Block 1 Buffalo

Buffalo goes 1-4 at home to start the season.

10/23/2018 BUF 3 – TOR 2
GAME STORY

On their home ice Buffalo won a close one against Toronto by a final tally

of 3 to 2. TYLER BOZAK netted the winning goal at 2:46 of the 3rd period.

Others registering goals were SIDNEY CROSBY and PATRIC HORNQVIST for Toronto

and TRAVIS KONECNY and JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU for Buffalo.

10/25/2018 TAM 3 – BUF 2
GAME STORY

The visitors from Tampa Bay won a close one against Buffalo by a final

tally of 3 to 2. Tampa Bay poured on the pressure outshooting Buffalo

48 to 25. PATRIK LAINE closed out the scoring with the game winner at

8:28 of the 3rd period. DUSTIN BROWN found the net twice on 9 shots for

Tampa Bay. Others registering goals were JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT and DYLAN

LARKIN for Buffalo.

10/27/2018 WIN 2 – BUF 1
GAME STORY

The visiting team from Winnipeg won by one goal over Buffalo by the score

of 2 to 1. RYAN O’REILLY netted the last goal, the game winner, at 13:14

of the 3rd period. JOHN GIBSON was outstanding in goal. He allowed just

one goal while facing 40 shots. GIBSON stopped many good scoring chances

as the last line of defense. Others registering goals were AUSTIN WATSON

for Winnipeg and JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU for Buffalo.

10/28/2018 DAL 3 – BUF 2
GAME STORY

The visiting team from Dallas won by one goal over Buffalo by the score

of 3 to 2. ERIK KARLSSON recorded the game winner at 16:05 of the 3rd

period. Others who scored were MIKE HOFFMAN and JOSH BAILEY for Dallas

and MICHAEL FROLIK and JASON POMINVILLE for Buffalo.

10/30/2018 STL 7 – BUF 2

GAME STORY

The visitors from St. Louis romped over Buffalo by a final score of 7

to 2. St. Louis sustained a constant attack outshooting Buffalo 53 to

21. St. Louis scored 3 goals in the second period. MIKAEL GRANLUND

was a force, he dazzled with a hat-trick on 7 shots and added one assist

for St. Louis. And MATTHEW TKACHUK scored once and contributed two assists.

Also JAKE GARDINER scored once and added three assists. Other goal scorers

were CHARLIE COYLE and MILAN LUCIC for St. Louis and MARCO SCANDELLA and

MATT BENNING for Buffalo.

Opening night in St.Louis … Dallas in town for retro night

(AP) St.Louis. The place was packed to the rafters as the Blues arch rival the Dallas Stars come to town on retro jersey night in St.Louis. The Blues knew this would be a test as in their eyes, the Stars are the favorite to take it all this year. The top line of Backstrom-Arvidsson-Marchand has to be the best line in the Howe League and maybe one of the top all time lines there ever has been. All three are five defense players and all three can shoot.

But the story of this game turned out to be Dallas goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky. Blues fire nine goalie ratings at him and he stopped 7 of them along with a goal 1-10 and a goal 1-14. Rick Nash scored his third of the year , in just his second game, when he took a pass from Nick Foligno. But the big line for Dallas evened things up wthen Viktor Arvidsson scored with just nine seconds left in the first period. The Blues scored early in the second period to regain the lead when Mikael Granlund took a pass from youngster Mathew Tkachuk and went upstairs on the Dallas netminder. But less than five minutes later Josh Bailey scored to even things back up.

Things were going the Blues way in the third period as they were outshooting the visitors when Justin Faulk scored with just 5:15 left in the game. Eric Staal fed Faulk who beat Bobrovsky stick side . The Blues went into defensive mode from that point on and held on for the big 3-2 win over a very, very good hockey club.

GAME STORY
On their home ice the Blues won by one goal over Dallas by a final tally
of 3 to 2. Dallas was unable to get their power play going and finished
0 for 5 with the extra man. JUSTIN FAULK netted the last goal, the game
winner, at 14:45 of the 3rd period. Others registering goals were VIKTOR
ARVIDSSON and JOSH BAILEY for Dallas and MIKAEL GRANLUND and RICK NASH
for St. Louis.


                         Dallas DAL at St. Louis Blues                          
DATE : 10/22/2018

GOALS                          1  2  3 OT  F
Dallas DAL                     1  1  0  0  2 
St. Louis Blues                1  1  1  0  3 

SHOTS                          1  2  3 OT  F
Dallas DAL                     14 14 9  0  37
St. Louis Blues                10 11 14 0  35

S C O R I N G  S U M M A R Y
1. STL. RICK NASH(1)( NICK FOLIGNO, ALEX PIETRANGELO ): 1st 8:55
2. DAL. VIKTOR ARVIDSSON(1)( BRAD MARCHAND, COLTON PARAYKO ): 1st 19:51
3. STL. MIKAEL GRANLUND(1)( MATTHEW TKACHUK, KYLE TURRIS ): 2nd 2:46
4. DAL. JOSH BAILEY(1)( ERIK KARLSSON, JAY BEAGLE ): 2nd 7:53
5. STL. JUSTIN FAULK(1)( CHARLIE COYLE, ERIC STAAL ): 3rd 14:45

 P E N A L T I E S  S U M M A R Y
1. STL. ERIC STAAL - 2 Minutes: 1st 5:37
2. STL. JAKE GARDINER - 2 Minutes: 1st 10:08
3. STL. MATTHEW TKACHUK - 2 Minutes: 2nd 3:21
4. DAL. COLTON PARAYKO - 2 Minutes: 2nd 19:54
5. STL. JAKE GARDINER - 2 Minutes: 3rd 9:38
6. STL. MIKAEL GRANLUND - 2 Minutes: 3rd 19:20

 I N J U R I E S
NONE

Player Stats For Dallas DAL
PLAYER                        +/- SOG  G  A PIM PP SH  FO-W AC    IT TA HIT SP AS
VIKTOR ARVIDSSON                1   3  1  0   0  0  0   0-0 37 20:51  0   0  0  1 
BRAD MARCHAND                   1   3  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 38 21:28  0   1  0  1 
CAM ATKINSON                   -1   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 33 19:21  1   0  1  1 
MIKE HOFFMAN                   -1   3  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 31 18:25  0   0  1  1 
JORDAN STAAL                   -1   2  0  0   0  0  0   2-2 24 13:21  0   0  0  0 
JOSH BAILEY                     0   2  1  0   0  0  0   0-0 20 11:17  0   0  1  0 
J.T. MILLER                    -1   2  0  0   0  0  0   2-2 26 15:00  0   0  0  0 
NICKLAS BACKSTROM               1   3  0  0   0  0  0   8-4 32 17:26  1   0  0  1 
JAKOB SILFVERBERG              -1   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 22 12:25  1   0  1  0 
BRAYDEN POINT                  -1   1  0  0   0  0  0   3-2 35 21:20  0   0  0  1 
TIMO MEIER                      0   5  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 16  8:42  2   0  3  1 
ERIK KARLSSON                   0   3  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 46 25:29  3   1  0  0 
JAKE MUZZIN                     0   4  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 44 23:30  2   1  0  1 
JOEL EDMUNDSON                 -2   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 32 18:45  1   0  0  0 
JAY BEAGLE                      0   0  0  1   0  0  0   4-3 18 10:41  0   0  0  0 
T.J. BRODIE                    -2   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 32 18:45  1   0  0  0 
COLTON PARAYKO                  1   1  0  1   2  0  0   0-0 18  9:39  1   0  0  0 
BROOKS ORPIK                    1   0  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 20 11:38  1   0  0  0 
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TOTAL                          -5  37  2  4   2  0  0 19-13          14   3  7  8

Player Stats For St. Louis Blues
PLAYER                        +/- SOG  G  A PIM PP SH  FO-W AC    IT TA HIT SP AS
FILIP FORSBERG                 -1   5  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 39 22:50  2   0  0  0 
MIKAEL GRANLUND                 1   6  1  0   2  0  0   0-0 26 15:20  1   1  0  0 
ERIC STAAL                      1   1  0  1   2  0  0   2-0 22 12:25  0   0  0  1 
EVGENY KUZNETSOV               -1   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 28 14:51  1   0  0  1 
KYLE CONNOR                     1   2  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 22 12:25  0   0  0  2 
MARK SCHEIFELE                 -1   3  0  0   0  0  0   9-3 37 20:51  1   0  0  1 
RICK NASH                       0   4  1  0   0  0  0   0-0 16  8:42  0   1  1  1 
KYLE TURRIS                     1   1  0  1   0  0  0   5-2 30 17:55  0   0  0  0 
MATTHEW TKACHUK                 1   2  0  1   2  0  0   0-0 24 13:21  1   1  0  2 
NICK FOLIGNO                    0   1  0  1   0  0  0   2-0 16  8:42  0   0  0  0 
CHARLIE COYLE                   1   0  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 22 12:25  0   0  0  0 
MILAN LUCIC                     0   0  0  0   0  0  0   1-1 20 11:17  0   0  0  0 
ALEX PIETRANGELO                0   1  0  1   0  0  0   0-0 44 23:30  0   0  0  1 
OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON            0   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 51 28:54  0   1  0  2 
BRENT BURNS                    -1   4  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 20 11:38  1   0  0  2 
JUSTIN FAULK                    2   1  1  0   0  0  0   0-0 41 24:45  0   1  0  0 
JAKE GARDINER                   2   0  0  0   4  0  0   0-0 32 18:45  1   0  0  0 
NIKITA ZADOROV                 -1   1  0  0   0  0  0   0-0 22 12:14  1   0  0  0 
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TOTAL                           5  35  3  6  10  0  0  19-6           9   5  1 13

Goalie Stats For Dallas DAL
PLAYER                          MIN  SHOTS GA  ENG GR GRS
SERGEI BOBROVSKY                 59     35  3    0  9  7   104 
JAMES REIMER                     0      0   0    0  0  0   0   

Goalie Stats For St. Louis Blues
PLAYER                          MIN  SHOTS GA  ENG GR GRS
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK                60     37  2    0  5  4   105 
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY               0      0   0    0  0  0   0   

POWER PLAY                    OPP   GOALS
Dallas DAL                    5         0
St. Louis Blues               1         0

STARS OF THE GAME
1st star - MIKAEL GRANLUND from St. Louis
2nd star - CONNOR HELLEBUYCK from St. Louis
3rd star - JUSTIN FAULK from St. Louis


Canucks preview

Canucks Break Training Camp
So, the big news out of training camp is the announcement by the Sedin twins that this will be their last year.  In camp it was discovered that Henrik’s wrists have gotten so weak that he would have trouble scoring against a midget team goalie. Unless we are hopelessly out of the playoffs toward the end of the year, poor Henrik will basically be in the press box, being a PR guy.  When asked if he minded not playing while his brother continued to get ice time, Henrik replied, “Its OK if Daniel gets most of the attention this year, all our lives I’ve got the bulk of the attention, being the good looking one and all.”
After the Sedin announcement goalie Roberto Luongo requested a trade.  Management replied he was well loved, posed to have a great year, and we’d hate to lose him.  To which he responded, “If you really love me, you’d let me play for a playoff team, which you are not going to be for a while.” Ouch, Roberto. The truth hurts, but he’s right.  We came in last, we are rebuilding, and older players should be moved for young ones. But before we could reply the phone rang, Sharks on the phone with an offer you Roberto. Seems his agent went team shopping.  Bye, bye Roberto.
After which Alex Edler came in with the same message as Roberto.  “If my fellow Swedes are gone next year, I want to go too.  Again the phone rings, Colorado with a trade offer, bye-bye Alex.
After which Jussi Jokinen  comes in with a trade request.  But this time, no phone call, not even an offer for an 8th round draft pick. Out of frustration we say “Just go back to Sweden” and we cut him. He reminds us that he’s from Finland.  Close enough.
After which David Krecji asks for a trade mentioning all the Swedes leaving again.  We remind him that he isn’t Swedish or even Scandanavian, but if he stays he can center the first power play unit this year.  That made him happy enough to agree to stay.
So when the dust clears, here is this year’s depth chart:
LW  Gaudreau                                                        C  Zajac                    RW  Dadonov
       Johansson/Eriksson (79 GP between them)        Krejci                            Boeser
       Jenner                                                                   Johnson                        Malgin (Surprisingly good card)
       D Sedin                                                                Galchenyuk                    Jarnkrok
       Nieto                                                                      Lowry                            Fast
LD  Josi                RD  Gostisbehere            G  Rask
       Vlasic                    Miller                             Bishop
       Hickey                   Tanev                           Georgiev
        Mete                     DeMelo
On double secret probation (To quote Dean Wormer from “Animal House”)
Zaitsev, Carlo, Eakin, Wood, Lindblom, Sissons, Martinook, Caggiula.
In the last few year’s, with a couple of exceptions, we have finished in either the top 4 or the bottom 4, this year (to me) looks like it could be another exception.  We’re aiming high; middle of the pack, baby.
Good luck to everyone this year, hope we all have fun.

SCHEDULE FOR THIS YEAR

2018-2019 Gordie Howe Classic League schedule

Date Event

10/07/18 League file released
10/14/18 Block 1-3 road CMs due
10/21/18 Season Begins
11/11/18 Block 1 due
12/02/18 Block 2 due

12/23/18 Block 3 & new road CMs due (if necessary)
12/30/18 Begin Block 4
01/20/19 Block 4 due

02/10/19 Block 5 due & Trade Deadline
03/03/19 Block 6 & new road CMs due (if necessary)

03/10/19 Begin Block 7
03/31/19 Block 7 due

04/21/19 Block 8 due
04/28/19 Playoff road CMs due
05/05/19 Playoffs Begin
All due dates are considered to be at midnight on the listed day.