Steven Stamkos

Scores

San Jose 1
Boston 2 (Recap)

Vancouver 3
New Jersey 2 (SO) (Recap)

NY Rangers 1
Philadelphia 2 (Recap)

Chicago 5
Tampa Bay 6 (Recap)

Anaheim 1
Montreal 4 (Recap)

Carolina 1
Minnesota 3 (Recap)

Winnipeg 2
Nashville 3 (OT) (Recap)

Calgary 1
Dallas 5 (Recap)

Phoenix 4
Los Angeles 7 (Recap)

Washington 4
Edmonton 1 (Recap)

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Notable Numbers

* Not sure if you’ve heard of this player before, but some “Steven Stamkos” kid had two goals and two assists.That takes him up to fourth in league scoring with 14 points in nine games.

* Dwight King had his first career hat-trick, while Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists.

* Tuukka Rask was in net for Boston’s squeaker win over San Jose. He stopped 38 of 39 shots.

* Tomas Plekanec had 1 and 2 for 3. Not a bad night all told.

* Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist – check out the gino:

What a roller coaster of a game.

* The Flyers won (at last!), but Claude Giroux still sits at 0 and 3, while the team moves to 2-7. Also, the New York Rangers slide to 2-6, but they also have a new coach and have yet to play a game at home. I’m no gambler, but if you are, I’d grab the Rangers and the lovely odds you’re about to get on them over the next few games.

* Preds fill-in Carter Hutton stopped 34 of 36. I feel bad that the Winnipeg Jets aren’t good (those poor fans deserve better), but it’s sort of out of my control at this point.

* Stars studs: Chaisson: 2 and 1, Benn with two, Lehtonen stopped 28 of 29

* No human on earth is more deadly off a won draw than Alex Ovechkin (one and one for two last night). Full credit to Japers Rink for this GIF:

Zing.

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What Happened

Saku Koivu received a lot of love in Montreal last night

As he should.

“I won’t be playing until I’m 43,” Koivu said to to NHL.com. ”That I can guarantee you.”

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No point for you!

San Jose/Boston was a great match-up last night, and it only seemed fitting to have it go to overtime. Only…it didn’t. Check the clock when this puck gets tipped in to seal a Bruins win:

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Noooo, Ben Bishop no. This didn’t happen

I’m a fan of the Lightning’ defenseman Radko Gudas, and in his defense, he barely misplays this puck. Ben Bishop, on the other hand…

Chicago is good enough without spotting them freebies.

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 Hey guys, Jarome Iginla is on his way

He wasn’t exactly off to a killer statistical start – zero goals and four assists in eight games – but he got on the board yesterday, and the B’s are sitting pretty after nine games. I’m guessing he doesn’t regret his decision to leave Calgary.

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Martin Brodeur is sliding into the back-up role

Brodeur was talking about how he’s no longer the number one the other day and his old teammate decided to um…we’ll call it agree.

Bobby Holik on Brodeur:

Why would it be shocking? He’s 41 years old. It’s time. Time doesn’t stop. I think saying what he said helps Marty to deal with knowing the end is near. As great as some of these guys are—like (Dominik) Hasek, Brodeur or (Patrick) Roy—eventually the end will come. It’s inevitable.

“We have to admire how long it took and how long he’s lasted as a No. 1 goalie. Now the team is not as good, he’s a little exposed. He’s in a transition, I believe.”

“For Marty this is not going to be easy. Twenty years is a long time to be one of the best in the world. Then not be the best on your own team, that’s not easy. But we cannot expect him to do this forever. Time will not stop for anybody.

“Some people think they will stay young and at the top forever. I’ve never seen anyone do that. I was always in touch with reality, so when the time came, why wouldn’t I just walk away from it when I still could? I was never in a league with Marty or some other players in New Jersey, but it can only last so long no matter how good you are.

“Step out of the bubble a little bit and face the reality. I admire how long Marty has been a No. 1– or, forget a No. 1– as great as he’s been for all this time. That’s something to admire. When they were in the Finals two years ago I admired how he remained great and at the top for two decades.”

And there you have it.

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Other News

* Jonas Brodin has a broken cheekbone. That’s not fun, but he’s going to be just fine.

* Cam Ward is going to miss 3-4 weeks. 

* And finally, here’s the Madison Square Garden renovations in one video:

Comments (10)

  1. Who is supposed to take Ovechkin on the draw there? Was the Oilers D-man supposed to beat Johansson to the puck? Was it the other Oiler forward’s fault for taking off for the point? Was it just a good play? Or an ambiguous faceoff win/lose? Help! Need… systems… analyst….

    • He should have been Yakopovs man (I think thats Yak on the draw, didn’t watch the game) The D lined up on the inside should be going for the puck and Yak has to take the point man off the draw, but needs to realize that thats Oviechkin so probably do something about that on your way.

      • I remembered the .gif wrong, the D might not have been going for the puck, thought they were lined up differently. Once Yakopov committed to the point though he should have taken Oviechkin, who was clearly the shooter there.

        • I was thinking that too, maybe it was cheating/lazy to go behind him on the way to the point instead of in front?

          • Nice set up by the Caps for the inside man to touch it back to Ovi – and he makes a sick snipe – but Dubnyk is a HUGE guy (6′ 5″ IIRC). He barely shifts to his right to cover the angle. It’s not like Ovi needs that much space, but Dubs just sort of resets his feet, gets square, and slides out a bit – looks like he pivoted on his right skate without getting any further over. It’s like he set for the angle the inside man had, and didn’t adjust when it went to Ovi.

            And yeah, what’s with Yakupov just cruising past him? With those neon gloves and bright yellow laces, he’s hard to miss.

      • Kind of looks like Yak sees his man winning the draw and is trying to break up ice, probably thinking to himself, “that’s Ovechkin. Guy never plays D. If we win this draw, I’m gonna blow by him for a clean break”. Then of course nobody ties up the Caps winger who slides in, steals the puck, and drops it back to Ovechkin… who sure enough, has been left all alone.

  2. Ovechkin is Yakupov’s man, but if you watch Yak when the puck is dropped, he stops as if he thinks a whistle blew or the puck was dropped unfairly. By the time he realizes the puck is in play, he’s in no man’s land (that’s no excuse for skating AROUND the best shooter in the game, however)

  3. The Canes’ goalie position is cursed :/

  4. The 39-17 shot total disparity in the Bs-Sharks game doesn’t begin to suggest how thoroughly the Sharks dominated that game. Rask is a thief. Iginla’s been doinga lot of good stuff that doesn’t show on the score sheet, and is a significant upgrade. John Scott……………….dead (like Neidermeyer).

  5. The Pens have several set plays that have resulted in a couple of goals off a faceoff win. They work especially well because of James Neal’s quick release…

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