Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monday in Review

Tonight's Three Stars:

1. Peter Forsberg - 2 G, +2, 6 SOG
2. Richard Zednik - 2 G, 1 A, +2, 8 SOG
3. Brent Sopel - 2 G, +2.

Game Thoughts
* Peter Forsberg is amazing. He put the team on his back tonight and really put on a show. Robert Esche was strong in goal which will do wonders for his confidence.
* The Flyers needed this one tonight - it may be early in the year but two points lost now can come back to haunt you later in the year. Former Flyer Brian Boucher played very well in net for the Hawks
* Tuomo Ruutu made his return to the Hawks lineup and did not register a shot (or a point) Once Havlat returns it will be interesting to see how (and if) these two play together
* Here is a little friendly advice for the Thrashers or anyone else who is playing the Leafs anytime soon:
The Leafs REALLY like using this pass across the crease to Tucker on the PP. In fact their powerplay has two plays that they frequently try to setup - the shot from McCabe from the point and the pass to Tucker.

* As mentioned early the Thrashers have REALLY had a lot of trouble with the Leafs recently.
* In a high-scoring, back-and-forth game, the Ducks blew a two goal lead but pulled out a win in the shootout. Giguere gave up 5 on 24 shots which broke his streak of 5-games without giving up more than 2 goals. Giguere has been very strong early in the year, even with Bryzgalov looking over his shoulder and waiting for him to mess up.
* Amazingly, the Ducks still have not lost a game in regulation time.
* This game featured goals by 10 different players (including 5 playes who had multi-point nights)
* Teemu Selanne is another star who is off to a very slow start so far, but he will pick it up shortly I'm sure.
* LA finally got some pretty good goaltending (and it wasn't from Cloutier) along with two goals from Brent Sopel. Sopel wasn't anywhere near 100% when he was acquired last year but he is proving this year that he was more than just a throw-in in the deal.

Images from Associated Press and Getty Images

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