Blackhawks 3 Calgary 2 (overtime; Chicago leads 1-0) — There is genuine envy toward the innocents who watched this without knowing that Roger Sportsnet's Calgary correspondent, Roger Millions, had a hopefully not career-ending moment before the game (language not safe for work).
Meantime, one would think that the Blackhawks, given the way which they finished off this game, have momentum for Game 2. The Flames are hoppin' mad about the fact there was no call on Chicago's Andrew Ladd when he made contact with Miikka Kiprusoff a split-second before Martin Havlat's winning goal hit the back of the net.
Fair enough, Flames fans, but it was all part of a greater glory. After Chicago tied the game 2-2, someone — let's call him Neate S., no, too obvious, N. Sager — texted Kinger, "Havlat to score the winner." That was pretty impressive, coming as it did through a haze of Sapporo and Jello shooters.
Bruins 4 Canadiens 2 (Boston leads 1-0) — The Habs lost and they won, since there was some positive news about the team's potential sale.
Ducks 2 Sharks 0 (Anaheim leads 1-0) — San Jose really is the equivalent of Red Shoe Diaries; always on late at night, leaving you screaming, "Just do it, already!" The Sharks did everything but score for large stretches vs. Anaheim and Jonas Hiller ... the tree that goes in San Jose might be an apple tree, but the apple is in the throats of the Sharks. Game 2 could be the most important game of the Joe Thornton era in San Jose.
Ryan Getzlaf's sealer in the third period was a goal scorer's goal.
Red Wings 4 Blue Jackets 1 (Detroit leads 1-0) — The Jiri Hudler-Valterri Filipula-Dan Cleary line dominated and a gaffe by Manny Malhotra, who deflected the puck into the net on the goal on which put Detroit ahead to stay, helped swing the game to the Red Wings.
Is everyone just assuming Detroit wins in four, five tops?
Last, but not least, Chris Zelkovich from the Toronto Star shared the news during the evening. The Save-On Foods grocery chain is picking up the tab for CBC Sports to broadcast Games 3, 4 and (if necessary) 6 of the Vancouver Canucks-St. Louis Blues series in HD.
Never say the squeaky wheel doesn't get the grease.