Monday, January 24, 2011

Flyers earn "revenge"; Preds get lucky

One-sided rematch
Oh, how sweet revenge is. Or something like that.

Jeff Carter scored twice and assisted on another as Philadelphia earned a 4-1 victory over Chicago in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final. Claude Giroux assisted on all four Flyers goals, the other two by Nikolay Zherdev and Scott Hartnell's empty net tally. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves. Zherdev also had an assist.

Bad night for Patricks Sharp and Kane, whose minus-3 efforts each might have doomed a fantasy team or two that participates in leagues that still use plus/minus as a category, even though it's a stupid real-life stat.

Closer-sided rematch
Oh, how sweet reve- never mind.

Two days after losing a lackluster 5-2 decision at home to the Islanders, Buffalo scored three times in the third period to hand that same New York a 5-3 home defeat. Nathan Gerbe broke a 2-2 tie with a power play goal then set up Tyler Myers for his first goal since November, a play that had to be reviewed after no one had any idea where the puck was. Turns out, the puck was over the goal line.

Myers, Tyler Ennis and Jason Pominville each had a goal and assist, with Pominville sealing the win by scoring into an empty net. Ryan Miller made 31 saves.

Matt Moulson scored twice for the Islanders.

Why couldn't he have coached all season?
It took a couple of weeks, but the Devils have apparently relearned Jacques Lemaire's system.

Behind three points by Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey won its fourth straight game and sixth in the last seven - which includes downing Tampa Bay twice, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh - by defeating Florida, 5-2. Kovalchuk had one goal, Jason Arnott scored twice and Martin Brodeur's resurgence continued with 24 saves. Even Brian Rolston is figuring out how to become an offensive producer again with a goal and assist, giving him three goals and 10 points in the last seven games.

The foot's on the other hand
Tampa Bay decided it'd be neat to blow someone else out instead of be on the receiving end.

Five second-period goals sparked the Lightning's biggest win of the season, 7-1 over Atlanta. It also ended a string of three straight shootouts - all victories - for Tampa Bay, which has won four straight overall. Simon Gagne scored twice, Martin St. Louis had a goal and assist and Steven Stamkos scored. Teddy Purcell dished out three assists and Vincent Lecavalier two. Dwayne Roloson made 21 saves.

I don't know the rules
I thought that if a player dropped or placed a stick along the goal line and that stick ended up saving a goal, that at the least the scoring team would get a penalty shot if not a goal. Maybe that's only if deemed intentional, and Pekka Rinne's lost stick was merely a legitimate accident.

In any case, Rinne lost his stick at one point in overtime and it ended up along the goal line. Shawn Horcoff's backhander slid under Rinne, hit the stick and slid away instead of cross the line. Nashville proceeded to earn a 3-2 shootout victory over Edmonton. The save was one of 22 by Rinne. Alexander Sulzer had a goal and assist and Cody Franson netted the shootout winner for the Predators. Franson also had two assists.

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