TORONTO – Sports – National Hockey league action continues into holiday Monday. In action on Saturday night, the Montreal Canadians topped Vancouver in a 4-1 final. Hab’s goaltender Carey Price was selected as the game’s first star. “Everybody is trying to twist this another way. All it was is two hockey teams playing against each other,” stated Price. “I don’t want to accept all the credit. We played an excellent third period, our special teams played really well, we blocked a ton of shots, it was a complete effort by everybody.”
It was an overtime thriller that saw the Toronto Maple Leafs top the Edmonton Eskimos 6-5. The win by the surging Leafs spoiled Dallas Eakins’ first game as an NHL coach against his former organization. Chris Bolland won the game at 2:09 in the overtime frame.
“I’m glad the fans enjoyed it because I’m sure Randy [Carlyle] and I got a few extra grey hairs from that one,” Edmonton Coach Eakins said following the loss. “Those are tough ones. I think obviously, they’re happy with the win and I thought we maybe played the best game we’ve played so far.”
Looking forward to Sunday action, the Anaheim Ducks will celebrate their 20th anniversary. The team is hosting Throwback Night at the Honda Centre.
The Ducks will honor some of the players who took part in their first NHL season back in 1993-94. The team will skate onto the ice at Honda Center in their retro ‘Mighty Ducks’ jerseys. The Duck will challenge the Ottawa Senators.
Here’s a look at Sunday’s action:
Phoenix Coyotes at Carolina Hurricanes — The Coyotes are wrapping up a five-game trip that’s gone from “awful” to “not bad” and could end up “pretty good” if they can beat the Hurricanes. The Coyotes were beaten by the San Jose Sharks and routed by the New York Islanders, but bounced back with wins against the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers on back-to-back nights. Carolina has won only two of five games, but the Hurricanes have gone home without a point only once this season. They got a singleton on Friday in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Los Angeles Kings at Florida Panthers — The Kings have yet to win in regulation, but they’re perfect when the game goes past 60 minutes. The 2-1 win at Carolina on Friday was their third victory of the season; they’ve won twice in shootouts and once in overtime. Florida limped home with three consecutive losses on their four-game season-opening road trip, but looked like a different team in their home opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday as they scored six times in a 6-3 victory.
New Jersey Devils at Winnipeg Jets — The Devils come to MTS Centre with three points, but for the first time since moving to New Jersey in 1982, they have no wins in their first five games. The goose egg in the “W” column is there despite the fact that the Devils have scored first in four of their five games (they were shut out in the other); teams that score first in the NHL win about two of every three games. The defensive struggles that cost Winnipeg a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season are back again; the Jets have allowed 16 goals in five games and are coming off a 4-1 home loss to theDallas Stars in which they were down three goals after 20 minutes.
Ottawa Senators at Anaheim Ducks — The Ducks will be well-rested when the Senators come to Honda Center; they’ve been off since walloping the New York Rangers 6-0 on Thursday for their third consecutive victory after a season-opening loss. Ottawa is playing the fifth of a season-opening six-game road trip and is coming off a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in which the Senators were outshot 50-23. Expect Craig Anderson in goal after Robin Lehner played at the Shark Tank. Anaheim will be wearing its eggplant, jade and white uniforms for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season. Disney sold the team before the 2006-07 season and the team changed to its current name and colors — just in time to win the Stanley Cup.
With files from NHL.com