Biron a legit No. 1 goalie so far
Friday, October 19, 2007 | 12:14 PM ET
Join us on this afternoon’s edition of Hockey Night in Canada Radio (Sirius channel 122, 4 p.m. ET) as Scott Morrison will co-host and Elliotte Friedman will drop by in hour two for a preview to this weekend’s games on HNIC. Yes, it’s our weekly Hockey Night in Canada roundtable.
The legendary Dick Irvin joins us to talk about the 50th anniversary of Maurice Richard’s 500th goal. Dick was at the Montreal Forum when The Rocket caught a pass from Jean Beliveau and sizzled one that helped the Habs beat the Chicago Black hawks 3-1.
The number 500 is still the gold standard for goal scorers to achieve and although almost 40 players since Richard have hit the mark, it is still THE chase for goal scorers.
Also on today’s show, New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamarillo discusses his team's change in style of play, shifting from the league's premiere trap team to a more puck-pursuit style squad.
And we’re always looking for your thoughts, feedback, guest suggestions at our e-mail address email@example.com.
Around the NHL
- It was pretty cool to see young Nick Foligno do a tribute to his father and jump in the air after potting his first NHL goal last night against the Montreal Canadiens as the Sens beat the Habs 4-3.
- One step forward, two steps back for the Atlanta Thrashers, who last night, picked up their first win of the season (5-3 against the Rangers) but in the process lost netminder Kari Lehtonen to a groin injury. Ouch, that hurts. Lehtonen has been described by insiders in Atlanta as standing the most to gain now that Bob Hartley has been punted. The two were said to never see eye-to-eye and Hartley was perhaps spoiled in Colorado and expected all goalies to be and behave like Patrick Roy. Expect the Thrashers to call up netminder Ondrej Pevelec from the Chicago Wolves to backup Johan Hedberg.
- I admit I was skeptical about Martin Biron being a legit No. 1 goalie in the NHL but so far I couldn’t have been more wrong. Biron just posted his second shutout of the week last night, a 4-0 wash of the New Jersey Devils. Now, I’m not quite ready to call the Flyers a Cup contender but boy do they ever look good to start the season. And when you think about it, the extended road trip was probably the best thing for this team considering how many new faces there are in the Flyers room now. If they opened with two weeks worth of games at home after every gathering, it would be 23 guys in 23 cabs but the road trip kept them together, they bonded and are now one of the best teams in the league.
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