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Once Again – Big Game, Big Win!

Wins on Saturday in Ottawa and Sunday in Montreal, and the Canadiens sizzle while the Senators fizzle.

Sunday it was 4-1 Canadiens, with the boys dominating often throughout, forcing turnovers that led to several partial breakaways, playing tough along the boards and in the crease, taking no shit in scrums late in the game, and making Sens goalie Craig Anderson look ordinary while Carey Price looked his brilliant self.

Price, with an amazing toe save on Kyle Turris in the second period when it was still a 2-1 game, demonstrated exactly how unreal goaltending can win games or change momentum.

A key stop at a key time. Just another day at the office for our main man.

Ten games left for the bleu, blanc et rouge before the real stuff begins. And to me at least, they’re rounding into form at the perfect time.

I’m feeling sad for Ottawa fans. They were pumped for the back-to-back series that would see their team catapult over Montreal and into first place in the Atlantic Division.

But it didn’t happen. And how sad do I feel?

To see the Canadiens win both, the second one handily, makes my heart soar like a bird flying high in the Chinese sky!

But I’m not one to gloat or be biased.  No way. It’s not polite and I don’t want that reputation. It’s not my fault that the Sens suck.

Random Notes:

Tomas Plekanec, scoreless in twenty games or so, got his team rolling at the 28-second mark of the first period, and after Ottawa evened things, Jordie Benn put the gang in front after his long shot deflected off a Senator D-man’s stick.

No lamps lit through the second, but the Canadiens broke it open in the third when Paul Byron, with his 20th, and Nathan Beaulieu on the power play, put the game out of reach.

Ain’t hockey great when your favourite team deflates a rival that’s trying to catch them? It’s good for the soul. It makes hockey fun again. It makes me forget the negatives, like another possible lockout down the road for example.

It makes it all good. At the expense of the Ottawa Senators and their fans!

Random Notes:

Montreal outshot Ottawa 37-30.

Montreal sits at 6 wins and 2 losses so far in March. Or if you want to go back further, they’ve lost just three times in their last thirteen games.

Next up – Tuesday, when it’s Detroit paying a visit.

Thursday they host Carolina, and then it’s the Ottawa Senators once again. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself. For now, I’m just going to sit here and feel bad for Sens fans.

 

 

Seeing The Island Sky

Below, the Powell River Kings on board the Island Sky ferry at Saltery Bay, south of Powell River, where I worked until recently. (Although the last few years were on shore working the ramp and selling tickets).

The BCHL Kings were on their way to Nanaimo to face the Clippers and were being serenaded by the ship’s first officer. At this writing, the Kings lead the Clippers two games to one in Island Division playoff action.

The BCHL is wonderful hockey and a host of players end up with hockey scholarships throughout North America.

Many go beyond too.

Brett Hull played for Penticton, Carey Price stopped pucks for Quesnel, Sens forward Kyle Turris starred for Burnaby, and most importantly of course – Scott Gomez dazzled with South Surrey.

Thanks to Beatnik for sending me this. I was there when the Island Sky was a brand new ship having just arrived and it’s nice to see it again. I had worked on two other ships prior to the Island Sky – the Queen of Tsawwassen, which is now in retirement, and the Queen of Chilliwack, that sails the inner passage to Prince Rupert.

Playoff Non-Goaltending In Pens-Flyers Series

Was finally able to see some hockey after being on a long road trip, a trip that took us to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Malibu, Redding and Weed, not to mention Barstow on the edge of the desert and Orillia County in Washington. The Grand Canyon was originally in the plans until we discovered it was five hours each way from Vegas which was way too much, especially just to look into a big hole.

I’m feeling bad for my car. She worked harder than…..Scott Gomez? No wait, it had to be harder than that.

We got home in time to see a ridiculous 10-3 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canucks winning their first game of the series by taking it to the Kings in L.A. 3-1, and the overtime goal by Kyle Turris in Ottawa to even the Sens’ series with the Rangers thrown in for good measure.

It was unusual for me to see so much hockey. It’s been mostly highlights in pubs and motel rooms up until now.

Flyers fans paid big dollars to see their team eliminate the Pens, but ten goals went in their net and the weird series continues. That has to suck for these Philadelphia folk, like the guy walking by the camera wearing a Flyers orange shirt that read “That’s fine, we don’t like you either.”

Ten goals. What the heck is that? It was Marc-Andre Fleury allowing eight the last two nights, and now the combination of Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky team up to let in ten. This is another sign of the world coming to an end, all those playoff goals. That and the noon hour snow and one degrees celcius in the Mojave Desert after we left Vegas.

So no one was eliminated. Pittsburgh won in more-than-convincing fashion. The Canucks were the better team in their game, and Ottawa got a huge overtime goal and are once again in the thick of things.

And the beat goes on.

Now that we’re back, I can start to pick out some pictures and put up here from time to time. For now, here’s some that I think will probably win a few awards and such. Or maybe not. Hey, I’m a lover, not a photographer.

 

 

Canadiens Host The Phoenix Coyotes – The Illegitimate Child Of The Winnipeg Jets

Wayne Gretzky’s Phoenix Coyotes are at the Bell Centre Saturday night for a tilt with the Canadiens, and I mention Wayne Gretzky because other than him and Kyle Turris, there’s not a whole lot to say about the Coyotes.

 

Maybe I could say that the Coyotes were originally the Winnipeg Jets and maybe should be again. Or I could say that Kyle Turris has a good chance to be a big star in the NHL. Or I could say that hockey in the desert just doesn’t seem right. Or I could say that the official average attendance in Phoenix for a Coyotes’ game is about 14,000, but in reality it’s probably less than that. Or I could say that legendary Russian taskmaster Viktor Tikhonov’s grandson Viktor is on the Coyotes roster. Or I could say that both Shane Doan and Ed Jovanovski are good Canadian boys and it must be weird for them to be playing in such a non-hockey market.

 

Whatever. I could say anything. But as long as the Habs win, collect their two points, and no one gets injured, who cares what anyone says?