Big Opening Week Sets the Bar for New NHL Season
The fans had to wait through the long Summer and and a winding September, but hockey is finally here, and of course the opening week did not disappoint.
So lets have a look at some of the big moments of the week. We took a look at some key players and teams who have been heavily anticipated.
- Mike Babcock had his first game behind the bench for the Toronto Maple Leafs and used the first Coach’s Challenge in NHL history; a challenge that he won I might add.
- Jack Eichel scored his first NHL goal for the Buffalo Sabres.
- Connor McDavid played in his first NHL games; he didn’t have a point, but it was great to see him on the ice after such anticipation.
- Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby started their journey together, but were shutout in their first game, and fell to Arizona 1-0 in their second.
- The New York Rangers jumped out to a 3-0-0 start and look poised to be a contender in the East.
- And the Kings and Bruins have stumbled out of the gate again as both teams were 0-2-0 on Sunday.
The season has gotten off to a quick start and has set in motion several of the key story-line around the game. But even if your team has squirmed out of the gate, we all know that in hockey things change quick, and after-all it is only the first week of the season; remember its a marathon, not a sprint.