Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Calgary returns, as does "Lost 10"

Trouble in Chi-town but not Cal-town
One left-for-dead team is back in business, while another team is gasping for air.

Curtis Glencross scored midway through the third period and Calgary fended off Chicago, 3-1, to move back into the top eight in the West for the first time since the '80s. OK, not that long ago, it just feels like it.

The Flames, who got the opening goal from Mikael Backlund and an empty netter from Rene Bourque, sit in the eighth playoff position but have played more games than anyone else in the West except for Phoenix. Olli Jokinen had two assists and Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves.

Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who are currently 11th.

Good Western teams win again
--Jimmy Howard made 45 saves and Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler each had a goal and assist to lead Detroit over the Rangers, 3-2. New York has lost five in a row.
--Mikael Samuelsson scored twice and added an assist and Ryan Kesler had one of each in Vancouver's 4-2 win over Ottawa, the Senators' 10th straight loss. Roberto Luongo made 31 saves. Jason Spezza led Ottawa with a goal and a helper.

Clean sheets
--Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves for his first career shutout as Edmonton blanked Nashville, 4-0. Andrew Cogliano and Jordan Eberle had a goal and assist each.
--Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 26 shots and Radim Vrbata scored twice in a 3-0 Phoenix victory over Colorado. Maybe the Avalanche need Peter Forsberg after all.

And finally
Third-period goals by Nikolai Kulemin and Tim Brent helped Toronto edge Atlanta, 5-4, handing the Thrashers their fourth straight loss. Kulemin, Clarke MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski each had a goal and two points. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves.

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