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Today is the day Winnipeg hockey fans have been waiting

Today is the day Winnipeg hockey fans have been waiting 16 years for. nfl wholesale jerseys . The puck finally drops on the re-birth of the Jets as they host the Montreal Canadiens in their 2011-12 home opener. The game can be heard live on TSN Radio 1290 and and also on TSN Radio 990 and Also, take part  in the online chat on throughout the game, beginning at 5pm et/2pm pt. As Winnipeg readies itself to host its first regular season NHL game since the 1995-96 season, the Jets players are allowing themselves to enjoy the moment as well. "I think the fans are going to be really ready to go. As are we," said Jets forward Evander Kane. "Its going to be a hell of a day right from when people wake up, so I think everyones really looking forward to it." Between Atlanta, Colorado and Minnesota, the National Hockey League has recently had a few occasions like this, where a market has been given a second chance at hosting the best hockey the world has to offer. But for Winnipeg, the return of the Jets is more than just the return of the NHL. "It doesnt happen very often," said Jets captain Andrew Ladd. "Especially in a city like this where the hockey team means so much to the people of the city." With pre-season games, parties and festivities reaching fever pitch, the opening puck drop is the culmination of a four-month party that started on May 31 when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the league was returning to the Manitoba capital. "I dont think we totally understand the historic value of it yet," said Ladd. "But a year down the road well look back and say it was pretty unique to be a part of that." For the players that made the move with the team from Atlanta, the new confines should bring a change of pace. However, for one Jet in particular, the home opener offers a chance to really kick off the modern Jets era. After being selected seventh overall by the Jets in the 2011 draft, Mark Scheifele is set to become the first player to start his NHL career as a member of the new Jets team. After a standout showing in training camp, the former Barrie Colt is raring to go. "Theres a lot of nerves," the 18-year-old Scheifele said. "But its going to be a fun time and Im definitely really excited for it." After almost a full month of preparations - from rookie camp through a busy pre-season schedule – Scheifele is definitely ready for the games to mean something. "Theres definitely a lot of anticipation. Once you see teams starting to play you want to get in that atmosphere and you want to get into that excitement." The Canadiens, however, know that the Jets will come out full throttle in front of the home crowd and are preparing themselves for the onslaught. "Theyre going to come out like gangbusters, Im sure," said Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. "Theyll be feeding off of their fans for sure and well just have to come out and be prepared to weather the storm." While the atmosphere inside the MTS Centre will be more highly charged than usual, the Canadiens are already used to lively crowds in this young 2011-12 season. The team opened the year in front of a hostile Toronto crowd on Thursday night for the Maple Leafs home opener. With two home openers and a full week of NHL action behind them before the team gets to play in front of a home crowd against Calgary this coming Thursday; the Canadiens are trying to take the glut of early marquee match-ups in stride. "Its the nature of the business," said Canadiens captain Brian Gionta. "Unfortunately, we go through it quite a bit here and well have three opening nights in our first three [games]. We just need to deal with it." The Jets dont seem to mind starting their rebirth in the NHL against the leagues most successful franchise either. For a team looking to immediately compete in the Eastern Conference, an opening test against the Canadiens will serve as a valuable measuring stick. Jets head coach Claude Noel sees the Canadiens – who finished sixth in the Eastern Conference in 2010-11 – as a model for where his team wants to be by years end. "They made it [to the playoffs] last year and this organization didnt," Noel said. "So weve got to get to the level that theyre presenting." wholesale jerseys china .B. - The Acadie Bathurst Titan overturned a three-goal first period deficit to beat the Moncton Wildcats 4-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night. jerseys wholesale . Instead, San Antonio is actually feeling pretty good about itself. Tim Duncan had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 101-83 on Wednesday night in a matchup of teams missing their starting All-Star point guards. (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant hopes to build on a brilliant Game 1 performance as the Oklahoma City Thunder again host the Denver Nuggets in their Western Conference quarterfinals set. Durant scored a career playoff-high 41 points and Russell Westbrook had 31 in the opener of the series on Sunday, leading the Thunder to a 107-103 victory. Eric Maynor added 12 points off the bench, the only other scorer in double figures for a Thunder team that relied on its two All-Stars -- particularly down the stretch. Durant and Westbrook scored 16 of Oklahoma Citys 21 points in the fourth quarter. Its not just about scoring its about defending and we played much better defense in the second half. Kevin (Durant) and Russell (Westbrook) were great, theyre two All-Stars, but were not just a Kevin and Russ team, were a Thunder team, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. A lot of other guys helped us win tonight. Nene had 22 points and Danilo Gallinari scored 18 to lead the Nuggets. We had our chances, said Nuggets head coach George Karl. The guys fought, they did everything we asked them to. Durant and Westbrook make 72 points against us as hard as were playing? I think well be able to make some adjustments there. Game 1 wasnt without controversy, however. Denver had battled back when Thunder center Kendrick Perkins grabbed a rebound off a Westbrook miss and put it back to give Oklahoma City a one-point edge with 1:05 to play. Nuggets players and cooaches thought goaltending should have been called on the play, but there was no whistle. nfl jerseys wholesale. I just feel bad, obviously we got a stop, obviously it was goaltending, Karl said. The ball wasnt even out of the cylinder how can you not see that? I thought it was a great tip-in, a great offensive rebound, Westbrook countered. In truth, Perkins grabbed a fistful of net and hit the ball while it was still in the cylinder. In fact the non-call was so egregious that the NBA actually admitted a mistake, something it rarely does. Although a player is permitted to touch the net while the ball is in the cylinder above the rim, Perkins also touched the ball while it was still in the cylinder which is a violation and constitutes goaltending, the league said in a statement issued Monday. Too little, too late for the Nuggets, who are staring at an 0-2 hole unless they can win in OKC Tuesday night. The Nuggets, seeded fifth, finished five games behind Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division. Denver has faced the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise in three playoff series (1977-78, 1987-88, 19934-94), winning two of those. The eighth-seeded Nuggets of the 1993-94 season upset the top-seeded Sonics in the opening round, with the memorable shot of Denver center Dikembe Mutombo holding the ball in jubilation on the floor afterwards. After tonights game the series shifts to the Rockies for the next two contests, including Saturdays Game 3. ' ' '



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