Monday, October 26, 2009

NHL Recap 10-25-09

Stars of the night
--Manny Malhotra, 2 goals; San Jose tops Philadelphia, 4-1. Don't know if this means anything, but after Mike Richards received no discipline for his hit on David Booth, he was called for charging goalie Thomas Greiss. He'd also bowled right into Marc-Andre Fleury when the Penguins visited Philadelphia earlier with three seconds left in a two-goal game. Richards isn't a dirty player though. Sure.
--Anze Kopitar, 2 goals; Los Angeles beats Columbus, 6-2. Dude leads the league in goals (10) and points (21). He's good.
--Bob Luongo, 27-save shutout in Vancouver's 2-0 win over Edmonton.

Guess the benching worked
Alexander Frolov, a two-time 30-goal scorer for the Kings, potted a pair of goals Sunday after recently being a healthy scratch. He also had an assist. Frolov now has three goals on the season.

Goaltending controversies!
--Greiss made 37 saves in relief of Evgeni Nabokov, who hasn't exactly been impressive, at least not consistently, for San Jose.
--Edmonton backup Jeff Deslauriers has allowed just three goals in two appearances (one win) for the Oilers. Starter Nikolai Khabibulin has a goals against average north of 3.00.
OK, there's not really any controversies here.

Quote of the night
"It probably wasn't fair to throw him out there to the wolves, but it shows his character. He's been practicing hard. Maybe he knew it was coming and his teammates rallied around him."
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, on Greiss

Marquee matchup
Monday, Oct. 26 (4 games)
Phoenix (6-3-0) at N.Y. Rangers (7-3-1), 7 p.m. ET. Next up on the Coyotes list of "Good teams to embarrass" is the Rangers. Shane Doan is starting to score more often for Phoenix, while Marian Gaborik is New York's showcase.

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