The Leafs Blow Final By Momma Gouche

The Toronto Maple Leafs did not look impressive in their final exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings Friday night. The Wings took over the game towards the end of the second period and scored 3 power play goals, to defeat the Leafs 5-2. Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul scored the two goals for Toronto and both look like they are ready for the season; which begins October first. Hopefully, Lupul, who has a history of injuries, will remain healthy for the better part of the season. Some, far seeing, aficionados have predicted the Leafs will end up in 5th spot, but I can’t see that far ahead myself. I will be content with a playoff spot.

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Jets Missed Their Final Ex. By Momma Gouche

My hometown Winnipeg Jets should have spent their evening at some other venue on Friday night, as their efforts against the Boston Bruins were less than stellar. They only had 20 shots on goal. There were no boxscore stats on my computer and I didn’t have TV coverage, so I am only guessing from the score, as to how bad it was. Time for the Jets to pull up their socks if they are to have any success this season.

Toronto Players Settle Down by Momma

Although the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 3-2 to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night it was a lot more civilized game than what took place on Sunday night. There were only 5 penalties. Although there were 65 combined shots on the goalies, there were only 5 goals. There was no scoring in the first period and the Leafs got on the board early in the second. Ottawa took over the rest of the period and half way into the third they led 3-1. Dion Phaneuf got one more goal for Toronto @ 10.13, but the leaf fell short by one. Toronto has been starting out fairly well in the Exhibition series, but is going to need some more staying power.

Hawks And Jets Are Grounded by Momma Gouche

After a scoreless 1st period, Bryan Bickell put the Chicago Black Hawks up 2 with a shorthanded and power-play goal in the 2nd. The Hawks seemed to lay back on their 2-0 lead, but  Kris Letang scored 2 in the third and the regulation game ended in a tie. After 15 penalties in the 3 periods the box remained empty for OT, but nobody scored. The Hawks were not able to score on J. Zatkoff in the shootout, but James Neal and Sidney Crosby got by N. Khabibulin and the Hawks went down  3-2 . The Winnipeg Jets faired no better in their game against the Edmonton Oilers. Chris Thorburn put the jets up 1-0 late in the 1st, but Jesse Joensuu and Will Action got the only two other goals in the second period. The Jets went down 2-1 . Not a very exciting game for a true hockey fan, but for those that enjoy the rougher side, there was hooking, charging, roughing, tripping,holding, and high sticking. Let’s hope the regular season sees more hockey talent and less combat.

Exhibition Or Debacle In Toronto Sunday Night? by Momma Gouche

One would think that the exhibition games, prior to the opening of NHL hockey season, is a chance for players to get some  conditioning and the management to evaluate the skills of their new players. Obviously the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres was a chance for the players to prove how tough they were. It should be more about skill and not how tough in my opinion. Even the goalies got into the act. Toronto took 19 of the 41 penalties. Not the type of game that I would pay  to watch or would Stopconcussions.com approve. Unfortunately too many of the exhibition games have been plagued with too many infractions. Time to play some serious hockey, with 6 players in the on the ice. 

Hawks Still On Top by Momma Gouche

Although it was just an exhibition game on Tuesday night the Chicago Blackhawks continue their winning  streak. However, with the Detroit  Red Wings taking seven penalties of the eleven meted out. I feel that the Hawks should have scored more than the lone two goals of the game. I suppose that the pre-season games give the players a chance to stretch their muscles and see what rookies have potential, but it doesn’t give the hockey fans a reason to evaluate their favorite team. Certainly not a game that I, for one, enjoyed watching. Let’s get on to the real hockey season. My Hawks can do better — I hope!

Paul Ranger Gets The Winner by Momma Gouche

The Toronto Maple Leafs scored 3 goals on 4 shots on Sunday night, but let a 3 goal lead disappear with the Philadelphia Flyers  and didn’t get anything going again; until Paul Ranger, ( who gave up the sport in 2009) and on returning slipped one by Steve Martin for a 4-3 win. The Leafs play the Flyers again tonight (Monday) and hopefully they will play a better defensive game and not depend on another hero.