We half-expected to see Dana Heinze skating around on the fourth line.
Jordan Staal's hair was wearing the "A."
Talbot has an early chance. He probably fell.
Talbot came back later and tried feeding Conner. Sweet pass, but it gets jobbed. Talbot goes on a rampage like Denzel Washington in that movie where that girl got kidnapped. Talbot almost gets sliced in the face by Comeau's skate after a hit. All that shit sends Tatanka to the box, and the Pens get a PP out of it.
PP looked like Egypt.
Then TK gets the puck on an alley off Jagr Street.
Next shift, Tangradi, or, as the NHL network was calling him last night Tan-ra-graniti, carries it down the wing. Eric P's erection takes away the pass, so he shoots. Adams was there for a rebound, but no dice.
Pens were getting unlimited chances. Kunitz carries it down and backhands one in for his 80th goal of the year. 2-0.
Tangradi gets another shift, dragging Godard around.
Godard heads to the box for some reason.
DiPietro tries to fake his own death.
Pens head back to the box at the end of the period.
Tatanka sends out a smoke signal wanting to fight someone.
Mike Rupp comes across the plains on a wild buffalo to fight him.
Comeau runs the train on Letang behind the Pens net.
FSN on the ball, showing Letang destroying Comeau earlier this year.
Goligoski gets jobbed, and the Pens get a PP.
Pens PP was making moves, but nothing happened. Killed.
Conner takes it to the net, and the Isles take a penalty.
Jeffrey and Kunitz somehow have a 2-on-1 on the PP.
Unreal one-timer hits the pipe.
Then Staal interferes with DiPietro.
The tail end of the second period looked like an episode of Alf.
Rupp goes to the box for jobbing Pokey Reese on an icing.
Not a weird play, really. Just bizarre. What.
Still a very close game going into the third, and Brent Johnson was on top of his shit.
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The Morning After:
Red Wings 7, Senators 5
Penguins 3, Islanders 0
Canadiens 3, Panthers 2
Canucks 6, Coyotes 0
Kings 3, Oilers 1
Sharks 4, Ducks 3
Predictions record: 4-2
My 3 stars of the night:
1. Johan Franzen, DET (5 Goals)… Franzen became the first NHLer since 2007 to net five goals in a game.
2. Brent Johnson, PIT (20 Saves, TKO)
3. Ryan Smyth, LA (2 Goals)
Close but no cigar: R. Kesler and R. Luongo, VAN; R. Clowe, SJ; M. Michalek, OTT
Stars @ Bruins, 7:00 ET
Hurricanes @ Maple Leafs, 7:00
Devils @ Rangers, 7:00
Predators @ Flyers, 7:00
Flames @ Thrashers, 7:00
Wild @ Avalanche, 9:00
Games of the Night:
Dallas Stars @ Boston Bruins
7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Overall: Stars (30-16-5) … Bruins (29-15-7)
Last Ten: Stars (6-3-1) … Bruins (7-3-0)
Away/Home: Stars (14-9-1) … Bruins (13-9-3)
Season Series (09/10): 1-0 Bruins
Players to watch:
DAL- Mike Ribeiro
Ribeiro quietly has 17 points in his last 14 games.
BOS- Patrice Bergeron
Since Dec. 16, Bergeron has 26 points and a +15 rating.
DAL- Andrew Raycroft (2010/11 stats: 8-4-0, 2.42 GAA)
BOS- Tim Thomas (2010/11 stats: 25-5-6, 1.82 GAA)
DAL- Mark Fistric (illness, questionable), Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell (shoulder, out), Toby Petersen (lower body, out)
BOS- Marc Savard (concussion, out)
To respective extents, both the Stars and Bruins are surprising division leaders here in early February. Dallas will be going with Raycroft between the pipes, who is much better at home this year than on the road. The B’s have won five of seven and are playing some of their best hockey. These inter-conference games are so hard to get a feel for. Since they are at home, I’ll go with Boston…
Prediction: Bruins 3, Stars 2
Nashville Predators @ Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks
Overall: Predators (27-17-7) … Flyers (33-13-5)
Last Ten: Predators (5-4-1) … Flyers (7-3-0)
Away/Home: Predators (16-13-1) … Flyers (16-7-2)
Season Series (09/10): 1-0 Predators
Players to watch:
NSH- David Legwand
The Preds need a strong two-way effort from ‘Leggy’ against high-powered Philly.
PHI- Scott Hartnell
Look for the former Predator to be active tonight.
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2010/11 stats: 17-13-5, 2.10 GAA)
PHI- Brian Boucher (2010/11 stats: 11-6-2, 2.38 GAA)
NSH- Steve Sullivan (lower body, out), Francis Bouillon and Matthew Lombardi (concussion, out), Cal O’Reilly (leg, out), Marek Svatos (knee, out)
PHI- Jody Shelley (illness, questionable), Ian Laperriere (head, out)
Another East-West game is highlighted tonight, as two hard-working teams faceoff in Philadelphia. The Predators will be looking to get back on track as they have lost three in a row, while the Flyers are trying to fend off the hard-charging Penguins and Lightning for the conference lead. I expect this to be a good game with Peter Laviolette’s gang getting the two points.
Prediction: Flyers 4, Predators 2
The rest of tonight’s predictions:
Hurricanes over Maple Leafs
Rangers over Devils
Flames over Thrashers
Wild over Avalanche
- Denver Post… There are now some doubts about a return of Peter Forsberg.
- Toronto Sun… Is Tomas Kaberle willing to waive his no-trade clause?
- SI… Where is the love for the Heritage Classic?
- Bleeding All Blue… Did Brandon Prust dive on Jordan Staal’s punch?
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