Today, there were 3 NHL games to kick off the opening season, Flyers vs Bruins, Canadiens vs Leafs, and Penguins vs Canucks. This morning, I gave my predictions for each game on who would win, didn’t turn out so well as all my picks lost. Let me tell you why they lost…
Flyers/Bruins: My pick, Bruins. Why they lost – Ilya Bryzgalov stole the show making amazing save after amazing save. The only goal he gave up was against Brad Marchand but none of that was his fault, Brad Marchand slipped right behind them as Tyler Seguin fed him the puck from the Bruins blue-line on the power play in the first period. Marchand finished the play by going to his backhand and sliding the puck past Bryzgalov’s pad. Jaromir Jagr recorded his 1,600 career point on Claude Giroux’s beautiful power play goal. He was able to slip by Zdeno Chara and kick the puck back to his stick as he went to his backhand on Tim Thomas to tie the score at 1. Jakub Voracek got the game winning goal as he scored on a snap shot with 3 seconds left in the 1st period as he went five-hole on Thomas. On the same goal, Wayne Simmonds recorded his 1st point as a Flyer.
Canadiens/Leafs: My pick, Canadiens. Why they lost – James Reimer, that’s all I can say. Everybody doubted that Reimer could continue his amazing play from last season, but he proved his critics wrong stopping all 32 shots he faced in the Leafs 2-0 victory. Matthew Lombardi got the game winning goal as he was able to get a wrist shot past Carey Price on the penalty kill. What’s so amazing about that is that it was his first game back after missing all but 3 games last season with a concussion. Captain, Dion Phaneuf started his season strong finishing the game with an assist on Lombardi’s goal and adding a goal when he blew a slap shot past Carey Price.
Penguins/Canucks: My pick, Canucks. Why they lost – In this game, the two teams went all the way having to finish in a shoot-out. Roberto Luongo and Marc-Andre Fleury’s didn’t play well in net for there respected clubs but Fleury was able to hang on enough for the win. James Neal and Matt Cooke got the scoring going for the Penguins in the first period scoring the first two goals of the game, both coming on the power play. Maxim Lapierre scored for the Canucks in the first period after he took a shot from behind the icing line. When he shot the puck, it slid up Fleury’s stick getting behind his skate on the goal line. Before it was totally in, Fleury turned around searching for the puck, but before he noticed, he kicked it in. Matt Cooke got the second period going scoring a short handed goal on a wrist shot which was able to get past Luongo. Keith Ballard was able to pull the Canucks within 1 of the Penguins towards the end of the second period before Daniel Sedin was able to tie the game in the third period on an assist from his brother, Henrik. In the shoot-out, Mikael Samuelsson and Alexandre Burrows both missed for the Canucks. Kris Letang scored the first goal of the shoot-out int he first around before Evgeni Malkin finished the game with a nice goal on Roberto Luongo.
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