Sunday, November 22, 2009

NHL Recap 11-21-09

Stars of the night
--Jarome Iginla, hat trick in Calgary's 5-2 win over Los Angeles.
--Tomas Vokoun made 32 saves and Florida held off the Rangers, 3-2, for its fifth win in six games.
--Filip Kuba, four points (one goal) and Daniel Alfredsson two goals and an assist in Ottawa's 5-3 win over Buffalo.
--Martin Skoula, 2 goals, Marc-Andre Fleury 31 saves as Pittsburgh survived a third-period charge by Atlanta, 3-2. Props to Atlanta goalie Johan Hedberg, who made a ton of great saves and kept his team in the game. Two of the goals took bounces off his defensemen; only Skoula's second goal beat Hedberg cleanly.
--Stephane Robidas, two goals and two assists for the Stars in their 5-3 victory over the Devils, who have now lost three straight on the road after nearly tying the league-record for road wins to start the season.
--David Perron scored twice, with the second being a very pretty goal, to lead St. Louis over the Islanders, 4-1.
--Ilya Bryzgalov's 23 saves helped Phoenix upend Philadelphia, 3-1. The game-winner, by Keith Yandle, came seconds after a possible offsides was not called. Even the linesmen seemed confused. The Flyers were not happy.
--Jonathan Toews, 2 goals and 1 assist in Chicago's 5-2 romp over Edmonton.

Gimmicks of the night
--Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the shootout to lift Detroit over Montreal, 3-2. Datsyuk also scored in regulation. The Canadiens wasted 32 saves by Carey Price and two goals by Mike Cammalleri.
--Vesa Toskala stopped 31 shots, Niklas Hagman had a regulation and shootout goal and Phil Kessel also scored in the one-on-one as Toronto knocked off Washington, 2-1.
--Mike Santorelli and David Legwand scored in the shootout and Nashville won its fifth in a row, 4-3 over Columbus. The Blue Jackets wish they had won after getting two goals by R.J. Umberger and 45 Steve Mason saves.

All hail Lou Brown
All right, you guys, let's listen up. We won a game yesterday. If we win one today, that's two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that's called a winning streak. It has happened before.
Paul Maurice must have stolen this from Major League 2, because Carolina won its second straight game, 3-1 over Tampa Bay, as Chad LaRose realized the season started. One of the more dangerous Hurricanes in the Eastern Final this spring, LaRose scored his first goal of the season and added an assist.

He can score, too
Joe Thornton broke a 2-2 tie with his seventh goal of the season with 11:11 remaining in the third period and San Jose earned a 3-2 win at Anaheim. Thornton also assisted on Dany Heatley's 18th goal, and Heatley had an assist on Thornton's marker.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Iginla. Seriously. Despite his hat trick, Iginla was not named one of the game's three stars. Those went to LA's Drew Doughty (No. 3, one goal, one assist), Daymond Langkow (No. 2, shorthanded GWG, one assist) and Curtis Glencross, the No. 1 star who had a great shift shorthanded to set up Langkow's goal, but that was Glencross' only point of the night.

Quote of the night
"It was just beautiful to watch. I had a good front-row seat tonight."
Carolina goalie Manny Legace, who needed to make just 20 saves, talking about the Hurricanes' defense.

Marquee matchup
Sunday, Nov. 22 (2 games)
Chicago (13-5-2) at Vancouver (12-10-0), 10 p.m.

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