Thursday, November 19, 2009

NHL Recap 11-18-09

Stars of the night
--Michael Frolik, 2 goals in Florida's 6-2 win over Buffalo. This was a 3-2 game with two minutes left. Frolik scored a power play goal to make it 4-2, the Panthers got an empty-net goal, then added another one later.
--James Neal, 2 assists; Dallas beats Detroit, 3-1. I'm impartial enough to say Detroit got royally hosed by a truly dreadful call. But I'm still anti-Detroit enough to say the Red Wings have benefited from officiating for over a decade, so, get over it. Every team is on the wrong end of bad calls during a season. Welcome to the club.
--Radim Vrbata, 1 goal, 1 assist in Phoenix's 3-2 win over Minnesota.
--Brian Boucher, 37 saves in Philadelphia's 3-2 win over Los Angeles.

That's why you're backups
Neither Colorado nor Edmonton played its No. 1 goalie in Wednesday's matchup. That's partly why the final score ended up being 6-4 Edmonton. The Avalanche, aided by two Milan Hejduk goals, opened a 4-2 lead only to see the Oilers score the next four goals, the final one being into an empty net. Edmonton had six different goal scorers, getting the winner from Patrick O'Sullivan, and 12 Oilers recorded points, including winning goalie Jeff Deslauriers.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
It's a tie tonight between Boucher and Alex Auld, 31 saves for Dallas in handing the Red Wings their first regulation loss at home of the season. Dallas' Mike Ribeiro (one goal) was the third star, Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit's goal) was No. 2 and Neal was the first star. In the Philly game, Braydon Coburn was the third star with two assists, LA's Justin Williams was second with a lone assist and Mike Richards was No. 1 with a goal. Boucher did give up a bad first goal but seemed to rebound nicely.

Quote of the night
"They just played boring until they got a lead and then they played more boring."
Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, gracious in defeat.

Marquee matchup
Thursday, Nov. 19 (8 games)
Toronto at Carolina. Heh. Kidding. Chicago (12-5-2) at Calgary (12-5-2), 9:30 p.m. ET.

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