Friday, January 9, 2009

Because there's not enough second guessing going on - 1-9-09

Here's one of these scoring wingers we hear so much about. His name is Bobby Ryan. He plays for the Ducks. He had a hat trick last night against the rival Kings and one of his goals came off this ridiculous move:

The Penguins passed him up in the 2005 draft to pick some flop No. 1 overall. No wonder they fired Craig Patrick.



-Dave Molinari's recap from last night. The Predators had five goals total in their previous four games.

-The Nashville Tennessean's recap. Ryan Suter and the Predators had doubts.

-The Associated Press' recap. Sidney Crosby said his team didn't deserve to win.

-Imagine this. The Predators made some line switches... and won the game!

-Sanford Myers of the Tennessean has a solid photo gallery of the game.

-Here's "Walt Steiggers'" introduction to last night game:

-Ahh. Stereotypes.

-Jordan Staal got paid.

-Ron Cook likes the deal for a few reasons.

-Sidney Crosby needs to move out of Mario Lemieux's basement.

-No other Penguins were selected to the All-Star Lame Game. The complete rosters can be viewed here.

-Crosby will have a hockey facility in his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia named after him.

Atlantic Division

-Scottie Upshall had a goal and an assist for the Flyers in a 3-1 defeat of the Wild. Martin Biron made 27 saves in the win.

-Today's "Rick DiPietro's injury" story is brought to you by Greg Logan of Newsday.

-Devils defenseman Colin White returned to the lineup after missing five games due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finally made an All-Star Lame Game.

Northeast Division

-Marc Savard's 700th career game saw him collect a goal and two assists for the Bruins in a 6-4 defeat of the Senators.
Teammates Chuck Kobasew, David Krejci and Michael Ryder each had a goal
and an assist. Chris Kelly and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an
assist for Ottawa.

-Boston's Shawn Thornton had a pretty good tilt with Ottawa's Chris Neil last night:

-Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal and two assists for the Canadiens in a 6-2 rout of the rival Maple Leafs.
Patrice Brisebois had three assists while teammates Maxim Lapierre and
former Penguin Alex Kovalev each added a goal and an assist. Fire Craig

-Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski had an absolute meltdown last night that resulted in him shoving an official:

-It's nice to see Toronto's new goon Brad May is already taking cheap shots at opponents:

-Bruins forward Phil Kessel's snub from the All-Star game means he'll be missing out on a $212,500 bonus.

-Boston recalled forward Martin Karsums from Providence of the AHL.

-Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle said he would waive his no-trade clause if he were asked to by management.

Southeast Division

-Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves and led the Thrashers to a 4-0 shutout win at New Jersey. Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist while former Penguin Colby Armstrong added a goal. Fire Ray Shero.

-David Booth had a goal and an assist and led the Panthers to a 4-2 win against the Hurricanes. Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for Florida. Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason suffered a leg injury.

-The Capitals are mad about the All-Star Lame Game.

Central Division

-Niklas Kronwall had three assists while teammates Dan Cleary, Pavel
Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and former Penguin Marian Hossa each added a
goal and an assist for the Red Wings in a 6-1 rout of the Stars. Chris Osgood made 22 saves for Detroit.

-Check out this hit by Niklas Kronwall on Dallas' Mike Ribeiro:

-The Blue Jackets put goaltender Pascal Leclaire on injured reserve due to a bum ankle. Goaltender Dan LaCosta was recalled from Syracuse of the AHL.

Northwest Division

-Ryan Smyth and Wojtek Wolski each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche which edged the Blackhawks, 2-1. Andrew Raycroft made a career-high 43 saves for Colorado.

-Is Raycroft Colorado's top goaltender?

-Daymond Langkow had a goal and two assists while teammates Rene
Bourque and Mike Cammalleri each added a goal and an assist for the
Flames in a 5-2 win against the Islanders. Adrian Aucoin recorded two assists against his former team while Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves in the win.

-The Flames recalled forward Mikael Backlund from Sweden's national junior team.

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo practiced for the first time since injuring his groin during a 3-1 win in Pittsburgh, Nov. 22.

-Vancouver recalled forward Jannik Hansen from Manitoba and demoted forward Alexandre Bolduc.

-Wild defenseman Martin Skoula is dealing with an illness.

Pacific Division

-Shane Doan and Steven Reinprecht each had two assists for the Coyotes who edged the Lightning, 3-2. Ilya Bryzgalov made 22 saves in the win. Jeff Halpern lead Tampa Bay with a goal and an assist.

-Dustin Brown, Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist and led the Kings to a 4-3 win against the rival Ducks. An earthquake actually occured during the game but there was no damage.

-Kings forward Oscar Moller is dealing with a broken clavicle.

-The Kid Line came through for the Coyotes last night.

-Folks in Canada are still pretty bitter over the fact that Phoenix has a hockey team.

-Dallas' goaltending has been awful this season.

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