Friday, December 17, 2010

Habs rebound; Blues get past Kings

Normally weak Montreal offense gets to Thomas, Bruins
Remember when Boston had unbeatable goaltending? Me neither.

Montreal scored three times in the first period against Tim Thomas en route to a 4-3 victory over Boston, handing the Bruins their third straight loss. Max Pacioretty (I don't know who he is either) had a goal and assist, and Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Maxim Lapierre also scored for the Canadiens, who rebounded after a bad loss to Philadelphia.

Scott Gomez had two assists and Carey Price made 34 saves.

Marc Savard had a goal and assist and Patrice Bergeron posted two helpers to lead Boston.

Late St. Louis pair give Blues win over LA
Defense and goaltending were optional in this Western tilt.

Alexander Steen scored with 2:53 left in regulation and St. Louis added an empty net goal to knock off Los Angeles, 6-4, and reverse the Blues' two-game losing streak. Vladimir Sobotka and David Backes each had a goal and two assists for St. Louis. Carlo Colaiacovo posted three assists and Ty Conklin made 25 saves.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and assist for the Kings.

Anaheim = /facepalm
So, the Ducks. Not good.

The Islanders scored three times in a span of 1:39 against Anaheim backup Curtis McElhinney and hung on for a 3-2 victory, snapping the Ducks' three-game winning streak. P.A. Parenteau, Blake Comeau and Matt Moulson scored and Rick DiPietro made 30 saves as New York won just its second game of the last 22.

Jason Blake and Joffrey Lupul each had a goal and assist for Anaheim.

More quick strikes
Three goals in 57 seconds by Calgary turned a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 lead in an eventual 5-2 victory over Toronto. Olli Jokinen scored a goal with two assists, Niklas Hagman had one of each and Anton Babchuk posted two assists. Miikka Kiprusoff made all of 17 saves.

I hate to say it, but I think NiNY is right about something. Steve Mason is not a good goalie.

Edmonton - yes, that Edmonton, the one that's not good - put six goals behind Mason in two periods to double up Columbus, 6-3. Linus "Showboat" Omark scored the first goal of his career and added two assists and Jordan Eberle potted a pair for the Oilers. Taylor Hall had three assists, Ryan Whitney two, and Sam Gagner and Magnus Paajarvi both scored one goal with one assist. Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves.

Kristian Huselius, playing his second game since returning from an injury, recorded a hat trick for the Blue Jackets.

Ottawa converted its two power play chances, getting goals from Nick Foligno and Daniel Alfredsson, and Pascal Leclaire made 23 saves to lead the Senators past Minnesota, 3-1. Alfredsson also recorded an assist and Erik Karlsson tallied three.

Working late
--The Rangers erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 to earn a 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix. Daniel Girardi had a goal and assist and Martin Biron made 30 saves.
--Cam Ward's 45 saves helped Carolina overcome a 2-0 setback to knock off Atlanta, 3-2, in a shootout. Sergei Samsonov had the winning shootout goal. Evander Kane and Anthony Stewart each had a goal and assist for the Thrashers.
--Logan Couture's power play goal in overtime gave San Jose a 4-3 win over Dallas. Devin Setoguchi netted a pair of goals and Antero Niittymaki made a whopping 15 saves.

--That's a tongue-in-cheek nickname I gave Omark, so don't anyone jump down my throat about it.

--I mentioned yesterday the pendulum swinging to the other side for the Penguins. It did the same for Jonathan Quick. From a 51-save shutout of Detroit to giving up five to St. Louis. How weird is that?

--Tough break for the Wild in that game.

--Hmm, just realized I don't have a lot to say tonight. Until next time!

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