Sunday, December 13, 2009

NHL Recap 12-12-09

No separate Wild recap, at least not from me. Short version of the recap too; rough day.

Stars of the night
--Niclas Bergfors, two power play goals for New Jersey in its 4-1 win over Philadelphia.
--Ryan Miller, 36 saves, and Patrick Kaleta two goals in Buffalo's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
--Alex Kovalev, hat trick, including his 400th goal, to lead Ottawa over Carolina, 4-2.
--Matt Stajan, two goals and an assist in Toronto's 6-3 upset of Washington.
--Jonas Hiller, 35 saves to guide Anaheim over Columbus, 3-1.
--Ilya Bryzgalov, 37 saves in Phoenix's 2-1 win over San Jose.
--Bob Luongo, 38 saves as Vancouver hung on to beat the Wild, 4-3.

Working late
--Frans Nielsen's goal 24 seconds into overtime gave the Islanders a 3-2 win over Boston. Matt Moulson scored his 15th goal and Dwayne Roloson made 30 saves for New York.
--A carry-over power play allowed Ilya Kovalchuk to score 1:18 into overtime and give Atlanta a 4-3 win over Montreal.
--Evgeni Malkin scored seven seconds after a Florida penalty and 37 ticks into overtime to give Pittsburgh its third 3-2 win over the Panthers of the season. All the games have gone beyond regulation.
--For the second straight night, Todd Bertuzzi had two goals, including the overtime winner, as Detroit edged Nashville, 3-2.
--Michal Handzus scored the only goal in the four-round shootout and Los Angeles defeated Dallas, 3-2.

Stat of the night
Minnesota won 49 out of 69 faceoffs (71 percent) but the magic number for one extra goal was 50. So close.

Non-3 Stars Selections of the night
3. Roloson
2. Chris Osgood (Detroit, 33 saves)
1. Brent Johnson (Pittsburgh, 29 saves)

Quote of the night
"I just said to the coaches in there, I've walked into the same press conference: Bryzzie was good and we got a couple goals. Thanks."
Phoenix coach Dave Tippett

Marquee matchup
Sunday, Dec. 13 (2 games)
Calgary (19-8-4) at Colorado (18-10-6), 8 p.m. ET.

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