Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NHL Recap 12-14-09

Stars of the night
--Brian Boucher, 26 saves, and Kimmo Timonen two goals and an assist as Philadelphia downs Boston, 3-1.
--Johan Hedberg, 46 saves in Atlanta's 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers.
--Steve Sullivan, hat trick for Nashville in its 5-3 win over Columbus.
--Jimmy Howard, 30 saves for Detroit in its third straight 3-2 win, this one over Phoenix.
--Ryan Kesler, a goal and assist to help Vancouver defeat Los Angeles, 3-1.

It's good
Nathan Horton converted the extra point to cap off his hat trick and Florida chewed up and spit out the Islanders in a 7-1 rout. Michal Repik and Stephen Weiss had a goal and assist each for Florida, Horton added an assist and Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves.

Well holy shi...
Your No. 1 star from the Toronto-Ottawa game, won by the Maple Leafs, 3-2: Mike Komisarek. How bout that? He had five hits, blocked two shots and had an even-rating. Jason Blake, Francois Beauchemin and Phil Kessel scored in support of Vesa Toskala's 22 saves.

Ten different players recorded points for Buffalo in a 4-3 win over Montreal. Andrej Sekera, Patrick Kaleta, Tim Kennedy and Clarke MacArthur recorded the goals and only Jochen Hecht (two assists) had multiple points.

Stat of the night
27 - The ranking of Vancouver's penalty killing that killed off five Kings power plays

Non-3 Stars Selection
Atlanta's Slava Kozlov, a power play goal and the shootout clincher. Third star was Marian Gaborik (goal), second was Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (two assists) and No. 1 was Hedberg.

Quote of the night
"To be honest we were a team that forgot we were playing tonight and we're looking forward to the Rangers games."
Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson, pulled after giving up five goals. The New Yorks play each other Wednesday and Thursday.

Marquee matchup
Tuesday, Dec. 15 (6 games)
Philadelphia (15-15-1) at Pittsburgh (22-10-1), 7 p.m. ET, Versus. Throw out the records when these teams meet. They do not like each other.

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