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October 28, 2011
11:50 PM: OK...so
while everybody is still talking about last night's Game 6, Game 7 just finished
minutes ago, and the Cardinals are World Series Champions after a 6-2 win
against Texas...something I don't think I've ever seen in a World Series
clinching game - a bases loaded walk while St. Louis was already up 3-2
in the bottom of the 5th...was essentially the game right there...former Blue
Jay Chris Carpenter pitched 6 1/3 innings, getting the win...
Seems the St. Louis Blues must have
been paying more attention to the Cards than their own game against
Calgary...they dropped a 3-1 decision at the Scotiabank Saddledome...
Can't really blame anybody for being
intrigued by this team - the Cards were 10.5 games behind the Wild Card race at
the end of August...thanks to the Atlanta Braves horrible September, and an
unbelievable stretch run, it was a miracle St. Louis even made the post season,
qualifying on the last night...then they took out the Phillies in dramatic
fashion; then the Brewers, a team a lot of people expected would have been in
the World Series...and then, Texas, a team already drawing comparisons to the
Buffalo Bills...well, maybe not yet...but it's already 2 years in a row they get
to the dance and can't go home with the girl, if you know what I mean?
So as we already know from Hockey -
just get in, and you never know...that theory was proven yet again...
Back to Hockey, we had the same 3-1
score in Colorado, as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Avalanche 3-1, on the
strength of a goal and an assist from Cam Barker, a goal from Andy Sutton, and
another from Ryan Smyth...Ryan O'Reilly with his first of the year for
Colorado...was not overly impressed with Gabriel Landeskog, the #2 pick in the
draft...he is sticking around Denver and will surely give Ryan Nugent-Hopkins a
run for the Calder...Oilers decided to keep Nuge around, which wasn't a huge
shocker given how he's played so far...no points for either first rounder in
this one...but neither was a liability to their team either - which was a great
point brought up by the Altitude analyst...always interesting to hear different
perspectives...since 9 times out of 10 the NHL package gives you the home team
feed, I'm always interested to hear what the other broadcasters have to say...anyway,
the kids were overshadowed by a 40 save performance from Devan Dubnyk, and all
of a sudden the Oil are in sole possession of 1st in the Northwest Division, at
least for the time being...seems like they didn't have 14 points until January
last season, we aren't even done October yet, and here we are...they're playing
well...next up - St. Louis on Sunday night...
San Jose beat Detroit 4-2...after a
quick start the Wings are in a bit of a slump...but somehow are still in the mix
in the Central...that'll happen when you have the Columbus Blue Jackets in your
Rounding out tonight's action -
Carolina 3 Chicago 0...
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going
to attempt to watch the 3rd Pirates Of The Caribbean movie...finally got through
the 2nd one last week...evidently on the Disney Cruise I'll be taking next week,
they do a Pirates night...ARRRRR!!!!
"Yo ho ho ho...a pirate's life for
me..."....or maybe Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum...personally, I'll stick with a
12:41 AM: "And...we'll see ya...tomorrow
night!!"...David Freese, the
local St. Louis boy, with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th sends
the World Series to Game 7...kind of reminds me of 1991, Kirby Puckett for the
Twins against the Braves...
Somebody in the crowd has a sign
"Cards magic number - 1"...indeed...4 hours and 33 minutes...that's
how long this game was...
12:34 AM: The Desert Dogs scored 2 more...Devils
replied with 1, but it's a 5-3 Phoenix win...Whitney with his second and Martin
Hanzal...as uLAr put it on Facebook...they meltdown...
Nothing doing in the top of 11...all
the Cards need is one run...
12:25 AM: 11th inning coming up...wow!!
12:23 AM: Base hit...tie
game 9-9...winning run is at 3rd...
12:22 AM: Winning!!!
Cards are down to their last strike...
12:19 AM: 9-8 now,
and they're going to intentionally walk
Albert Pujols...now all Scott Feldman has to do is get Lance Berkman
out...reminds me of the movie Major League II...
12:08 AM: 18 saves
for Khabibulin in the 3rd...the fans chant
"Khabi! Khabi! Khabi!", the Oilers win 2-1, and Washington's 7 game winning
streak is snapped...
Nugent-Hopkins was taking shifts on
the ice right down to the last minute...don't think he's going anywhere...
Meanwhile, back in the desert, Raffi
Torres and Ray Whitney have replied for Phoenix, and they lead New Jersey 3-2 in
the 3rd...they've given Clarkson's goal to Mark Fayne...
In St. Louis, World Series Game 6,
they're in Extra Innings now, the Cardinals tied it 7-7 in the bottom of
the 9th, Texas scored a 2 run homerun in the top of the 10th...now in the bottom
of the 10th, the Cards have 2 on base and the winning run at the plate...
October 27, 2011
11:35 PM: Washington has
some life in the early going of the 3rd,
but the Bulin Wall is standing tall...Oilers' penalty killing has been
outstanding...coming into this game only Buffalo and Pittsburgh have been
11:30 PM: The Texas Rangers lead 7-5
heading into the top of the 9th...St.
Louis just grounded out with the bases loaded to end the threat in the bottom of
the 8th...if the Rangers hang on and get their three outs, they win the World
Why do I get the feeling St. Louis
may pull this out and force Game 7?
11:13 PM: The "Kids In The Hall" line
continues to get it done...Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has an assist and his 9th point
of the season in his 9th game, Jordan Eberle has a goal and an assist...Oilers'
power play is getting a lot of ice time...7 penalties called so far in this game
against Washington...yet, here they are, in another 1 shot to a tie game...after
40 minutes it's 2-1 Edmonton...Corey Potter is quickly becoming a power play
quarterback...Shawn Horcoff set up the screen, and all Eberle had to do was put
it by Vokoun...
David Clarkson and Zach Parise have
given the Devils a 2-1 lead over Phoenix, that game with about 11 minutes left
in the 2nd...
Ducks 3-2 over the Wild is a final
score, Nashville finishes off Tampa 5-3, and LA beats Dallas by the same
score...Mike Fisher 2 grapes, 1 apple...Steven Stamkos 2 points in a losing
10:17 PM: Taylor Hall
ties it on the power play 1-1...Oilers are
Sens did it again...2.5 seconds left
in the game, Nick Foligno scores the winner...they were up 3-2, Florida had tied
it, but now Ottawa has won 4 in a row...final score 4-3...
Phoenix gets the early 1-0 lead
against New Jersey...former Oiler Patrick O'Sullivan with his first goal in like
3 years...or so it seems to me...
It's 3-2 Ducks over Minny late, LA
is up 3-1 on Dallas, and Nashville is holding on to the 5-2 lead...
9:49 PM: Penguins celebrate
news that they'll host the draft next
summer, as they win the shootout 1-0 and win the game 3-2, but the real shootout
was in Philly, wasn't it?...what a game...not sure how you top that one...17
goals...most in any game since the lockout...
4-2 final wins for both Toronto and
Buffalo...Leafs are looking good...Rangers, not so much...Ottawa looks like
they're righted their ship...up 3-2 late against Florida...tied 1-1 between the
Stars and Kings...
Karl Alzner gets the ice breaker in
Edmonton, after the Oil just killed a penalty...1-0 Caps...
Not too sure what Theo Peckham was
thinking taking a penalty after having not played for the last three
games...then he turned the puck over to #8 in White...I hear he's pretty
good...but Khabibulin made the save...
It's 5-2 Nashville after 2...
9:44 PM: 12.9 seconds left...Jets
get the puck out of their end...and hang on for the win...9-8, that's a
wrap...1st game of a 7 game road trip for Winnipeg, but they'll never forget
this one, for all the wrong reasons...
9:42 PM: Blake Wheeler,
to the captain, Andrew Ladd...9-8
Jets...with 1 minute left...empty net Philly...
They're in a Shootout in the
9:39 PM: Despite
Tomas Plekanec scoring on himself to give
the Bruins a 1-0 lead, the Habs come back to win their 2nd straight, 2-1...Plekanec
made up for that one, scoring the GWG, along with Erik Cole...Patrice Bergeron
was the last Bruin to touch the puck before the own goal, so he got credit for
his 2nd...what is going on with the Stanley Cup Champs?!?
9:37 PM: van Reimsdyk...again...8-8...at
some point Pavelec came back in net...
9:34 PM: 15 goals,
14 different goal scorers...only Danny
Briere has 2...Giroux, Hartnell, Read, Talbot and van Reimsdyk for Philadelphia,
Antropov, Burmistrov, Glass, Jones, Kane, Slater, Stuart and Wellwood for
Winnipeg...still 8-7, Jets...
as they're warming up in Edmonton...think
I'm sticking around for the end of this one...
One other late game tonight has New
Jersey visiting Phoenix, a 10 PM start...
9:19 PM: 2-1 Leafs
in the 3rd...John Tortorella must be going
As it settles down a little bit in
that Philadelphia game...the Flyers announced today they are keeping 1st round
pick Sean Couturier...pity, would have been nice to see him play one more time
for Team Canada...
9:13 PM: 7-7...Burmistrov...love
that TSN has got Dennis Beyak calling the Jets games...great comment/observation
from him - "both coaches have called their time outs, both coaches have pulled
their goalies, don't know where we go from here - there's nothing left in the
BTW, 2-2 Rangers-Cards in Game 6 of
the World Series...Rangers win and they are the Champions...
I don't believe this...8-7
Winnipeg...Bryzgalov broke his stick...intentionally...
9:10 PM: 7-6 Flyers...van
it's 2-1 Sabres over Jackets in the 3rd,
and the Stars are up 1-0 early on the Kings...
from Philly in 1:53...hell of a game, shame
on you if you're missing it...
9:07 PM: Couple more scores...
...or not...Philly just tied it...6-6...Ondrej
Pavelec is getting yanked for Chris Mason...Sergei Bobrovsky already got yanked
earlier in favor of Ilya Bryzgalov...
8:55 PM: First Barn Burner Alert of the
season...in Philadelphia, after
40 minutes, there are already 10 goals on the board...Winnipeg has 6 of them in
a 6-4 lead...they were up 6-2 when the Flyers started coming on...they came
close to making it 6-5 before the period was out...it's a wacky one, that's for
Lot of wacky games so far this
year...did anyone expect Detroit to get schooled 7-1 by Washington a couple of
So, at 9:30, the 7-0 Washington
Capitals invade Rexall Place...
Interesting but light sched last
night, Montreal got their first home win of the season, a 5-1 decision against
Philadelphia, in the wake of losing assistant coach Perry Pearn, who just about
an hour and a half before the game found out he was no longer going to be behind
the bench with Jacques Martin anymore...after their worst start in 70 years, I
guess the Habs' brass decided a change was needed...in the 2 late games, Calgary
beat Colorado 4-2 and Brian Elliott went into Vancouver and shut out the
Canucks...3-0 St. Louis...
Tonight, the NY Rangers are finally
playing their home opener in the newly renovated Madison Square Garden...when I
was in NY in June they had construction going on around about 2/3 of the
building...made it a little interesting navigating into Penn Station, but all
the work is done, and it looks good from what I've seen...Toronto is in town and
after 2 periods it's 1-1...same score in Boston between the Bruins and Habs
after 40...2-2 tie between the Bolts and Preds, as well as the Pens and
Islanders and Panthers and Sens...at the Consol it's in the 3rd period, in
Nashville it's in the 2nd, in Ottawa they're heading into the 3rd...Ducks lead
the Wild 1-0 in the 2nd...
6-5 in Philly...Briere...if you have
the NHL package, get over to the Jets on TSN channel...
October 25, 2011
11:58 PM: 2 minutes to midnight...and
the Oilers hang on for the 3-2 win, they get the crucial 2 points, and are now
2nd in the Northwest division, bumping Vancouver down to 3rd...took them almost
until Christmas last season to get to 10 points...here we are almost at the end
of October and they're already there...of course, we're just getting started
from a season standpoint, but Edmonton has served notice they aren't planning on
finishing in last this time...
Washington on Thursday, and Colorado
on Friday...Nuge gets one more kick at the can before the Oil must decide his
fate...like I say, score against the only remaining undefeated team on Thursday,
and I think he deserves to stay...
If you get a chance to see any
highlights, check out Patrick Kane's spin-o-rama feed to Marian Hossa in the
Chicago-Anaheim game...sick...didn't even look, but somehow got it on the
tape...had to really feel bad for Hiller on that one...
Weird schedule coming up this
weekend...we've got Sens and Leafs on Sunday?
11:50 PM: Alex Burrows got one by
after about his 10th attempt...it's
3-2...about 4 minutes left...
Devils are up 1-0 against L.A. in
the 2nd...Zubrus with his 1st...still tied 1-1 after 40 between the Stars and
11:14 PM: On Saturday the Ottawa Senators
came from behind to win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, late...well the
Jackets clearly had a chip on their shoulder tonight...as they manhandled
Detroit...4-1 the final there...1st win of the season for the Jackets, in James
Wisniewski's return from the 8 game suspension...coincidence? Not sure if
anybody expected Columbus wouldn't win even one of the games he didn't play
in...7 regulation losses and one overtime loss...Jackets have a lot of ground to
Speaking of the Sens, they almost
fell victim to their own demise after building a 2-0 lead, a funny icing play
was misplayed by goalie Craig Anderson, and all Tuomo Ruttu could do was put the
puck in the net...2-1...then a bad penalty call late, and the Canes tied it
2-2...the rookie defenseman Rundblad didn't even know he was called for hooking
as he stayed on the bench for about a minute...anyhow, Ottawa won in the
shootout...Spezza with a goal and the shootout winner....3-2...the hockey gods
made it right...
Watching the Canucks do battle with
the Oilers for the second time in two weeks...and the kid line is outplaying the
Florida Panthers' line...David Booth looked pretty good in the 1st period, but
then in the 2nd, the Oil took over...Jordan Eberle finally with his first of the
season, also got an assist on Taylor Hall's 2nd, and for good measure, the
veteran Shawn Horcoff converted a wraparound setup by Smitty...Cody Hodgson
replied for the Canucks after Roberto Luongo got yanked...it's 3-1 Oilers
heading into the 3rd...5th divisional game so far, and they only have 2 points
to show for it...all I know is if the Canucks lose this one then the St. Louis
Blues better be ready tomorrow night to contend with yet another team with a
chip on their shoulder...
Roberto Luongo got a new
mask...maybe he should go back to the old one...
Elsewhere...Pittsburgh 3, Islanders,
Goose Egg - somehow the Penguins have already played 11 games, giving just about
everybody games at hand on them...Tampa Bay comes from behind to beat Buffalo
4-3 - Ryan Malone's 3rd period marker turned out to be the game winner...Chicago
wins 3-2 over the Ducks in a shootout...San Jose beats Nashville 3-1 on the
strength of 2 from "Little Joe"...it's tied 1-1 between Dallas and
Phoenix...Sheldon Souray has his 2nd, Raffi Torres has his 1st...
And it's going to take 2-3 weeks for
Chris Pronger's eye to heal...
October 24, 2011
Wow...it's unbelievable how much a bad cold/flu will take out of you...but
at long last, like Sidney Crosby, I'm back and at least 99.5% better (hey, at
least he's able to take contact in practice now)...if you can believe this I
actually went to bed just last night (Sunday) earlier than I have since I was in
High School...9:30 I was in bed and if I saw 10 PM I don't remember...started to
feel like crap two Friday's ago, and by last Monday the 17th it was all I could
do to utter a squeak, couldn't talk, and when I tried, I sounded like the little
dog that lives next door to me...don't ask me how, but on Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday I was able to complete massive workouts in an attempt to sweat out the
virus and get back in business...I honestly don't know where I got the
energy...let's just put it this way, when I didn't feel like blogging/talking
hockey, you know there had to be something wrong with me...it's like they
say...lots of rest...lots of fluids...it's funny, I usually am good for about a
litre of water when I workout, last 3 workouts, it's been no less than 3 bottles
of water (1.5 L), AND a 700 ml bottle of Gatorade...take that, cold...
Anyhow, I'm happy this happened before leaving for vacay on November
3...would not have been a pleasant time in Florida if I had to fight off a
cold...it's one thing to get a cold in Canada as the weather changes, it's
another thing entirely to have to fight it off in warm weather...like it or not,
I'm usually good for one good bout with the virus a year...and usually around
this time...note to self...next year, save a few sick days...
reason I put a TV in my bedroom was not just to play PS3 on occasion, but to
also be able to get the games...I ordered my hockey package just before the
Oilers' home opener, and I'm glad I did...there's been some pretty good games
that I otherwise wouldn't have seen (and the way I felt, I probably wouldn't
have cared much)...particularly last Monday's Ryan Smyth bobblehead
night...Oilers suffered a bit of a setback against Calgary and again against
Minnesota (2 shootout losses in one week against the same team!?!)...let's just
say I'm not a fan of Dany Heatley of late...however, I am impressed with
Edmonton's record so far...3-2-2...and probably their most complete game in a
long time on Saturday night...a 2-0 shutout against the Rangers...the Bulin Wall
still has it...at least for now...and probably the biggest accolade of them all
- the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, was on record stating Ryan
Nugent-Hopkins is NHL ready...the Oilers have 2 more games to decide if he stays
for the season or goes back to Red Deer...would actually be kind of cool to see
him play for Team Canada at the juniors, especially since they're in
Edmonton/Calgary this year...just saying...but, if he makes the team after the 9
games, he deserves to...team leading 5th goal, and despite the loss on HNIC two
Saturdays ago, the fastest Oiler to ever score a hat trick...in just his 3rd
game against Vancouver...not too sure about the 3rd one, but after they reviewed
it they let him keep it...
- they need to keep it going...every Canadian team will have an opportunity
this year to make an impression on the Top 8...yes, even Ottawa...see that come
from behind win on Saturday? Jason Spezza ties it with about 30 seconds
left...and Milan Michalek wins it with 5 seconds to go? What?!?! If
that doesn't pump them up for their upcoming road trip that starts in Raleigh
tomorrow night, nothing will...
from behind wins...late minute heroics...it's been the story of the entire
league in the past week or so...you had Heatley with the tying goal Thursday
night with 1.2 seconds left on the clock...the aforementioned Sens
game...Winnipeg was down early against Carolina on Saturday but came back to win
5-3...Toronto beat the Habs in OT...just head over to NHL.com and check out some
highlights...with the NBA not showing any signs of coming back anytime soon,
Hockey clearly has the spotlight...and the players are putting on one hell of a
made me aware on Facebook of an excellent article by sports columnist and
blogger Bill Simmons, a.k.a. The Sports Guy...:
- excellent site if you want to read a couple of good rants about the NBA
lockout, and how because of it, he's turned to hockey, no less!! Although,
I'm not sure if Simmons realizes that we've already been through this...I'm sure
the NHL, whether they liked it or not, ended up with a few NBA converts back in
2004...but, despite the fact I follow the Celtics, basketball ain't hockey...it
just ain't...the CHL/OHL and World Juniors was my hockey that year...
night tonight...Toronto, last I checked, was losing 4-2 to Philly,
late...Jaromir Jagr has his 1st NHL goal since April of 2008 in that
one...Montreal was deadlocked 1-1 against Florida...and Winnipeg was scoreless
against the Rangers in the 2nd...actually...looking like Florida has the 2-1
lead late in the 3rd...and the Rangers are on the board, 1-0 there...the 4-2
score is now a final for Philly...Chris Pronger took a stick in the face early
in that one and never returend...
Speaking of Winnipeg, they decided Mark Scheiffle, who was absolutely
dynamite in preseason, is not ready for the NHL...yet...in just a handful of
games, he scored one goal (against Toronto), but really, unlike Nugent-Hopkins,
has not looked comfortable against the league's elite at all...I have a feeling
if Nuge can get on the scoresheet against Ovie and the Washington Capitals later
this week, then he's not going back to Red Deer...
Washington is proving early they did well to get Tomas Vokoun...but then
again, Semyon Varlamov has been no slouch in Colorado either...Neuvirth is a
capable backup...look out for the Capitals...this just could be their
year...but, didn't we say that two years ago? Fool me once...
rankings came out today...and no surprise, Washington, undefeated after
their first 7 games, and LA, already with 5 wins, lead the pack...Edmonton
actually made the Top 16 for the first time since Ryan Smyth was
games tomorrow night...no Alfie for Ottawa in Carolina, and we'll see the
2nd meeting already between Vancouver and Edmonton...they're getting those
divisional games out of the way fast...Vancouver should have David Booth in
their lineup...he was traded there along with Steve Reinprecht from Florida over
the weekend...for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm...Sturm doesn't really
surprise me, but did Vancouver give up way too much in Samuelsson, especially
given that today they sent Reinprecht down to the minors?! Booth this
season has played 6 games, has 1 assist and is a -6...and Vancouver wants him
why exactly?!?! By comparison, after 7 games, Sturm has no points and is a
-5...Samuelsson in six games: 1 grape, 2 apples, 3 pinatas...and only a
-1...yeah, Vancouver won that trade, right? Methinks they pushed the panic
button a tad bit early...what next, Boston trades Tim Thomas?!? Makes
about as much sense....
Barring any unforseen circumstances I'll be checking in at some point
October 11, 2011
11:39 PM: Senators' home opener was
tonight...in celebration of
their 20th anniversary of their modern day history, they honored members of that
inaugural team in 1992-93...and for all intents and purposes, despite
outshooting the Minnesota Wild, throughout the first 20 minutes, actually looked
like that team from the first season...
They came out of the gate hard,
though, rushing the net, even getting an early power play opportunity, but it
was Kyle Brodziak who opened the scoring...late in the period, Devin
Setoguchi...and before the game was 20 minutes old, it was 2-0, Wild...Brodziak
is coming off a career year which saw him score 16 G, 37 points...where was
THAT with Edmonton?!?!
Predictably, the Ottawa crowd was on
Dany Heatley everytime he touched the puck...but Chris Neil had them on their
feet after putting at least 3 good hits on him...he would help start the
comeback in the 2nd, helping Nick Foligno and Ottawa get on the board, and after
40 it was a 2-1 Wild lead...
Nice fight between Zenon Konopka and
Zach Kassian...the two #28s converged...
In the 3rd, Nick Johnson would put
Minnesota up 3-1 (thought it was Kassian with his first NHL goal at first), but
another well placed hit by Chris Neil, and finally a goal...it went to video
review, and it counted...3-2...Neil was a one man wrecking crew...he was all
over Heatley, which may have drawn the loudest cheers, but he also lowered the
boom on rookie Clayton Stoner in almost exactly the same spot he got Victor
Hedman in his rookie season...welcome to the NHL, kid...
Colin Greening would tie it on a
power play, 3-3...overtime would solve nothing, it went to a
shootout...interesting analysis by Gord Miller before the shootout even
happened...Minnesota historically can't stop the puck in the shootout, and
Ottawa historically can't score...well, history prevailed...Michalek, Spezza and
Alfredsson all scored, and Matt Cullen had the lone goal for Minnesota...Sens
won the shootout 3-1, won the game 4-3, and improved to 1 and 2 on the
season...Wild dropped to 1-1-1...
Pittsburgh had their home opener
against Florida, and now missing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, it was the
Matt Cooke show again?! 3rd of the season already for him, ties a career
high in October for him...had 3 goals in the entire month of October in 2007
when he was still in Vancouver...scored 2 against them on opening night...guess
he took that suspension to heart, because he is playing outstanding hockey right
now...James Neal already has more goals in 4 games than he had down the stretch
last season from the trade deadline onward...Richard Park's shorthanded goal,
his 1st of the season in his second stint with Pittsburgh, turned out to be the
GWG...Pascal Dupuis added a goal and an assist...Florida saw Fleischmann and Goc
get on the board...Pens beat the Cats 4-2 and are undefeated in
regulation...3-0-1...the shootout loss of course coming Sunday against
And that was it...only 2 games
tonight...only 3 tomorrow night...10 on Thursday...
St. Louis today picked up D Taylor
Chorney off waivers from Edmonton, and placed Carlo Colaiacovo on injured
reserve...while another former Oiler was placed on waivers by Anaheim...Zack
Stortini...yet another former Oiler, G Jeff Deslauriers, was sent down to
Syracuse...Ducks also lost a player to waivers - former Sens' tough guy Brian
McGrattan is now property of the Nashville Predators...looking even further into
the waiver wire, in an attempt to call him back up from a conditioning stint in
the minors, Eric Nystrom was placed on re-entry waivers by Minnesota...be
interesting to see if anybody picks him up with Minnesota fitting half the
bill...back to Calgary, maybe?
Signing on the dotted line...Rich
Peverley...3 year extension to remain with the champs, who have been anything
but through two games...nice shutout for Semyon Varlamov yesterday in a 1-0 Avs
win...historically, Colorado, since moving from Quebec, has enjoyed a ton of
success in Boston...they seem to always get up for the Bruins...
Brendan Shanahan confirmed today
that Ryan Smyth will not be suspended for the elbow on Chris Kunitz...he already
served a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for the play...one I've watched a
few times and am still trying to figure out why that play warranted such a stiff
penalty...I know the mandate is punish the borderline hits, but Smyth is NOT
that kind of player...Shanny made the right call...I would have went ballistic
if he would have received even one game...
Columbus' Mark Methot also escaped
suspension for a hit on Henrik Sedin during last nights' Canucks-Jackets
game...Sedin is day to day with a charlie horse, Methot got called for
boarding...meh, I thought the hit was clean...next time Methot is in Ottawa
remind me to buy him a drink...that was outstanding...Sedin should know
better...both of them...
And former Canuck and present day
Bolt Matti Ohlund underwent athroscopic surgery on both of his knees and will
miss at least a month or two...Tampa is listing him as out indefinitely, but
average recovery for this is usually 4-6 weeks...with the type of training and
rehab these athletes go through wouldn't surprise me to see him back before
October 9, 2011
11:52 PM: Eberle starts it off...GOAL!!!
Dubnyk just needs a save...
Neal...GOAL...2-1, advantage Edmonton...
Omark...for the win...no spin-o-rama...NO
GOAL...YouTubers won't be happy
about that one...
win the shootout, 2-1 they win the
game...Tom Renney is a perfect 8-0 in season openers...but...there are still 81
goals left...pretty good start for the kid, though!!! Sportsnet gives
Dubnyk first star, Johnson 2nd star, Nugent-Hopkins, 3rd star...
11:47 PM: And Jeff Petry,
along with everybody at Rexall Place,
including Sportsnet announcer Kevin Quinn, thought it was over...it hit the
corner of the post and crossbar...
We go to a shootout...2nd
shootout in 4 nights for the Penguins...
11:39 PM: James Neal rings one off the
11:37 PM: End of regulation...we've
got OT...still about 30 seconds or so in the five minute major...Dubnyk has been
11:33 PM: They've called Ryan Smyth
for elbowing on Chris Kunitz...replay
didn't show me anything, especially in slow motion...OK, well maybe he could
have controlled his stick a little better, but certainly nothing that should
have merited the call...in any event, a 5 minute major and a game
misconduct?!...all Smyth could do was shrug his shoulders and leave the ice...if
Shanny lays down a suspension here I'll be very interested to see his
Big penalty kill here...
11:28 PM: 1st NHL goal for Ryan
at 15:05 of the 3rd, ties the game
1-1...got his own rebound, twice...and got it by Brent Johnson...
Great finish coming up!!!
10:59 PM: Could see fatigue
in the Penguins towards the end of the
2nd...still 1-0 heading into the 3rd...
10:01 PM: Oilers' home opener against
Pittsburgh...and it's 1-0 Pens
after 1 period...power play goal by Kris Letang...
Oilers outshot the Pens 13-9...Pens
1 for 2 on the PP...Oilers 0 for 4, including a 5 on 3...they're moving the puck
well, though...Taylor Hall has been all over the place...as has Ryan
Smyth...captain Shawn Horcoff has been invisible, so far...still 40 minutes to
go...if Edmonton can exploit the fact that Pittsburgh played last night in
Calgary, then they'll be fine...
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is looking way
more comfortable than perhaps he should...seems to have built a little chemistry
going with Ales Hemsky...
Devan Dubnyk earned the surprising
season opening start in net over Nikolai Khabibulin...if not for him it would
probably be 3-0 by now...
Winnipeg came out flat in their
first home opener in 15 years...it was a 5-1 Montreal win...but the fans didn't
seem to care...they've been on their feet since the announcement was made May
31...Hockey Trivia junkies, who scored the first goal in Winnipeg Jets' modern
history? None other than former Toronto Maple Leafs and Atlanta Thrashers
sniper Nik Antropov...
2 huge early season injuries
for the Habs...Mike Cammalleri and Jaroslav Spacek both left the game and are
essentially day to day...Cammalleri might miss a little more time, left the game
with a gash in his leg...fell awkwardly and got clipped by team mate's Yannick
Jeff Marek is on the Sportsnet
Hockey Central panel...along with Marty McSorley and John
October 7, 2011
9:38 PM: 5-3...Filip Kuba on the power
play...but the Sens have just
taken a penalty...only about a minute left...
...they almost got one
9:18 PM: Spezza to Michalek...goal...5-2...Mike
Babcock immediately looked up at the clock...
9:07 PM: 5-0 Red Wings...Ian White's first
as a Red Wing...
the board in Raleigh and in Columbus...the
road team with the advantage in both after 40 (Bolts and Preds)...and
Chicago-Dallas is scoreless...Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis with their
1st, and Jeff Skinner with his first; Vinny Prospal for Columbus...the Preds
have just gone up 3-1...Matt Halischuk, Ryan Suter and Craig Smith...
Milan Michalek just busted the
shutout...5-1...still 14 minutes left...
8:33 PM: It's a bloodbath in Detroit...about
5 1/2 minutes left in the 2nd period and it's 4-0, Red Wings...
Todd Bertuzzi, Nick Lidstrom, Cory Emmerton and
Jiri Hudler...Emmerton had one goal all of last season...mind you, he only played 2 games, the
goal tonight is his 2nd career NHL goal in just his 3rd career NHL
game...technically he's still a rookie...Sens so far with the Goose
egg...they've missed at least 3 wide open nets...and somehow, Craig Anderson is
still in goal...
BTW, when did Bertuzzi decide to
become a hockey player!? Had a highlight reel shootout goal in the
preseason, and the 1-0 goal was a nice feed up the middle from Darren Helm,
right on Bert's tape for the break, deke, goal...hate to say this, but he's
lookin' good so far...1 goal 1 assist...just needs a fight for the Gordie
When the hell is Jason Spezza going
to learn that the backhand/forehand deke doesn't work in the NHL...especially
against this team...
Is it just me or does Paul MacLean
look like a wider-waist version of Tom Selleck?! With glasses...
4:00 PM: You'd never say Hockey started
yesterday...they were predicting
up to 19 Celcius today, but I would imagine we've toppled the 20 degree
threshold...very nice and warm outside...must be the Indian Summer...
By comparison, last weekend was
chilly and miserable (rain)...I started the pilot light to my fireplace...
3:24 PM: Wouldn't be
a new season without another Grapes controversy, would it? Don Cherry is
once again under fire for comments made on Coach's Corner last night, where he
not only nonchalantly called out Brendan Shanahan for an unprecedented 10
suspensions during the preseason, but also got real nasty towards former
heavyweights Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thompson regarding their recent
comments as it pertains to fighting and the enforcer role...in an interview on
The Fan 590 in Toronto, Nilan appeared stunned...
Just the former AHL player turned
NHL coach giving his two cents, whether or not it doesn't belong is
irrelevant...I have to say, I finally watched "The Don Cherry Story" over the
summer, and I have a new found respect for the man...love him or hate him, every
hockey fan should take the time to watch that movie to better understand his
the clip over at cbc.ca/hockey and prepare
to be amazed again...can't wait to hear HNIC Radio today!!!
12:03 PM: I don't know
if somebody within the Vancouver Canucks
organization reads my blog or what, but last night in the 3rd period, they woke
up in a big way...Luongo looked like he was back in mid season form (or maybe he
was just lucky, I don't know which is true)...they finally got the tying goal
just past the midway point of the 3rd...on a delayed penalty, Daniel Sedin came
off the bench and fired a shot past Fleury to tie the game...he had a look of
fire in his eyes that I didn't see all of last year...I definitely didn't
see it in Game 7...if he keeps that going, who knows where it will lead...I'm
sure he heard the criticism all summer about how he didn't stand up for his
brother and vice versa...I mean, come on folks - this team lost one game
which just so happened to end up being the most important one of the
season...can't win 'em all...in a way it's probably good that they did lose that
series, don't want to give them a false sense of security over there in
B.C....or worse yet...a superiority complex...
I do mean what I said, though, when
I say they may be at somewhat of a size disadvantage...especially if they meet
Boston again, or even worse, Philly or Pittsburgh...can't really pick anybody
else in the East right now...
So, anyway, the Canucks got a point,
but they still lost in the shootout...given that there's still 81 games to go,
probably not time to worry just yet...Kris Letang, of all people, continued his
mastery of the skills competition by getting the Pens out to the 1-0
lead...Burrows and Samuelsson both whiffed on their attempts...and Evgeni
Malkin, who was snake bitten all game, got the GWG in the shootout...Pens win
the shootout 2-0, win the game 4-3...
Tonight - Ottawa starts their season
in Detroit, Tampa gets underway in Raleigh, Nashville is in Ohio, and Chicago is
in Dallas...this afternoon the Ducks are up against the Sabres in Finland, and
the Rangers play the Kings in Sweden...both are 1 PM EST starts...
Then, we get going with our first
weekend of the new season...13 games on Saturday, only 2 on Sunday, but 7 on
Monday - Thanksgiving up here in Canada, Christopher Columbus day in the U.S....
October 6, 2011
11:51 PM: Keith Ballard
with his 1st of the year...the Pittsburgh
lead is now 3-2 after 40 minutes...
And in Ontario,
Dalton McGuinty stays in power, but by the
skin of his teeth...Liberals lose the majority by ONE SEAT...so they get a
minority government, a first in Ontario in over 100 years, and stay in
power...as I await the next bribe to be deposited into my bank account...maybe
it can happen before my vacation next month?
11:37 PM: Alex Burrows
negates the power play...hooking...4 on 4...there's one way to lose momentum...
11:32 PM: HUGE momentum
shift for Vancouver...now they're going on
the power play...they better keep an eye on Cooke...
11:18 PM: Geez...anybody
pick Matt Cooke in their hockey pool?!
2nd of the game,
shorthanded marker - 3-1 Penguins...Bobby
Lu is NOT looking good...I think he still thinks it's Game 7...
10:54 PM: End of the first period...
I LOVE the
new Molson Canadian ad...the one with the
Rick Jeanneret goal call while a bunch of kids are playing hockey outdoors...
10:51 PM: Potential tying
goal from Daniel Sedin is under
review...couldn't see the puck, but saw Fleury's glove in the net...
call to Toronto's war room, who I imagine called it inconclusive...
10:47 PM: Looks like Maxim Lapierre kept the horseshoes from last season...he
handcuffed both Zbynek Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury...the puck had eyes and
trickled between both players' legs...BTW, Kevin Weekes - Milan Michalek is his
brother, the Ottawa forward...
10:40 PM: Ouch! How do you like that?
Jannick Hansen took an elbowing penalty,
and Matt Cooke has his 1st of the season...2nd straight power play goal against
for Vancouver...and we're not even out of the 1st period yet...that won't do
your penalty kill % any favors...
comes out of the East like all of the
pundits are predicting, if they somehow meet up with the Canucks, I'm not sure
if the result would be any different...maybe it's just me, but it seems like the
Penguins are easily 2-3 inches taller than the tallest Canuck...Evgeni Malkin
looks like Zdeno Chara against Bobby-Lu...
Best picture I've seen all summer,
is a picture of the Sedin twins, surrounded with the caption: "TWO GIRLS - NO
CUP"...I think uLAr actually used it as his Facebook profile picture...
10:26 PM: James Neal
only scored one goal down the stretch since
his trade deadline move from Dallas...5:04 into the 1st period the new season,
he has Pittsburgh's first regular season goal...a power play marker with Kevin
Bieksa sitting for hooking...
Didn't take long
for Cooke and Burrows to start chirping at
10:18 PM: We get to see
Matt Cooke for the first time since the
suspension towards the end of last season...
CBC has a new on screen scoreboard
design...a little small, but it will grow on me...
No team has more injuries to start
the season than Vancouver...the biggest names out - Ryan Kesler, who won't be
back until at least November, and Mason Raymond...of course, the biggest name of
them all is still missing on the other end...Sidney Crosby...but you know what?
I still picked him in my pool...one of them...
10:12 PM: Hey, did
Mark Donnelly lose weight? I'm not
even making a joke!!
Time to raise the Western Conference
Champions banner at Rogers Arena...
Boston raised the Championship
banner earlier this evening...Philly spoiled the party, however, with a 2-1
win...Ilya Bryzgalov made 22 saves in his first win as a Flyer...Brad Marchand
was the only Bruin to beat him...Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek (acquired from
Columbus in the Jeff Carter trade) with their first points of the year for
Philadelphia...Jaromir Jagr waited three years to get his 1600th NHL
point...wonder how many more times he'll help out Giroux this season?
9:50 PM: NHL Face Off, opening night...only
Toronto shuts out Montreal
2-0...James Reimer with his 4th career shutout helps the Leafs get going with a
bang...Dion Phaneuf and Matthew Lombardi the goal scorers...Lombardi's goal was
shorthanded...first game for him in over a year...nice pickup for Toronto...he
still has some wheels...
And it's 2-1 Philadelphia leading
over Boston, late...on banner raising night...
Vancouver hosts Pittsburgh...shortly
after we check in on the Ontario Election...looking like Dalton McGuinty might
remain the Premier, unfortunately...looks like my vote didn't count for
squat...but results are still trickling in...I guess people are easily
bribed...wonder if they realize they're being bribed with their own tax
I'm leaving the Free agency/trade
links up until after Thanksgiving/Columbus Day (depending on what side of the
49th you live)...the rosters are more or less set at this point, save for
whomever gets sent down after their 9th game...
October 1, 2011
12:34 AM: 4-1 final in
Vancouver...Mikhael Samuelsson with the icing on the cake, and add an empty netter
to salt it away for the Canuckleheads...
12:12 AM: You know,
I'm not trying to be a biased Oilers fan,
but quite frankly, if Vancouver wants to take that next step after losing Game 7
of the Stanley Cup Final, they aren't going to win any fans or friends going
after heads of young players...at the very least I'm not impressed...
It's 2-1 Canucks
late in the 3rd on the strength of a
Jannick Hansen even strength goal, but the Oil are going to the power play after
Marco Sturm lunged at Lennart Petrell...
are losing defensemen left, right and
center...Taylor Chorney, Ladislav Smid and Taylor Fedun are all out...in last
night's game in Minnesota, blue line hopeful Fedun suffered a broken leg in
almost the same spot on the ice where former Wild and Oiler Kurtis Foster broke
his a few years ago...on an icing play no less...no thanks to Eric Nystrom's
stick...Chorney tweaked a knee and Smid injured his shoulder......most likely
means Jeff Petry(-dish) is staying with the Oilers, for now...
No touch icing...what are you
waiting for, NHL?!?!
And I don't know why we continue to
receive updates about Sidney Crosby not being available...I thought the Penguins
and Sid's doctors were already clear that he won't be ready until he's
ready...so why the continued reminder that he won't be playing the opener on
Thursday??! Let's just stop speculating just because he's working out with
the team...the guy has to stay in shape...doesn't he?
Seems Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad is
staying with the Sens for now, too, as he survived the team's last round of
Of course, don't forget, teams have
until their 10th game to either sign a player to an entry level contract, or
send them back to the minors...
11:19 PM: It's still only preseason,
but tonight's Edmonton-Vancouver exhibition
tilt on HNIC is getting nasty...Victor Oreskovich put a hard, but clean hit on
1st round draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and the rest of the team came to his
aide...Theo Peckham ended up going with, get this...Maxim Lapierre!??!
Went for awhile too, and Lapierre, I must admit, held his own...
seem to have gotten that out of their
system, and are back to playing hockey...it's 1-1 on the strength of special
teams...Cody Hodson tipped a Kevin Bieksa point shot in the 1st, and in the 2nd,
Magnus Paajaarvi finally got one by Roberto Luongo, after a flurry of what must
have easily been 10 shots on goal...Luongo was on his back doing the snow angel
and at his mercy before Paajaarvi finally got it over the line...and we stand
Alex Edler has taken out Taylor Hall
a couple of times already...once into the boards which turned into a boarding
penalty, and just moments ago got him in the head with a blatant elbow...that
play may get reviewed...
Ryan Malone got a head shot in on
Montreal's Chris Campoli in a game between the Habs and Bolts...we might be
hearing more about that one too...
Toronto's Clarke MacArthur has
received the rest of preseason and 2 regular season games for a hit on Detroit's
Justin Abdelkader in a game last night...and staying with Detroit, Brendan Smith
got rest of preseason and 5 regular season games for a hit on Chicago's Ben
Smith...both hits were head shots, something the league is committed to
eliminating from the game...can't remember a preseason when there has been so
much discipline doled out...
Today, to commemorate the 20th
season of their modern history, the Ottawa Senators unveiled a Heritage jersey,
which is a black colored version of their old vintage sweaters with the "O" logo
highlighting red and white stripes around the chest...the white is actually an
ivory color reminiscent of the old school look...on the shoulders a patch the
original Senators wore, one one side it says "Ottawa Senators", and on the other
"Senateurs D'Ottawa"...first time they'll wear the new sweaters is on Oct 13
against Colorado...when they play in February against Edmonton as part of Hockey
Day In Canada they'll wear them too...so the Oilers adopt their old school
white, blue and orange jerseys, and the Sens go Old School...one can only hope
we'll see some old time hockey to go along with it...
Seems Steve Staios is going to stick
around on Long Island...the Islanders signed him to a one-year deal...way to go,
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