Friday, October 16, 2009

NHL Recap 10-15-09

Stars of the night
--Alex Ovechkin, 2 goals; Washington beats San Jose, 4-1.
--Milan Michalek, hat trick (two shorthanded goals), Jarkko Ruutu 3 points (1 goal) in Ottawa's 7-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Barely tested
Cristobal Huet got back between the pipes for Chicago and faced just 13 shots against Nashville. The Blackhawks won 3-1 behind goals by Dustin Byfuglien, Tomas Kopecky and Duncan Keith. The Predators' offense is awful.

Timely first goals
--With Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen out of the lineup, Detroit will depend more on Henrik Zetterberg, and he responded with his first goal of the season which proved to be the game-winner in the Red Wings' 5-2 victory over the Kings. Nicklas Lidstrom had two points and reached the 1,000-point mark, the first European defenseman to do so.
--Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly - the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 draft - scored his first career goal with just over six minutes remaining and the Avalanche keep on winning, 3-2 over Montreal. O'Reilly's was the game-winner. Kyle Cumisky had two points, including a goal, and Craig Anderson made 29 saves.

That's more like it
After being shut out in the home opener, Phoenix gave the Coyote faithful - what few there were (announced attendance of 6,899 and estimates of roughly 5,000 actually in the arena, less than 40 percent full) - something to cheer about when Scottie Upshall tied the game with St. Louis at 2-2 midway through the third period and Ed Jovanovski scored the winner in overtime, and the Coyotes beat the Blues, 3-2.

Quote of the night
"We were dead. It's too much to ask for guys to penalty kill for that long a time."
Sharks center Joe Thornton, after San Jose was whistled for five penalties in the first 18 minutes of the game.

Marquee matchup
Friday, Oct. 16 (6 games)
Canucks (2-3-0) at Flames (4-2-1), 9 p.m. ET. Maybe it's the illness ravaging my body (OK, it's a cold, but work with me, people) but I don't find Friday's schedule very exciting, so we'll go with a Northwest Division battle, one of just two division games on the slate. Vancouver has won its last two but is without Daniel Sedin. Calgary has lost three straight and is still trying to get Jarome Iginla (2 goals, 2 assists) on track.

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