Friday, October 27, 2006

Wednesday and Thursday in Review

Thursday's Three Stars

1. Jason Spezza - 1 G, 4 A, +3
2. Dany Heatley - 3 G, +3, 6 SOG
3. Martin St. Louis - 3 G, +1, 6 SOG

Wednesday's Three Stars

1. Roberto Luongo - 32 saves, shutout
2. Chris Pronger - 3 A, +3
3. Henrik Sedin - 2 G, 1 A, +3

Game Thoughts (two days)

* Congrats to Lindy Ruff and the Sabres for winning 10 straight. Shootouts or not this is a great accomplishment and if the Sabres can get one more win on Saturday they'll make it through the whole month with a perfect record
* Congraulations also to Joe Sakic for point #1500 - what a classy individual and often-underrated player
* I think TSN made a mistake and accidently replayed a game from last October. I distinctly remember a Heatley hattrick vs Toronto and a big Sens win. Turns out that he has 9 goals and 7 assists in his last 7 vs the Leafs - as do most of the other Sens.
* Good job by Ottawa in keeping their composure and hurting the Leafs where it really counts
* A great example of why you don't make quick judgements too early in the year - after scoring 11 in their first six, the Sens have 21 goals in their last three. I think it's safe to say that the Sens are back.
* Good idea by Phoenix to bring in a backup goalie who can actually stop the puck. Morrison's stats (6.13 GAA, .790 SVP) were atrocious and his track record is not much better. A career .871 save percentage just doesn't cut it in the NHL.
* BIG win by Philly tonight. They gritted one out and their stars came up big in the shootout. Forsberg made his return and showed flashes of playing at a world-class level, especially in OT
* Good game between Nashville and San Jose. Toskala lost his first of the year which has to be a bit of a relief for Nabokov.
* Joe Thornton had another 3 assists and still no goals.
* Boston almost pulled out a point thanks to an amazing save late in the game by Tim Thomas but Montreal scored with 1.2 seconds left
* New Jersey played a typical Devils game and Brodeur got his second shutout of the year
* For one period, Marty St. Louis played like the player who tore apart the league a couple seasons back
* Hasek looked very good two nights ago against the Sharks. In the third period he and Chelios (the two oldest players in the league) were the two best players on the ice
* Also, Luongo got his first shutout as a Canuck, his first of many for the guy who I believe will one day go down as the best goalie in team history.

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