Your morning shot of hockey to go with your coffee.
LAST NIGHT’S SCORES:
Three games last night with the two I picked at the top. Asterisk indicates who I picked
Canadiens edge out Devils* in a shootout 4-3 after a Wild Third Period. W:Peter Budaj (31 Saves); L: Cory Schneider (27 Saves); MTL Goals: Desharnais (3), Eller (8), Gionta (5); NJ Goals: Elias (6), Loktionov (3), Ryder (7) – The Habs were able to score in the final minute of regulation (just 31 seconds after the Devils took the lead) to force OT and eventually took it to a shootout. New Jersey almost made a winner out of me with their three third period goals but no dice.
Flames explode to down Coyotes* 4-1 in Calgary. W: Karri Ramo (29 Saves); L: Thomas Greiss (14 Saves); CAL Goals: Backlund (3), Brodle (3), Giordano (3), Stempniak (5); PHX Goal: Yandle (3) – Well I thought this might happen, but it’s the Flames! They only took 18 shots! I knew Phoenix had to cool off eventually, but not against the Flames! Good to see Mark Giordano score a goal last night. He had been out with an ankle injury but it obviously wasn’t affecting him last night as he recorded 20:28 minutes of ice time. On the flip side, Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata snapped a five-game point streak.
A GOOSE EGG!? 0-2 on the day, 15-12 on the Season now.
But there’s still one more game to lift your spirits…
FLYERS Offense Comes Alive in the Third with 4 Goals; Philly tops Detroit 6-3. W: Steve Mason (32 Saves); L: Jimmy Howard (28 Saves); FLYERS Goals: Couturier 2 (4, 5), Downie (2), Giroux (5), Hartnell (6), Read (9); DET Goals: Franzen (8), Tatar 2 (4, 5) – What did I say yesterday? Power Play needs to capitalize. Start Steve Mason. Well the Flyers were a perfect 3 for 3 on the PECOOOOOOOO POWER PLAY last night. And Steve Mason continued to be outstanding (See HOTN below). The Flyers were able to adjust through out this game. They needed to put more guys in front, so they parked guys and blocked Jimmy Howard’s vision. They needed to stop take dumb penalties, thankful they stopped that as well. The Flyers are off until Saturday afternoon in Dallas to take on the Stars. That game will be at 2pm from the American Airlines Center.
Dwayne’s excited for it.
Highlight of the Night:
Well I couldn’t find the Steve Mason save on YouTube so here’s the Captain. Snipeshow.
Stat of the Day:
Well the other day I talked about how much better the West has been against the East. To reiterate/incite debate here’s another for you. If you tried to place the eight Eastern Conference teams that would qualify for the playoffs into the Western Conference, only THREE would qualify. In fact, the ninth place team in the West (Vancouver) would be more than qualified in the East. I think the West has just been better so far, the record against the East (105-61) shows it. Matty D claims the teams in East are just beating each other because they’re all so good, hence why the Metropolitan’s teams have the fewest points and why Detroit hasn’t been very good this year. Let us know what you think:
Ten games tonight in the NHL. Three game to keep an eye on are San Jose in Pittsburgh at 7, Boston in Montreal at 7:30, and Chicago in Minnesota at 8. The Sharks and the Pens is probably going to be a high scoring affair. San Jose is great on the road and even better as of late (six game winning streak) and the Penguins are one of the best at home. I’m going with the Sharks, they’re exciting to watch and I’d like to see their streak continue. Both the Habs and the Bruins are on hot-streaks right now. Montreal can take over the Atlantic Division with a win in regulation. The Bruins are going to pull this out though, I see it going into OT. The Wild are one of the best teams at home, they have the most home wins in the West. The Blackhawks the best in hockey on the road (11-3-2). The only other team in the NHL with double-digit road wins is Vancouver. Chicago’s high-powered offense gets in done in Minnesota.