Walking into any Montreal metro station on the evening of March 31, many commuters were probably confused to see the unfamiliar sight of baseball fans. Draped in Blue Jays blue and white with smatterings of the old Expos colours, fans packed onto the subway to head to see the Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates face off in the final spring training series at the Olympic Stadium.
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Teams take advantage of the NHL’s point system, staying cautious and stalling until they can get a guaranteed one point in overtime. Since a win in overtime, or in the shootout, is worth the same two points as a regulation win, and a loss in this scenario grants one point, there’s no reason to risk losing in regulation and miss out on a point that requires just holding out a few more minutes.
Christopher Lalonde scored seventh-seeded McGill’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to St. Francis Xavier in the U Sports University Cup quarterfinals on March 17. The X-Men’s offence proved too persistent, outshooting the Redmen 35-22 and scoring two goals within 51 seconds into the third period to push the game out of reach.
As the fourth seed in this year’s women’s U Sports basketball tournament, the McGill Martlets defeated the Regina Cougars on March 9, securing the school’s third consecutive trip to the national semi-finals. After a shaky start to the season, the Martlets entered the weekend riding a hot streak, winning nine of their last ten games and undefeated in their last five.
Eight months after the infamous trade that sent shock and anger throughout Montreal, former Habs fan-favourite P.K. Subban returned to the Bell Centre on Thursday, March 2. Tensions between Subban and the Montreal Canadiens’ front office boiled over last June, leading the Nashville Predators and Habs to swap their marquis defencemen.
Only in Montreal will a hockey team sitting atop their division fire their head coach. This was exactly the scenario last Tuesday Feb. 14, when the Canadiens terminated Head Coach Michel Therrien.
After building a two goal lead, the McGill Redmen (19-4-3) survived a third-period comeback bid by the visiting Carleton Ravens (16-9-2) to pick up a 2-1 win on Feb. 4.
Fresh off a nine-game winning streak, the Washington Capitals are the team to beat in the East. With balanced scoring and forward Alexander Ovechkin as dangerous as ever, the Capitals have been fiery on offence so far this season. In Columbus, the Blue Jackets are one of the league’s hottest teams.
The arena was shockingly empty. Had this been a preliminary round game between Latvia and the Czech Republic, the attendance issues would have been understandable, but even Team Canada was unable to fill the seats.
The Jets appear to have once again found a young Finnish sensation in 19-year-old rookie Patrik Laine.