Sunday, October 10, 2010

Goals, goals, goals

Lots of goals in the NHL Saturday night. Let's get to the results.

All downhill from here, rookie
In his NHL debut, Rangers forward Derek Stepan netted a hat trick against Ryan Miller to lead New York past Buffalo, 6-3. Brandon Dubinsky scored twice, Erik Christensen also scored, and Sean Avery and Daniel Girardi posted two helpers each for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves.

Jordan Leopold scored twice and added an assist and Derek Roy scored for the Sabres.

Five-spots
--Radim Vrbata scored twice and added an assist as Phoenix got its season started the right way, downing Boston, 5-2. Ilya Bryzgalov made 40 saves. Nathan Horton scored twice for the Bruins.

--Phil Kessel, Clarke MacArthur and Kris Versteeg each scored a goal with an assist as Toronto routed Ottawa, 5-1. There were three fights in the game, including Orr-Carkner V. Versteeg had a Gordie Howe hat trick.

--Steven Stamkos showed at least one 2009-10 Richard Trophy winner is actually good, scoring twice and adding an assist as Tampa Bay defeated Atlanta, 5-3.

Move along, nothing wrong here
Alex Ovechkin paced Washington's explosive offense (I know, you haven't heard that before) with two goals, one on a penalty shot, and an assist as the Capitals annihilated Martin Brodeur and the Devils, 7-2. Rookie John Carlson had a great fantasy night with a goal, two assists and 12 PIMs. Eric Fehr, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Chimera and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals. Michael Neuvirth made 33 saves.

New Jersey doesn't deserve to have anything good written about them after that display. Brodeur gave up five goals before being yanked.

This game turned goonish, with four fights in the third period, including Ilya Kovalchuk against Mike Green. What the hell? First it was Pavel Datsyuk dropping the gloves, now Kovalchuk and Green? Anyway, the teams combined for 85 PIMs, 75 in the third.

Tear the place down
Two goals in 24 seconds with under three minutes left in regulation allowed Montreal to shock Pittsburgh, 3-2. Michael Cammalleri scored twice and Scott Gomez netted the winner with 1:48 remaining. Carey Price shockingly revealed he is capable of being an NHL goalie, making 36 saves including several pretty darn good ones. Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu scored for the Penguins, who have dropped their first two games at Consol Energy Center by 3-2 scores.

Working late
--Steve Mason made 33 saves and Ethan Moreau's overtime goal gave Columbus a 3-2 victory over San Jose. Kristian Huselius had a goal and helper for the Blue Jackets.

--Dallas allowed a two-goal lead slip away in the third period but recovered to defeat the Islanders, 5-4 in a shootout. Brenden Morrow scored twice and Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro (shootout winner) posted two assists each. Kari Lehtonen made 43 saves yet wasn't one of the game's Three Stars. Doug Weight had three points (one goal) for the Islanders, who lost John Tavares to a concussion.

--Carlo Colaiacovo scored in overtime to lift St. Louis over Philadelphia, 2-1. Brad Boyes, hoping to prove rumors of his demise were premature, scored a power play goal. Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves.

--Justin Williams scored a power play goal late and Los Angeles went on to defeat Vancouver, 2-1 in a shootout. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves. Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson scored in the shootout.

At least someone else had a home opener spoiled by a rival too
Valtteri Filppula (one of these days I'll spell his name right without having to look it up; didn't happen this time) broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period with his second goal of the game and Detroit defeated Chicago, 3-2. Chris Osgood, similar to Carey Price, showed he is sometimes a good goalie, making 26 saves.

Can't think of anything interesting to say about...
Four different players scored for Nashville, which poured 49 shots on Jonas Hiller, in a 4-1 victory over the Ducks. Steve Sullivan had a goal and assist and Marcel Goc, Patric Hornqvist and David Legwand also scored. Shea Weber had two assists. Pekka Rinne made 29 saves before leaving the game with an injury.

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