Friday, December 4, 2009

NHL Recap 12-3-09

Stars of the night
--Derek Roy, one goal and one assist in Buffalo's 6-2 rout of Montreal.
--Bob Luongo, 38 saves as Vancouver blanked Philadelphia, 3-0.
--Alexander Semin, two goals and two assists in Washington's 6-2 walloping of Florida.
--Matt Moulson, hat trick, Islanders beat Atlanta, 4-1.
--Jason Blake and Phil Kessel, two goals each as Toronto blitzed Columbus, 6-3.
--Patrick O'Sullivan, two goals as Edmonton downs Detroit, 4-1.
--Sidney Crosby, two goals and an assist as Pittsburgh manages to beat Colorado, 4-1. Fairly ugly game from the Penguins, but they still out-shot the Avs, 33-16. They had more empty net goals (two) in the third period than Colorado registered shots (one).
--Ilya Bryzgalov, 28 saves as Phoenix edged Calgary, 2-1.
--Justin Williams, two goals and one assist as Los Angeles doubled up Ottawa, 6-3.

Quick strikes
Goals 71 seconds apart by James Neal and Steve Ott turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 Dallas lead, and the Stars went on to defeat the Ducks, 3-1, after Brenden Morrow added an empty net goal.

Corey Perry's 19-game points streak came to an end, and adding injury to insult for Anaheim, winger Teemu Selanne broke his hand. No time frame on the injury was available.

That shouldn't have happened
With San Jose leading 2-1 late in its game with St. Louis, Blues forward Brad Boyes took a hooking penalty with 1:51 to play. Well, no problem for the Blues, who scored a shorthanded goal by Carlo Colaiacovo with Ty Conklin pulled for an extra attacker with seven seconds remaining.

St. Louis went on to earn the victory, 3-2 in a shootout. Conklin made 32 saves and T.J. Oshie's goal in the tiebreaker earned the extra point.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Bryzgalov. Third went to Miikka Kiprusoff (29 saves), second was Petr Prucha (first Phoenix goal) and No. 1 was Taylor Pyatt with the game-winner.

Quote of the night
"I get scared when he wanders off near the other team's net, but he did a great job."
Luongo, talking about Willie Mitchell, whose goal Thursday was the only one Vancouver needed. It was Mitchell's first goal in 22 games and third of the season.

Marquee matchup
Friday, Dec. 4 (4 games)
Tampa Bay (10-8-8) at New Jersey (17-7-1), 7 p.m. ET, mainly to see Steven Stamkos against Zach Parise.

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