Saturday, December 19, 2009

NHL Recap 12-18-09

Stars of the night
--Ryan Miller, 40 saves for Buffalo in a 5-2 win over Toronto. Mike Grier and Toni Lydman had a goal and assist each for the Sabres.
--Radek Dvorak and Rostislav Olesz, a goal and two assists each for Florida in a 6-3 stomping of Carolina.
--Jeff Halpern and Steven Stamkos, two goals each as Tampa Bay stamped on St. Louis, 6-3. Goalies really didn't have all that good a night for the most part.
--Mason Raymond, two goals to lead Vancouver past Washington, 3-2.

That's called "spreading the wealth"
Eleven different players registered one point, and no one on New Jersey had more than one, as the Devils doubled up Ottawa, 4-2. Somehow, though, Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and Niclas Bergfors were not one of the 11 point-producers.

Jay Pandolfo broke a 2-2 tie with his first goal since Oct. 8, a span of 13 games. Pandolfo had missed 17 games with an injury in the middle of that stretch. Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rolson and Bryce Salvador also scored for New Jersey, and Martin Brodeur made 27 saves in his record-breaking 1,030th NHL game.

Alexandre Picard and Jarkko Ruutu scored for Ottawa.

Triple double figures
Three members of Chicago scored their 10th goal of the season to help the Blackhawks defeat fellow Original Six team, Boston, 5-4 in a shootout.

Kris Versteeg, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each reached double figures in goal scoring, all netting their tallies in the second period to lift Chicago to a 3-2 lead. Andrew Ladd later broke a 3-3 tie, but David Krejci's second goal of the game for Boston tied the score at 4-4 with 2:43 remaining to force overtime.

Overtime was scoreless, and Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout and neither Boston shooter could get a puck past Antti Niemi, who made 25 saves. Tim Thomas stopped 40 Chicago shots.

Stat of the night
32-10 - Buffalo's scoring margin over Toronto in their last eight meetings, all Sabres wins

Non-3 Stars Selection
Tampa's Martin St. Louis, a goal and two assists and a +4. Third star was the Blues T.J. Oshie (one goal), second was Alex Tanguay (TB, two assists) and Halpern was No. 1.

Quote of the night
"I would almost call this loss tonight dumb. It was a dumb loss. The goals we gave up ... to me, the game against Edmonton [Dec. 11] in the third period, in our own building, we got pushed around. Tonight, we just played dumb."
St. Louis coach Andy Murray. The Blues have 14 points at home, fewest in the league

Marquee matchup
Saturday, Dec. 19 (12 games)
Pittsburgh (24-10-1) at Buffalo (21-10-2), 7 p.m. ET.

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