Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In the NHL: Wings take round two; Sens back on track

House of horrors
At least the Penguins will always have Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final to hang their hats on, because they really struggle in Joe Louis Arena.

Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and added an assist, Jimmy Howard made 26 saves and Detroit defeated Pittsburgh, 3-1, in the second regular season meeting between the two teams. Todd Bertuzzi and Nicklas Lidstrom had two assists and Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist.

Pascal Dupuis scored the lone Pittsburgh goal.

The Red Wings moved four points clear of Calgary. Both teams have 10 games left.

Miracles do happen: Ottawa wins
It's fair to say that since the NHL season resumed from the Olympic break, it's been a rough go for the Senators. At least if you judge by their 1-7-1 record.

Earning the Northeast Division title, or even home-ice advantage, seems like a long shot now for Ottawa, but it reversed its skid with a 2-0 blanking of Montreal behind Brian Elliott's 29 saves. Erik Karlsson had a goal and assist, Peter Regin scored and Daniel Alfredsson posted two assists. Ottawa, seven points behind New Jersey for fifth place, had lost five straight.

Drought ends, Doughty wins
Ryan Smyth snapped his eight-game goalless drought with a two-goal performance, but it was Drew Doughty's overtime power play goal that gave Los Angeles a 4-3 win over Colorado.

Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Kings, and Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll had two assists each. Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots.

Peter Mueller had a goal and assist, Chris Stewart and T.J. Galiardi (with seven seconds left) scored and Paul Stastny had two assists for the Avalanche.

Stat of the night
5-0-1 - Detroit's record in its last six games. Suddenly it's "how high will they finish?" instead of "will they even make it?"

Quote of the night
"If I actually told you what play was drawn up on the board, you'd be mad at him that he shot the puck."
Kings coach Terry Murray on the game-winning goal. Doughty was actually supposed to pass the puck, but his intended recipient was covered. So he shot instead. Darn.

Notable games
Tuesday, March 23 (10 games)
-Boston (32-27-12) at Atlanta (32-29-11), 7 p.m. ET. The Thrashers can climb into eighth place with a regulation win.

-Philadelphia (37-30-5) at Ottawa (38-30-5), 7:30 p.m. And the Flyers can move into fifth.

-Carolina (30-34-8) at Tampa Bay (28-32-12), 7:30 p.m. Both teams are long shots to make the playoffs but one will be all but done with a loss. The Lightning have lost five straight.

-Phoenix (46-22-5) at Chicago (45-19-7), 8:30 p.m. Whoda thunk it, but first place in the West is on the line.

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