ovi scores


Florida 2
Montreal 1 (Recap)

Calgary 2
NY Rangers 2 (Recap)

Los Angeles 0
Chicago 3 (Recap)

Edmonton 1
Anaheim 0 (Recap)

Philadelphia 4
Washington (SO) (Recap)

Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 0 (Recap)


Notable Numbers

* Brian Campbell played 31:17 in the Panthers win over the Canadiens, who’ve now lost three of their last four, compiling only three goals over those four games.

* Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, but it wasn’t enough to best Alex Ovechkin and his two goals. The Flyers also got three assists from Michael Raffl, who doubled his season assist total in the game.

* Ben Bishop made 28 saves in a shutout of the Detroit Red Wings, which just means we’re going to get more bleakness on 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic. By the way, I’ll be writing about that later, so c’mon back now, y’hear?

* Curtis Glencross (one and one) and Jiri Hudler (two assists) both had two point games, but it wasn’t enough to get two points as a team against the Rangers.

* Toews, Kane, Sharp and Hossa all registered five shots on goal against the Kings, managing half their teams 40 shots. Toews also picked up two assists along the way, while goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 21 of 22 Kings shots.

* Teemu Selanne snapped a 19 game goal-less drought(!), and Dustin Penner scored with 3:17 remaining in the third to help Anaheim squeak past the Oilers.


What Happened

The Flyers got Leafed

Up 4-1 with under 10 minutes to go in the third period, the Flyers seemed to have the game iced, but we’ve seen that go wrong before (hence “getting Leafed”). They bled a couple even-strength goals so the Caps could get in an extra attacker situation, when Adam Oates made a cool decision – he chose to leave Alex Ovechkin on the bench so that when their goalie did in fact come off, he would be able to get lost in the weeds entering the zone, and hopefully find himself a soft spot for a shot. It worked out beyond perfectly well:

I like that there’s a d-man there who could take that pass, but there’s never a hesitation in Ovi’s mind about who would be better off taking that shot.


Yeah, what he said about Antti Raanta

Though, the guy at the other end made a few good stops too. Here’s Ben Scrivens on Patrick Kane:


How do you stop this?

The Rangers outshot the Flames by a dozen but still needed a goal with under eight minutes left in the third to take the Flames to a shootout, where Benoit Pouliot did the below. It’s a real question I have – if you execute this move well, how does a goalie stop it?

Here’s one from the AHL yesterday too, if you’re interested.


Joel Quenneville tied Pat Quinn for fourth all-time in regular season coaching wins

Said Quenneville:

I feel fortunate to be where I’m at [now]. I’ve been in some real nice places with some real good players and real good organizations. I’ve had the privilege to coach and work with a lot of great players, when I look back to spots I’ve been at. I’m very happy with where I’m at and I like the group I get to work with every day.


Tomas Jurco almost beheaded Ben Bishop

I know exactly what happened here. Guy has your stick well tied up, you’re battling to bring it down while he’s trying to keep it up (so you can’t play the puck), and suddenly all that potential energy releases like an elastic band that’s been stretched to the extreme and WHAMMO. You killed the goalie:


An Opinion

Alex Ovechkin now has 28 goals in 31 games, and it’s not like this tear hasn’t been going on a silly amount of time:

He’s now six goals ahead of Alexander Steen who sits in second, and it feels like each goal he scores is bigger than the last. I don’t know what those stats translate to 1980′s dollars, but I think it’s safe to say he’s one of the greatest ever at biscuit-basket transactions.

What stands out to me the most – and I’ve been meaning to write about this forever – is that he goes about it by directly challenging goaltenders, not reinventing the wheel. He’s not like Patrick Kane or Pavel Datsyuk in his goal creation. He has a hard-ass shot and he simply directs that bomb to the high percentage areas. He has a great sense of where that’s going to be at the right moment with the way the goalie is moving, but if he’s set, he’ll just hammer it low blocker, high glove, or whatever the highest percentage place is and say “I did my job, yours is to stop it.” There’s a simplicity to it that makes you think “why does it always go in for him,” but he’s seems “lucky” in that regard because he’s on automatic and doesn’t over-think it. No fake, no hesitation, just “it’s comin’ in hot, good luck with that.”

He has 165 shots this season, which is the more than anyone by 26 (Phil Kessel), he puts them in trouble areas, and lets things work out from there. Simple but effective.

He is shooting 17% right now which is high, but with a bomb like his and smart placement, he’s always going to be a bit above average there.


Other News

* These are Petr Mràzek’s goalie pad for the Winter Classic with the Red Wings, and I proclaim them Earth’s Greatest Pads:

*  Dylan McIlrath’s first NHL fight came against Brian McGrattan, which sounds terrifying and probably was. As Jeff Marek put it, the tilt had a bit of a Rhea/Glatt vibe to it.

* You have to check out this wallpaper from DavesGeekyHockey: The Bobby Orr goal, NHL ’94 style.

* Johan Franzen may be concussed, which leaves the Wings without him, Darren Helm, Stephen Weiss, Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. Rough.

* Also concussed: George Parros, again.

* And finally, I don’t care if this is old I just saw it yesterday. Gotta love that Penner.


Comments (15)

  1. As a Ducks fan, I gotta say: Thanks, Rangers, for that 2010 pick of Dylan McIlrath. I appreciate it.

    • That is one of the biggest WHAAAAT? top ten picks in recent memory. It’s not even a hindsight thing. There was absolutely no one who thought that was a good pick and it’s played out as such.

  2. just fyi your scores at the top are a bit off…edmonton did not beat anaheim 1-0, as far as I know, the NHL does not allow ties anymore (CAL-NYR), and washington probably scored a few goals as well if it went to a shootout ;)

  3. Here’s the answer to how you stop “The Forsberg”:

    Poke check. Here’s the problem (and I’m aware this is going to make me sound like a GIANT d-bag…): most goalies in the NHL don’t have a great poke check.

    When most goalies go for a Poke, they slide their glove from the paddle UP to the very top of their stick, and then thrust the stick at the puck/stick blade of the forward coming in.

    Think of how you’d operate a pushbroom with one hand.

    A really good poke check offers the element of suprise and a quick release. When holding the goal stick (standing or butterfly), the arm of the goalie is bent at the elbow. Loosen the grip of your hand and snap your forearm and wrist forward (and hard!) towards the aiming point.

    Think of how you’d snap a towel or crack a whip.

    The weight and momentum of the goal stick will propel it forward, QUICKLY! All the goalie has to do is catch the knob at the end of the goal stick. With practice, a poke check like that is efficient as all get out.

    The problem is, goalies keep their stick down to protect the five-hole (in case the forward actually DOES go for that move). Add in the butterfly slide the goalie is using to cut off the angle, and you’re now in position for the forward to keep the puck and go back around you.

    If the goalie is aggressive, poke check BEFORE the forward has a chance to do that reachback. This is especially true if the forward is coming in on his back hand! If the goalie is patient, he should still be able to get a good poke going back against the grain.

    • Even a poke check is difficult here. I think the reason the poke check is a lost art is because the second you miss, or telegraph it, you are toast. I often show a poke, or throw a slow poke check to make a forward do something I want to. I agree that it could be used a lot more in today’s game.

      • You’re right, Ryan, which I why I remarked about how I HATE that “slide the hand up” start to a poke check and just eliminate the “tell” altogether with the wrist flick. No giveaway “here comes the pokecheck” move.

        As far as missing it on the initial throw, it’s not really that hard to recover (esp. in a shootout situation) because once the shooter sees the pokecheck, he has to react to it and it’s probably not what he wants to do. It’s like a duel, you can counter his move, he can counter your move, and you can respond to his counter.

        It’s all timing, comfort level, and confidence in that situation.

        So basically, it’s “don’t poke check, but get scored on by a move preventable by pokecheck” OR “pokecheck and MAYBE he scores with a counter to my pokecheck”. Either way, what are you gonna do?

    • Your only other choice is to cheat ever so slightly so you don’t overcommit to the one side, and hope hope hope you can roll back and extend your arm far enough to stop the puck. There’s one thing at least about this move that the goalie can exploit – there’s just about no way the shooter can lift it at all – if you can get back far enough and cover along the ice you’ll stop it. But yeah, good luck doing that.

      • You nailed it at the end!! You can exploit the fact that a shooter can’t get ANYTHING on that puck once he makes his move.

        Look at the still shot of the goalie in the splits and the shooter leaving the puck behind – the goalie is still flush to the top of the paddle/bottom of the shaft.

        If he lets his stick fly to the very top of the knob, he’s got AN EASY 2.5 FEET OF EXTRA REACH. If the confidence to throw a good poke is anywhere in his head, that puck is headed harmlessly into the corner.

  4. Wings also missing Zetterberg, Dekeyser and Howard, although I don’t think they are really “missing” Howard right now with the way he has played this season.

    • Same goes for Helm, Abdelkader and Weiss… all three are thirdliners (Helm and Abdelkader by ability, Weiss by performance)

      Lamenting the loss of guys like Zetterberg and DeKeyser makes sense, not so much the other three.

      • you saying the red wings don’t miss Helm? that’s just plain stupid.. you have been diagnosed with internet autism

        • If a team is hurting over the loss of a 30-point, 14-TOI player than that team has some serious issues. Sure, having him out at the same time as the big guns (Zetterberg and Datsyuk) compounds the issue but his absence alone should be easily overcome by a good team.

  5. On the forsbgerg, the problem is that it’s attempted so rarely it’s not really in the goalie’s mind. If it starts getting used more (which it sort of is) goalies might get around to playing against it, which is basically just to stay a bit deeper so you can stretch post to post. problem is that leaves you vulnerable to the shot, so it’s basically pick your poison.

  6. A little disappointed that you didn’t notice Zuccarello’s shootout goal. It seemed like the type of goal for these posts.

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