Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday's NHL action: A Quickie

Hectic night at work. On the bright side, I think I set a personal record for "fastest story written." Did it in like 15 minutes from scratch. Go me.

Stars of the night
--Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and three assists, Zach Parise posted two goals and a helper and Travis Zajac netted a pair in New Jersey's 6-3 win over Columbus.
--Scott Clemmensen made 42 saves, David Booth scored twice and Florida kept alive its weak playoff hopes, 4-1 over Toronto.
--Martin St. Louis' second goal, in overtime, lifted Tampa Bay over Carolina, 3-2, to salvage the Lightning's even more meager playoff hopes. The Hurricanes are close to dead.
--Kari Lehtonen's 34 saves and Loui Eriksson's goal and helper gave Dallas a huge 3-1 win over Nashville. Problem is the Stars are still five points back just of Calgary, let alone a playoff team. Jere Lehtinen was named the #2 star; I think they got their Finns mixed up in Nashville.
--Rob Blake tallied three assists and San Jose reversed its huge slide, 4-1 over Minnesota. Dan Boyle was the game's #3 star; I think they got their "San Jose defensemen that begin with a B" mixed up in Minnesota.
--Three different goal scorers and two assists each from Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester (seriously, J-Bo contributed something positive) helped Calgary defeat Anaheim, 3-1.
--Edmonton followed up its huge upset of San Jose by knocking off Vancouver, 3-2, behind 31 saves by Jeff Deslauriers.

Clean sheets
--Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots and Boston blanked Atlanta, 4-0, in one of the key games of the night. Milan Lucic and David Krejci had a goal and assist. The Bruins are three points ahead of No. 9 Atlanta and trail Philadelphia and Montreal by just one point each, with a game in hand on all three teams.
--Brian Elliott's encore performance of his Monday shutout was pretty good, because he got another, making 26 saves in Ottawa's 2-0 win over Philadelphia.
--Not so fast, Phoenix. Antti Niemi pushed aside 28 shots and Chicago downed the Coyotes, 2-0, reclaiming sole possession of first in the West. With San Jose's win, Phoenix also dropped back to second in the Pacific Division.

On a side note, just about everyone of my fantasy playoff opponents had one of the above goalies. One had two of them. #$%#$@!%$#%$#.

I'm tired. That's enough for tonight. I'll do a look at the standings tomorrow.

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