Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Domination not always a victory

Stealing two points
Effectively outplayed and dominated the entire game, Anaheim came away with two points when Lubomir Visnovsky scored with 33 seconds left in overtime to give the Ducks a 3-2 win over San Jose. Jonas Hiller stood on his head, as they say, by making 39 saves. Anaheim had just 20 shots on goal.

So much for that
All those good feelings after Edmonton earned its second win in Chicago? Gone in four minutes.

That's how long it took Carolina to open up a 3-0 lead on the Oilers from the start of the game, adding a fourth three minutes later, and routed Edmonton, 7-1, behind a three-point night by rookie Jeff Skinner. Eric Staal had four assists and Joe Corvo scored a pair of power play goals. Cam Ward made 21 saves as the Hurricanes won their second straight game for just the second time this season.

Clean sheets
--The road continues to be unfriendly to Vancouver as Carey Price stopped all 34 shots he saw to lead Montreal to a 2-0 victory over the Canucks. Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik each scored his first goal of the season.
--Steven Stamkos scored twice in support of Dan Ellis, who made 28 saves in Tampa Bay's 4-0 victory over Toronto.

Double trouble
--Jason Spezza potted a pair of goals with one helper as Ottawa easily handled Atlanta, 5-2.
--Brooks Laich's second goal of the game was into an empty net to seal Washington's 5-3 win over the Rangers. Laich also had an assist. Brian Boyle scored twice in defeat and, most notably, Derek Boogaard scored his first goal since Jan. 7, 2006.
--Curtis Glencross also scored his second goal of the game into a vacated cage as Calgary doubled up Colorado, 4-2. Jarome Iginla continues to suck.

--Seriously, what's wrong with Jarome Iginla? Is it just bad luck? He leads the Flames in shots on goal but he has only eight points and just two goals on the season. Is it the stink of Olli Jokinen being on him? The trade rumors surrounding Iginla can't be taken seriously, right?

--I really hope Maple Leafs fans enjoyed that first week of the season because holy cripes have they fallen hard. Toronto has won just one of its last 10 games and been shut out three times in the last six.

--Are we taking Carey Price for real now? Are we at that point? Still not sold on the rest of the Canadiens being any good, but they showed last year they don't need to be, just need a hot goalie.

--Sergei Gonchar is pulling a 2005 version of himself in Ottawa. After he signed a big free agent deal with Pittsburgh, he was horrid the first month as a Penguin, to the point that he was basically the poster boy for "Worst. Contract. Ever." status. He turned it around and became one of Pittsburgh's best defensemen. Now he's doing it again. No goals in October and just one point in his first five games, now he's scored in three of his last four (including Tuesday) and is up to 11 points, 10 in the last 10 games.

--That Skinner kid is good. He's really starting to figure out the NHL. Three multi-point games in his last four.

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