Mats Sundin of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be out indefinitely after he suffered a fractured orbital bone early in the first period of the Leafs’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night. Sundin suffered the injury when Bryan Smolinski of the Senators tried to shoot a puck into the Leafs zone and it caught the Leafs foward near the eye.
AS FAR AS laid-eggs go,
the Flyers picked a bit of an awkward evening to drop one of those pterodactyl jobs you used to see on “The Flintstones.” I mean, what a mess.
We all waited 17 months for this?
It was all going so well. The building was full, and the emotions were warm, and real. The new star player was indeed the star of the first half of the night, wonderful with the puck, mesmerizing at times.
For the most part, hockey fans expect Wayne Gretzky to be a failure as a coach. And there’s plenty of time for those people to be proved right. But based on the early returns, it isn’t going to happen.
Gretzky opened his coaching career last night, taking his Phoenix Coyotes into Vancouver.
It was all there: an oval filled with fans wearing orange “Back Where We Belong” T-shirts, a national television audience, thundering applause to greet Peter the Great, even a penalty shot.
In spite of all of the hype, or perhaps because of it, there was a kind of perverse anticipation surrounding Sidney Crosby’s first NHL game.
Toronto’s Jason Allison and Eric Lindros failed on their attempts against Dominik Hasek, but Dany Heatley scored on Ottawa’s third chance, clinching the victory — and two points — for the Senators.