Friday, November 13, 2009

NHL Recap 11-12-09

(Not much time today, speed recap.)

Stars of the night
--Ilya Kovalchuk 1 goal, 2 assists in first game back; Atlanta 5, Rangers 3.
--Danny Briere, 2 goals in HIS first game back; Philadelphia 5, Ottawa 1.
--Jimmy Howard, 31 saves; Detroit 3, Vancouver 1.
--Nicklas Bergfors, 1 goal, 2 assists; Devils 4, Pittsburgh 1. He's a star here, but not in the locker room: Jacques Lemaire took Bergfors to task for how the youngster played.
--Tomas Plekanec, 3 assists; Montreal 4, Phoenix 2. Coyotes still garnered two of the three stars. Who votes in Phoenix, Let's Play Hockey?

Double dip
Tomas Vokoun (40 saves) of Florida and Boston's Tim Thomas both posted shutouts, but it was the Panthers earning a 1-0 shootout win when Cory Stillman scored the only goal in the gimmick stage.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
When is a winning goalie not one of the 3 Stars? When he makes only 21 saves, as Nashville's Pekka Rinne did in the Predators' 3-1 win over the Blues. Third star was Nashville's Patric Hornqvist (one goal), second was Nashville's Jordin Tootoo (one goal, the game-winner) and Blues goalie Chris Mason (34 saves) was the #1 star.

Working late
--Two teams erased two-goal third-period deficits to win in a shootout. Tampa was one, winning 4-3 over Minnesota.
--The other was Dallas, down 2-0 in San Jose, then scoring twice in 1:45 and winning the shootout on a goal by Stephane Robidas, the only shooter to score.

Quote of the night
"Our line was clicking real well. We all speak Russian, so it's kind of cheating because they can't understand what we're saying."
Kovalchuk, on playing with Russian linemates Nik Antropov and Maxim Afinogenov

Marquee matchup
Friday, Nov. 13 (6 games)
Calgary (11-4-1) at Buffalo (10-4-1), 7:30 p.m. ET.

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