MONTREAL—There was something special in the way that Montreal Canadiens’ fans embraced Saku Koivu.
And the Bell Centre crowd showed it again last night with a standing ovation in a 30-minute pre-game tribute to the former Canadiens’ captain ahead of a game against the Anaheim Ducks.
RALEIGH, N.C.—The Carolina Hurricanes brought the NHL’s worst record and a long losing streak into a meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs—perhaps hockey’s hottest team.
They came out of it with a most unexpected win.
Justin Faulk had a goal and assist as the Hurricanes carried play all the way last night in a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs.
TORONTO—Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old Canadian who topped the world amateur golf ranking, turned professional yesterday and signed with International Management Group and Ping equipment.
Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., made the announced with help from the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and defenceman Mark Borowiecki.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offence. Jordan Todman provided some cushion.
And Sen’Derrick Marks sealed it with the most rewarding sack of his career.
The trio provided all the highlights in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans last night.
ST. CATHARINES, Ont.—Zach Fucale’s teammates on Canada’s world junior team can tell when he’s comfortable between the pipes.
They can hear it.
“He’s always yapping, he’s always talking to guys,” Connor McDavid noted.
“He never shuts up on the ice.”
TORONTO—Patrick Patterson said the memory of last year’s Raptors’ playoff run, and the heart-breaking way it ended, was on his mind from the moment he woke up yesterday morning.
If last night was a chance at payback, the Raptors accomplished it with a slam dunk—a 105-89 rout of the rival Brooklyn Nets.
VANCOUVER—A weak second period, marred by a soft goal on Eddie Lack, was all the Vancouver Canucks needed to extend their losing streak to five games.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots for his second shutout of the season, and 29th of his career, as the Dallas Stars blanked Vancouver 2-0 last night.
CALGARY—Calgary Flames’ coach Bob Hartley’s contract extension signals that he and new general manager Brad Treliving have decided they can work together.
The multi-year extension announced in Hartley’s third season in Calgary could make him one of the longest-serving head coaches in Flames’ history.
Bob Johnson was behind Calgary’s bench for five seasons from 1982-83 to 1986-87.
BROSSARD, Que.—A line shuffle that moved Alex Galchenyuk to centre and dropped David Desharnais to the third unit looks to be working for the Montreal Canadiens.
But it remains to be seen what will happen now that Lars Eller, whose upper body injury prompted the moves, is close to returning to the lineup.
TORONTO — Officials of the National Hockey League and the general public may find it unexpected to see chipmunk-cheeked hockey stars who have contracted mumps. But to public health experts, an outbreak in this setting is not surprising, given the ages of the athletes and the conditions under which they play.