Third Jerseys Get Three Wins

Four teams wore alternate sweaters tonight but only three won.

We'll start with the most interesting find of the night. Spencer points out that the Vancouver Canucks are wearing a special logo on their helmets to go with their new third jersey — going all the way back to the team's pre-NHL days.

Look closely. Compare that with the classic Johnny Canuck logo you see here. On the helmet he appears to be wearing a green shirt with blue pants.

I'm impressed if a little surprised the team would do this. Obviously they're hearing the very vocal fans desperate for a return to the classic look.

For the record, the Canucks won their first game with the new alternate sweater, 4-2 over the Maple Leafs.

Anyway, that's not all. The New York Islanders again wore their third jersey, pulling out the 3-2 victory over the Senators. And the Pittsburgh Penguins debuted their alternates with a come-from-behind 5-2 slaughtering of the Sabres.

Isles captain Billy Guerin and ex-Bolt Ruslan Fedotenko are seen in action above.

Unfortunately it was the Montreal Canadiens, who, while wearing their 1945 era sweaters on Centennial Jersey Night, lost 2-1 to the Flyers. The jerseys are white with a heavy blue, red-trimmed stripe around the belly. The numbers and text are red.

Here you can see Saku Koivu in the conspicuously non-EDGE style sweater. It's got a rounded collar and the "CH" logo is located very low on the front so as to be centered on the blue stripe.

I'll keep an eye on the Canucks thing and if any better pictures of the helmets turn up, I'll add them to this post.