After a decisive win in their first game of the season the Winnipeg Jets have lost four in a row to leave them with a 2 point standing. On Sunday night Mark Scheifele scored in the first period for the jets, but the Calgary Flames retaliated with 4 unanswered goals in the second and third period. The Jets have lost all of their last 5 games and do not seem to be able to put anything together … even in their own arena. The Jets looked most impressive in their first game, but Paul Maurice is going to have to come up with a better combination if the Jets are going to make any headway. It is great that they have improved their penalty killing, but that dos not put points on the score board.
Although the Pittsburgh Penguins only have six points, their team play on Saturday night looks like they have found their niche. The New York Islander’s Thomas Hickey scored @ 15:46 of the first period, but for the Islanders that was “all she wrote”. The Pittsburgh Penguins took over in the second with a goal by Evgeni Malkin, and 2 goals by Patric Hornqvist (1 a power play). Marc Andre Fleury was solid in net and all round the team had one of their better games. Hopefully they will be as focused in further outings. On top of this Mr. Crosby is leading the league in points and looks in mid-season form!
In Saturday night’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche Alex Tanguay got the first goal for Colorado @ 2:23 of the first period … and then Montreal took over in the second with a power play goal by P.K. Subban , a goal by Alex Galchenyuk, and an empty net goal … again… By P.K. Montreal lead 3-1 by the end of the second. Matt Duchene tallied for the Avalanche @ 17:29 and the score ended 3-2 for the Canadiens . Goalie Corey Price thought the game was their best of the season. Montreal have 5 wins and a loss… for 10 leading points.
It was hardly a game worth the admission when the Toronto Maple Leafs met the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, unless you went to see the goalies stop 62 shots between them. The Leafs goalie Jonathon Bernier admits the winning goal was a bad mistake … on his part … after having handily stopped 35. There was no scoring in the regulation and Henrik Zetterberg got the single goal of the game @4:50 of overtime. Detroit has been decimated by injuries of their top players but their captain stepped up when he was needed most. Detroit now has 7 points (3 behind Montreal) and Toronto 5.
Johnny Oduya scored for the Chicago Black Hawks @1:49 of the first period Saturday in the Hawks game against the Nashville Predators. Shea Weber retaliated @ 11:17 with a power play, But there was no other scoring until overtime … when Toews almost danced a short handed goal in … to give the Hawks a 2-1 win. I can’t say that there was too much excitement in the game , but we ardent Hawks fans were biting our nails to the finish. But, to add to the thrill of the win, this was Toews first goal of the season. I would like to see My Hawks with more than 7 points, as three other teams match them and 7 other teams lead them. This is probably the slowest start Chicago has had in quite some time.
The Winnipeg Jets have lost 3 of their 4 starts and much has been blamed on Ondrej Pavelec. However, most times, a goalie is only as good as his supporting colleagues. Pavelec has not had very much defensive play from his fellow teammates and has faced some devastating plays from his opposition. In the Winnipeg Jets game against the Nashville Predators, on Friday night, Pavelec faced 27 shots and let in 2. The Predators won the game 2-0. Obviously the person, or persons who pick the stars thought he had played a credible game and awarded Pavelec the third star. I am disappointed in the present performance of the Jets, as must all Winnipeg Jets fans be. It is a long season and hopefully the Jets will start to put out some better performances than they have so far.
On Wednesday night Jonas Hiller, goalie for the Calgary Flames, thrust off 49 of 50 shot from the Chicago Blackhawks, which eventually lead to a 2-1 win for the Flames. Dennis Wideman scored for Calgary in the second period and Andrew Shaw had a power play goal in the third. The game went into overtime and Mikael Backlund settled the game in overtime with a goal Corey Crawford should have had and he would like that one back. This has so far been the most outstanding play of a goalie in the season and will probably stand for some time. Although my Blackhawks were the victim of Hiller’s dominance I much admire his steadfastness, and he totally deserved the first star.