Saturday, January 16, 2010

NHL Recap 1-15-10: Leafs fall hard; Ellis blanks Flames

Back to earth
Well, that Vesa Toskala immortality lasted long, didn't it?

Fresh off a 38-save shutout of Philadelphia, Toskala was no match for Washington, giving up six goals on just 24 shots in a 6-1 Capitals rout of Toronto. Alex Ovechkin led the charge, to say the least, with a five-point effort, including his 29th goal and a career-high four assists.

Mike Knuble scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Mike Green each had two assists, and Tomas Fleischmann, Eric Fehr and Tom Poti also scored for the Caps. Jose Theodore made 28 saves.

Tomas Kaberle, on the power play, had Toronto's lone goal.

Here to stay
Nashville seems to have no intent on fading from contender status.

Patric Hornqvist scored the only goal of the game with 6:22 remaining in regulation and the Predators marched into Calgary and shut down the Flames, 1-0, behind 22 saves from Dan Ellis. Nashville sits fourth in the Western Conference and has won seven of its last eight after a three-game sweep of western Canada. The goal was Hornqvist's team-high 19th.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 20 saves for Calgary.

Stat of the night
230 - Hornqvist's draft position, last overall, by Nashville in 2005

Quote of the night
"They scored on just about every chance they had."
Toronto coach Ron Wilson

Notable games
Saturday, Jan. 16 (12 games)
-New Jersey (32-12-1) at Colorado (26-15-6), 3 p.m. ET.

-Boston (23-16-7) at Los Angeles (26-18-3), 4 p.m.

-Minnesota (24-21-3) at Phoenix (27-16-5), 8 p.m.

-Pittsburgh (30-18-1) at Vancouver (27-18-2), 10 p.m.

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