Thursday, March 11, 2010

NHL Recap 3-10-10: Rookie leads Sabres; Devils chase King Henrik

There's nothing in the HTP rule book that says I can't keep posting nightly recaps, so here's Wednesday's. We'll analyze the rule in the offseason. Any changes we implement won't take effect until 2010-11.

Tyler Myers is good
Everyone's favorite 6-foot-8, 20-year-old defenseman in the Calder Trophy race had himself a mighty fine night.

Buffalo blueliner Tyler Myers scored a goal and posted three helpers for a career-high four points, and was also a plus-4, in Buffalo's 5-3 victory over Dallas. Most people's favorite to be Rookie of the Year, Myers has nine goals and 36 points while averaging over 20 minutes of ice time for the Northeast Division leader.

Dallas and Buffalo played a wild one, with six goals scored in the first period. Myers opened the scoring only to be canceled out by Toby Petersen's marker. Another youngster, Mark Mancari, scored his first career goal to regain the Sabres lead before Steve Ott and Jamie Benn gave the Stars a 3-2 advantage.

A point shot by Myers was deflected home by Jason Pominville in the period's final minute. Thomas Vanek put Buffalo ahead to stay midway through the game and Derek Roy sealed the win with an empty netter. Buffalo out-shot Dallas, 40-23.

Henrik Lundqvist is not that good
At least for one night. Though to be fair, his team didn't help him out very much.

In another back-and-forth affair, New Jersey scored the game's final three goals, chasing Henrik Lundqvist after the fifth, and earned a 6-3 win over the Rangers to tighten the Atlantic Division race.

The Devils held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 only to see New York counter each time. On two of those occasions, the Rangers scored less than a minute after a New Jersey goal. Six different Devils scored - Rob Niedermayer, Bryce Salvador, Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rolston and Travis Zajac.

Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen and Brandon Prust scored for the Rangers, who failed to close ground on eight-seed Boston.

Working late
--Tomas Fleischmann's goal in overtime gave Washington a 4-3 victory over Carolina. Mike Green scored twice for the Caps.
--Patrick Sharp scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, and Chicago edged Los Angeles, 3-2.
--A crazy shootout in Phoenix was won by the Coyotes over Vancouver, 4-3. After only two of the first six shooters found the back of the net, five of the next six players recorded goals. The one miss was from Mason Raymond in the bottom of the sixth round after Adrian Aucoin scored for Phoenix. Lee Stempniak had two goals in regulation and Ilya Bryzgalov made 36 saves for the Coyotes.

Stat of the night
0-4-1 - Dallas' record in Buffalo since the legendary (or infamous, depending on your perspective) Brett Hull goal in Game 6 of the 1999 Final.

Quote of the night
"We were very fortunate to get any points out of it let alone two. We're playing against a team that played last night and they dictated the play. We need to get on the road. Too much home cooking right now."
Phoenix coach Dave Tippett. The game was the last of a five-game home stand for the Coyotes and also the final one of a 14-game road trip for the Canucks. Vancouver posted an 8-5-1 record.

Notable games
Thursday, March 11 (10 games)
-Boston (29-24-12) at Philadelphia (35-26-4), 7 p.m. ET. Both teams looking to create some separation in the East standings.

-Minnesota (31-28-6) at Detroit (31-23-12), 7:30 p.m., NHL Network. This game has some measure of importance in the West.

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