Friday, January 1, 2010

NHL Recap 12-31-09: Hawks exorcise Devils; Kings jump Wild

A short, short version.

Stars of the night
--Andrei Markov's three assists helped Montreal edge Florida, 5-4. Benoit Pouliot scored the game-winner.
--Darren Helm scored twice shorthanded, once into an empty net, and Ville Leino's goal was the tiebreaker as Detroit doubled up Colorado, 4-2.
--Erik Christensen had a goal and assist, setting up Brandon Dubinsky's winner as the Rangers edged Carolina, 2-1.
--Loui Eriksson netted a hat trick, teammate Brad Richards had three points (one goal) and Dallas defeated Anaheim, 5-3.
--A three-goal first period and two goals by Alexander Frolov, including the game-sealing empty netter, helped Los Angeles give Minnesota a rare home loss, 5-2.
--Cristobal Huet made 26 saves and was one referee snafu away from a shutout as the Blackhawks routed the Devils, 5-1, behind five different goal scorers. Jonathan Toews, with a goal and an assist, was the game's only multi-point producer.
--In rare relief of Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary backup Curtis McElhinney made 21 saves to lead the Flames past Edmonton, 2-1. Calgary has beaten the Oilers five times this season.

Working late
--Ottawa struggled to get pucks past Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson in regulation but beat him three times in the shootout, and the Senators earned a 3-2 win. Roloson made 34 saves. Ryan Shannon's shootout goal was the difference.
--The Sedins had a goal and assist each and Christian Ehrhoff scored in overtime on a power play as Vancouver erased a two-goal deficit in the third to beat St. Louis, 4-3.
--Thomas Greiss made 34 saves in relief of Evgeni Nabokov and Ryane Clowe scored in round six of the shootout to lift San Jose over Phoenix, 3-2, snapping the Coyotes' 10-game home win streak.
--Nashville's David Legwand needed just 28 seconds of overtime to give the Predators a 2-1 win over Columbus. Dan Ellis made 31 saves.

Pat Quinn quote of the night
"We didn't even challenge anywhere because we never got in their end. That's a sign of a dumb team."

Notable games
None. Ha, kidding. There's that outdoor thing. 1 p.m. Only one other game on the schedule besides Philly-Boston, and that's Atlanta-Buffalo, which could also be a good one, at 7:30 p.m.

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