Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NHL Recap 11-17-09

Stars of the night
--Carey Price, 30 saves and one in the shootout that he juuuust got with his right toe; Montreal beats Carolina, 3-2, behind a late tying goal from Andrei Kostitsyn and Maxim Lapierre's shootout winner. The Hurricanes lost goalie Michael Leighton to an injury. I'd like to write about why Carolina has fallen so far but honestly, I'm clueless. Injuries are part but not nearly the entire answer.
--Mike Fisher, 2 goals in support of Pascal Leclaire's 30 saves to lead Ottawa over Toronto, 3-2.
--David Legwand and Joel Ward, 1 goal and 2 assists each as Nashville edges San Jose, 4-3. Pekka Rinne (29 saves) is starting to pull away from Dan Ellis in the race for the No. 1 netminder job. Calling Carolina, calling Carolina. Dan Ellis may be available in a trade.

He's baaaaaack
Alex Ovechkin made a triumphant return to Washington's lineup, scoring the Caps' first goal in their 4-2 win over the Rangers. Ovechkin powered a one-time slap shot from the point past Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at 1-1. I swear he didn't even take a full windup and I still didn't see the puck go to the net. It was in and out that fast.

Matt Bradley returned from being bloodied badly in a fight - he received six stitches over his left eye - with Aaron Voros to score the eventual game-winner and Washington survived two Marian Gaborik goals.

Time to wonder if this is the real Rangers team. Missing Brandon Dubinsky and Chris Drury is hurting, but they've been in a long slump. New York is 4-8-1 since having a seven-game win streak snapped Oct. 17.

Back on track
The Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive 3-2 win at Calgary. Craig Anderson made 34 saves, and that number would've been higher if his defense hadn't blocked so many shots, 24 in total. Brett Clark blocked five and Scott Hannan, Kyle Quincey and Ryan Wilson blocked three each. Extra props to Wilson for scoring his first NHL goal and also adding an assist.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Anderson. Hannan was third, Calgary's Rene Bourque (shorthanded goal) was second and Wilson was first.

Quote of the night
"I could feel the blood coming, but there is no pain or anything. It's just one of those things that is more annoying than anything."
Bradley, on being bloodied. Got to love hockey players, don't you?

Marquee matchup
Wednesday, Nov. 18 (5 games)
Philadelphia (11-5-1) at Los Angeles (13-7-2), 10:30 p.m. ET.

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