Monday, November 23, 2009

NHL Recap 11-22-09

Stars of the night
--Martin St. Louis, 3 assists in Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime win over Atlanta. Steven Stamkos scored the winner in overtime.
--Antti Niemi, 30 saves in Chicago's 1-0 blanking of Vancouver. Bryan Bickell scored the goal.

They won't go away quietly
Saturday, Atlanta trailed the Penguins 3-0 going into the third period but made things interesting with two goals in the final frame. On Sunday, the Thrashers were down 2-0 after 40 minutes, but made it 2-1 in the third. Tampa regained its two-goal advantage only to see Atlanta strike twice in the final five minutes to force overtime. Atlanta leads the league in third-period goals scored (32) and is second-best in third-period goals allowed (13). Only the Blackhawks have given up fewer goals in the final period.

Streak on, streak off
Patrick Kane's five-game goal scoring streak and nine-game points streak ended Sunday. The Blackhawks have won seven consecutive games.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
St. Louis. Third star went to Atlanta's Tobias Enstrom (one goal, one assist), the second star was former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster, now with the Lightning, with a goal and assist, and Stamkos was the No. 1 star.

Quote of the night
"They should be embarrassed after the first two periods. That's the term that comes to mind. You get dejected because you feel you wasted the first two periods."
Atlanta coach John Anderson

Marquee matchup
Monday, Nov. 23 (10 games)
Columbus (12-6-3) at the Rangers (11-10-1), 7 p.m. ET.

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