The Toronto Marlies jumped all over Robert Mayer in the first 10:24 of the game and went on to blank the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-0 Saturday night at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
Mayer was pulled after surrendering the first three goals and Peter Delmas went the rest of the way as the Bulldogs suffered their first loss after opening the season with a pair of wins.
Kenny Ryan paced the Marlies with two goals, while Nicolas Deschamps, Greg McKegg and Mike Kotska each added one. The Bulldogs outshot the Marlies 31-24, but were unable to put the puck behind Mark Owuya.
There was more bad news for the Bulldogs – and Canadiens fans – concerning Louis Leblanc. During a scrum after the whistle in the second period, Leblanc was helped off the ice and didn’t return when he fell awkwardly.
“It’s never fun to see a guy get hurt like that,” said Bulldogs’ forward Gabriel Dumont. “His leg twisted pretty weird. It didn’t look good so it’s tough. He’s a good player and a big loss for our team.”
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The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Rochester Americans on Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Their next home game is on Friday against the Marlies at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum. All Bulldogs games during the month of October will be broadcast on Montreal’s TSN Radio 690. Fans can also listen to and watch all ‘Dogs games online at hamiltonbulldogs.com.
Meanwhile, the Oct. 22 edition of Sports Illustrated has this item:
“Sign of the Apocalypse: During the NHL lockout the Montreal Gazette is playing out the Canadiens’ season on EA Sports’s NHL 13, game by game, and publishing news stories off the results of the simulated games.”
Canadiens beat writer Pat Hickey decided to have some fun during the NHL lockout and teamed up with Gazette techie Eric Tobon to employ EA Sports NHL 13 to produce The Season That Isn’t, playing out the Habs’ schedule on the video game to give frustrated fans a fantasy hockey experience. To find out how things might have looked in Saturday’s game against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre, click here.
Fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets had a similar idea, playing an XBox simulation game on Friday against the Vancouver Canucks at a bar with the team’s longtime radio announcers, George Matthews and Bill Davidge, showing up to call the action.
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