Nope, not for me. I was covering a soccer playoff game. Crazy stuff in that one. Anyway, to the NHL results!
Bad backups! To your rooms!
--A late injury to Jimmy Howard forced Chris Osgood into Detroit's net, and Phoenix promptly scored three times in the first period and held on for a 4-2 victory. Lauri Korpikoski scored twice, once shorthanded and once into an empty net, and Radim Vrbata recorded his first point since the opener after being called out on this blog.
--Chris Stewart recorded a hat trick and Colorado scored three times in the third period against Calgary backup Henrik Karlsson to earn a crazy 6-5 victory. Olli Jokinen, also called out, scored his first goal of the season.
--Tim Thomas rocks. He made 20 more saves and goals by Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin lifted Boston over Toronto, 2-0. As I understand it, there were chants of "Thank you Kessel" after Seguin scored. Uh, woo, I guess. It was Seguin's second goal of the season.
--Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves and St. Louis became the first team to defeat Nashville in regulation, 3-0. Alexander Steen, Patrik Berlund and Matt D'Agostini scored.
So they DID hire Lemaire for one game
Wild fans let me know, but this sounded like a boring game. Minnesota held Washington to a season-low 22 shots on goal, while registering just 17 of its own, and came away a 2-1 winner. Chuck Kobasew and Mikko Koivu's goals were enough to cancel out Alex Ovechkin's late strike. Niklas Backstrom made 21 saves. (P.S. Don't get me wrong if it was boring; it's still two points.)
Good boy, you get a cookie
The good Steve Mason showed up, stopping 25 saves and earning First Star honors in Columbus' 3-2 shootout win over Edmonton. Taylor Hall finally scored the first goal of his NHL career midway through the third period to force overtime.
Trifecta of talent
Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek and Mike Fisher each had a goal and assist in Ottawa's 5-3 victory over Florida. Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots.
The Kipa fantasy curse continues
Kari Lehtonen had his second straight horrid outing, allowing four goals and being pulled in the third period, and Los Angeles handled Dallas, 5-2. Jonathan Quick, on the other hand, made 30 saves. Jack Johnson posted three assists.