I went to see the Toronto-New York Islanders game on Saturday, my first one in Toronto this season. In the summer, William Nylander decided to change his number from 29 to 88 and amidst a lot of publicity, said that they would give everyone a new jersey, who had already bought the number 29.
Since I live a good hour away from the Scotiabank Arena, I decided that I would wait until Saturday to make the switch.
Much to my chagrin, the promotion ended quietly and without any fanfare on December 15, although the attendant at the store said I could buy a new one.
Thanks a lot.
That’s pretty bad by the Leafs not to say anything about an end date. I’m sure I was not the only one who still has an old jersey and did not know about the deadline.
Justin Bieber was also at the game and I saw on his Instagram story that he panned the crowd with me in the middle.
Thanks to the Global news people who we sat beside and made the night more enjoyable, especially Ashley Stanhope.
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WASHINGTON 5 SAN JOSE 4
What a finish! After Logan Couture scored into the empty net with a minute to go in the third period, the San Jose Sharks were up 4-2 and looked to be home and cooled out.
But that was not the case.
Jakub Vrana scored his second of the game just 13 seconds later and T.J. Oshie tied it up with 15 seconds to go to send it into overtime where Lars Eller would score at the 2:01 mark of overtime and give Washington a most improbable win, 5-4 over the Sharks.
It ruined the day for Evander Kane who scored the Sharks first three goals to give him 18 on the season.
Nic Dowd also scored for Washington who improved their record to 29-9-5.
Braden Holtby picked up the unexpected win as he stopped 25-of-28 shots that came his way. He snapped a three-game losing streak with the win and is 18-7-4 with a 2.99 GAA and a .902 save percentage.
Martin Jones could not close the door on the Capitals as he gave up all five goals on 29 shots. Jones had given up only two goals over his last two games on 49 shots but it was back to the same Sunday as he is 13-15-2 with a 3.19 GAA and a .890 save percentage.
Timo Meier picked up a couple of power play assists.
Kane had eight shots on goal as well as four minutes in the sin bin.
Erik Karlsson had an assist but was a minus-four.
FLORIDA 4 PITTSBURGH 1
Chris Driedger got a rare start, his third in the last month, and was great in the net as he turned aside 31 shots and upped his record to 4-1-0 with a 1.82 GAA and a .944 save percentage. Sergei Bobrovsky got the night off after he was pulled Saturday against the Sabres. He gave up three goals on seven shots before Driedger came on in relief and stopped the remaining 11 Buffalo shots.
Jared McCann scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh who came into the game on quite the streak as they were 8-1-1 in their last 10.
Tristan Jarry stopped 31-of-34 shots and saw his record drop to 13-6-1 with a 1.99 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Those are great stats.
Patric Hornqvist had six shots on goal.
Evgeni Malkin was pointless for the second time in his last three games but still has 39 points in 29 contests.
TAMPA BAY 3 CAROLINA 1
Mitchell Stephens with his second and Steven Stamkos with his 16th of the season, scored first period goals to lead Tampa Bay to a 3-1 win over Carolina. It was the seventh straight win for Tampa Bay as they are one point behind Toronto with two games in hand for second in the Atlantic and trail the Bruins by seven with the same two games in hand.
Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots and has won five in a row. He is 19-9-2 with a 2.77 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
Petr Mrazek made 23 saves and is 16-10-2. He has lost his last two games and has given up seven goals on only 55 shots.
Nikita Kucherov had a pair of assists.
CALGARY 5 MINNESOTA 4 (Shootout)
Dillon Dube scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give Calgary the win over the Wild. There was no scoring in the first three rounds but Ryan Donato scored in the fourth before Derek Ryan tied it up as both David Rittich and Alex Stalock shut the door the rest of the way before Dube beat Stalock.
It was a busy first and third periods for scoring as the Wild took a 3-2 lead after one period, on goals by Kevin Fiala on the power play as well as a pair by Marcus Foligno who has seven this season. Milan Lucic on the power play with his fourth of the season, and Travis Hamonic with his third, replied for Calgary.
After a scoreless second period, Michael Stone tied it up 1:55 into the third with his second. Jordan Greenway gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead just 42 seconds later but Mark Giordano’s fifth of the season, tied it at four and sent the game into extra time. Giordano’s goal was on the power play.
David Rittich made 30 saves for the win as he is 18-10-5 with a 2-81 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
Stalock was saddled with the shootout loss as he made 33 saves. The netminder is 9-6-3 this season.
Giordano had six shots on goal as well as six blocked shots in addition to his goal.
Ryan Suter had a pair of assists for Minnesota.
CHICAGO 4 DETROIT 2
Adam Boqvist’s second goal of the season and his career, was the game winner as Chicago defeated Detroit 4-2 in a battle of Original Six teams.
But Chicago scored twice in the second and two more in the third to pick up the victory.
It was Sikura’s first goal in the NHL and it came in his 44th career game.
Corey Crawford made 19 saves for his seventh win of the season and first in five starts.
Jimmy Howard stopped 23-of-26 shots as the Red Wings continue to lose and lose often. Howard is 2-14-1 this season.
Filip Hronek was a minus-three.
Trevor Daley blocked a shot with his ankle in the third period and did not return. There was not update after the contest.
ANAHEIM 5 NASHVILLE 4 (Shootout)
Ryan Getzlaf scored the shootout winner to give Anaheim a 5-4 win at home over Nashville.
Sprong is seeing first line action with Henrique and Getzlaf (who had three assists on the night) and is likely worth taking in deeper fantasy leagues.
Juuse Saros kept the Predators in the contest, as he stopped 43 shots in regulation and the overtime despite taking the shootout loss. He is 5-7-4 this season.
John Gibson made 22 saves in the Anaheim net and has a 13-16-3 mark after he stopped four of five shots in the shootout.
Henrique had nine shots on net while Grimaldi and Jakob Silfverberg each had seven shots on goal.
Jarred Tinordi had six hits.
Evander Kane – 3
Adam Henrique – 2
Craig Smith - 2
Jakub Vrana – 2
Marcus Foligno – 2
Ryan Getzlaf - 3
Timo Meier - 2
Nikita Kucherov – 2
Mikael Backlund – 2
Johnny Gaudreau – 2
Ryan Suter – 2
Nick Bonino - 2
Shots on Goal
Adam Henrique – 9
Evander Kane – 8
Rocco Gromaldi – 7
Mark Giordano - 6
Patric Hornqvist - 6
Luke Glendening – 6
Jarred Tinordi - 6
Dominic Toninato - 12
Thomas Di Pauli – 10
Austin Watson - 5
Evander Kane – 4
Jordan Greenway - 4
Pat Maroon - 4