NCI Sports – Tuesday, October 15

National Hockey League

The Winnipeg Jets managed a lot of shots but no goals last night as they were defeated 3-0 by the Montreal Canadiens.

Carey Price was in net for the Canadiens and earned his first shutout of the season.

For Montreal, the game wrapped a successful four game road trip through western Canada that saw them beat Edmonton, Vancouver and the Jets.

For Winnipeg, the loss means they have just one win in their last five games and have fallen below a .500 record on the season.

The Jets will look to turn things around as they are just at the mid-point of the longest home stand of the 2013-14 campaign.  Coming up is the St. Louis Blues on Friday, then Nashville on Sunday with Washington set to visit next Tuesday.

Elsewhere last night a couple of teams improved to perfect 6-0 records to start the season.

The San Jose Sharks kept their unbeaten record intact with a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.  The Blues actually entered that game without a loss, so either way that one went would have left someone with an intact win streak to start the season.

The Colorado Avalanche is the other team that still has an unbeaten record, and their win last night helped their new coach tie up the mark for most consecutive win behind the bench for an NHL coach.

It’s six in a row for Patrick Roy, a record that actually ties him with a coach he played under back in 1995.

That’s the year Mario Tremblay led the Montreal Canadiens to six straight wins to start the season.  It’s also the season that saw Roy traded to the Colorado Avalanche after Tremblay refused to give Roy any relief in a game against Detroit where he was shelled for 11 goals.

If Roy as a coach is to move past the mark that he and Tremblay now share, it will be against Detroit when the Avalanche play the Red Wings tomorrow night.

And there were nine other games in busy day in the NHL:

  • Minnesota Wild1@ Toronto Maple Leafs 4
  • Buffalo Sabres 4 @ New York Islanders 3 (SO)
  • Vancouver Canucks 3 @ Philadelphia Flyers 2
  • Edmonton Oilers 2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 3
  • Chicago Blackhawks 3 @ Carolina Hurricanes 2 (SO)
  • Los Angeles Kings 1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 5
  • Columbus Blue Jackets 1 @ Detroit Red Wings 2
  • Florida Panthers 3 @ Nashville Predators 4
  • Ottawa Senators 4 @ Phoenix Coyotes 3 (OT)


Manitoba Junior Hockey League

The Dauphin Kings went into Waywayseecappo with just one goal in their last four games but emerged with a six-three win.

Wolverines goalie Conrad McMillan faced 37 shots and gave up all six goals before he was relieved by Matthieu Verreault.  He stopped all six shots he faced in 12 minutes of relief, but the damage was done by then.

Jesse Bernard had three points on the night for the Kings, notching a goal and two assists.

There’s one game on the schedule tonight as the Virden Oil Capitals make the trip up to OCN to take on the Blizzard.  Game time is 7:30 tonight at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.


Major League Baseball

The St. Louis Cardinals are a win away from another World Series appearance.  They downed the Dodgers by doubling them up yesterday 4-2.

The Cards lead the series 3-1 and can take the National League pennant and a spot in the World Series with a win this afternoon as the teams play in Los Angeles.

Joe Kelly gets the start for St. Louis, Zack Greinke will be on the mound as the Dodgers play a must-win game before the home crowd.

And the Boston Red Sox now have a 2-1 series lead in the American League Championship Series.  They got just one run yesterday, a Mike Napoli homer in the 7th, but it was all they needed to defeat the Detroit Tigers 1-0.

Game 4 in that series is tonight with Boston’s Jake Peavey going up against Detroit’s Doug Fister.


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