Saturday, October 16, 2010

Toronto will never lose

Clarke MacArthur: Hart Trophy winner
We might as well move on to the 2011-12 season. This one belongs to Toronto.

Clarke MacArthur scored his fifth goal of the season and Phil Kessel registered three points, including his second goal of the game in overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 4-3 win over the Rangers. Toronto has won all four games.

It should be pointed out, however, that Toronto blew a 3-1 lead by giving up two goals to Brian Boyle (Career-high for goals in a season? Four) in the third period before Kessel's winner.

Minnesota fans, rejoice: Rangers forward Marian Gaborik suffered an injury and will be out two to four weeks. More bad news for New York in the form of Chris Drury breaking the same finger he broke in the preseason. He'll be out six weeks.

Mike Komisarek and Michal Roszival also scored in the game.

Missed opportunity
I really should have bet on the Penguins losing to Toronto on Wednesday and beating the Islanders Friday. Easy money. Ah well.

Alex Goligoski scored on a power play in overtime to give Pittsburgh its first win in Consol Energy Center, in four tries, 3-2 over the Islanders. The Penguins held a 2-0 lead on goals by Mike Rupp and Eric Tangradi (the first of his career) before Josh Bailey and Radek Martinek scored for New York.

Brent Johnson started for Pittsburgh and made 22 saves. Blake Comeau (New York) and Mark Letestu (Pittsburgh) had two assists each.

He's doing it again
Craig Anderson stopped 41 shots, Chris Stewart had a goal and assist and Colorado defeated New Jersey, 3-2.

Wait, he's not Russian
With no Patrick Kane in the lineup, Chicago didn't miss a beat since Patrick Sharp channeled his inner Alex Ovechkin. Sharp scored twice, fired 13 shots on goal and missed with another 11 shots to lead the Blackhawks over Columbus, 5-2. Tomas Kopecky and Marian Hossa had a goal and assist.

The Price is right
I am so clever. No one else has ever used that headline. It's impossible.

Carey Price stopped 22 shots and Montreal defeated Buffalo, 2-1. Alexandre Picard and Josh Gorges scored for the Canadiens.

Who is this guy?
In one game, Anthony Stewart set a new career-high for goals in a season. If you know who Anthony Stewart plays for, you get a cookie. (Editor's note: You do not actually get a cookie.)

The answer is Atlanta. Stewart had only four goals in his 108-game career (spread out over five seasons) but netted a hat trick, including two power play goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period, got the Thrashers to overtime and Atlanta pulled off a 5-4 shootout win over the Ducks.

Quick, captain, score!
Jonathan Quick made 25 saves and Kings captain Dustin Brown scored two third-period goals to stifle a Vancouver comeback attempt in Los Angeles' 4-1 victory. Ryan Smyth had two assists.

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