Monday, October 25, 2010

Reviewing Monday's action

I've written too much today (not all here.) My creativity, such as it is, is tapped out.

Blue Jackets hold off Flyers
Damn Mathieu Garon.

Starting in place of Steve Mason, Garon stopped 28 shots, including 11 in the third period, and Columbus squeaked out a 2-1 win over Philadelphia. Kyle Wilson and Derrick Brassard scored to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead halfway through the game. The Flyers didn't get on the board until 5:01 remaining when Ville Leino scored.

Columbus had just four shots in the third period.

Price, Canadiens continue strong start
Maybe Montreal made the right decision after all. Or at least, didn't make a bad one.

Carey Price made 27 saves and Andrei Kostitsyn scored in overtime to give Montreal a 3-2 win over Phoenix. Kostitsyn also had an assist. Michael Cammalleri finally showed up, with a goal and an assist and Tomas Plekanec netted his third of the season.

Derek Morris's power play goal early in the third period helped force overtime. Kyle Turris also scored for Phoenix.

Wild PP running out of juice, Kings win
The law of averages said Minnesota's power play would return to a more normal rate at some point. It's failing hardcore now.

Los Angeles killed off all four man-advantages the Wild had, including a five-minute one, and erased a two-goal deficit to knock off Minnesota, 3-2 in a shootout.

John Madden and Nick Schultz scored 1:50 apart in the game's opening seven minutes to stake the Wild to the early lead. Los Angeles slowly took control of the game and its power play proved more potent, with power play goals by Jarret Stoll and Anze Kopitar late in the first and second period, respectively, to tie the score.

Michal Handzus scored in the fifth shootout round and Jonathan Quick (20 saves) stopped Mittens to give the Kings the win. Stoll converted in the third round needing a goal to keep the shootout going.

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