Friday, October 5, 2007

NHL Round-Up 10/04/07

Already night 2 of the NHL, here's a quick recap of last night's matches. Let's see if the professor got anything else right!

Rangers 5 - Panthers 2
I predicted 5-3, close enough. The Rangers got goals from all over the place and pretty much picked up where they left off last season. Does this mean the Rangers will be as powerful as people say? Only time will tell as their opponents get better.
Gold Stars: Marek Malik (3 Assists), Chris Drury (1 G - 2A), Jaromir Jagr (2 Assists).

Senators 3 - Leafs 2
Well it isn't a blowout, but it'll have to do. The Senators were outplayed last night though, and maybe got a little lucky. The Leafs are hungry and won't keep up their losing ways for long.
Gold Stars: Martin Gerber (41 saves, second game in as many nights), Heatfredspezza (combined for 3 goals -3 assists and 13 shots).

Tampa Bay 3 - New Jersey 1
Maybe my trap comment got to the Devils and they lost their concentration. Either Way, Vincent Lecavalier showed us why he's a top player in the league, chipping in two goals to start his 2007-08 campaign and to give his team the win.
Gold Stars: Vinnie Lecavalier (2 Goals), Martin St. Louis (3 Assists)

Predators 4 - Avalanche 0
A complete rout here, as it seems the Avs line-up wasn't ready for 2 games in 2 nights yet. Peter Budaj certainly wasn't. Has Ryan Smyth done anything yet?
Gold Stars: Jason Arnott (2G - 1A, 7 shots), Chris Mason (35 saves, shutout).

Wild 1 - Chicago 0
Martin Havlat proved why it was a good move for me not to pick him up in a fantasy league yet again. First game and he's already injured, it's unbelievable.
Gold Stars: Niklas Backstrom (27 saves, shutout), P-M Bouchard (Game winning goal)

Oilers 3 - Sharks 2 (F/SO)
The rookies proved their worth to Edmonton last night, more so than all the big name players Kevin Lowe acquired, contributing both goals for the Oil. And get this... Joe Thornton actually scored :O
Gold Stars: Joe Thornton (1G - 1A, Game tying goal, 5 shots), Dwayne Roloson (28 Saves), all the Edmonton rookies (for showing up the veterans).

Flyers 3 - Flames 2
so Briere scored... plan the parade. Going down 2 goals early, it doesn't seem to me like the Flames were ready for this one. The scary thing is, though, that the game they played reeked of the possible game they could end up playing all season. The Flames need to be awake when the puck drops in order to win games, and despite coming back from an 0-2 deficit, sleeping through the first half of the first did them in last night.
Gold Stars: Daniel Briere (2 Goals, 6 shots), Mike Knuble (1G - 1A), Simon Gagne (2 assists), Daymond Langkow (2 Goals).

Coyotes 3 - Blues 2
Can I be mean and call this the battle for the Western Conference Basement yet? No... ok sorry.
Gold Stars: I got nothin for ya... maybe Legace? (31 saves).

Gold Stars of the night:
1. Chris Drury
2. Daniel Briere
3. Martin Gerber