Wednesday, January 27, 2010

NHL Recap 1-26-10: Scary Caps; The Sens are mightier than the Devils

Lucky 7, not Great 8
This is why the Capitals are scary: Washington poured seven goals past Islanders goaltending. Alex Ovechkin had zero points. Ditto Mike Green. Yikes.

Alexander Semin scored two goals and five other players had two points as Washington stormed New York, 7-2, scoring four first-period goals. Brendan Morrison, John Erskine and Jason Chimera each had a goal and assist while Eric Fehr and Tomas Fleischmann each had two assists.

Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble scored their 15th goals for Washington, which has won seven straight and 10 of its last 11. Jose Theodore made 18 saves in two periods before leaving with an injury. Michael Neuvirth made 11 saves.

Robbie Schremp and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders.

Maybe give him a rest?
I know Martin Brodeur had a shutout a few games ago. But he's now also been yanked from a game three times in the past three weeks. That might not sound like a lot but it is for Brodeur.

The latest to get to him was Ottawa, who pushed three goals past Brodeur on just 12 shots, while Brian Elliott was perfect on 24 shots for a 3-0 victory. Alexei Kovalev, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza scored for the Senators. Filip Kuba had two assists.

Brodeur was replaced after the second period. He's started so many games in a row that I can't count that high. Yann Danis last started a game on Nov. 21. I think it's 30 straight starts. But Brodeur also relieved Danis in that Nov. 21 game, so he hasn't had a full game off since Nov. 6. So I think it's 37 straight games he's appeared in. He's 4-6-0 in his last 10.

Stars of the night
--Shane Doan's three assists helped Phoenix get to overtime against Detroit then he scored the winner for a four-point night for the Coyotes, who earned a 5-4 win. Keith Yandle had two goals. Phoenix scored twice in the final 90 seconds to force the extra frame, spoiling Nicklas Lidstrom's two goals.
--Dustin Brown had three assists and Drew Doughty had a goal and a helper for Los Angeles in a 5-3 win over Toronto, which got two goals from Niklas Hagman.
--Johan Hedberg made 34 saves and Maxim Afinogenov's first goal since Jan. 9 lifted Atlanta to a 2-1 win over Anaheim.
--Steve Mason fended off 29 shots and Columbus survived a third-period charge by Nashville to pick up a 3-2 win.
--Shawn Matthias scored twice in the third period, once on a penalty shot, and Florida edged Montreal, 2-1.
--Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane had two assists each and Chicago got goals from four different players to hand Edmonton its 11th straight loss and 18th in the last 19 games, 4-2.

Pat Quinn-ism of the night
"We played like deer in the headlights. We knew it was a good team we were playing and it was like we were going to just stand there and hope nothing bad would happen."

Chicago scored on the first shot of the game 44 seconds in. I really hope Pat Quinn never gets fired. I know I've said that before but it bears repeating.

Stat of the night
212,500 - By scoring his 10th goal of the season, Doughty triggered a $212,500 bonus clause in his contract

Quote of the night
"You're feeling pretty small right then. You just want to crawl under the bench and hide."
Doan, who took a penalty that Detroit turned into a 4-2 lead with 4:38 remaining in regulation

Notable games
Wednesday, Jan. 27 (7 games)
-New Jersey (34-16-1) at Buffalo (30-14-7), 7 p.m. ET. Two teams licking their wounds of late.

-Detroit (25-18-9) at Minnesota (25-23-4), 8 p.m. Two teams clawing for a playoff spot.

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