Thursday, October 21, 2010

Buffalo gets the message; Luongo rebounds, then doesn't

The power of blogging
I think the Sabres must read the blog.

Second-year player Tyler Myers netted his first goal of the season and Buffalo's offense "erupted" for a season-high four goals, torching Chris Mason and the Thrashers, 4-1. The Sabres poured 42 shots on Mason and three players, counting Myers, scored their first of the season.

Calder Trophy candidate Tyler Ennis opened the game's scoring, followed by Myers and Cody McCormick to give Buffalo a 3-0 lead. Tobias Enstrom countered for Atlanta in the third period before Thomas Vanek finally got on the scoresheet with his first of the year.

Chris Butler and Steve Montador each had two assists and Ryan Miller made 17 saves.

Luongo bounces back until the shootout
Through 65 minutes, Roberto Luongo was nearly flawless. Then that pesky shootout came.

After giving up six goals Tuesday, Luongo made 31 saves and limited Chicago to one goal, but then gave up three shootout goals on three shooters, and the Blackhawks defeated Vancouver, 2-1. On two of Chicago's goals, Luongo partially stopped the shots only for them to trickle in under their own power or helped by Luongo.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane had Chicago's shootout goals. Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler scored for the Canucks, but Mikael Samuelsson's attempt missed. Sedin had a power play goal and Viktor Stalberg scored in regulation for Chicago. Marty Turco made 36 saves.

Streak ends, Anaheim loses anyway
The Ducks finally met an opponent they could hold under 30 shots. It didn't matter.

Steve Mason stopped 31 shots and Rick Nash scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets, who had only 22 shots, to a 3-1 victory over Anaheim. Neither of Nash's goals were highlight-reel types - he banked one in off Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman and the other was an empty-netter - but they count. Derek MacKenzie also scored for Columbus.

Teemu Selanne scored for Anaheim.

So much for LA's "no scoring, good goaltending"
OK, so I can't get them all right. Or even some.

With backups Justin Peters (Carolina) and Jonathan Bernier (Los Angeles) getting the starts, there were plenty of goals in the last game of the night. In the end, the Kings earned a 4-3 victory. Ryan Smyth scored his third of the season and Anze Kopitar, Michal Handzus and Andrei Loktionov all scored their first. In Loktionov's case, it was the first of his career.

Kopitar had two points and Bernier finished with 27 saves. Jeff Skinner scored the first of his NHL career and Chad LaRose and Eric Staal also had goals.

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