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NHL: 2014-15 Season Opens

San Jose 4 Los Angeles 0

When last we saw these two teams, the Sharks were up three games to none on the Kings. Four games later, the Sharks found themselves packing for home. They had just become fourth team in NHL history to lose a seven game series after leading three games to none. It was something that this team has probably kept inn the front of their minds all off-season.

So, on this night the harks got a chance for revenge and that is exactly what they got. Forward, Tommy Wingles, scored the first of his two goals in the first period. San Jose would get three more goals and by the end of the second period and never looked back. Goalie Antti Niemi continues to show he is one the most solid goal minders in the NHL. He was given the lead and never allowed the Kings to make a serious threat en route to 34 saves. It was a win San Jose envisioned for months and players were not shy to voice their feelings. Wingles mentioned how hard it was not only to lose that series in that fashion, but then to watch the same team win the Stanley Cup. So, for now, the Sharks are one up on the Kings. I just wonder if it will mean anything come end of season.

Montreal 4 Toronto 3

The Mecca of the NHL would be in Canada as we know it. Lat night, two of the most storied franchises, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, did battle. This game would not disappoint the all the fans in attendance.

The first period belonged to the Maples Leafs as they took a 2-1 lead. They were aided by goals from Nazem Kadri and a power play goal from Tyler Bozak. In the second, Tomas Plekanec and his line of Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk took control. Plekanec would tie the game on a breakaway at 4:34 of the second followed by a P.K. Subban blast from the slot for a 3-2 lead. The Canadiens would tie the score, but Plekanec would get the game winner with 42.9 left in regulation for the win. After always being depended on stopping the opposing scorers, Plekanec decided to get a little offensive on this night.

Vancouver 4 Calgary 2

Another trip through Canada takes us to the city of Calgary. On this opening night, the Flames were hosting the Canucks. It has not been a good ride for the Flames versus this team. Vancouver had won seven in a row, including a sweep in last year’s playoffs.

New head coach, Willie Desjardins won his debut as coach and Radim Vrbata scored the game winner at  18:44 of the third. The Canucks never trailed in this one and goalie Ryan Miller made 23 saves to make it eight on a row against the Flames. Henrik Sedin added a goal and his brother Daniel had a solid game as well. The game also featured a 5 on 3 power play that was poorly played by the Flames to hurt their cause. That was the momentum turner in this contest that doomed Calgary.

Boston 2 Philadelphia 1

They play Hockey in America too and these teams sure do have history between them. The Bruins played the playoffs last year without the services of center Chris Kelly. He made up for that last night by scoring the game winning goal with 1:51 remaining to give Boston the win.

Philadelphia played a solid game allowing just 19 shots on goal to Boston, but could not make the defensive effort stick. His counter part, Steve Mason made the saves when he ad to and finished with 31 of his own. Miller’s goal came off of a broken stick shot from the slot by Adam McQuaid. Miller scooped up the loose puck and fired home the game winner. Flyers head coach, Craig Berube said that the lack of skating and moving were big contributors to the loss, especially through two periods. Good thing is, there is a long way to go in the season to make it right.

 

NHL: 2014-15 Season Opens

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