Sunday, February 4, 2007

Saturday Night Hockey

Yesterday was Hockey Night In Canada. If you watched just even one of the Canadian teams play, then you had a good day( except Montreal fans).

The Ottawa Senators faced the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday. It was typical Sens-Leafs game. There was some great goaltending, some beautiful goals and an exciting finish. After a scoreless 1st, the Leafs turned it on scoring 2 thanks to Mats Sundin and Jeff O'Neill. Then in the 3rd period, Ottawa turned into a game with Ottawa scoring 2 goals courtesy of Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Comrie. Before Comrie's goal, it looked like Mike Fisher tied it up just 12 second after Alfredsson's goal, but was disallowed after review. After an exciting overtime, the game went to a shootout. After a miss by Antropov the Sens took the lead on a beautiful deke from Vermette. Then Sundin came and tied it up, deking instead of his normal shot to the high glove side. After a couple of misses, John Pohl deked Emery out of his pants and put it in on the backhand. Finally, Jason Spezza came in and was denied by Raycroft to clinch the Leafs 4th straight win. After asked about the play of Andrew Raycroft, Maurice said,"He looks different. Even better than the start when he was playing well'.

The Calgary Flames faced the Vancouver Canucks at the Sattledome with 1st place on the line.Flames Byron Richie after being a healthy scratch on Friday had a great game with a great fight and a goal. After being down 2-0 after the first,the Flames came back with 4 unanswered goals. 2 in the second and 2 in the third. With the Flames win, they break their 4 game losing skid against the Canucks. They now own first place in the Northwest Division.

In one of the earlier games of the day, the Edmonton Oilers faced the the Colorado Avalanche. After being publicly criticized, Dwayne Roloson made 37 saves in a 3-2 win. After being down 2-1, the Oilers scored 30 seconds apart to win. The Oilers are playing good hockey, winning 3 out of their last 4. This was a big win for the Oilers because they were tied with the Avalanche for last place at the start of the game. They are now 9th in the conference, 6 points behind 8th seeded Minnesota.

Finally, the Montreal Canadiens faced the New York Islanders. The Canadiens continued their slump losing 4-2. Montreal's big guns like Koivu, Higgins, Kovelev and Samsonov are not producing points. The Habs have now lost 4th place in the conference to Ottawa dispite the Sens loss. Miro Satan and Yashin both contributed to the score.

Here are the rest of the scores of the day:

Washington-0, Pittsburgh-2. Chicago-2, San Jose-4. Philadelphia-5, Atlanta-2. Buffalo-2, New Jersey-3.

Rangers-2, Tampa Bay Lightning-3. Los Angeles-7, Florida-0. Dallas-0, St.Louis-2. Anaheim-0, Nashville-3. Boston-4, Carolina-3. Minnesota-1, Phoenix-0

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