Â• So much for Denis Savard's new freewheeling Blackhawks. Chicago had just six shots in the first period under their new coach and were lucky to eke out a 2-1 win over Dallas. If Chicago has any hope of turning their season around, Nikolai Khabibulin is really going to have to earn his keep.
Â• The NHL can't be feeling especially chipper this morning, what with the news of a major drop-off in Canadian TV ratings.
Both the CBC and TSN showed nearly a 20 per cent plunge from last year's numbers to this year's. Know what I blame for it? Fighting. Just kidding, you pro-fighting nuts.
Â• Hurry back, Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra. Judging by the Wild's measly 16-shot total in their 2-1 loss to San Jose last night, your team misses you more and more each day.
Â• I like Leafs coach Paul Maurice for a lot of reasons. One of them is his sense of humor, which is on full display in David Shoalts' Globe & Mail column today. Referring to the crowd at the Air Canada Centre, Maurice uncorked this howler:
Â“That energy in (our) building is incredible.Â”
Honestly. That's what he said. Maybe Maurice is a closet clairvoyant, because the ACC this season is more sedate than ever. I don't think you could get a reaction from some of those suits if you put electric cattle prods under the seats.