Monday, November 30, 2009

NHL Recap 11-29-09

Stars of the night
--Jim Vandermeer, 2 goals, including the overtime winner, as Phoenix downed Anaheim, 3-2.
--Evgeni Nabokov, 25 saves in San Jose's 4-2 win over Vancouver.

Corey Perry's assist on Bobby Ryan's goal extended his points streak to a franchise-record 18 games. Teemu Selanne in 1999 held the old record.

Dany Heatley has now gone three games without a goal. Dan Boyle helped pick up the slack, scoring to break a 1-1 tie and Frazer McLaren netted his first career goal for San Jose.

Ballroom blitz
The Sharks struck for two goals in 13 seconds in the final three minutes to stretch their lead from 2-1 to 4-1, a good thing since Vancouver scored with seven seconds remaining.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 26 saves. Coyotes center Mathew Lombardi (one goal) was the third star, Perry was second and Vandermeer was first.

Quote of the night
"We are not an offensive juggernaut as of yet. We realize that if we can keep our head above water and keep picking away, we think that we are capable of being better than what we've done so far."
Phoenix captain Shane Doan

Marquee matchup
Monday, Nov. 30 (8 games)
Pittsburgh (18-9-0) at N.Y. Rangers (13-12-1), 7 p.m. ET. The teams met Saturday and the Penguins embarrassed the Rangers, 8-3. New York became obsessed for exacting retribution on Matt Cooke, whose elbow to Artem Anisimov's head knocked the forward out of the game. Cooke received a two-game suspension. Also in the game, New York's Sean Avery jumped Ruslan Fedotenko and ended up with seven minutes in penalties for his actions.

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