Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pop those corks, 1972 Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins can once again celebrate. The last undefeated team has fallen in the.. oh, wait, wrong sport. In any case, there are no more undefeated teams in the NHL. Just ones undefeated in regulation.

What goes around comes around
Phil Kessel's power play goal late in regulation allowed Toronto, trying to keep alive its perfect record, tie the score 1-1 with the Islanders.

Ah, but then the Maple Leafs took a penalty in overtime. Boom goes the flawless mark.

John Tavares scored with 1:34 left in overtime, just 19 seconds after Brett Lebda went to the penalty box for goalie interference, and New York handed Toronto its first loss, 2-1. Tavares also assisted on Matt Moulson's goal and Dwayne Roloson made 29 saves.

Second-round pick worthy star powers TB over Dallas
Hey, remember Dominic Moore? And how he got traded for a second-round pick last year? Dude's apparently found a home in Tampa Bay.

Moore scored two power play goals, giving him four on the season, and the Lightning converted four of five chances with the man-advantage to give Dallas its first loss, 5-4. Moore's two goals extended the Lightning's lead to 4-2 then 5-2 before Tampa Bay had to survive at the end.

The Stars made things interesting when Brenden Morrow scored 13 seconds after Moore's second goal, then James Neal netted his third with a minute to play. Mike Smith and the Tampa defense shut the door from there, though Smith's numbers weren't pretty. The Lightning allowed only 19 shots, meaning Smith made just 15 saves, but it's two points in the bank.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, Steve Downie posted one of each and Sean Bergenheim scored for Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman and Teddy Purcell both had two assists.

Morrow's goal was his fifth in five games. He added an assist, Toby Petersen and Adam Burish also scored, and Mike Ribeiro posted two helpers. Kari Lehtonen made 39 saves in the loss.

Pittsburgh's offense fixed?
The questions about where the goal scoring is for the Penguins might be solved. Seeing a familiar, friendly face in an Ottawa jersey could have helped.

No, I don't mean former Penguin Sergei Gonchar, who departed Pittsburgh this summer to Ottawa as a free agent. I'm referring to Brian Elliott, whom the Penguins tortured in the playoffs in April. Well, they did it again, scoring five goals in the first half hour of the game and chasing Elliott en route to a 5-2 victory over the Senators.

Pittsburgh's power play, which still sucks but is lacking Mike Yeo as a scapegoat, went 2-for-4, both goals coming in the first period when the Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu each posted a goal and an assist. Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis also scored and Mike Comrie had two helpers. Brent Johnson was again strong in goal, making 32 saves, and giving no reason to pull him out of the lineup.

Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Campoli each scored their first of the season for the Senators.

Stewart, Anderson bury Rangers
Get it? Bury, because they play for the Avalanche? It's funny, people! Anyway.

Chris Stewart scored a pair of power play goals and Craig Anderson made 31 saves to lead Colorado over the Rangers, 3-1. Daniel Winnik also scored and Milan Hejduk had two assists. Alexander Frolov scored for New York.

Good call on the non-trade
Chicago general manager Stan Bowman was emphatic in the offseason about not trading Patrick Sharp despite the team's salary cap issues. Smart decision.

Sharp scored his sixth goal of the season in overtime to cap a 3-2 comeback win for the Blackhawks over St. Louis. Chicago trailed 2-0 before a pair of goals by Marian Hossa in the final seven minutes of the third period forced overtime. Marty Turco made 32 saves to get the win.

David Perron, called out on this blog Monday, scored both St. Louis goals.

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