Tuesday, October 20, 2009

NHL Recap 10-19-09

Stars of the night
--Devin Setoguchi, 2 goals, 1 assist; Patrick Marleau 1 goal, 2 assists; San Jose beats the Rangers, 7-3. San Jose joins Boston as two of the more inconsistent "stud" teams. Heck of a win though against the NHL's hottest team.
--The Kings top line. Ryan Smyth 1 goal, 2 assists; Justin Williams 1 goal, 1 assist; Anze Kopitar 1 goal. Oh, and Jon Quick made 29 saves, 15 in the third, in LA's 4-1 win over Dallas.
--Nikolai Khabibulin, 39 saves; Edmonton edges Vancouver, 2-1.

Coming to an end
Two streaks for the Rangers. First, their seven-game winning streak. Second, Marian Gaborik's eight-game points streak.

One more second...
Vancouver's Kyle Wellwood went on a nifty skating and deking play and scored to tie the Canucks' game at 2-2, but took too long to do it, and the puck didn't slide across the goal line until after the clock hit zero and the buzzer sounded.

Quote of the night
"We had 10 minutes in the second period when we lost our focus and it cost us the game."
Dallas coach Marc Crawford

Marquee matchups
Tuesday, Oct. 20 (3 games)
Columbus (5-1-0) at Calgary (5-2-1), 9:30 p.m. ET. I went with this game a week ago but it's still the best game on the schedule, though the Blues-Penguins (7 p.m. ET, Versus) should be entertaining. So I guess we can double up tonight. The Flames will look to avenge their 2-1 loss at Columbus from last week. Rick Nash is still good. Jarome Iginla is still not scoring. Miikka Kiprusoff is still giving up goals.

The Penguins (7-1-0) are scary because they're winning despite somewhat pedestrian numbers from Sidney Crosby (seven points) and Evgeni Malkin (10). The Blues (3-2-1) remembered how to score last game, doubling their goal total of the three previous games (five) against the Ducks (5-0 win.) Apparently St. Louis needs to play 2009 playoff teams to put forth its best effort (wins include two over Detroit and one over Anaheim; losses to LA, Phoenix and Atlanta.)

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