Sunday, November 29, 2009

NHL Recap 11-28-09

Stars of the night
--Brian Rolston and Patrik Elias, two goals and two assists each as New Jersey skated past the Islanders, 6-1.
--Johan Hedberg, 34 saves in Atlanta's 1-0 win over Philadelphia. The great Rich Peverley had the goal.
--Sidney Crosby, hat trick and two assists as the Penguins spanked the Rangers, 8-3.
--Ryan Kesler, three assists, Mason Raymond a goal and two assists as Vancouver blitzed Edmonton for five first-period goals in what became a 7-3 rout.

Working late
--Michael Ryder's goal in the fourth round gave Boston a 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa, a game in which the Bruins trailed 2-0 then led 3-2 before conceding Milan Michalek's second goal of the game with 20 seconds left in regulation. David Krejci and Dennis Wideman each had a goal and assist for Boston.
--Washington's Eric Fehr scored four seconds after a power play started with 16 seconds remaining for his second goal of the game, and the Capitals went on to a 4-3 shootout win over Montreal. Nicklas Backstrom's goal was the winner.
--The Flames scored twice in 1:19 late in the third period en route to a 4-3 shootout win at Columbus. Olli Jokinen had a goal and assist and Jamie Lundmark's goal in the fourth round earned the extra point.
--Yet another late goal that led to a win. This time it was Henrik Zetterberg scoring with 57 seconds left for Detroit in what proved to be a 4-3 Red Wings shootout victory at St. Louis. Todd Bertuzzi's shootout marker was the winner. Brad Boyes, called out on this blog yesterday, has goals in two straight games.
--Dallas conceded two goals in 47 seconds but rebounded and defeated Tampa Bay, 4-3, on Tom Wandell's overtime goal off a feed from Loui Eriksson. Stephane Robidas and Brad Richards each had two points for the Stars.
--Josh Harding made 20 saves, including several key stops, and Minnesota got some nice contributions from newcomers Guillaume Latendresse (game-tying goal) and Andrew Ebbett (shootout clincher) to defeat Colorado for the second time in two nights, 3-2.
--Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots in regulation and two more in the shootout, and the Kings knocked off Chicago, 2-1. Wayne Simmonds (LA) and Jonathan Toews scored in regulation, and the Kings got shootout markers from Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson.

Oops, we did it again
For the second straight game, Carolina conceded five goals in the third period and lost to Buffalo, 5-1. Ryan Miller (30 saves) was sensational for the Sabres, who had five different goal scorers. Tyler Myers had three assists.

Are we at the point where we feel sad for Carolina? Past it? Not there yet?

Not resting on his laurels
Nashville backup goalie Dan Ellis hadn't played since Nov. 10, a 4-3 loss to San Jose, but showed little signs of rust in making 23 saves to help the Predators beat the Panthers, 4-1. Nashville scored three times in the third period. Dan Hamhuis had a goal and an assist and J.P. Dumont netted the winner.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Just one tonight. The voting parties did a good job. Vancouver's Alexander Edler, who had a goal and two assists. Third star was Christian Ehrhoff (one goal, one assist), Raymond was second and Kesler was No. 1.

Quote of the night
"When I walked into the building and saw the free hats, the thought did cross my mind that hopefully somebody would get a hat trick to see those things on the ice. It takes a little bit of extra time, but I liked why they went on the ice."
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma; it was Hat Giveaway Night in Pittsburgh.

Marquee matchup
Sunday, Nov. 29 (2 games)
San Jose (17-6-4) at Vancouver (14-11-0), 10 p.m. ET. What is it with the Canucks and playing on Sunday? Anyway, fresh off a seven-goal outburst, it'll be interesting to see what Vancouver does for an encore.

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