Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wednesday in Review

Three games tonight, all decided by one goal, all in regulation.

11 goals in total.

Philadelphia 4:52, Mike Knuble 8 (Peter Forsberg, Simon Gagne)
Nashville 13:32, Steve Sullivan 7 (J.P. Dumont, Shea Weber)
Nashville 6:18, Alexander Radulov 5 (Dan Hamhuis, Chris Mason)
Philadelphia 13:29, R.J. Umberger 7 (Randy Robitaille, Geoff Sanderson)
Nashville 14:51, Martin Erat 6 (Paul Kariya)

Minnesota 2:54, Mattias Weinhandl 1 (Todd White)
San Jose 6:19, Joe Pavelski 3 (power play) (Matt Carle)
San Jose 7:02, Steve Bernier 8 (Christian Ehrhoff)

Dallas 18:06, Jere Lehtinen 4 (Loui Eriksson, Mike Modano)
Chicago 11:43, Tony Salmelainen 1 (Duncan Keith, Mikael Holmqvist)
Chicago 18:12, Tuomo Ruutu 5 (unassisted)

Nobody had a two point night.

Chris Mason finished in a 27-way tie in the nightly scoring race.

Ten of 11 goals were scored at even-strength.

Team powerplays were a combined 1 for 20.

It's interesting that the last couple of nights the goalies have been stealing the headlines.

On Tuesday there were four shutouts (including Auld), three goalies that gave up just one goal and five teams that gave up two goals out of a total of 10 games. By my count that's 60% teams scoring 2 or less on the night.

On Monday there were 7 total goals scored in two games (plus a shootout goal). Sunday was better with 16 goals in 3 games but Saturday, out of 11 games there 14 teams (64%) who scored 2 goals or less.

Tonight the six goalie combined for a group GAA of 1.83 and a .927 save percentage.

Something to watch for over the next little while - it may be just a anomaly. Or maybe, the dreaded 'trap' is starting to sneak back into the game? It's worth noting that Sharks had the most shots with 31 and that a team had 10+ shots in a period tonight only five times (28%).

Stay tuned...

Game Winners: Erat, Bernier, Ruutu
Goalie of the Night: Nik Khabibulin
Sniper of the Night: (tie) Tony Salmelainen, Mattias Weinhandl
Defenceman of the Night: Dan Hamhuis
Clutch Play of the Night: Ruutu on a breakaway with under 2 minutes left

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