Wednesday, December 16, 2009

NHL Recap 12-15-09

Stars of the night
--Sidney Crosby, one goal and two assists, and Jordan Staal, two goals, in Pittsburgh's 6-1 rout of the Flyers.
--Brad Boyes, three assists as the Blues edged the Flames, 4-3.
--Jonathan Quick, 27 saves to help Los Angeles hold off Edmonton, 3-2.
--Tomas Fleischmann, two goals to power Washington past Colorado, 6-1. Surprisingly, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin combined for just one assist in the rout.

Red-light special
Ten different players scored goals in a wild 7-4 win for Nashville over Tampa Bay. For the Predators, no one had more than one goal - Jerred Smithson, David Legwand, Ryan Jones, Patric Hornqvist, J.P. Dumont, Dan Hamhuis and Martin Erat. Marcel Goc and Joel Ward had two assists each and Legwand also had a helper.

Vincent Lecavalier scored twice, Steven Stamkos broke an eight-game goalless streak and Kurtis Foster also had a goal for the Lightning.

Nashville scored five times in the second period.

In the lick of time
Marek Zidlicky's goal with 38.8 seconds to play gave Minnesota a 2-1 win over Columbus and prevented the conference rival Blue Jackets from earning the charity point. Guillaume Latendresse canceled out Rick Nash's opening tally and Niklas Backstrom made 21 saves in the win.

Stat of the night
3 in 16 - Fights in seconds from the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia brouhaha. Mike Rupp fought Aaron Asham, Eric Godard dropped the gloves with Riley Cote, and Craig Adams and Daniel Carcillo mixed it up, all in a span of 16 seconds. There is really a genuine and undying - growing, in fact - hatred between these teams.

Non-3 Stars Selection
Minnesota's Mikko Koivu, two assists and a key play to set up the Zidlicky winner. Backstrom was third, Latendresse second and Zidlicky first.

Quote of the night
"I haven't felt angry this year yet, but I am angry now about how we played. How could you like the result? We were the team that was supposed to be rested and fresh. I don't know if there is any excuse for being dumb."
Oilers coach Pat Quinn, an HtP regular

Marquee matchup
Wednesday, Dec. 16 (8 games)
Buffalo (20-9-2) at Ottawa (16-12-4), 7:30 p.m. ET.

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