The Bruins continue their scary slide, the Sharks regain their proper title with a near perfect road trip, and much more NHL action over the weekend.
10-30-11 Weekend Roundup and Look Ahead
Looking around the rink from this weekend and breaking down the action. In addition, we have the top five games, forgetful five, and games of the week.
- Chicago was in a Hurricane warning which resulted in a 3-0 Carolina win.
- San Jose continued their east coast trip with a 4-2 win against the Red Wings who lost their third in-a-row. Jumbo Joe put in two goals.
- Edmonton continued to spill oil on their competition Friday with a 3-1 win in Colorado.
- The Blues went down in Flames. 3-1 at Calgary.
- The senate had a special session Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Ottawa won 5-4 in a shootout.
- Florida went to Buffalo getting a 3-2 victory over Ryan Miller.
- Phil Kessel’s 10th goal of the year propelled the Leafs to a home win against Pittsburgh.
- Boston really needs to sober up. This hangover is hurting everyone they care about. Though, the Habs enjoyed it and earned a 4-2 win in Montreal.
- Brent Burns scored an OT PPG goal which sent the Sharks to another win against the Islanders 3-2 on the aforementioned road trip.
- Philadelphia had a 5-1 win over Carolina in Philly where it snowed goals.
- The Lightning took down the Jets 1-0 in a good defensive game in Tampa.
- Nashville scored a 3-0 shutout against the Ducks.
- Minnesota continued Detroit’s Wild slide with a 1-0 victory in St. Paul.
- Dallas scored two third period goals to defeat the Devils 3-1 in a rematch of their Stanley Cup Final match-up.
- Chicago welcomed the Blue Jackets to the Madhouse on Madison winning 5-2 Viktor Stalberg had two goals.
- Phoenix proved Quick is beatable in a 3-2 win on Howl-Ween. Radim Vrbata had the first two goals.
- Washington’s goodwill journey to Canada took another hit in a 7-4 defeat to Vancouver.
Games of the Week Oct. 31-Nov. 6
San Jose Sharks @ New York Rangers, Monday, Oct. 31, 6 pm, Versus
– This will be the Sharks only appearance on broadway this season and they have a chance to complete a perfect road trip.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Florida Panthers, Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 pm, CSN-Chicago/FS-Florida
– Chicago is leading the central and Florida is making a surprising run. Why not show some love?
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:30 pm, ROOT/FS-West
– Two great teams early on. Add that intrigue of an East Coast/West Coast game and you have a great game brewing.
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Florida Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 6, 4 pm, SUN/FS-Florida
– Two teams that have seen each other quite a bit this season already. Hopefully, this will be the last time they play for a while. We’d like to see something else.
Vancouver Canucks @ Chicago Blackhawks, Sunday, Nov. 6, 6 pm, SNET-Van/WGN
– Two teams that hate each other? That is the recipe for a hell of a game. Get your popcorn!
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (8-3-2, 18 points, 1st Atlantic) – New number one and still missing their best player.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-2-1, 15 points, 1st Northeast)
3. Dallas Stars (8-3-2, 16 points, 1st Pacific)
4. Edmonton Oilers (6-2-2, 14 points, 1st Northwest)
5. Chicago Blackhawks (6-2-2, 14 points, 1st Central)
1. Boston Bruins (3-7-0, 6 points, Last Northeast) – This spot would go to CBJ, but the Bruins are managing to even make them look decent. We can’t help but think the bad juju we’ve been sending their way is helping with their insane slide.
2. Columbus Blue Jackets (2-9-1, 6 points, Last Central)
3. Winnipeg Jets (3-6-1, 7 points, Last Southeast)
4. New York Islanders (3-4-2, 8 points, Last Atlantic)
5. New Jersey Devils (4-4-1, 9 points, 4th Atlantic)/New York Rangers (3-3-3, 9 points, 3rd Atlantic), Calgary is sparred since they have won two in a row even if they are the lone single point team not on the list.