Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chicago rips Vancouver, again; CBJ sweeps California

Boom goes the red light
I'm trying to confirm this, but my sources indicate Roberto Luongo is adding a new sticker to his goalie helmet. It will read "Property of Chicago." 'cause the Blackhawks own him.

Four goals in a stretch of 10:36 in the second period spurred Chicago to a 7-1 beatdown of Vancouver, chasing Luongo after Patrick Sharp scored to make the score 4-0. Jonathan Toews, Troy Brouwer and Brent Seabrook also scored during this run and Marian Hossa potted three assists.

Fernando Pisani scored twice early in the third period and Patrick Kane kicked the extra point to go with his two assists. Corey Crawford made 27 saves, allowing only Mikael Samuelsson's power play goal late.

Garon leads Blue Jackets to 3-0 California trip
I said Columbus needs more consistent goaltending. Well, Mathieu Garon is providing it.

Garon posted his third shutout in four starts and Rick Nash scored a hat trick to lead the Blue Jackets over San Jose, 3-0. Garon, who made 35 saves, has given up just seven goals in seven appearances (six starts) and is putting some serious heat on Steve Mason. Columbus earned its first road sweep of the three California teams.

Nash now has nine goals in his last seven games.

Hey, I was right about something
I have to celebrate that when I can. It doesn't happen often.

Carey Price faced and stopped 30 shots and Montreal blanked Toronto, 2-0. Jeff Halpern had a shorthanded goal and Mike Cammalleri scored on the power play.

Here's the funny thing
The Devils have scored the fewest goals in the league yet they routinely out-shoot their opponents (average shots per game: 31.4; average shots against: 28.5) and get their share of 35 to 40-shot games. They had another Saturday. Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves and St. Louis edged New Jersey, 3-2. The Blues had 27 shots. Brad Winchester's goal early in the third period broke a 2-2 tie.

One is the loneliest number
--Tomas Vokoun made 39 saves and Mike Santorelli scored twice to lead Florida over the Islanders, 4-1.
--Mike Smith's 29 saves helped Tampa Bay edge Buffalo, 2-1. Adam Hall's goal midway through the second period snapped a 1-1 tie. Steven Stamkos did not record a point.

On the bright side
Marian Gaborik didn't score, right? Plenty of other Rangers did though in New York's 5-2 win over Minnesota. Five different players scored for New York and Martin Biron made 26 saves. Daniel Girardi, with two assists, was the only Ranger with multiple points.

Shoot 'em up, shoot 'em out
--Pekka Rinne made 21 saves through overtime and three more in the shootout as Nashville downed Carolina, 2-1. Martin Erat netted the shootout winner.
--Philadelphia blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3, conceding three power play goals in the game's final nine minutes, but recovered to knock off Washington, 5-4 in the shootout. The Flyers had nine power play chances to Washington's seven but converted just one. Brian Boucher made 33 saves.
--Michal Handzus had the only shootout goal in round six to give Los Angeles a 4-3 win over Boston. The Kings led 3-0 at one point. Jonathan Quick stopped 38 shots.
--Colorado blew a 3-0 lead but recovered to beat Dallas, 4-3, on Kevin Porter's goal in the fifth round of the shootout. Peter Budaj made 26 saves and Milan Hejduk scored two power play goals.

--I decided to be the Mad Channel Changer tonight and flip between every game every couple minutes. When I tuned in to the Philly-Washington game, not only was there a power play every time, but I came away pretty impressed with the Capitals' penalty killers. Very aggressive, never gave the Flyers any room to work.

--Does that fill my quota of "Nice things to say about Washington" for the season? I hope so.

--Dallas still has goalie issues. The Stars hoped they solved it with Kari Lehtonen and he had a nice start but he's got a ways to go.

--Nash is absolutely on fire.

--Know who's not good? New Jersey, the Islanders and Toronto. Not quality hockey teams.

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