The Calgary Flames took on the visiting Montreal Canadiens last night and it was actually a pretty intense game. The Flames are now 3-0 for the season so far which is the best they’ve done at the beginning of the year since 1993-1994.
The Flames can thank some unlikely heroes for saving the day, though. Staffan Kronwall and Adam Pardy really stepped it up adding two assists each (Kronwall actually got his first NHL goal which ended up being the game-winner!) but it was Eric Nystrom who really made the difference. He scored two goals and I’m willing to go on record saying that I think this game would have gone very differently had he not been so active on the ice. Captain Jarome Iginla also scored a goal (his first of the season).
“A couple fights, a few goals, it was a great game for them,” said Iginla. “It’s huge momentum when they go out and play in the other team’s end, and play physical, and play with energy.”
“They played very well, both of them,” coach Brent Sutter said. “Pards has started to come and the last couple games, he’s certainly been really strong. I thought Krons, this was certainly his best game. He was really solid.”
The Habs weren’t held scoreless. Scott Gomez, Guillaume Latendresse and Tomas Plekanec each scored a goal. I think Gomez could end up being a real asset to the Canadiens especially seeing how he played with them tonight. Maybe there is hope for Montreal…
I was a little surprised that they put Jaroslav Halak in net. I’m not saying I like Carey Price any better (I actually think that Halak has a lot of potential) but we play Montreal so rarely that it would have been nice to have the two #1 goalies in opposing nets.
Flames netminder, Miikka Kiprusoff has added another win with 27 saves so maybe he’s got a shot at being the most winningest goaltender again this season.
I hear the curse of long-term contracts knocking on the door of Vancouver Canucks goaltender, Roberto Luongo. Seriously, friends. I know it’s so early in the season but this is definitely worth talking about.
The Canucks lost 5-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. I’ll get to the details on this nightmare but, first, let’s look at their start to this season so far. They’ve played three games and they’ve lost three games.
I watched their opener since it was against the Calgary Flames and almost instantly I was asking if there was something off about Luongo. I shrugged it off …read more
As if the Carolina Hurricanes aren’t already off to a bad enough start, they’ve now lost Erik Cole for 4-6 weeks. The power forward seems to have bad luck with injuries and now he’ll be sitting out after an MRI showed a fracture in his lower left leg.
The break happened after he made contact with Boston Bruins defenceman, Dennis Wideman, during their terrible loss on Saturday night.
There was so much action during that game that I have to admit that I had almost forgotten about this injury and I’m disappointed that it is this serious. Honestly, though, you can pretty …read more
It was a big night in my neck of the woods. Last night was the first Battle of Alberta and was the first home game of the season for the Edmonton Oilers. I’m not even going to go into how lame I thought their whole pre-game celebration was (I’m sorry but it was really stupid to me) since I was really just interested in their starting lineup.
After the Calgary Flames were stonewalled by goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning, I’ve always hated playing against him. I wanted to see how Miikka Kiprusoff would …read more
John Tavares has officially played his first NHL game and, despite losing, I’d say he had a heck of a night. Unfortunately, he had to make his debut against the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
This year’s first draft pick scored his first goal and picked up an assist and was actually chosen to go second in the shootout (he missed his shot). Pretty good for his first game with the New York Islanders. “We were in their face for most of the game,” Tavares said. “We played true Islander hockey. The result was disappointing, but we’re playing the Stanley Cup champs …read more
The Boston Bruins still seem a little pissed off at the Carolina Hurricanes after they eliminated them from the playoffs last year and they also appeared to want to prove themselves after suffering an embarrassing 4-1 loss against the Washington Capitals in the season opener on Thursday night.
The Bruins definitely came out on the ice and proved that, when they are on their game, they are virtually unstoppable. Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler put the puck in the back of the net just 26 seconds apart in the first period and the team scored four-power play goals to beat the …read more
After last night’s performance, it’s very possible that goaltender Ray Emery is back from whatever hell he’s been living in since his time with the Ottawa Senators.
The netminder, who has been out of the NHL and playing in the Russian league because of his own bad behavior, managed to stop all 28 shots that he faced and helped the Philadelphia Flyers secure a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Emery definitely sent a message in his debut with the Flyers by posting his ninth career shutout. Looks like history repeated itself since the last three times that Emery has faced the …read more
As a Calgary Flames fan, the first couple weeks are pretty brutal especially since for the last few seasons, Miikka Kiprusoff is downright painful to watch during the beginning of the season. Last night’s season opener against the Vancouver Canucks gave me hope that bringing Brent Sutter on as the new head coach is going to make a big difference – for the better.
The Flames in general were peppier and more aggressive than usual and Kipper was just part of their 5-3 victory. He stopped 39 of the 42 shots he faced including one save that really should have gone …read more
Today is the day! The 2009-2010 NHL season begins tonight! Are you pumped!? I’m so excited. I’ve already written about my predictions for this year (and, yes, they aren’t perfect and they are just guesses) so I’m definitely ready for the real action to start!
Here are the scheduled games for tonight:
Montreal @ Toronto – 7pm ET
Washington @ Boston – 7pm ET
Vancouver @ Calgary – 10pm ET
San Jose @ Colorado – 10pm ET
This marks the first time in a decade that the Habs will take on the Leafs in their season openers and, while I would normally put my money on …read more
Veteran center, Robert Lang, will be playing with the Phoenix Coyotes this season. No financial details have been disclosed but he did sign a one-year deal earlier this week.
“We are very pleased to have signed Robert Lang,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. “He provides another veteran presence for our team and is a proven scorer in the National Hockey League.”
I think it’s a pretty good signing. Lang has a lot of experience and has played on some decent teams and garnered a lot of regular season and playoff experience along the way. This could be Phoenix’s gain since the …read more