Canadiens bury Maple Leafs after Mats Sundin has jersey retired

Canadiens bury Maple Leafs after Mats Sundin has jersey retired

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Not only did Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens crash the party, they did their best to spoil it.

Carey Price FigurePrice turned aside all 32 shots he faced Saturday as the Habs hammered the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0 on a night the team honoured long-time captain Mats Sundin.

It was the third straight loss for the Leafs, who remain in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has won four games in a row and now sits seven points back of the final playoff spot.

Erik Cole, Rene Bourque, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller and Mathieu Darche scored goals for Montreal (23-24-9).

The Maple Leafs saw their record drop to 28-22-6 with their most embarrassing loss since getting beaten 7-0 by Boston on Nov. 5.

Mats Sundin figuresThere was more emotion than usual on a night that started with the Maple Leafs raising Sundin’s No. 13 banner to the rafters at Air Canada Centre. During a thoughtful speech, Mats Sundin urged fans to embrace their young team because of how difficult it can be to play hockey in Toronto.

Less than two hours later, the Leafs were being booed off the ice after 40 minutes.

Montreal seized control during a second period that saw it score four times on seven shots against James Reimer.  Cole started the barrage at 5:01 with a shot through the goalie’s legs, Bourque made it 2-0 less than two minutes later with a one-timer and Pacioretty squeaked a shot past Reimer at 15:54.

That goal came with Leafs forward Tim Connolly in the penalty box for slashing — making it the first time in 18 games the team had surrendered a goal while shorthanded.

For good measure, Eller made it 4-0 at 18:54 after skating right around Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and beating Reimer, prompting a loud series of boos from the sellout crowd.

Jonas Gustavsson FigureRon Wilson sent Jonas Gustavsson out for the third period, no doubt reviving the goaltending debate in the process. The Monster fared only marginally better than his counterpart, getting beaten by Darche on a breakaway just 1:29 into the period.

Price secured his fourth shutout of the season after seeing two Toronto shots hit the post in the final 20 minutes. He also stood tall during a late power play.

The Habs goaltender had to be sharp in the early stages of the game. He stopped a tricky Clarke MacArthur shot in the opening minutes and denied Phil Kessel on a partial breakaway shortly after.

Toronto goalie, James Reimer was also tested a couple times during a first period that saw the Leafs outshoot the visitorsJames Reimer Figure 14-8. He looked solid until Cole opened the scoring.

It was just one week ago the Leafs registered an impressive 5-0 victory in Ottawa and looked poised to make a climb up the standings. But after beating Edmonton on Monday, they dropped a game in Winnipeg on Tuesday and Philadelphia on Thursday and now face a tough three-game swing through western Canada.

Montreal dug a big hole early in the season but is doing its best to keep slim playoff hopes alive. The Habs return home to face Carolina and Boston next week and need to keep winning.

Notes: It was the 16th shutout of Price’s NHL career … The Leafs had US$7.5 million in salary in the press box with Colby Kobe Bryant FigureArmstrong and Mike Komisarek scratched. Both players are alternate captains for the team … Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski each wore an “A” in their absence … Travis Moen, Ryan White and Yannick Weber sat out for Montreal … Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was among the announced crowd of 19,685.

Mats Sundin calls it quits

Mats SundinMats Sundin has announced his retirement from hockey.

According a media reports from Sweden the former Maple Leafs captain made the announcement today at a Stockholm hotel.

“It feels good, it comes from the heart,” Sundin told reporters.

“I’ve had a long career and have played since I was a child. It’s hard to summarize everything but it’s been a great journey… I couldn’t have had a better life than the one I’ve had.”

Sundin played 18 NHL seasons, 13 with the Maple Leafs. He is Toronto’s all-time leader in goals and points.

“Toronto is and will always be my second home,” Sundin said.

He played 1,346 games with Toronto, the Quebec Nordiques and Vancouver Canucks, scoring 564 goals and 785 assists for 1349 points.

Personally I think he should have retired last season while he was with the Leafs. It would have been a much better scenario calling it quits with the team he loves, the Maple Leafs. This future hall of famer is one of our best selling figure in our store:

Mats Sundin Figure

Tim Hortons: from Coffee & Donuts to McFarlane Hockey Figure

Tim Hortons CoffeeWhen he opened a doughnut shop in 1964, Tim Horton didn’t plan to lay the foundation for a Canadian institution. But that’s exactly what he did.

When he opened a small restaurant in Hamilton, Ont., in 1964, NHL star Tim Horton planned to sell coffee, doughnuts and a few of his own culinary delights. He didn’t plan to lay the foundation for a Canadian institution. But that’s exactly what he did.

A year after he opened that first store on Ottawa Street North, former Hamilton policeman Ron Joyce took over the fledgling store and opened up two more. He and Horton became full partners in 1967.

Early on the morning of February 21, 1974, Horton was driving on the Queen Elizabeth Way from Toronto to his home in Buffalo after the Sabres had played in Toronto the night before, in his De Tomaso Pantera sports car, a gift from Sabres’ GM George “Punch” Imlach. He was negotiating a curve on the QEW where it crosses over Twelve Mile Creek in St. Catharines when he lost control and hit a concrete culvert. The impact flipped the vehicle and Horton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. Horton was reported dead on arrival at the local hospital.

Tim Horton FigureNot long after Horton’s death, Joyce offered Lori Horton (Tim’s widow) $1 million for her shares in the chain, which included 40 stores by that time. Once she accepted his offer, Joyce became the sole owner. Years later, Mrs. Horton decided that the deal between her and Joyce was not fair and took the matter to court. Mrs. Horton lost the lawsuit in 1993, and was declined for appeal in 1995. Lori died in 2000. Tim and Lori left four daughters, Jeri-Lyn (Horton-Joyce), Traci (Simone), Kim and Kelly. Jeri-Lyn married Ron Joyce’s son Ron Joyce Jr. and owns a store in Ontario.

Joyce expanded the chain in the following years, ultimately giving Canada more donut shops per capita than any other country.

In 1995, Wendy’s International acquired the chain and merged the two companies.

As part of the deal, Joyce became the largest single shareholder of Wendy’s, even larger than the chain’s founder Dave Thomas. Joyce retired soon after.

Wendy’s sold part of Tim Hortons operations in a public offering in 2006, and distributed remaining shares to shareholders later that year.

Tim Hortons kept its operational headquarters in Oakvillle, Ont., but incorporated in Delaware.

The chain continued to expand across Canada and into a handful of U.S. states. In the summer of 2009, it opened some stores in New York City – including one at Madison Square Garden, where Horton once played as a member of the New York Rangers.

Today, the chain is the fourth largest publicly traded quick service restaurant chain in North America, and the largest in Canada. It has 3,475 system-wide restaurants, including 2,939 in Canada and 536 in the United States.

The menu at Timmie’s, as it is affectionately known by Canadians, has expanded along with the chain. The chain served just coffee and doughnuts for its first decade in business. But since the mid 1970s, it has been adding items to the menu. It now offers everything from Timbits to flavoured cappuccino and chili.

McFarlane Toys is releasing a NHL hockey figure of Tim Horton.  You can reserve your figure from  NHL Legends Series 8 (featuring Tim Horton) to be released in October of 2009.

I will take a Large Double Double….and a six inch Tim Horton figure….please!

Tim Horton NHL McFarlane Hockey Figure