Leafs Still Hanging in There

After the Maple Leafs 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night ,where they came up with 3 power play goals, they gave up 2 on Sunday night against the Ottawa Senators. After Toronto scored in the first period, the Senators pretty well took over the game. Even though the Senators took six of the ten penalties, the Leafs couldn’t put together a winning combination on their power play. Considering they only lost by one goal is a plus factor, but it doesn’t afford any points. But they are still sitting pretty close on Pittsburgh, who have played two games more, and are also in Washington’s range. Pretty impressive considering their status the last few years.

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Me And The Brookland Dodgers…by Momma Gouche

For a person who never missed the World Series in her younger days, and even was allowed to take her television to the office, I had to ask someone who won the Series. Gouche has got me so hung up on reporting hockey that I have little time to think on my own. I am still waiting for the Dodgers to return to Brookland, but I guess my dream is futile. I did not see or hear one baseball game this year. As I travelled to my summer home in Manitoba back then the radio was always tuned to the baseball and the voices of Tom Cheek and Gerry Howarth. Tom cheek passed away in 2005 and I met Howarth a few years later. We reminisced about the good old days and Tom. I played semi pro baseball with a team called the St.Vital Tigerettes and at 5′ 2″ and one hundred pounds I could hit a pretty mean home run. I was called Sure Shot Shirl. So tell someone who cares!

Toronto Is On Top Of It…by Momma Gouche

The Toronto Maple Leafs are not only heading in the right direction to make the play-offs (something that is a long time coming), and their points are just short of the big guns. Mikhail Grabovski opened up the scoring for the Leafs on a power play at 11:31. The only goal in the first period of their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The tone of the game was one for me … one for you … one for me …one for you, until me won out in a goal by Phil Kessel at 10.08 of the third. The power plays were two for each team, with Toronto getting the only netter. Evengi Malkin is back in the game and came up with a goal and an assist. Gouche was at the game (no ticket for Momma Gouche) and he said that Evengi was the best on the ice. It is time one of the original six shows that they are still as good as they used to was.

Jet – Lag…by Momma Gouche

The balance of play was mostly in the Winnipeg end Saturday night when the Jets played the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay scored at 9:59, but the goal was disallowed as Dominic Moore was called for goalie interference. Ondreji Pavelec was challenge several times in the first period , but stalwartly stood up to everything that came at him. The Jets played well in their power plays, but didn’t manage to capitalize. Vincent Le Cavalier scores on a power play with 40 seconds left in the second. Pavelec cannot be faulted for the goal, as with the traffic in front of him, he didn’t even see the puck. The Jets played very well in the third, but Dwayne Roloson was hot, and even with six men on the ice, in the dyeing minutes, they were not able to get past him. Winnipeg now goes on a week road trip, and with a mere 7 points they are going to have to put some solid games together.

The Hawks Go Scoreless by Momma Gouche

Tim Gleason scored for the Carolina Hurricanes at 3:41 of the first period in Friday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks turned over the puck a couple of times, but did a great job of killing off a double penalty to Patrick Kane.The play was pretty well all Carolina in the first period, with the Hawks only getting 7 shots on goal.The Hurricanes almost scored in the opening minutes of the second and Corey Crawford had to be quick. Fortunately for the Hawks the Canes took a penalty to Jeff Skinner, which eased some of the pressure. Chicago switched their lines around, trying to get the right mix to improve their offensive play. Kane was a real work horse, but couldn’t score on a couple of good chances. The Hawks put a lot of pressure on the net, but Cam Ward was not to be beaten and thwarted off all that was thrown at him.The Hawks were slow to organize on a power play and it ended up that Brent Seabrook got a penalty for hooking Eric Stahl on a break away. Fortunately Crawford was quick to block the penalty shot. The Hurricane’s Brandon Sutler scored at 5:39 in the third. Even though the Hawks had a couple of power plays, they still weren’t able to put much together.The Canes’ Jiri Tlusty put a wrist shot past Crawford at 15:07 and the game ended 3-0 for the Carolina Hurricanes.The Hawks had taken two late penalties, that didn’t give them any opportunity to put any effective offensive plays together. It was probably one of the worst games that I have seen my Hawks play. They are still not too far behind the leader, but they are gong to have to put some better strategy together in future games to stay in the hunt.

Bombers Fall Short In Fourth by Momma Gouche

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers started the scoring Friday night with a field goal by Justin Palardy at 5:57 of the first Quarter. The Toronto Argonauts took over with a touchdown by Chad Rempel at 5:51 in the second; followed by a field goal by Noel Prefontaine and a touchdown by Jim Parker. Ken Johnson got a touchdown ar 11;11. Palardy got a field goal at 14:09 and the Half ended 24-6 for Toronto. Winnipeg’s Palardy got a field goal at 4:31 of the third quarter and Greg Carr pulled a 45 yard pass out of the air in the end zone for the Bombers (the play of the game) and the score is 24:16. Palardy gets another field goal at 14;48 of the third and 4:27 of the fourth and the score is 24-22 . Prefontaine gets a final field goal at 13:24 and the scoring ends at 27:22. Steven Jyles was injured with 9:03 remaining in the game, when he got hit helmet to helmet by Bomber’s John Sears. He was replaced by Dalton Bell. Some scrapping ensued and Sears and Argos Jason Pottenger were ejected from the game. Jyles did not appear to be hurt too badly.

Bombers Fall Short In Fourth by Momma Gouche

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers started the scoring Friday night with a field goal by Justin Palardy at 5:57 of the first Quarter. The Toronto Argonauts took over with a touchdown by Chad Rempel at 5:51 in the second; followed by a field goal by Noel Prefontaine and a touchdown by Jim Parker. Ken Johnson got a touchdown ar 11;11. Palardy got a field goal at 14:09 and the Half ended 24-6 for Toronto. Winnipeg’s Palardy got a field goal at 4:31 of the third quarter and Greg Carr pulled a 45 yard pass out of the air in the end zone for the Bombers (the play of the game) and the score is 24:16. Palardy gets another field goal at 14;48 of the third and 4:27 of the fourth and the score is 24-22 . Prefontaine gets a final field goal at 13:24 and the scoring ends at 27:22. Steven Jyles was injured with 9:03 remaining in the game, when he got hit helmet to helmet by Bomber’s John Sears. He was replaced by Dalton Bell. Some scrapping ensued and Sears and Argos Jason Pottenger were ejected from the game. Jyles did not appear to be hurt too badly.