Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NHL Recap 11-16-09

Stars of the night
--Matt Moulson 2 goals, Richard Park 3 assists in Long Island's 4-1 win over Boston.
--Ray Emery, 33 saves as Philadelphia stops New Jersey's attempt to tie an NHL record, 3-2.
--Vincent Lecavalier 2 goals, 1 assist to lead Tampa Bay over Phoenix, 4-1. Alex Tanguay had three points, including a goal, and Mike Smith made 30 saves.

Working late
--Mathieu Garon made 23 saves and Jakub Voracek scored in the fourth round of the shootout to help Columbus defeat Edmonton, 3-2. Anton Stralman (Columbus) and Lubomir Visnovsky (Edmonton) each had a goal and an assist.
--The Kings trailed 2-1 after two periods before scoring twice early in the third, only to watch Florida tie the game late before Los Angeles won in the shootout, 4-3. Randy Jones, a recent waiver acquisition for LA from Philadelphia, scored a shorthanded goal and assisted on a power play goal by Jack Johnson, who also scored the only shootout goal.

There's those goals
During Pittsburgh's recent four-game losing streak, secondary scoring and contributions from role players were tough to come by. Now that Evgeni Malkin is back, so is the rest of the team. Four different players scored in the Penguins' 5-2 win over Anaheim. Matt Cooke scored twice, once into an empty net, Bill Guerin scored the team's first power play goal in about 16 years, Jordan Staal remembered how to score a shorthanded goal and Martin Skoula got his first as a Penguin.

Malkin went pointless and Sidney Crosby had just one assist, but even with all the team's injuries - Chris Kunitz and Alex Goligoski were each lost within the last week - the team looks more like it did when it rattled off one of the NHL's hottest Octobers.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves, including several tough ones, behind a defense that is half made up of AHLers. Mark Eaton is the only defenseman last night who played in the Game 7 win over Detroit in June.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Fleury. Didn't make a ton of saves but came up with several huge stops when needed. Derek Engellynd was the third star, with a great assist to set up Staal's game-breaking shorthanded goal and played a solid defensive game, Cooke was second and Staal was first.

Quote of the night
"I've been on teams like this before and it's never easy. It almost seems like there's never light at the end of the tunnel, but there is."
Ducks forward Todd Marchant. What happened to Anaheim? From nearly beating Detroit in a second-round playoff series to being last in the West.

Marquee matchup
Tuesday, Nov. 17 (5 games)
Washington (12-4-4) at Rangers (11-8-1), 7 p.m. ET, Versus. Alex Ovechkin expected to make his return.

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