Monday, January 18, 2010

NHL Recap 1-17-10: Rangers score, Rangers score; Ducks stars pwn Flames

Little Internet jargon for you there in the headline. Anyway.

Rangers right winger leads rout
You're probably thinking Marian Gaborik when I talk about a Rangers winger who can score. But no. Well, OK, he had some points too, but the player I'm referring to is American Olympian Ryan Callahan.

Callahan's four-point night ignited a 6-2 New York victory over Montreal as Jaroslav Halak makes me look bad, giving up all six the day I said he's been giving the Canadiens a better chance to win than Carey Price. Jerk.

Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta scored to give Montreal a 2-0 lead before the first of Callahan's two goals got New York on the board. Brandon Dubinsky scored the next two goals, one shorthanded on a setup by Callahan before Callahan's second gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead.

Then Gaborik scored his first goal in six games, his 29th of the season. He also had two assists. Callahan capped off his night by setting up Chris Drury for a goal to close things out. Dubinsky also had an assist for a three-point night for New York. Henrik Lundqvist needed to make just 18 saves. Halak finished with 28, playing the whole game.

The six New York goals were one more than the Rangers had scored in their five previous games and five more than they'd scored in their previous three, when they went 0-2-1 with two shutouts against.

Back and forth and a do-si-do
Opponents better start bringing their boxing gloves when they play the Ducks. A whirlwind game saw all kinds of action when Calgary headed to the Honda Center.

In the end, it was Anaheim stars Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan who came through, each scoring a goal in the third period to give Anaheim a comeback, fall-from-ahead, comeback victory, 5-4 over the Flames.

Olli Jokinen staked Calgary to a 1-0 lead with his 10th goal before Anaheim scored the next three. In addition to Dan Sexton's eighth goal in limited action, noted scorers Evgeny Artyukhin (his third) and Troy Bodie (his first career goal) bested Flames backup Curtis McElhinny.

A goal late in the first from Jamie Lundmark gave the Flames new life, and they scored twice in the second to take a 4-3 lead on goals by Mark Giordano and Curtis Glencross. Three of Calgary's goals came on breakaways.

Prior to that though were fisticuffs and goonism. There were two fights in the first period, between Sheldon Brookbank and Brandon Prust, then Kyle Chipchura and Eric Nystrom. In between those, Ryan and Jokinen misbehaved and received 10-minute misconduct penalties.

Tempers cooled after the first, and when the third period rolled around, Perry tied the game up at four before Ryan's 21st goal put Anaheim ahead to stay. Jonas Hiller made 33 saves, 19 in the third period.

In other action
--Patrick Sharp had a goal in regulation and the winner in the shootout to lead Chicago past Detroit, 4-3. Troy Brouwer had a goal and assist and Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks, who got 35 saves from Antti freaking Niemi. Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and assist and Pavel Datsyuk posted two helpers plus a nifty shootout goal for Detroit.
--Brooks Laich had two goals and an assist, Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal on a penalty shot, and Washington took it to Philadelphia, 5-3. A goal with under 20 seconds remaining by Danny Briere made the final score look closer than the game probably was. Ray Emery didn't fare so well in his first game back for the Flyers.

Stat of the night
2,000 - Career shots on goal for Ovechkin, the fastest player to reach 2,000 since it became a statistic in 1967. He's done it in 4 1/2 seasons when no one else had done it in fewer than six. He has 249 goals. The 2,000th was his penalty shot goal, the first time he's scored on a penalty shot in six attempts.

Quote of the night
"I got traded. It wasn't like I wanted to go. ... I loved my time here."
Canadiens center Scott Gomez, traded from the Rangers to Montreal in the offseason, who was booed every time he touched the puck. Maybe the Rangers fans simply didn't like Gomez's time there as much as he did.

Notable games
Monday, Jan. 18 (10 games)
-Buffalo (29-11-6) at Phoenix (28-16-5), 7 p.m. ET. Ryan Miller v. Ilya Bryzgalov.

-Minnesota (24-22-3) at Dallas (20-17-11), 8 p.m., Versus. New v. old.

-Calgary (26-17-6) at San Jose (31-10-8), 10 p.m. Jarome Iglina v. the tag team of Evgeni Nabokov and an eight-game goalless streak.

No comments: