Friday, November 20, 2009

NHL Recap 11-19-09

Stars of the night
--Tuomo Ruutu, 4 assists, Tim Gleason 2 goals as Carolina wipes out a 3-0 deficit in a 6-5 shootout win over Toronto. That sound you heard was that of many people, including the unnamed author of this post, jumping off the Jonas Gustavsson bandwagon as the Hurricanes overtake the Maple Leafs undertake the 'Canes for last in the NHL.
--Michael Ryder, 2 goals for Boston in its 4-3 shootout win over Atlanta. The Bruins survived three points by Ilya Kovalchuk, one a goal, and managed to best Ondrej Pavelec despite 39 saves.
--Chris Mason, 34 saves as the Blues won a home game, 3-2 in overtime over Phoenix.
--Jason Arnott scored twice to help Nashville down New Jersey in a shootout, 3-2.
--Kristian Huselius, 2 goals and 1 assist in Columbus' third-straight win, a fight-filled 4-1 decision over Dallas. Good bounceback effort from Steve Mason (25 saves).
--Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne, 1 goal and 2 assists each in Anaheim's 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay.

Working late
--Shootout winners: Ruutu (Carolina), Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Martin Erat (Nashville).
--Overtime winners: Erik Johnson (St. Louis), Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim).

Wait, the game is 60 minutes long, not one? Since when?
Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead on Ottawa just 69 seconds into the game on a goal by Jordan Staal, but proceeded to completely stop playing, allowing the next six goals in what became a dominating 6-2 victory for the Senators, who out-classed, out-hustled and out-worked the Penguins. Chris Phillips scored twice and Pascal Leclaire made 25 saves.

Even with the return of Sergei Gonchar, the Penguins' power play was pathetic. One for five, but the one came well after the game was decided. One goal earlier could've changed the course of the game. The eventual winner, from Chris Kelly, came right after he came out of the box and scored on a breakaway.

In Soviet Russia, Blackhawks eat Flames
OK, so there's not really any connection to Russia here, but Chicago torched Calgary (see what I did there? Flames? Torched? Anyway) in a 7-1 romp, chasing Miikka Kiprusoff (six goals) after two periods. Kris Versteeg scored twice, Duncan Keith had three assists and Cristobal Huet made 27 saves.

The window to "buy low" on Huet in fantasy leagues is probably shut, if it wasn't already. Since giving up four goals in a loss on Oct. 17, Huet has allowed more than two goals in a game only twice in 10 appearances.

Quote of the night
"We definitely let one get away there. ... I'm kind of at a loss for words. You shouldn't lose a hockey game where you have a 3-0 lead, let alone one with a lead with three seconds left."
Toronto center Matt Stajan. In addition to being up 3-0 at one point, the Maple Leafs scored with 29 seconds remaining in regulation for a 5-4 lead only to give up the tying goal with 2.2 seconds left.

Marquee matchup
Friday, Nov. 20 (6 games)
Tempting to say Philadelphia at San Jose but the nod goes to Colorado (13-6-3) at Vancouver (11-10-0) because it's a division game. Eh, screw it. Watch the Flyers (12-5-1) and the Sharks (14-5-4), 10 p.m. ET.

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