Monday, November 8, 2010

Deja vu

Oops, they did it again
For the second time in two trips to the Windy City, Edmonton came away with two points.

This time, instead of a goalfest, it was a goaltending duel. Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves and the Oilers scored twice in a span of 14 seconds in the third period to earn a 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.

Trailing 1-0 on a first-period goal by Fernando Pisani, Edmonton went ahead on a power play by by Kurtis Foster with 13:47 left in the third period followed 14 seconds later by Sam Gagner's third goal of the season. Ales Hemsky assisted on both goals.

Stop me if you've heard this before
But St. Louis pitched another shutout. Except it wasn't Jaroslav Halak.

Making just his second appearance of the season, Ty Conklin fended off all 27 Rangers shots thrown at him, including 12 in the third period, and the Blues went into New York and grabbed a 2-0 victory. Alexander Steen had both St. Louis goals, including an empty netter that deflected in off diving defenseman Daniel Girardi's stick.

They'd hang on eventually
Anaheim was nice and charitable to Nashville. Each time the Ducks took a lead, they allowed the Predators to come back and tie things. Then they just ran out of time before they could do it again.

Anaheim held five different one-goal leads, the last coming when Paul Mara scored with 1.7 seconds remaining to snap a 4-4 tie and lift the Ducks over Nashville, 5-4. The teams combined for five goals in the third period. Every time Anaheim scored, Nashville countered less than seven minutes later, until the Mara goal.

Saku Koivu scored twice, Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist, and Bobby Ryan and Jason Blake posted two helpers each for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller made just 20 saves as Anaheim out-shot the Predators, 37-24.

Good showing
Washington started someone called "Braden Holtby" in goal. The Flyers responded with one of their more pisspoor efforts, not to mention a typically undisciplined one.

For the seventh time this season, Philadelphia gave its opponent at least six power play opportunities and Washington cashed in on two of them, including Mike Green's game-winner just 29 seconds into overtime to give the Capitals a 3-2 victory. Holtby needed to make just 23 saves as the Flyers really tested the unknown kid.

The Flyers, who had their six-game win streak snapped, lead the league in times shorthanded.

Nicklas Backstrom had two assists and Alexander Semin and Eric Fehr also scored for Washington.

Monday's game
Just one game Monday. Phoenix (4-5-4) at Detroit (8-3-1), 7:30 p.m. EDT on Versus. The Coyotes' offense is actually on fire, with 10 goals in their last three games, but they won only one of them, dropping the other two in shootouts as the defense and goaltending have not been up to par. Phoenix's penalty killing has also been suspect, allowing at least one power play goal in each of the last three.

The Coyotes have fared well against the Red Wings so far, winning one game in regulation and dropping the other meeting in overtime. The good news is 15 different players have scored a goal for Phoenix. The bad news is no one has more than four.

Detroit is coming off a rare loss as Jimmy Howard had unquestionably his worst game of the season, allowing as many goals to Vancouver as he had in his three previous games combined. Monday's game is the first of six consecutive home games for the Red Wings, who are 4-1-1 at Joe Louis Arena. Three Red Wings share the team lead with 14 points each, and oddly enough, two of them are doing it on the strength of assists. Nicklas Lidstrom had 13 assists and Henrik Zetterberg 11. Pavel Datsyuk has six goals of his 14 points.

Detroit 4, Phoenix 1

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