While the weekend games in Europe were the official start of the NHL season, last night sure felt more real to me. Maybe because there were actually night games. Goaltending was a big theme of the evening. For instance, Despite giving up four goals, goalie Tim Thomas earned a win for Boston (login info.). It was sweet revenge for Thomas, who was cut from the Colorado organization as a rookie.
Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere didn’t have a great game against the Sharks, giving up four goals. Although it could have been worse. Bad penalties are already hurting the Ducks. But also, the Sharks looked great. Fast, precise, and physical.
Over in Vancouver, it looked like the Calgary Flames were missing defensive defenseman Robyn Regehr, who the team placed on waivers. I don’t know if it’s Regehr they’re missing, so much as consistent goaltending and defense in general, but I don’t think Regehr would have hurt things. Also, the Craig Conroy-Todd Bertuzzi-Jarome Iginla Experiment seems to be over in Calgary as coach Mike Keenan spent the game trying to figure out new combinations. There’s nothing like giving players time to gel with each other.