkansas 63
Austin Peay 67 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 87
Kansas 61 FINAL
Iowa State 56
Bowling Green 50 FINAL
Northern Ill 67
Penn State 64 FINAL
Minnesota 75
San Jose St 80 FINAL
Air Force 83
Boise State 82 FINAL
Colorado State 83
Utah State 51 FINAL
Wyoming 86
San Diego State 50 FINAL
Fresno State 57
Nevada 52 FINAL
UNLV 75
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What chance does the Wild have of making the playoffs?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close