Saturday, December 18, 2010

Panthers maul Buffalo; Hawks nip Wings

So many fitting metaphors! Panthers and Buffalo, Blackhawks and Wings...

Florida chases Miller in big victory
It's easy to say the Panthers were in full control of their 6-2 victory over Buffalo, and they probably were. The funny thing is, they still gave up over 40 shots.

Bryan McCabe scored the first goal of the game just 1:40 in and Florida continued to pour it on, getting a pair of goals from Marty Reasoner and one from David Booth in the first period. Ryan Miller was relieved after that disastrous first period.

Stephen Weiss and Michael Frolik added a goal and assist each for the Panthers, who got 41 saves from Tomas Vokoun.

Derek Roy and Tim Connolly scored for the Sabres.

Ex-Wing haunts old foes
Based on that headline, you'd probably think I'm talking about Marian Hossa. Nope, he's still out of the lineup. Enter Tomas Kopecky!

Kopecky scored twice, once into an empty net, to lead Chicago past Detroit in a Central Division game, 4-1. Bryan Bickell and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks and Corey Crawford made 29 saves. Brent Seabrook had two assists.

Patrick Eaves scored for Detroit.

Duchene leads Avalanche in high-scoring affair
Oh, Ottawa. Talk about dysfunctional. From the top-line guys to the goalie, from the general manager to the head coach, talk about a clusterfuck.

Ryan O'Reilly scored with 3:13 remaining in regulation and Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the game in overtime on a play very similar to O'Reilly's goal to lead Colorado over Ottawa, 6-5. Brian Elliott's struggles continue for the Senators, giving up all six goals and having now allowed 14 goals in his last three starts. The funny thing? Two of his previous three starts were shutouts.

Elliott now has only one win in his last nine starts after posting Ws in nine of his first 13 appearances, 12 of which were starts. In his non-shutout games of the last nine starts (one of those shutouts was a shootout loss), Elliott has given up at least three goals in each game. In six of those, he's given up at least four. If you think I'm an unhappy Elliott fantasy owner, you are correct, sir.

Kevin Porter had a goal and assist, Kevin "Don't call me James Tiberius" Shattenkirk had two assists and Cody McLeod and T.J. Galiardi also scored for Colorado. Craig Anderson made 24 saves.

The Senators don't get any other player mentioned.

Fans of entertainment, look away now
Quite the thriller played between Nashville and New Jersey.

The teams combined for a whopping 36 shots on goal - nine in the first, 10 in the third - and somehow Nashville found a way to earn a 3-1 victory over the Devils for its fifth straight win. Steve Sullivan deflected a Shea Weber shot and Martin Erat scored twice for the Predators. Weber and Ryan Suter each had two assists. Anders Lindback made 15 saves.

Rookie Mattias Tedenby scored his fourth goal for the Devils.

--Ottawa sucks.

--Ditto New Jersey.

--Nobody good in the Southeast Division (meaning Washington) played Friday, but looking at the standings, it occurred to me that it's amazing the Capitals have lost seven games in a row and are still in first place.

--The scary thing about the Senators and how bad they are, they're only four points out of a playoff spot. Though they have played four more games than the two teams above them.

--If anyone knows where Jimmy Howard's game is, please turn it in to the lost and found at Joe Louis Arena. Yeah, OK, he's won two of his last four starts, but I can stretch that to two of his last six.

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