Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tuesday in Review

Tonight's three stars
1. Maxim Afinogenov - 1 G, 4 A, +4, 13:33 TOI
2. Thomas Vanek - 2 G, 2 A, +5, 12:39 TOI
3. Sheldon Souray - 2 G, 1 A, 8 SOG, 18:52 TOI

Game Thoughts

* Montreal and Calgary played an thrilling back and forth game that should be screened at the League head office next time the topic of scheduling more interconference games comes up. Eight divisional games are just WAY too many and in my opinion this could but hurting ticket sales in some markets.
* Phaneuf played his best game of the year and Radek Bonk scored not once but twice
* Philly may want to mail in those two points next time they have a date in Buffalo
* The Sabres are fast, talented and explosive. Last year was no fluke - this team is a serious threat to contend for the Cup
* Poor Robert Esche. I wonder if he still wants to be the guy in Philly.
* No TV for Phoenix/St. Louis but it's worth noting the JR put up his first point of the year and Owen Nolan scored his first goal since 04.
* In the old days, the second night of back-to-back games between two Smythe Division rivals would have been a much more physical affair.
* Having both backups in there took some of the excitement away from the matchup but Edmonton matched Vancouver's 2-1 win last night with one of their own this evening
* San Jose handed Dallas their first loss of the year with a 2-0 shutout. Rookie Matt Carle has looked very impressive and could be a Calder contender.
* Nabokov has now started three games and has two shutouts. I wonder how long the rotation system will last for before they both end up demanding to be the starter

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