The end of hockey night in Canada: As a Habs fan, hockey day in Canada was a complete bust. The Canadiens really never kicked it into gear and were buried by an avalanche of Leaf goals. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go drown my sorrows in cheap domestic beer.
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Post-Game: Roberto Luongo. The Best.
End of Game: The Vancouver Canucks ran roughshod over the Calgary Flames 5-1. Canucks’ forward Jordan Schroeder was the obvious first star after notching the first two goals of his career.
12:27: Jordan Schroeder pots his second goal of the game to put Vancouver up by four. It’s garbage time, folks.
12:22: Calgary can’t muster any meaningful offense in this period. Vancouver is cruising.
12:04: Chris Higgins scores Vancouver’s fourth goal of the game on a feed from Kevin Bieksa (Bieksa’s second point of the night). Vancouver is starting to pull away completely. 4-1 Canucks.
Jordan Schroeder’s first career NHL goal.
End of the second period: Vancouver took over this game in the second period with goals from Burrows, Schroeder and Bieksa.
Shots on goal: Flames- 20, Canucks- 22
11:40: A point shot by Kevin Bieksa finds a way to the back of the net to put the Canucks up by a couple.
11:23: 27 seconds after Burrows’ goal, Jordan Schroeder scores his first career NHL goal to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead. This game just pulled a complete 180.
11:20: Vancouver finally solves Irving when Alex Burrows crashed the net to score his third of the season.
11:18: The Leland Irving show continues, this time he shuts the door on Henrik Sedin. Hank can’t believe it.
11:13: Cory Schneider makes his first big save of the second frame, robbing Blake Comeau right on the doorstep. This is good news for my fantasy team.
11:08: Max Lapierre’s holding penalty gives Calgary their first power play of the game.
11:04: Tanguay takes another trip to the penalty box (hooking) to give the Canucks an early second period power play.
Coach’s Corner: Don Cherry calls Tomas Plekanec “Pelanec” and “Bukanik”. To be fair to Don, he’s not the first person to horribly botch that name. Still, Pleks deserves more respect than that.
End of the first period: Leland Irving had a hell of a period, Calgary leads 1-0.
Shots on goal: Flames- 11, Canucks- 7
10:42: Lee Stempniak gets his fifth of the season from Stajan and Comeau to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.
10:36: This game has none of the intensity of the Canadiens/Leafs game, but at least no one is folding faster than Super Man on laundry day like Montreal did.
10:27: Schneider and Irving trade big saves, this game is already more competitive than Leafs/Habs.
10:23: Mason Raymond is bloodied by a puck to the grill and leaves the game for repairs.
Mason Raymond’s gonna look like a real hockey player now. #canucks
— Jason Chen (@jasonchen16) February 10, 2013
10:20: Alex Tanguay gets the first penalty of the game and the Canucks will go to the power play.
10:12: Calgary vs. Vancouver: No time to breathe as we’re thrown right into the last game of hockey day in Canada between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks. Cory Schneider is starting in goal for Vancouver while Leland Irving is between the pipes for Calgary.
End of Game: Leafs absolutely destroyed the Habs 6-0. Not much to say other than “Ouch”.
9:50: More fisticuffs. Frazer McLaren laughed at a free swinging Josh Gorges, while Colton Orr punched a hole in an unsuspecting Rene Bourque’s face.
Prust vs. Fraser.
9:45: Neon Dion Phaneuf scores a power play goal and the Leafs lead 6-0. Wow…just wow.
9:40: A gigantic brouhaha breaks out, and Pacioretty looks like the world’s angriest human being. Punches were thrown, curses were uttered and a lot of Canadiens fans are probably heading for the exits.
Nazem Kadri absolutely destroyed Alexei Emelin with this beauty hit in the second period.
9:31: Brendan Gallagher decides to drop the mitts with Michael Kostka, which is only a good idea if you think that 12-year olds trying to fight grown men is a good idea.
9:25: Korbinian Holzer scores to give the Leafs a 5-0 lead. Colton Orr was on the ice for that goal (he got an assist!), so you know this has been pretty much the most embarrassing game in recent memory for Montreal.
9:18: Brandon Prust drops the gloves with Mark Fraser. Fraser lands more punches and wins on points.
JVR’s goal that gave the Leafs a 3-0 lead.
End of the second period: Better period from the Habs, but that doesn’t matter because Toronto still scored a pair of goals (Kessel and van Riemsdyk) and lead 4-0 after two frames. Pretty gross stuff if you’re a Montreal fan.
Shots on goal: Leafs- 20, Canadiens- 28
8:55: Phil Kessel scored on the power play (Rene Bourque was in the sin bin for high sticking). 4-0 Leafs…we still have a period left of hockey and it’s already garbage time.
At this point it seems like James Reimer is going to stop every puck he sees. He made two massive saves with about five minutes left in the period.
— Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) February 10, 2013
8:40: Mark Fraser shoots the puck over the glass to give Montreal their first power play of the game. Maybe they’ll remember that scoring more goals than the opponent is how you win a game of hockey.
8:33: Brendan Gallagher gets an unsportsmanlike penalty for diving. Carey Price holds his breath.
Tyler Bozak’s first period goal.
8:23: Erik Cole gives the Leafs the first power play of the game (slashing), because he wants to spot Toronto a four goal lead.
8:21: James van Riemsdyk scores on a nice feed from Phil Kessel. 3-0 Toronto
Leo Komarov’s first career NHL goal.
Coach’s Corner: Don Cherry and Ron MacLean once had a conversation that ended with Don saying “What are you stupid?” This is the most Don Cherry conversation of all time. Also Grapes just called us all jerks and told us to “shove it up your nose”. So…that happened.
.@tsnmatthew As Don would say, “Shave it up your nose.”
— Bob Cole (@FauxBobColeCBC) February 10, 2013
The End of the first period: The Canadiens finally show a little life, which is good because they were essentially comatose for the first 15 minutes of this game. The Leafs lead 2-0 after the first on goals by Komarov and Bozak.
Shots: Leafs- 12, Canadiens- 8
7:29: Tyler Bozak scores to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead. Every Montreal Canadien is saying to themselves “Hmm, I kind of wish they cancelled this game because of “Snowmageddon”.
Can really see Bozak coming into his own lately. Carlyle uses him a ton, too: He is fifth among NHL forwards in total ice time.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 10, 2013
7:16: Markov coughs up the puck and Komarov buries his first career NHL goal just on a nice 59 seconds in. 1-0 Toronto, who are dominating the first few minutes of this game.
7:15: The Puck is dropped, let’s do this!
7:13: The fans in the Bell Centre chant “Carey! Carey! Carey!”, no doubt relieved that Price is starting and Budaj is glued to the Pine.
It’s that time of the week folks. A time where grown men strap machetes to their boots and chase a hard rubber disc around a frozen surface. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for hockey night in Canada.
Tonight’s first game will feature the Montreal Canadiens vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs.
You know, those two teams that hate each other more than I hate the collective programming of TLC (“The Learning Channel” is a series of shows about child beauty pageants, grotesquely large families and grotesquely large Mormon families ). The Habs are looking for some revenge after dropping their home opener to the Leafs 2-1. Toronto made that game look easy, holding Montreal to just 21 shots, most of which were taken from the outside and easily handled by Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens.
Canadiens pre-game notes: After his bone headed penalties against the Sabres on Thursday, Ryan White will be a healthy scratch. Carey Price will start tonight.
Leafs pre-game notes: Mike Komisarek will not be in the lineup tonight (missing his fourth straight game) and James Reimer will be the masked man between the pipes.