Winnipeg Jets get blown out 5-1by Montreal Canadiens on NHL return

Winnipeg Jets:- The NHL returned to Winnipeg with a cold reminder of the challenge that lies ahead.Carey Price stopped 30 shots as the Montreal Canadiens put a damper on a massive civic celebration with a 5-1 victory over the Jets on Sunday.

The return of big-league hockey to the city had fans celebrating in the streets hours before the puck was dropped and car horns honking outside the MTS Centre throughout the afternoon. Virtually everyone was decked out in Jets gear — both new and old.

With so much of the pre-game focus on the anticipation surrounding the NHL’s return after 15 years, the performance of the team itself almost seemed secondary. But that changed in a hurry with a sloppy game by the Jets that suggested they have plenty of work to do to become the playoff team coach Claude Noel believes they can be.

Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, Yannick Weber, Travis Moen and Max Pacioretty scored for the opportunistic Canadiens, who bounced back from a 2-0 loss in Toronto to open the season.

Nik Antropov replied for Winnipeg.

The roof was nearly blown off the intimate arena when he scored the first goal for the reincarnated Jets at 2:27 of the third period. The growing tension was palpable before Antropov drove hard to the net and shovelled a rebound behind Price to make it 2-1.

A surge of momentum followed as Winnipeg poured on the pressure in an effort to tie the game.

But Montreal soon went back ahead by two after Weber scored on a one-timer at 4:51 while Dustin Byfuglien was serving a questionable intereference penalty. Moen’s breakaway goal at 10:31 and Pacioretty’s perfectly placed wrist shot at 12:33 ended any hope for a fairy-tale comeback.

Montreal was a hand-picked opening night opponent for the Jets — “We thought it would be a terrific matchup,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — but it didn’t play the role of gracious guest. Price was particularly sharp and the Habs took advantage of two Johnny Oduya turnovers to build a 2-0 lead.

The first ended up on the stick of Cammalleri, who quickly beat Ondrej Pavelec with a nice wrist shot at 3:05 of the first period. Plekanec made it 2-0 at 14:17 of the second period after winning a puck battle with Oduya.

The soldout 15,004-seat building — the NHL’s smallest — was rocking before the game. Fans rose to their feet after a pre-game video montage that ended with the words “It’s Time,” applauded a touching tribute to former Manitoba Moose player Rick Rypien and belted out the words to “O Canada” along with Chantal Kreviazuk and Jim Cuddy.

It was the kind of scene owner Mark Chipman had long imagined in his dreams while plotting a way to convince the NHL to return. He seemed genuinely humbled by the emotion in the city and the building.

“I know how it happened,” Chipman said of the NHL’s return. “I can go back over the past 16 years and I can tell people how it happened, but I’m not sure why it happened. I’ve had an enormous amount of good things happen to me and I’m not sure why that is. I struggle with that one.

“Even when I do pinch myself, it doesn’t come to me.”

He’s as competitive as any owner in the league and will be expecting better things in the weeks ahead. The Atlanta Thrashers finished 12th in the Eastern Conference a year ago and all but four players from that team were in the lineup on Sunday.

Even with a loss in the opener, the fan support won’t waver. The city has endured more than its share of adversity.

“I’m glad that people feel so good about this, I really am,” said Chipman. “It is a great city and it has been for a long time. I think it became an even greater city, to be honest with you, after the NHL left in ’96. Rather than sort of wallow in self pity and roll up the sidewalks, I think the community really dug in.”

Events 12 Sept 2011

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:00 AM Toronto International Film Festival Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 6:30 PM Toronto International Film Festival Roy Thomson Hall
Toronto, ON

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 7:00 PM Toronto International Film Festival Princess of Wales Theatre
Toronto, ON

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 7:00 PM Chris Brown Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Toronto, ON
Mon, 12 Sep 2011 7:30 PM Pearl Jam Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 9:3

Ice-Hockey and Events 10 Sept 2011

Ice hockey was played by Native Americans as long ago as the 1600s, but the first recorded match in its modern form took place in Montreal in 1875. Today, there are more than 300 000 ice hockey players in North America. It is an extremely fast and tough sport demanding high levels of all round fitness. Professional players can skate at speeds in excess of 30 mph and even young skaters reach speeds of 20 mph. Puck speeds range from 50 mph to more than 120 mph, producing impact forces greater than 1250 pounds. To minimize the damage caused by collisions with other players, the boards, or the puck, hockey players wear so much protective gear that they look like armoured gladiators. Nevertheless, ice hockey is still a high-risk sport. It is made even more dangerous by fans who expect fights and violence during a game, and by officials who do not enforce the rules strictly. Ice hockey is regarded by many sports medicine experts to be the most dangerous sport in the USA for non-fatal catastrophic injuries . Statistics show that 2.55 non-fatal catastrophic injuries occur per 100 000 player hours in ice hockey, compared with 0.68 per 100 000 player hours for American Football. In recent years there has been an alarming increase in the number of cervical spine injuries. Some neck injuries resulted from players skating head first into the boards or another player, but most resulted from illegal checking from behind. Although the risk of injury can be reduced by strengthening neck muscles, ice hockey can be made a much safer sport only by better enforcement of the rules, and by coaches, players, and spectators not tolerating or promoting intentional violence. Ice hockey is an exciting game demanding high levels of skill and speed; these are the features to emphasize, not violence.

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Date Event Venue
Sat, 10 Sep 2011 1:00 PM BC Lions
Toronto Argonauts
Empire Stadium
Vancouver, BC

Sat, 10 Sep 2011 7:00 PM Blue Rodeo Malkin Bowl – Stanley Park
Vancouver, BC
Sat, 10 Sep 2011 7:00 PM Taylor Swift Rogers Arena
Vancouver, BC