Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens are playing the first game of their series with the Boston Bruins tonight. I was watching that game and the Flyers-Sabres games with the off-ice officials down in the hospitality room. Price and the Habs shut out the Bruins. Boo him will you.
Want a little insight on Carey? Go the the Habs page and check out Ask a Hab! with Carey Price. Find that right here.
What do you think about the Saskatoon Blades? The team that leveraged the future for Brayden Schenn, the one player they thought was the missing link in their road to the Memorial Cup. The team that got swept by the Kootenay Ice in the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
The Blades gave up a first-round pick in 2011 and 2012, a second-round pick in 2011, their 2012 first-round CHL draft pick and players Ayrton Nikkel and Tim McGauley. In return, they got Schenn and a 2012 third-round draft pick.
Talk about a crappy exchange rate.
Schenn did his part, scoring five goals with 6 assists to lead Saskatoon in the playoffs. I guess everyone else thought the was the do-it-all guy. The Blades scored 5 goals in 4 game vs. the Ice. This, after scoring 310 goals during the regular season and winning 56 games. What happened?
In other game Wednesday, Portland beat Kelowna to take a 3-1 series lead. Red Deer finally beat Medicine Hat, 1-0, but still trail 3-1 in the series.
Before we get to tonight’s action, the latest in the Chilliwack saga. This little tidbit was on Gregg Drinnan’s blog:
It’s official. Not that it really was ever in doubt.The Prince George Cougars aren’t going anywhere.WHL commissioner Ron Robison told CKPG-TV in Prince George that “there’s never been any application made to the WHL for a move.”Robison went on to say that “these rumors come up from time to time. I think any time you have a franchise that ... is struggling with attendance, as Prince George has, for a lengthy period of time, you’re going to see these types of rumors surface. But the ownership is still committed to the Prince George market and hoping that things can turn around soon.”
Tonight, we have Game 4 of this series. The Chiefs are up 2-1, but there still is a lot of hockey left to play. The Americans need a win tonight just to keep their confidence. There were a lot of long faces after Tuesday’s game.
Tri-City has not been able to capitalize on their power play at home in the playoffs, posting a less-than-desirable 2-for-14 performance (14.3 percent).
The top line of Brendan Shinnimin, Carter Ashton and Adam Hughesman has not been effective this series. Shinnimin was held scoreless Tuesday, snapping his post-season point streak at six games.
As always, Drew Owsley is in goal. The kid has been good, he just needs a little help at the other end. Eric Comrie is backing up Owsley. On the scratch list are Chris Driedger, Clinton Atkinson, Marcus Messier, Brian Williams and Max Moline. D-Man Tyler Schmidt is back after serving a game in Rick Doerksen's penalty box.
James Reid is in the crease for Spokane. Numbers are sketchy, but when the opposition has so few shots on goal, nobody is going to have great stats. In the stands are Cole Hamblin, Brady Brassart, Reid Gow and Conner Chartier. There is another to come, either Mike Aviani or Marek Kalus.
Speaking of Mr. Doerksen, he is here tonight. Maybe I can catch a few minutes with Mr. Doerksen later tonight. Not often he makes a trip here.
I see Spokane fans — thanks for making the trip. Hopefully their signs are a bit more tasteful today. Last game, one sign read something like "Make the world a better place, punch an Ams fan in the face." I'm all for a friendly rivalry, but there is a time and a place for some things.
The lights are down. Be back later.
One of the easiest calls in hockey is icing. Tonight, four men in zebra suits failed to make the call on a puck that was lifted out of the Spokane end at the blue line. The Ams, knowing icing was coming, went for a line change. Drew had his hand up, which is the universal goalie indication of icing. It was waved off late and the Chiefs were able to get a late goal for a 1-0 lead after the first.
Ams down 2-0 in second, but rally to take 3-2 lead with goals by Holland, Reddick and Shinnimin.
This is a really good game. I bet you wish you were here.
We are going to overtime.
Tyler Johnson scored his second of the night in the third to tie the game at 3.
Three years ago, five games went OT or more. This the first one of this series.
Don't go away.
Wilgosh and Shinnimin take hits that should have penalties in the first half of overtime. Referees Trevor Hanson and Brett Montsion have been horrible tonight — both ways. Mr. Meunch, are you watching?
Sorry for the delay, but double overtime game tend to screw up deadlines.
Tyler Schmidt scored in double OT to win it for the Ams, 4-3.
Game 5 is Sunday at Toyota Center.