Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Panthers hosed; Vezina torched

Non-calls benefit Toronto in win over Florida
As Down Goes Brown said, apparently the NHL did away with goalie interference.

Colton Orr blatantly ran over Florida netminder Scott Clemmensen, allowing Tim Brent's shot to sneak through to break a 1-1 tie in Toronto's eventual 3-1 victory. Making things worse, the puck hit some part of Orr's body, giving him credit for the goal that in no way should have counted.

To be fair, the Panthers had nine minutes remaining to tie the score and couldn't do it. Maple Leafs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere appeared to get away with a trip or interference penalty after Orr's goal, which didn't help Florida. Also not helping Florida was a bad giveaway inside the attacking end that turned into a Phil Kessel breakaway and goal for a 3-1 score.

The Panthers mustered just 22 shots on goal, so despite the egregious non-call, the Panthers can blame themselves too.

Tyler Bozak (Toronto) and Dennis Wideman (Florida) exchanged power play goals through the first two periods. Giguere finished with 21 saves. The Maple Leafs blocked 27 shots.

If they re-played the Games, the U.S. would finish seventh
Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder are the kinds of defensemen few people talk about or notice unless they're screwing up. They're positionally sound, stalwart blue liners who limit opposition's scoring chances.

Now that they're out of Buffalo's lineup, Ryan Miller is struggle-ling. Philadelphia scored three second-period goals en route to a 6-3 victory over the Sabres, holding off a late Buffalo charge. The Flyers led 5-1 at one point.

Thomas Vanek's power play goal that bounced over Sergei Bobrovsky actually put Buffalo ahead before Philadelphia rattled off the next five. Danny Briere, Nikolay Zherdev, Darrell Powe, Claude Giroux and Jeff Carter did the damage.

Tyler Myers and Steve Montador got two goals back for Buffalo in the third period before Andreas Nodl scored an empty net goal. Carter finished with three points, Giroux and Briere two and Bobrovsky 32 saves.

KiPA adds Lehtonen, Lehtonen gives up five
I love saying I told you so, so I told you Kari Lehtonen would suck Tuesday.

In unquestionably his worst game of the season, Lehtonen allowed five goals - at least two of which he wants back - on just 26 shots and Anaheim came out of Dallas a 5-2 winner. Bobby Ryan scored twice, George Parros scored on a breakaway from center ice, Teemu Selanne had a goal and assist and Corey Perry got a cheap goal late.

The aforementioned Toni Lydman, Ryan Getzlaf and Lubomir Visnovsky posted two helpers each for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller made 35 saves.

Loui Eriksson and Brian Sutherby scored for the Stars.

Alex the Still-Mediocre
Hey, we had an Alexei Kovalev sighting!

Kovalev scored his first two goals of the season and added an assist to lead Ottawa over Phoenix, 5-2. Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and assist, Peter Regin helped set up two goals, and Erik Karlsson and Chris Kelly also scored. Brian Elliott made 28 saves.

Blowing it...almost
--Calgary lost a 4-1 lead but rebounded to defeat Edmonton, 5-4 in a shootout. Brendan Morrison had a pair of special teams goals, one power play and one shorthanded, Jay Bouwmeester finally scored and Curtis Glencross also had a goal. Kurtis Foster, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and Tom Gilbert scored for the Oilers. Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves on his 34th birthday.

--Vancouver allowed Colorado to get a tying goal late in regulation but Mason Raymond scored just 28 seconds into overtime to give the Canucks a 4-3 win. Raymond pressured defenseman Jonas Holos in front of the Colorado net and chipped the puck off Holos' stick and through Peter Budaj, who played when Craig Anderson suffered a knee injury in warm-ups.

Jeff Tambellini, Ryan Kesler and Peter Schaefer also scored for Vancouver. Roberto Luongo made 36 saves. David Jones, Daniel Winnik and Matt Duchene scored for Colorado.

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