Home opener takes ugly turn
The Montreal Canadiens 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was overshadowed by a fight that went terribly wrong in last Tuesday’s home opener. Habs enforcer George Parros was taking on Leafs tough guy Colton Orr for the second time that night, when at the end of the fight Orr accidentally yanked Parros down as he was falling, sending Parros face-first onto the ice. He then went unconscious and, after waking up, wasn’t able to get up and was carted off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Parros suffered a concussion and was released shortly after but will be out of the lineup indefinitely. After the game, the ongoing debate about fighting in hockey made its rounds on social media.
MLB postseason in full swing
The aftermath of all those wildcard games has narrowed down the world championship to a final eight teams. In the National League you have the St. Louis Cardinals taking on the feel-good story Pittsburgh Pirates with that series tied 1-1 with the next two games being played in Pittsburgh. In the other series, the Atlanta Braves will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers and that series is also tied at one with the series heading to Los Angeles for games three and four. In the American League, the Red Sox have held home field advantage by winning both home games to take a commanding 2-0 series lead and the Tampa Bay Rays looking to avoid the sweep in game three. The series involving the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics is tied 1-1 after Oakland’s 1-0 win on Saturday, with the next two games happening in Detroit.
Alouettes beat Eskimos for second straight win
The Alouettes offense, starting with quarterback Josh Neiswander, were relentless in their passing and running attacks, and together with the outstanding Alouette defence earned a victory with their 47-24 win against the Edmonton Eskimos in Edmonton on Saturday afternoon. The offence was clicking, and easily dominated the Eskimo defence. The Alouettes defence caused a lot of turnovers and only gave up significant touchdowns late in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach. The Als improved their record to 6-8 and play at home on Monday, Oct.14, against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Tip-off is right around the corner
Fans got their first glimpse of the NBA Saturday night, with pre-season action taking place across the league. Among the storylines for this season will be if the Miami Heat three-peat, how Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose fares after his knee surgery, and the hopes of the Houston Rockets in being contenders in the Western Conference after signing centre Dwight Howard.
The NBA will also be coming to Montreal when the Boston Celtics take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Bell Centre on Oct. 20. Tickets are on sale atevenko.ca.