Saturday, November 21, 2009

NHL Recap 11-20-09

Stars of the night
--Carey Price, 32 saves to lead Montreal past Washington, 3-2. Missed most of the end of the third period but sounded pretty hectic. In the last two minutes, the Caps had a power play, pulled their goalie and Price was without his stick for a while.
--Owen Nolan, 2 goals in Minnesota's 3-2 win over the Islanders.
--Dany Heatley scored a hat trick and Joe Thornton notched four assists as San Jose pounded Philadelphia, 6-3. Heatley now leads the league in goals with 17. Second time this season Thornton had four assists, which ties a franchise record, and has a league-high 24. Coincidence?
--Christian Ehrhoff 2 goals, 1 assist in Vancouver's 5-2 win over Colorado.

Working late, but quick
--Bryan McCabe scored 40 seconds into overtime and Florida won in Detroit, 2-1, behind 39 saves by Scott Clemmensen. Stephen Weiss also scored and assisted on McCabe's winner. Four wins in five games for the Panthers. Have they figured things out?
--Patrice Bergeron deflected Zdeno Chara's wrist shot from the point past Ryan Miller just 47 ticks into overtime to give Boston a 2-1 win over the Sabres.

Warning, warning, danger, Will Robinson
The Avalanche have lost five of their last six games and gave up at least five goals in four of those contests. They've won just three of nine games in November. Not saying the honeymoon is over, as Colorado still leads the Northwest by three points, but the team is going through the complete opposite of its October. The ship needs to be righted soon.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Philadelphia's Claude Giroux. The road team rarely gets a star when the home side wins by three, but Giroux figured in on each of the Flyers goals, scoring two of them. San Jose's Manny Malhotra (one goal, one assist) was the third star, Heatley was second and Thornton first. Not often you'll see a guy with a hat trick not be the player of the game, but I guess it can be argued his goals wouldn't have happened without Thornton, who had the primary assist on each Heatley goal.

Quote of the night
"It felt like we were in our own end for 10 minutes. There was a lot of red out there."
Price, on the game's finish

Marquee matchup
Saturday, Nov. 21 (13 games)
Columbus (12-6-2) at Nashville (11-8-1), 8 p.m. ET. Doesn't seem flashy on paper, but the Preds have won four straight and the Blue Jackets have won three in a row. Plus, Rick Nash is always worth the price of admission.

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