Saturday, October 17, 2009

NHL Recap 10-16-09

(Now with occasional - and brief, I swear - comments by me!)

Stars of the night
--Rich Peverley, 2 goals, Ondrej Pavelec 28 saves in Atlanta's 4-2 win over New Jersey. Didn't see the game but Martin Brodeur doesn't seem right. Players in front of him or is it him? He is 37, has to slow down at some point.
--Tyler Myers, Clarke MacArthur, Tim Connolly, goal and assist each in Buffalo's 6-3 win over the Islanders. Don't look now, but Buffalo, at 4-0-1, is the only team without a regulation loss. How good are they? Schedule not too intimidating but a 6-2 win over Detroit stands out. Ryan Miller, 36 saves Friday, is playing really well.
--Scott Clemmensen, 25 saves in Florida's 4-2 win over Philadelphia, snapping a four-game losing streak. Florida seems less competitive without Jay Bouwmeester. Early candidate for disappointing team of the season, but quality win against a really good opponent.
--Tim Thomas 27 saves, Marc Savard two goals in Boston's 3-0 win over Dallas. Thomas not exactly having a good encore to his Vezina-winning season. Needs to play more like this.

Oops, we almost did it again
The Flames were up 5-0 after two periods...and won 5-3. Vancouver scored two late goals and with 2:17 remaining the Canucks made things interesting. This time, Calgary hung on. Where's the defense? Where's the goaltending? And where's Jarome Iginla? No points tonight. Is this Olli Jokinen karma continuing? On the other side, Roberto Luongo continues to, um, struggle.

Lips are sealed
Won't mention the Wild game... see below for that.

Padding a record
Florida's Radek Dvorak added to his franchise-record for shorthanded goals with the decisive tally Friday while the Panthers were killing a penalty. Dvorak, who has a shortie in two straight games and 21 for his career, 14 with Florida, took advantage of a Chris Pronger muff and scored to give Florida a 3-2 lead.

Quote of the night
"We've had so much time off, it doesn't even feel like the season has really started. I felt like we were playing our first game again."
Thrashers winger Colby Armstrong. Atlanta has played a league-low four games and had been off since Oct. 10.

Marquee matchup
Saturday, Oct. 17 (13 games)
Atlanta (3-1-0) at Buffalo (4-0-1), 7 p.m. ET. Two surprise teams who are playing very well. The Sabres have scored 12 goals the last two games and have allowed just eight on the season. The Thrashers are averaging four goals per game. Both teams are getting very good play from their goaltenders (Ryan Miller and Ondrej Pavelec.)

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