Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I guess Montreal is for real

The Price is wrong, Bob
As Happy Gilmore would say. But I guess that doesn't really fit here, does it?

In a duel of two of the stud goalies of the NHL season, Montreal's Carey Price owned Sergei Bobrovsky, making 41 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 3-0 victory over Philadelphia. Brian Gionta realized, oh hey, maybe I should start scoring, and notched points on all three Montreal goals, scoring one.

Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec also scored as Montreal netted one goal in each period. Plekanec finished with two points

Like I predicted, lots of goals in this one
Somehow I knew Nashville and Toronto would make me look stupid when I said theirs would be a ghastly meeting.

Nashville scored three times in the first 11:43 to open up a big lead, then took a whopping six penalties in the second period. Toronto capitalized by netting four power play goals on those chances, overcoming a shorthanded goal in the frame and the Maple Leafs came away 5-4 winners to snap their eight-game losing streak.

Kris Versteeg scored twice, Luke Schenn netted his first, Mikhail Grabovski scored to make up for a horrendous giveaway earlier and Nikolai Kulemin picked up the eventual game-winner. Fun fact: Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur (three assists) were both a minus-4. That'll happen when you score four power play goals. Tomas Kaberle and Phil Kessel had two assists each.

Jonas Gustavsson replaced Jean-Sebastien Giguere for some reason in the third period, but Giguere still got the win, making 24 saves.

J.P. Dumont, Marcel Goc, Martin Erat and Jordin Tootoo scored for the Predators.

Dallas juuuuust gets past Anaheim
It took a video review but it was worth it for the Stars.

Dallas center Brad Richards blasted a slap shot that hit the post behind Jonas Hiller, bounced a couple times, landed sideways just barely across the goal line, and the Stars ended their three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Anaheim.

Richards' eighth goal of the season came midway through the third period and snapped a 1-1 tie. He also assisted on Steve Ott's power play goal in the first period. Corey Perry had pulled the Ducks even with a power play goal in the second.

Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves and Hiller stopped 24.

--Like the headline says, I guess we have to start taking the Canadiens seriously now.

--I guess the they were better than I thought, but what were the odds Toronto would win a game after falling behind 3-0 to the normally stout Pekka Rinne and the Predators?

--As @mlse said on Twitter, does Colin Campbell have another son named Ron Wilson?

--I didn't really watch Toronto-Nashville except a bit here and there, but Gustavsson was named the game's third star? Really? He played 13 minutes and made six saves. I guess they were six awesome saves.

--Better effort from the Ducks but results on the road still not quite there. Big win for Dallas too. The Stars needed to end their skid quick.

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