Sunday, October 15, 2006

Saturday in Review

Tonight's three stars:

1. Mats Sundin - 3 goals and an assist, including shorthanded OT winner (career goal #500)
2. Chris Drury - 3 goals and an assist (1st career hat trick)
3. Manny Fernandez - stopped 24 of 24 to shutout Columbus

Game Recaps

NY Islander 4, Boston 1 There may be a goaltending controversy brewing on the Island after Dunham stopped 32 shots in the home opener for the win. If Lamoriello was the GM of the Islanders he'd find a way to put Dipietro on the 15-year long-term injury list - I hope Wang realizes that if he gives Dunham a 15-year deal he'll be locked up until age 49.Toronto 5, Calgary 4 (OT) What a memorable goal for Sundin's #500th. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a parade down Yonge St to celebrate. I don't think Leaf fans will ever realize that Sundin is the best player to wear the Maple Leaf since Salming - they'll never love Mats like they loved Wendel, Dougie and even Tie. Calgary's rookie Mark Giordano had quite the memorable night himself - his first two NHL goals playing in his hometown. And Iginla played a great game but he really needs a center to play with. If I'm Sutter I try to get Conroy back from LA.Buffalo 7, NY Rangers 4 The Rangers went up 2-0 but the Sabres stormed back with five straight. The Rangers seemed to give up after Briere made it 3-2, getting just 11 shots on goal the rest of the way. Drury led the way with 3 goals and an assist and Shanahan got #s 5 and 6.Ottawa 3, Montreal 2 (SO) Samsonov tied it up late but Emery stopped both shooters in the shootout for the win. The shock of the night was watching Alfredsson, Spezza and Heatley on the bench during the shootout as Murray went with Vermette, McAmmond and Fisher. Atanta 4, Washington 3 (SO) Kovalchuk had 10 shots on goal tonight before finally scoring his first goal on shot #36 for the season - a sweet wrist shot to the top corner in OT that spoiled Alexander Ovechkin night in Washington. New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 2 Gionta scored the winner early in the third and Knuble had two in a losing cause. Tampa Bay 4, Florida 1 Belfour kept the Panthers in it through two but two goals in 22 seconds by Fedotenko and Afanasenkov midway through the third put the game away.Carolina 5, Pittsburgh 1 The Canes won their second straight as Eric Staal scored a goal to help beat his younger brother's team. In a scary moment Trevor Letowski was carried off on a stretcher with a concussion - let's hope he recovers quickly. Nashville 4, Phoenix 1Arnott had three points as the Preds won their first of the year against an awful-looking Phoenix team. Roenick and Nolan have combined for all of one point so far in four games (Nolan has an assist) and Gretzky has got to be frustrated coaching what may be the worst team in hockey so far. St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 Havlat had another two goals but Dvorak scored with 7 minutes to go to win the game for the Blues. Minnesota 5, Columbus 0 Rolston let the way with two goals and an assist and Fernandez stopped all 24 shots he faced. Rookie Fredrik Norrena saw his first NHL action after Leclair was pulled. Edmonton 4, Colorardo 3 Ryan Smyth continued his hot streak scoring 2 goals in 3:06 after scoring 3 in 2:01 the game prior. Petr Sykora scored two as well as the Oilers held on for the win. Dallas 4, Los Angeles 1 The Stars had three Powerplay goals (two by Morrow) and both Robidas and Ribero had three-point nights. The Kings showed very few signs of life other than a Derek Armstrong fight with Robidas.

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