Wednesday, December 9, 2009

NHL Recap 12-8-09

Better late than never
It took a couple games, but Philadelphia finally responded to its coaching change, as Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Claude Giroux each scored two goals to help the Flyers rout the Islanders, 6-2.

Four Flyers had two assists each: Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere and Matt Carle. Richards also had an assist and Brian Boucher made 22 saves.

The only bad thing for Philadelphia is the news that No. 1 goalie Ray Emery will miss six weeks after needing abdominal surgery.

John Tavares netted both goals for New York.

Domination, thy name is... wait, we lost?
Some numbers from the Montreal-Ottawa game: the Sens out-shot the Habs, 46-27. The Senators won nearly twice as many faceoffs, 47-24. Ottawa had seven power play chances. Montreal had three.

Ladies and gentlemen, your final score: Montreal 4, Ottawa 1.

Jaroslav Halak made 45 saves as the Canadiens are again woefully out-shot, the Montreal penalty-killers were spectacular, and two late goals put an end to Ottawa's comeback hopes. Andrei Kostitsyn scored a power play goal with 2:12 remaining for a 3-1 lead, then Scott Gomez made Filip Kuba his bitc- well, you know, stripping Kuba neatly of the puck in the Ottawa zone en route to an empty net goal 1:07 after Kostitsyn's goal.

Ottawa shot itself in the foot on a couple occasions, once when Alexei Kovalev took a penalty while the Senators were on a power play and down 2-1 in the third, then again by taking a too many men on the ice penalty that led to the third Montreal goal.

Mike Cammalleri extended his goal-scoring streak to three, and has five goals in that time, and Marc-Andre Bergeron also scored for the Habs. Mike Fisher tallied for Ottawa.

No, it's an "Erat trick"
Speaking of guys who are scoring a lot lately, add Nashville's Martin Erat to the list. He also extended his goal-streak to three games after netting a hat trick against Vancouver in the Predators' 4-2 win. Erat, who had an assist as well, also has five goals in his past three games.

Pekka Rinne made 34 saves for Nashville, which also got a power play goal from Patric Hornqvist - a healthy scratch in the previous game.

Ryan Kesler broke his 14-game goalless drought for Vancouver and Daniel Sedin made things interesting by scoring with 3:35 left to close the gap to 3-2, but Erat scored into an empty net to essentially end the contest.

Like shooting Ducks in a pond
Anaheim fired 42 shots on Dallas goaltender Marty Turco and that pressure erased a 3-0 deficit in the Ducks' 4-3 overtime win.

Part of that tally included 14 third-period shots and seven more in the extra frame, and it was unknown Dan Sexton scoring his first two NHL goals in his third career game, both coming in the third period. His second goal slipped through Turco somehow with 1:02 remaining to force the tie, and Saku Koivu converted his own rebound in overtime to give Anaheim an improbable, yet probable, victory.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 19 saves.

Brad Richards had two goals and James Neal and Loui Eriksson each had two helpers for the Stars.

Non-3 Stars Selection of the night
Bergeron, whose goal turned out to be the winner, and he also played a key role in setting up Kostitsyn's goal. Third star went to Roman Hamrlik, second was Fisher and Halak was first.

Quote of the night
"I'd say it was probably the coolest feeling. Take my coolest previous feeling and multiple it by 10, if not more. That is what it was."
Sexton

Marquee matchup
Wednesday, Dec. 9 (10 games)
Atlanta (15-9-3) at Calgary (18-8-3), 9:30 p.m. ET.

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