Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NHL Recap 10-27-09

Stars of the night
--Nicklas Backstrom 1 goal, 3 assists; Washington doubles up Philadelphia, 4-2.
--Craig Anderson, 25 saves for his second shutout of the season; Colorado hands Edmonton its second straight scoreless defeat, 3-0.
--Pavel Datsyuk, 2 goals, 1 assist; Detroit gets its first road win, 5-4 over Vancouver.

Not something you see every day
Wojtek Wolski netted a pair of goals for the Avalanche but the second one is something of a rare occurrence. The Oilers pulled goalie Nikolai Khabibulin late and trailing 2-0. Wolski out-raced two Edmonton defenders to a loose puck as it approached the Edmonton zone. One of the defensemen hooked Wolski before he could fire the puck into the empty net, and the officials correctly awarded Wolski the goal.

Not so Os-good
The Red Wings got their first road win of the season but there remains the issue of enigma Chris Osgood. The guy is money in the playoffs but is having a second-straight dreadful regular season, on the heels of a stellar 2007-08 season. Osgood gave up two very soft goals to Vancouver and was pulled after the second, on just the fourth shot, only seven minutes into the game.

I'm one of the few people who says Osgood gets a bad rap, but even I'm starting to find it hard to defend his play. In fact, I won't for the foreseeable future.

Quote of the night
"We should be embarrassed to get shut out two games in a row."
Oilers forward Sam Gagner

Marquee matchup
Wednesday, Oct. 28 (10 games)
There's a few quality games Wednesday, so we're going to make it a double-dip. First, Montreal (6-5-0) at Pittsburgh (9-2-0), 7:30 p.m. ET with the streaking Canadiens, winners of four straight, against the leading team in the East.

Later, at 10:30 p.m. on the NHL Network, Los Angeles (8-4-0) at San Jose (7-4-1) to see the league's leading scorer, Anze Kopitar, who faces the top assist man in the NHL, Joe Thornton.

A close third game is Colorado at Calgary at 9:30 p.m.

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