Monday, December 7, 2009

NHL Recap 12-6-09

Stars of the night
--Jimmy Howard, 28 saves in Detroit's 3-1 road win over the Rangers.
--Jason Spezza, one goal and one assist in Ottawa's 4-3 shootout win over Anaheim.

Off with his head
King Henrik Lundqvist would like another crack at Daniel Cleary's game-winning goal. With the score tied 1-1 late in regulation, Cleary threw a shot on goal that squeaked by Lundqvist but didn't go in until Lundqvist brought his skates together, knocking the puck over the goal line with 2:03 remaining.

A penalty shortly after on the Rangers effectively ruined any chance at a comeback, and Kris Draper scored a power play goal into an empty net. Pavel Datsyuk also scored for Detroit, while Brian Boyle scored for the Rangers. Marian Gaborik was held without a point for just the fourth time this season.

Don't blink; you might miss something
The Senators had three separate one-goal leads against the Ducks. Each time, they conceded the tying goal in less than a minute.

After Jarkko Ruutu gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead, Ryan Getzlaf countered 15 seconds later. Spezza's goal on the power play - just his third of the season and first on the road - was canceled out by Joffrey Lupul in 31 seconds. Finally, Corey Perry scored 50 seconds after Filip Kuba gave Ottawa a 3-2 lead.

Alexei Kovalev and Daniel Alfredsson scored in the shootout. Getzlaf converted his chance for Anaheim, but Perry and Lupul both missed the net on their attempts.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Ottawa goalie Brian Elliot, who made 33 saves. Perry (one goal, one assist) was third, Kuba second and Lupul first.

Quote of the night
"It's desperation for us right now. We're at the 30-game mark. We have to put something together and go on a run here or we're going to be out of it pretty soon."
Perry. The Ducks have lost five straight games and are last in the West.

Marquee matchup
Monday, Dec. 7 (9 games)
New Jersey (19-7-1) at Buffalo (16-8-2), 7 p.m. ET, Versus.

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