Saturday, October 21, 2006

Friday in Review

Tonight's three stars
1. Sami Salo - 1 G (OT winner with .8 seconds left), 1 A (on tying goal with 26 sec left), +1, 5 SOG, 27:02 TOI
2. Maxim Afinogenov - 1 G, 2 A, +1, 5 SOG
3. J-S Giguere - 27 saves on 28 shots

Game Thoughts:

* This Sabres team is just so much fun to watch. The NHL needs to find a way to get a Buffalo-Carolina game in front of a US National audience (with an actual audience watching) - if you can't enjoy these two teams you'll never be a hockey fan.
* No comments on the Leafs-Blue Jackets game. This one was on Leafs TV only which means even though I pay for NHL Center Ice I still couldn't watch any of this game.
* Philadelphia looked OK but definitely not like a team playing deperate hockey against an average at best opponent. This leads me to believe that something needs to be done immediately. The Flyers are 1-6-1 and have scored just 15 goals in 8 games - TEN by the top line. On top of that Forsberg will miss at least a week with a sprained wrist.
* Naslund scored with 26 seconds left to tie up the Blues and take it to overtime. Great action in OT - Tkachuk sets up Cajanek perfectly on a 3-on-1 and he misses the empty net. Back the other way Daniel Sedin hits the crossbar. In the final minute Daniel puts on a skating clinic and sets up Salo in the slot but Sanford makes the save. Then Salo shows incredible patience before teeing up a last second shot that hits the back of the net just before the final buzzer goes off. Great finish and a big win for the Canucks who have struggled early in the year.
* Modano made it a one-goal game in Dallas on the poweplay, setting up another good finish tonite
Edit - in the 1:50 following the Modano goal, Lehtinen scored to tie it up, Lapointe scored on a beauty to retake the lead and Havlat went off with an injury
Edit II - Ribeiro scores with just over a minute left to tie it up once again. And then they score AGAIN with 39.4 seconds left on a shot by Boucher that may have been tipped. Stars win with four goals in under 6 minutes
* What a wild third period in Dallas. The Stars stormed back and took over the game. X-Rays on Havlat's ankle were negative and he will be evaluated on Saturday. Let's hope it's not serious as Havlat has been fantastic thus far.
* Anaheim held on to beat Minnesota, handing them their first loss of the season. This was a well-played, evenly matched game as the Wild continue to impress.

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