Apart from the nice happy holiday stuff (in which Santa Hab was very nice to moi), I like the Christmas presents that I got – albeit a tad late – from various teams. Let’s see…..
- The Islanders beat the Maple Leafs 4-1. I guess the Leafs are still on Holiday break. Oh well. Isn’t that smashing though? Eat that Leafs!
- Penguins shut out the Devils 1-0. Yay for Fleury. Yes, I’m still hoping that they all implode tomorrow. Sowwy. No idea what type of game that was.
- Chicago beat the Flyers 5-1. Not a huge fan of the Blackhawks but yeah, it’s always nice to read about the Flyers losing so yay!
- Team Canada smashed the poor Czech Republic 8-1. They got off to a rocky start and the Czechs held them off until there was about 30 or something seconds left in the first period and guess who scored on the powerplay… with a really nifty goal…. Yeah, Tavares. And that, everyone, was the beginning of the end for the Česká republika. A whole host of players brought the tally to 5-0 after the second. Some point in here, the Czech’s switched goaltender Tomas Vosvrda out and replaced him with Dominik Furch. Unfortunately, Furch did not do too much better than Vosvrda and by the the time the last three or so minutes came it was 8-0 for the host team. Their one goal was due to a mistake by Canadian goalie Dustin Tokarski who’s attempt at clearing the puck resulted in the Czechs taking it and scoring on him before he was fully back in place. Minor blip over all, but something that team Canada may want to be careful of when they play next time – then again, if the Kazakh junior team is anything like their men’s team then there really shouldn’t be an issue. The Czechs hardly seemed to touch the puck al night. A perfectly sad example of that was when Tavares set up one of the goals. He took the puck off of one of the Czech players who was trying to get out of his own end like he wasn’t even there, passed it, and there went another goal. It was nice if you were team Canada wanting to make an impression ‘though I’m sure it was a reeaaallly loooong night for the Czechs.
In other news:
Canada wasn’t alone in the mauling department. The U.S.A ran over the newly promoted Germany 8-2. That’s to be expected and I expect another fairly high score when they take on the Czechs next.
Russia downed Lativia 4-1. No scoring by Nikita Filatov although apparently he did well. A good start for the Russians for sure, though apparently their goalie could be a lot better. By contrast, Latvia’s goalie kept the score from easily reaching double digits. Should be interesting to see how the Russians do against Finland next.
Sweden is off to an so-so start after edging past archrivals Findland 3-1. That third goal came on an empty net. Apparently the Swedes didn’t do so well after the first period. Oh well. Better news for Canada then. Mind you, I expect that the Swedes will aim for a better game when they take on Slovakia on Sunday.
- Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion with a nice score of 2-0. Then again, their opponents were sitting in the bottom of the premier league. But moving on…If the stats are anything to go by, the Blues were in complete control for most of the game with 25 shots on goal. Drogba and Lampard netted the ball in the 3rd (?!!!!!!!) and 45th minutes of the game. Lovely.
- Liverpool remains at the top of the league, however, with a resounding 3-0 over tenth placed Bolton. Is it just me or have the Reds done something similar before? Oh yeah, they have. Anyway, I’m still waiting for Torres to get back into the lineup again before I really start taking a huge interest in Liverpool but as it is, I still love the Reds. So thanks Riera and Keane for getting those goals.
Random note: It just dawned on me that the colours for the three football teams that I follow are red, white and blue… like the habbies!
I was NOT happy to hear that the Habbies called up Max Pacioretty and Kyle Chipchura. I’ve got nothing against these guys in general, it’s just that call ups mean injuries and that’s bad. In this case though, I believe Chipchura is here to replace Maxwell – and it really should have been Chipchura called up instead of D’Agostini AND/OR Maxwell but he was injured at the time – and Pacioretty is just here in case Andre Kostitsyn can’t play tomorrow night despite practicing with the Habs in Penguinville. I would much prefer a healthy and motivated Kostitsyn to Pacioretty at this point. Again, I’ve got nothing against Pacioretty but I wouldn’t mind jump starting the rest of this season with a good win over the Pens and let’s face it, Kostitsyn is more qualified for that job than Pacioretty is. We shall see what happens…. Oh and Laraque who probably would have sat this one out anyway, will be out again with more groin issues. Jeez, this guy is proofing to be worse tha Marian Gaborik is for the Wild. And at least Gaborik does something when he’s on the ice!