Sunday, October 10, 2010

Controversy in Boston; Canada good

Thomas shuts down Phoenix, creates intriguing situation in Beantown
It became apparent during the latter half of the 2009-10 season and throughout the playoffs that Boston coach Claude Julien preferred Tuukka Rask to be his goaltender. After Rask's subpar performance in his first game, Julien switched to the man who had trade rumors swirling around him all summer.

Tim Thomas answered the call by blanking Phoenix, stopping all 29 shots he faced, and the Bruins earned their first victory of the season, 3-0.

When Boston plays again on Oct. 16, it'll be interesting to see who's between the pipes.

Nathan Horton scored his third goal as a Bruin and added an assist. Milan Lucic also scored and No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin netted his first career goal on a breakaway. David Krejci had two assists.

Break up the Oilers
Did you know Edmonton started the 2009-10 season with a 6-2-1 record? Neither did I!

Well, the Oilers are well on their way to duplicating that start, getting 26 saves from Nikolai Khabibulin to hold off Florida, 3-2. Top pick Taylor Hall earned his first career point, assisting on Shawn Horcoff's goal seven minutes into the second period. Horcoff's goal was a little controversial, as it went in off his skate. One replay did not appear to show a distinct kicking motion but another one did. However, the call on the ice of a goal was upheld.

Dustin Penner and Ryan Jones also scored for Edmonton, which was out-shot 28-13.

Marty Reasoner scored both Panthers' goals. Steve Bernier assisted on both.

Kiprusoff, Flames bounce back
Three different goal scorers plus a solid night in goal from Miikka Kiprusoff gave Calgary a 3-1 victory over Los Angeles.

Curtis Glencross broke the ice with a shorthanded goal midway through the second period. Craig Conroy doubled the lead early in the third period and the 2-o score looked like it might hold up.

Dustin Brown spoiled the shutout bid by tipping Anze Kopitar's pass past Kiprusoff with six minutes remaining. Calgary didn't seal the win until Niklas Hagman scored a power play goal into an empty net in the final half-minute.

Kiprusoff finished with 21 saves and Brendan Morrison posted two helpers.

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