Saturday, November 7, 2009

NHL Recap 11-6-09

Changing things up again for tonight. Hope you enjoy it.

The "Someone had to win" game of the night
Jason Blake scored on the power play with 8:24 remaining - just his second goal of the season - and Jonas Gustavsson made 34 saves in Toronto's 3-2 victory over Carolina. The Maple Leafs are now 2-7-5 and Carolina is 2-10-3 and winless in its last 11 games. Ugh.

This is how far the Hurricanes have fallen in just a few months. They're now losing to the Maple Leafs at home. Let's just move on. On a related note, anyone in any of my fantasy leagues, I'll listen to offers for Cam Ward.


The KiPA Jinx of the night
So I said in the marquee matchup for Friday that I'd give Ryan Miller and the Sabres some love. Oops. Miller allowed four goals in a 5-2 defeat (one empty net goal) to the Flyers, who were led by Chris Pronger's one goal and one assist.

The "Alex who?" question of the night
Brian Pothier (no, I don't know who he is either) had three points, including a goal, and Washington bested Florida, 4-1. Brendan Morrison scored twice, once into an empty net, for the Capitals.

The "Roberto who?" question of the night
Cory Schneider (no, I don't know who he is either) made 45 saves, but needed to make 46 or 47, because Dallas got two past Schneider for a 2-1 win over Vancouver. Brenden Morrow got the game-winner on the power play for the Stars, who stopped a hot Canucks squad that doesn't seem to be missing Bob Luongo all that much.

The "Good Lord, someone score" game of the night
Chicago and Colorado needed eight freaking rounds in the shootout before deciding a winner, which was the Avalanche, 4-3. Patrick Kane scored first in Round 1 for the Hawks, equalized in Round 3 by Marek Svatos, then no one else scored until Chris Stewart (no, I don't know who he is either) beat Antti Niemi and then Dustin Byfuglien missed the net to end the contest.

Ryan O'Reilly scored twice for Colorado. Kane and Kris Versteeg had two assists each for Chicago.

The "I can't think of anything to say about this game" game of the night
New Jersey beat the Islanders, 2-1.

The Non-Three Stars Selection of the night
I'll tell you who it's not: Cam freaking Ward. Sigh. Anyway. It's Kane. Two primary assists plus a shootout goal. Third star went to Stewart for his SO winner, second star was Craig Anderson (29 saves) and O'Reilly was the first star.

Quote of the night
"There are no options. You just have to persevere in these times."
Carolina coach Paul Maurice

(Breaking news: The Hurricanes aren't very good.)

Marquee matchup
Saturday, Nov. 7 (13 games)
Rangers (10-6-1) at Calgary (9-4-1), 10 p.m. ET, CBC. I made that stupid pun before about Jarome Iginla heating up. Well, Marian Gaborik is also on fire and ranging up the leaderboard.

... Alright, I'll just stop there. Enjoy the hockey day. Starts at 4 p.m. with Nashville-LA.

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