EPISODE #1

 

It's that time of year again hockey fans. Teams across the NFHL have completed their drafts, trades, signings, training camps, and preseason games. The rosters are set and the puck has dropped to begin the 1995 season! As always, we at SportsCenter have all the highlights and stories from Week #1. Let's go!

 

[Highlights Rolling]

 

"Big save by Roy. Rebound. Oh my word, he robs them again!"..."Sidorkiewicz slides across to make a highlight reel stop!"..." He breaks in from the side and fires it home. Another goal for Muller!"..."Chabot and Pedersen both have 4 goals tonight. That's simply incredible!"

 

#10. Hatcher Leads Nords Over Canadiens

 

Defenseman Kevin Hatcher was all over the ice in Quebec's 6-2 win against their provincial rivals from Montreal. He tallied 1 goal, 3 assists, 2 PIM, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 22 minutes of ice time. Joe Sakic added 2 goals for the Nordiques, who went 2-1-1 in the first 7 days of the season.

 

#9. Ducks Stun Canucks; Win Home Opener 

 

Thomas Steen had 2 goals and 2 assists while Evgeny Shtepa chipped in 4 helpers as the Ducks doubled up the Canucks by a score of 6-3. Anaheim is looking to improve on their 17-60-3 record from 1994. After beating Vancouver and Boston on back-to-back nights, they already have 2 wins!

 

#8. Hat Trick Magic Saves The Day 

 

There was a trio of hat tricks this week that led to some big upsets for the scorer's team: Ed Kastelic scored all 3 goals to help Los Angeles earn a 3-3 tie with Minnesota, Ray Whitney scored thrice as San Jose shocked Colorado 6-5 and Steve Kasper netted 3 in the Islanders 5-4 win over the Whalers.

 

#7. Ollie The Goalie Gets Some Big Wins

 

Olaf Kolzig had an impressive week against some of the toughest opponents in the entire NFHL. The Sharks goalie went 4-1 with wins against Los Angeles, Columbus, Hartford, and Colorado. His only loss came in a rematch vs. the Blue Jackets after nearly shutting them out the first time around.

 

# 6. The Peters Propel New Jersey To Victory

 

Peter Bondra scored 3 goals while Peter Zezel chipped in 4 assists to help the Devils cruise to a 7-2 win over Montreal. New Jersey went 4-2 this week to start the season tied with Hartford for first place in the Wales standings. The Devils have an excellent shot at going back to the conference finals.

 

#5. The Rays Help Hartford Win Big

 

Ray Sheppard scored 3 goals and Ray Ferraro contributed 4 assists in Hartford's 7-1 win over Tampa. The Whalers have revamped their roster quite a bit since winning the SMJ Cup in 1992 but their formula continues to get results. They went 4-2 in Week #1 with wins vs. Tampa, Boston, NYR, and St. Louis.

 

# 4. St. Patrick Is Here To Save New York

 

Patrick Roy made 40 saves in the Rangers 3-1 win over the Flyers. He was outstanding all night long, holding Philadelphia to only 1 goal on 13 powerplay chances. Roy had a solid start to his career in the Big Apple, going 3-2 while stopping 152 of 163 shots he faced, narrowly missing out on Goalie of the Week recognition.

 

#3. Sidorkiewicz Slams The Door Shut

 

Peter Sidorkiewicz stopped all 30 shots he faced and Brian Bellows scored 3 goals and 1 assist to lead Columbus to a 6-0 rout in Toronto. The Blue Jackets backup was the winner of Goalie of the Week honors with a 3-1 record and a .941 save percentage. Can he stay hot and keep Dominik Hasek on the bench?

 

#2. Muller Scores 4, Then Adds 4 More

 

Kirk Muller scored all four Winnipeg goals in a 4-1 win against Boston. He had 8 goals during the first week of play to take an early lead in the NFHL goal-scoring race. The Jets worked on Muller's discipline this summer, hoping to decrease his PIM and improve on his 35-goal and 102-point campaign from 1994. 

 

#1. Red Wings Start The Season Red Hot

 

Barry Pedersen scored 4 goals and 2 assists, John Chabot had 4 goals, and 3 other Red Wing players recorded 3 assists as Detroit humiliated St Louis 11-1. Chabot finished the week with 5 goals and 7 assists to take home NFHL Skater of the Week. Detroit showed no signs of rust after celebrations this summer.