Sunday, October 25, 2009

NHL Recap 10-24-09

Stars of the night
--Mike Cammalleri, hat trick (GWG in OT), assist; Montreal beats the Rangers, 5-4.
--Danny Briere, 2 goals, 1 assist; Philadelphia tops Florida, 5-1. Game marred by David Booth being taken off the ice on a stretcher after a hit by Mike Richards. Looked clean - no elbow or charge from what I saw - but it was a shot to the head; reportedly no suspension for Richards.
--Bob Luongo, 35 saves; Vancouver keeps Toronto winless, 3-1. Mason Raymond scored a pair.
--Patrick Marleau, 2 goals, 1 assist; San Jose edges Atlanta, 4-3.
--Martin Brodeur, 32 saves; New Jersey ends Pittsburgh's seven-game win streak, 4-1. Devils got just garbage goals but did a good job defensively limiting the Penguins' opportunities and second chances.
--Loui Eriksson 1 goal, 1 assist; Marty Turco 27 saves as Dallas hands St. Louis a 4-1 loss.
--Cristobal Huet, 27 saves; Chicago shuts out Nashville, 2-0.
--Craig Anderson, 48 saves; Colorado beats Detroit, 3-1. Anderson's proving he's real, but Colorado is giving up so many shots it's hard to think it's a good team.
--Anze Kopitar 3 assists, Jared Stoll 2 goals in LA's 5-3 win over Phoenix.

Working late
--Washington trailed 2-0 in the third but got goals from Mike Green and Keith Aucoin to force overtime, where Brooks Laich scored the winner a minute into the extra frame. Laich and Green each also had an assist.
--The Bruins also overcame a two-goal deficit, but they trailed 3-1 with less than 90 seconds remaining. Goals by Mark Recchi and David Krejci (22 seconds left) forced overtime, and Patrice Bergeron had the only goal in the shootout as Boston beat Ottawa, 4-3.
--Drew Stafford scored with 17 seconds left and Tyler Myers, in Round 6, had the only shootout goal as Buffalo earned a 3-2 win at Tampa Bay.
--Heck of an effort by Cal Clutterbuck on his overtime winner for Minnesota.

Getting sick of these guys
Calgary and Edmonton met for the third time already this season. The Oilers really wish the schedule was different, as they've lost all three meetings, one in a shootout. Last night, it was Nigel Dawes scoring a pair of goals, Rene Bourque with a shorthanded goal and two assists, and Miikka Kiprusoff making 23 saves in a 5-2 Flames victory.

By the skin of their teeth
Columbus eked out a 6-4 victory at Anaheim last night when Fedor Tyutin one-timed a wobbling puck juuuust before it bounced over the blue line for the go-ahead goal with 3:22 remaining. Rick Nash added an empty net goal, his second goal of the night, and the Blue Jackets overcame blowing a 4-2 lead after two periods.

Quote of the night
"They had no business winning that game. They get one goal and then get a little bit lucky. We failed to clear and (Anton) Volchenkov loses his stick and they score."
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson

Marquee matchup
Sunday, Oct. 25 (3 games)
Edmonton (6-3-1) at Vancouver (5-5-0), 10 p.m. ET. The Canucks are starting to play better defensively, having given up only six goals their last four games. Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky are playing very well right now for the Oilers.

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