Watched the Maple Leafs take apart Buffalo last night and I have to say, I’m a bit confused. The Leafs lead the NHL in hits and fights … and they have a respectable winning record well above .500 … and James van Riemsdyk is tied for 2nd in league scoring. Impressive. A Leaf fan could get used to this – if he didn’t know better. Curious to see what happens next. Welcome back, Randy Carlyle!
Music to suit: The Cars, ‘Good Times Roll’
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The NHL may have got a lot wrong this season but they got tomorrow’s Saturday Night season opener just right: Leafs vs Habs, a huge Original 6 team rivalry. Always a big deal at my house, since I’m a lifelong Leafs fan and my wife, Celine, is a devout Montreal Canadiens fan. And, as an added bonus this time around, Celine will finally have a chance to wear the 1959 Rocket Richard replica jersey I got her 4 months ago – since her maiden name is actually ‘Richard’, that birthday gift literally had her name written all over it.
Music to suit: Elton John, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’
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Hockey Night has the Perfect Content to Satisfy Hockey-Starved Fans
As the NHL strike drags on into the second month, I have to say, I’m not all that bothered about it. That’s because Hockey Night in Canada has opened the NHL game vaults and is letting us fans decide which game we want to see every Saturday night – and there’s some real beauties to choose from. Simply visit CBC.ca or facebook to vote online for the game you most want to see each week. Choose from 5 classic games, covering a range of different eras, teams, regular season and playoff games, All-Star games and even the odd International game. So far, I’ve voted for and watched 3 games in their entirety because the hockey is just that compelling:
May 21, 1978: Montreal vs Boston, Stanley Cup Final, Game 4
the Canadiens are at the top of their game; regarded by Dick Irvin as the greatest team ever, they’ve won the last 2 Stanley Cups and only lost 36 out of 282 games in the last 3 seasons
Boston, under Don Cherry, is facing the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row; he has 11, 20-goal scorers and wins 4-3 in overtime to tie the Series 2-2
May 10, 1979: Montreal vs Boston, Stanley Cup Semi-Final, Game 7
Don Cherry takes a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd period; Guy Lafleur ties the game and Yvon Lambert wins it for the Habs in overtime
The Canadiens advance to the Final, where they win their 4th consecutive Stanley Cup
Mar 29, 1980: Edmonton vs Toronto, Regular Season
First NHL season for Wayne Gretzky and Edmonton; Gretzky nets 2 goals (#48 and 49) and 4 assists in an 8-5 see-saw battle over the Leafs that’s tied midway into the 3rd period
With only 3 games left in the season, Gretzky catches and passes Marcel Dionne for the scoring points title; Gretzky would eventually tie with Dionne and pick up league MVP
Getting an early jump on Christmas shopping this weekend. Was considering the My NHL Monopoly game, where you buy, sell and trade NHL teams as you battle for league ownership … but unfortunately, it takes about 4 months to play.
Music to suit: Pink Floyd, ‘Money’
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