Sunday, October 11, 2009

NHL Recap 10-10-09

Notes from Saturday, Oct. 10

Stars of the night
--Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask made 35 saves, including 16 in the first period, as the Bruins overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Islanders, 4-3 in a shootout.
--Teemu Selanne scored two goals with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, including once with 16 seconds left, and netted the only tally of the shootout in Anaheim's 3-2 comeback victory at Philadelphia.
--Sidney Crosby scored two power play goals and Evgeni Malkin notched three assists to lead Pittsburgh over Toronto, 5-2.
--Travis Zajac had a goal and assist and David Clarkson scored a late power play goal to give the Devils a 3-2 win over Florida.
--Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone scored a hat trick to end the Lightning's 12-game losing streak, 5-2 over Carolina.
--Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and held off a third-period surge by St. Louis to help Los Angeles to a 2-1 victory.
--Buffalo's Ryan Miller helped keep the Sabres unbeaten in regulation with a 25-save shutout, 1-0 over Nashville. Mike Grier scored the game's only goal with 3:25 remaining. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 41 saves in the loss.
--Montreal out-shot Edmonton 35-19 but Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin turned away 33 of those shots and Edmonton came away with a 3-2 win.
--Evgeni Nabokov faced a heavy barrage from Minnesota and made 38 saves, slamming the door after conceding a 2-0 lead, and the Sharks rebounded for a 4-2 victory behind Patrick Marleau's two goals and one assist.

Working extra extra late
Chicago and Colorado needed nine shootout rounds to decide a winner before the Blackhawks came away 4-3 victors on Andrew Ladd's clinching goal after Cristobal Huet stopped Matt Hendricks. Ladd was also credited with a goal in regulation.

Renewed defense after all
Detroit goalie Chris Osgood drew a chuckle from at least one writer (OK, it was this one) after talking about his team's renewed commitment to defense despite being heavily out-shot the preceding game, particularly in the third period. But the Red Wings clamped down on the potent ABA line (Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin), holding the trio to one assist, and Tomas Holmstrom's power play goal gave Detroit a 3-2 win.

Osgood needed to make just 21 saves. Nine came from the stick of Ovechkin, who had one assist.

Clutch Fish-ing
For the second straight game, Ottawa's Mike Fisher scored the game-winning goal for the Senators, this time in a 4-2 victory over Atlanta. He also had an assist. Both of Fisher's goals have been game-winners.

Good first impression
In his first start with Columbus, backup goaltender Mathieu Garon made 36 saves to lead the Blue Jackets over Phoenix, 2-0. Rick Nash had the winner and R.J. Umberger sealed the win with an empty net goal.

Quote of the night
"It is depressing here right now."
Toronto coach Ron Wilson. The Maple Leafs have a league-worst one point through four games and are one of just two winless teams.

Marquee matchup
Sunday, Oct. 11 (2 games)
Anaheim (2-1-1) at N.Y. Rangers (3-1-0), 5 p.m. ET, a pairing of two teams headed in the right direction. The Ducks have won two straight games, both on the road against two tough Eastern teams. The Rangers, after dropping their first game to the Penguins, are on a three-game winning streak.

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