Monday, November 9, 2009

NHL Recap 11-8-09

Stars of the night
--Johan Hedberg, 30 saves; Atlanta 3, St. Louis 2, shootout.
--Dustin Penner, 1 goal, 1 assist; Edmonton 5, Colorado 3.

Intermission adjustments
Here's a fun stat from the Atlanta-St. Louis game: After two periods, the Blues had 15 shots on goal. The Thrashers had 17. In the third period alone, the teams combined for 33, 20 by Atlanta. The Thrashers trailed by two, then got goals by Tobias Enstrom and a fluke bounce by Ron Hainsey to tie the game and make Ty Conklin (38 saves) the hard-luck loser. David Perron had a goal and assist for St. Louis.

Converting in masses
The Oilers proved even Craig Anderson can have bad nights, but Anderson's Colorado teammates didn't help him much. The Avalanche gave Edmonton seven power plays, and the Oilers took advantage, scoring four power play goals. Colorado entered the game with the league's second-best penalty killing unit.

Quote of the night
"We didn't want to play shutdown in the third. We wanted to play attack oriented hockey. You don't sit on a lead. We made a mistake. They scored."
Blues coach Andy Murray

Marquee matchup
Monday, Nov. 9 (1 game)
Well, easy choice here, because there's only one game. At least it should be a good one. Los Angeles (10-5-2) at Chicago (8-5-2), 8 p.m. ET, Versus. What's not to like about this one? Two of the most talented, and young, teams in the league. Jonathan Toews may make his return for the Blackhawks.

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