Thursday, November 12, 2009

NHL Recap 11-11-09

Stars of the night
--Ryan Miller, 28 saves and the Sabres penalty killers, who withstood a late 5-minute disadvantage in Buffalo's 3-1 win over Edmonton.
--Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner, one goal and assist each as New Jersey downed Anaheim, 3-1.
--Niklas Kronwall, two goals and one assist as Detroit blitzed Columbus, 9-1. Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock doesn't seem to believe in protecting his goalie; he allowed Steve Mason to give up eight of those goals.

Baker's dozen
Carolina dropped its 13th consecutive game Wednesday, giving up three third-period goals and losing to Los Angeles, 5-2. The Hurricanes are losing and they're losing bad. Their last seven losses in this stretch have been regulation losses, so they're not even getting points. Their last OT/shootout loss was Oct. 24. Their last victory came Oct. 9. Five of the 13 straight losses have been by three goals or more, and in the last eight games, Carolina has scored no more than two goals in a game (12 total.)

Randy Jones, Wayne Simmonds, Justin Williams and Ryan Smyth each had a goal and assist for the Kings. Anze Kopitar had two assists.

Working late
--Chris Clark's shootout goal in the 11th round and Semyon Varlamov's save on Mark Streit lifted Washington to a 5-4 win over the Islanders. Alexander Semin scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout for the Caps. But for the love of Toe Blake, Washington fans, scoring a goal in the shootout DOES NOT MAKE IT A HAT TRICK. Stop throwing hats onto the ice when it happens.
--Patrick Sharp scored to give Chicago a 3-2 shootout win over Colorado, the third time this season the teams needed the one-on-one competition to decide things.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Martin Brodeur and his 31 saves. Third star was Andy Greene (2 primary assists), second was Langenbrunner and the first star was Parise.

Quote of the night
"We've got to make sure this game is forgotten pretty quickly."
Columbus captain Rick Nash

Marquee matchup
Thursday, Nov. 12 (9 games)
Vancouver (10-9-0) at Detroit (8-5-3), 7:30 p.m. ET.

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