Sunday, January 9, 2011

Goaltending on display Saturday, mostly

Score of the day: 2-1
--James van Riemsdyk and Danny Briere scored first-period goals and Philadelphia held off New Jersey, 2-1. Brian Boucher made 34 saves.
--Goals by Adam Hall and Martin St. Louis early in the third period erased a one-goal deficit and Tampa Bay edged Ottawa, 2-1. Dwayne Roloson made 31 saves.
--Pekka Rinne fended off 42 shots and Sergei Kostitsyn's goal broke a 1-1 tie in Nashville's 2-1 win over San Jose.
--Derek Stepan and Sean Avery scored in support of Martin Biron's 24 saves to lead the Rangers over St. Louis, 2-1. Brandon Dubinsky had two assists.

Two bonus 2-1 scores in the next section.

Working late
--The Islanders allowed Milan Hejduk's second goal to tie the game with four seconds left in regulation but recovered to earn a 4-3 overtime win over Colorado on a goal by John Tavares. Jeremy Colliton scored two power play goals and Kevin Poulin made 34 saves for New York.
--Montreal scored twice in the last 2:22 of regulation, including the tying goal with 48 ticks left, then defeated Boston 3-2 on Max Pacioretty's overtime goal. Pacioretty had an assist and Carey Price stopped 27 shots. Patrice Bergeron had both Bruins goals.
--Ryan Miller's 33 saves and Drew Stafford's overtime goal gave Buffalo a 2-1 win over Phoenix. Jordan Leopold had a goal and assist.
--Jimmy Howard made 34 saves and Jiri Hudler's shootout goal gave Detroit a 2-1 win over Vancouver.

No contest of the night
Jose Theodore fended off all 26 impotent shots he saw and led Minnesota over Pittsburgh, 4-0. Martin Havlat and Kyle Brodziak each had a goal and assist.

Quick strikes
Eric Fehr and Alex Ovechkin scored 2:58 apart and Washington held off Florida, 3-2. Both players also had an assist. Mike Green tallied two points, including a goal, and Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves.

And finally
Two goals by Jarret Stoll helped Los Angeles to a 6-4 win over Columbus. Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams each had a goal and assist. Jack Johnson tallied three assists and each of Drew Doughty, Marco Sturm and Michal Handzus had two. Jonathan Quick finished with 30 saves. Rick Nash scored twice for the Blue Jackets, who made things interesting in the third period after being down 4-0 at one point.

--Maybe now people will believe me when I say the Penguins don't have enough offensive talent. Quite a different team without Sidney Crosby, isn't it?

--That was possibly the worst display by the Penguins yet this season. They've had some woeful games but they at least showed signs of life by gooning things up a bit in those ones. That didn't happen tonight. It was bad enough they played as sloppily as they did in the Winter Classic, but they showed no signs of heart or energy at any point. It's like the news of Crosby's concussion sucked the life out of the team.

--I'm guessing that was one of the Wild's better efforts of the year, if not the best. I'll give them credit. They got a lead and clamped down, not allowing any opening apart from two shorthanded breakaways that weren't totally clear.

--Given the history of Minnesota and Theodore against the Penguins, I had no expectations for a win but I certainly expected more than that.

--Theodore was good, but what did he have to do?

--Any chance the Penguins had of winning the Atlantic Division and finishing in the top three in the East is now gone. Fourth is the best they can shoot for. Since the Southeast race is actually close, that might set up a Pittsburgh-Washington first-round series. Assuming the Penguins can even hang onto a playoff spot.

--Remember what I said yesterday about Vancouver's schedule? Well, they get Detroit and lose to the Wings again.

--I don't really care about commenting on anything else. I hate hockey.


Nick in New York said...

The Pens may not have enough offensive talent, but I'd take their lack of talent over the Wild's lack of talent any day. And that illustrates the difference between the two teams I think. The Pens are looking to make a Cup run. The Wild is hoping to just get an invite to the tournament.

KiPA - Kevin in PA said...

Well the Wild just annihilated the Penguins at home, so...