It didn’t take Claude Giroux long to torment the Carolina Hurricanes.
Just 1:19 into Monday night’s game in Raleigh, Giroux scored on a breakaway to give the Philadelphia Flyers (10-4-3) a 1-0 lead. The breakaway started with a brilliant pass from Jaromir Jagr during a Hurricanes (6-9-3) line change.
Coming into their last meeting, the Flyers had lost four of five. Since their last meeting, the team has gone 4-0-2 and looks to be back on course. Although much has changed in that time, not much has changed between the two teams. Matt Brigidi explains.
When you look up and down the stats page for the Montreal Canadiens, there really shouldn't be all that many surprises. Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec lead the team in points, Scott Gomez only has one assist in 4 games, PK Subban leads the team in ice time per game, the usual stuff.
But travel a little further down the various lists, and you'll find a somewhat surprising stat line.
Four years, $18 million, and a no-movement clause, and the Canadiens high profile UFA-day acquisition only has an assist in four games? What's more, he's barely been averaging 14:30 minutes of ice time?
Three up, and three down. If the Carolina Hurricanes had any hopes of a fast and focused start to this new season – like any fresh-faced, clean-slate squad should when the first puck of the year drops – plans have gone awry in a hurry. They opened the year with back to back games against their most talented division foes and left with only one point in their pocket.
After being dominated by Tampa Bay on Friday’s Opening Night in Raleigh, especially during the last two periods, to a tune of 5-1, the Canes needed a last-second empty-net surge to earn an OT point Saturday before being dismissed by a Mike Green power play goal in Was...
The Washington Capitals opening-night 4-3 overtime victory against Southeast Division-rival Carolina in front of the 107th straight Verizon Center sellout Saturday didn’t lack for thrills. From the Caps’ perspective there was plenty to be excited about – a few standout individual efforts and enough mistakes to remind everyone that there is plenty of work ahead. All in all it was a pretty typical opening-night performance, with the team getting an overall grad of a B-minus for the effort. A further breakdown follows:
Things this offseason were swirling in Carolina, and one’s left to wonder exactly where this team is headed when the first official puck drops Friday night in Raleigh. The Hurricanes lost one established and respected defenseman in Joe Corvo while gaining another more well known for his ability to contribute on offense in Tomas Kaberle. Depth was added at winger in the form of Anthony Stewart, formerly of the Atlanta Thrashers, who’s currently slated to bring some of the speed and scoring potential to the fourth line. Veteran Alex Ponikarovsky, who’s struggled since he was traded from Toronto to Pittsburgh two y...
Any casual sports fan would think that Montreal's hockey team is named the Canadiens because they are Canada’s team, or that they have fans all across Canada. To be honest, only the last statement is true.
Les Habitants have always spelled Canadiens with an ‘E’ , so maybe that should give some the idea that the team itself doesn’t represent all of Canada. For now, the team represents all of Quebec, whether it be English or French, Catholic or Jewish. I say for now, because even the most die hard fan of the Habs cannot wait for the return of the Quebec Nordiques.
So understanding that the Montreal Canadiens are as ...
As you may have heard, Logan Couture signed a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks this past week. The contract will bind him to the Sharks through the 2013-14 season and pays Couture $5.75 million ($2.75M the first year, $3M the second year). This was a smart move by Doug Wilson; now the Sharks top two forward lines, top defensive pairs, and number one goalie are all signed through 2012-13, security that many other teams would die for (namely the Devils and Predators with Parise and Weber, respectively). In light of his new contract, I decided to post this story I wrote a while ago shortly after the NHL Awards.