Thursday, November 5, 2009

NHL Recap 11-4-09

Stars of the night
--Niclas Bergfors, 2 power play goals in the third period; New Jersey wins at home against Washington, 3-2.
--Jarome Iginla, 2 goals, 1 assist, scored the power play game-winner in overtime; Calgary beats Dallas, 3-2, behind Curtis McElhinney's 38 saves. Bad break for the Stars. Gave up the tying goal to Daymond Langkow in the final minute, then a bad penalty call led to the Calgary power play.
--Milan Hejduk, 2 goals, 1 assist; Colorado beats Phoenix, 4-1. Guess it's not just Craig Anderson. Peter Budaj played his first game and made 28 saves. Too bad there was a record-low crowd (11,012) in Denver to see the now 11-3-2 team.

Clean sheets
--Ryan Miller (24 saves) and the Sabres avenged a 5-0 defeat to the Islanders Saturday with a 3-0 win over that same New York team. Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek led the attack with a goal each. Good to see Roy's alive. That was his first goal of the season. He had 60 over the last two seasons.
--Tomas Vokoun made 32 saves, including 21 in the first period, in Florida's 3-0 victory over Carolina in the "Someone had to win" matchup of the night.

All for naught, well, make that one
Columbus goalie Steve Mason put in one of his best games of the season, making 36 saves, but lost 3-2 in a shootout to San Jose as Evgeni Nabokov (26 saves) played mighty well himself. Dan Boyle had the only goal in the shootout.

Non-Three Stars Selection of the night
Colorado's Paul Stastny, three assists. Third star was Budaj; second star was Marek Svatos with one goal, and Hejduk was the first star.

Quote of the night
"Guys didn't come to play. Whether they are feeling sorry for themselves because Alex (Ovechkin) is not in, I don't know. Same thing happened last year when we went into Buffalo and got smoked 5-0 when he wasn't there. This isn't a one-man team, but those guys have got to understand that. People can get hurt at any moment."
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, on Ovechkin missing Wednesday's game

Marquee matchup
Thursday, Nov. 6 (10 games)
Pittsburgh (12-3-0) at Los Angeles (9-4-2), 10:30 p.m. ET. Sidney Crosby vs. Anze Kopitar, Alex Goligoski vs. Drew Doughty, the East's best against the West's third-best.

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