October 21 2012 01:28PM
Photo: Matt Boulton/Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0
From across the Nations this week: hockey talk, with absolutely none of it focused on arena or CBA negotiations. We’ve got a healthy dose of humour – including a story from the NHL player who ran buck-naked into a group of Hungarian riot police – as well as some news, statistics, and rumour-mongering.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 21 2012 09:13AM
Image via Marlies.ca
After a pair of games where the Toronto Marlies have heavily outshot their opponents, but had little to show for it, something had to give tonight. Maybe it was the powerplay, which entered tonight scoreless in its past 19 opportunities. Maybe the lines needed a bit of shaking up – though that was tried on Friday to little result. Whatever the solution was, it had to be enough to reverse a 4-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs the night prior to even up the season series. To the Marlies delight, they seemed to figure it all out tonight, overpowering the Bulldogs 5-0.
October 20 2012 08:20PM
The Toronto Marlies were the clearly dominant team through the only two periods that mattered in this game, but that doesn't mean that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the clearly dominant hockey club when stacked against the Montreal Canadiens.
This Hamilton Bulldogs team is really young. I saw five players for the Bulldogs play in the Canadian Hockey League at some point last year, including Patrick Holland, who was one of the Bulldogs' better players. The Marlies who played the best in this game, Greg Scott, Mike Kostka and Kenny Ryan, are for the most part lifetime AHLers.
That said, the Leafs-Marlies got some inspiring performances tonight, particularly from Jake Gardiner, and one from Leo Komarov, that ought to make the future Leafs roster mostly interesting.
October 20 2012 06:11PM
Today's KHL package from Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko features a couple of notable plays from Alexander Ovechkin and Dynamo Moscow's game against Atlant, and a late comeback from Avangard.
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October 20 2012 03:19PM
For a lack of the Maple Leafs, there were some well-attended hockey games last night in Toronto. I was out at the Ryerson/Queen's game at the renovated Maple Leaf Gardens, while the Marlies were out in Hamilton, losing to the Bulldogs 4-1. (Here's a remarkably undetailed recap, and here's Steve Dangle's "Marlies Minute")
Tonight, there were several good NHL games on the cancelled schedule. This includes the Maple Leafs' first meeting with the Ottawa Senators. Elsewhere on the schedule, Winnipeg and Philadelphia, who played a couple of wildly high-scoring games last season were set to go. Detroit and Chicago is a fun Central Division rivalry, and the late HNiC game was Calgary and Colorado. At least the Avalanche are fun to watch.