Saturday, November 28, 2009

NHL Recap 11-27-09

Stars of the night
--Martin Brodeur, 32 saves in New Jersey's 2-1 shootout win over Boston. Zach Parise scored in regulation and in the shootout for the Devils.
--Tim Connolly, two goals and two assists to lead Buffalo over Philadelphia, 4-2.
--Chuck Kobasew, hat trick for Minnesota in its 5-3 win over Colorado.
--Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 40 shots to help Calgary heap more misery on Detroit, 3-0. Jamie Lundmark and Olli Jokinen each had a goal and an assist.
--Kurtis Foster, two goals, Martin St. Louis three assists as Tampa Bay rolled over the Rangers, 5-1.
--Alexei Ponikarovsky, a goal and three assists, and Niklas Hagman and Phil Kessel, two goals each in Toronto's wild 6-4 win over Florida.
--Chris Mason, 37 saves as St. Louis snapped Nashville's seven-game win streak, 3-1.
--Lauri Korpikoski, two goals for Phoenix in a 5-2 win over Dallas.

A pair of firsts
Islanders rookie John Tavares scored his first game-winning goal and New York recorded its first win when trailing after two periods by besting Pittsburgh, 3-2. Tavares now has 10 goals on the season. The Islanders were 0-7-3 when losing after two periods.

Oops, cancel the parade route
How does a team go from being considered the prime Stanley Cup contender to just a plain old contender? By following a 7-2 shellacking of a top team by being blanked 3-0 by one of the worst, as Chicago did when it was shut out by Anaheim. Teemu Selanne had two power play goals and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves.

Seriously, they just won't die
A short time ago I mentioned Atlanta's incredible goal differential in the third period of games. The Thrashers improved that stat Friday in a big way. Trailing 4-1 after two periods, Atlanta roared back for five goals in the final 14 minutes of a 6-4 win over Carolina.

Slava Kozlov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Maxim Afinogenov and Rich Peverley had the key goals. Tobias Enstrom had three assists for Atlanta.

Warm welcome
OK, not really. Dany Heatley played his first game in Edmonton since twice refusing to waive his no-trade clause, and while he was held to one assist - while Dustin Penner had a goal and assist - the Sharks came away 5-4 winners in a shootout. Patrick Marleau carried the scoring load, netting a hat trick - including a shorthanded goal with 1:26 remaining when San Jose pulled its goalie - and an assist.

Non-3 Stars Selections of the night
3. Mikko Koivu (three assists)
2. Selanne
1. Ponikarovsky

Quote of the night
"I'm not going to dissect the game tonight because we were outplayed and the best thing about tonight is we play tomorrow and we can push this one right out (of our minds). We stunk tonight! It was an embarrassing loss! Let's leave it at that."
Rangers coach John Tortorella, who coached his first game against his former team, Tampa Bay

Bonus quote
"We have a group that stares at the puck and doesn't recognize danger."
Oilers coach Pat Quinn, fast becoming a regular contributor after a loss

Marquee matchup
Saturday, Nov. 28 (13 games)
Chicago (16-6-2) at Los Angeles (14-10-2), 10:30 p.m. ET.

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