Thursday, December 3, 2009

NHL Recap 12-2-09

Stars of the night
--Tim Thomas, 39 saves, Patrice Bergeron one goal and two assists in Boston's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.
--Alexander Edler, one goal and two assists as Vancouver and Bob Luongo (27 saves) win the "Team Canada goalie matchup" over Martin Brodeur's Devils, 5-2.
--Stephen Weiss, hat trick and the lone shootout goal as Florida overcomes Colorado, 6-5.

Don't let him around goalies
First it was Tomas Vokoun. Now it's Craig Anderson.

Florida defenseman Keith Ballard drove the net late in overtime, lost his balance and careened into Anderson, knocking the netminder out of the game for the final minute and the shootout. Anderson's head hit the post after the collision.

The Avalanche forced overtime by scoring twice in the final minute with Anderson pulled, getting goals from Matt Duchene - his second of the night - and T.J. Galiardi at 19:44 to knot the score at 5-5.

Non-3 Stars Selections of the night
Only four games but plenty of choices.
3. Steven Reinprecht (Florida; three assists)
2. Paul Stastny (Colorado; one goal, three assists)
1. Thomas

Quote of the night
"We turned pucks over like we were handing out Christmas presents."
Nashville coach Barry Trotz

Marquee matchup
Thursday, Dec. 3 (11 games)
Colorado (15-8-6) at Pittsburgh (19-9-0), 7:30 p.m. ET.

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