Teams win, teams lose (the Jets… twice), and someone’s got to take the fall.
Well another weekend is in the book, and here is how it all went down.
Friday: Washington went to Carolina and wrecked up the place winning 5-1… The Sabres held off the Flames 2-1 in Buffalo… Montreal was a 2-1 winner in the nation’s capital (Canada’s that is) against Ottawa… Steven Stamkos had a hat trick in Tampa’s 5-4 OT winner against Chicago… St. Louis dealt Vancouver a 3-2 loss… The Avalanche missed an extra point which proved to be costly in a 7-6 OT loss at Dallas; Loui Eriksson had two goals and the game winner, Matt Duchene also had a Friday night hat trick for Colorado.
Saturday: Boston destroyed Toronto in front of what had to be a lot of unhappy Maple Leaf fans to the tune of 7-0; Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic each scored twice… Buffalo went 2-0 this weekend with a 3-2 win at Ottawa in shootout… New Jersey dispatched the Jets, 3-2 in Newark even if one Brett Duquette was there to cheer on Winnipeg in person… Nothing good can come out of the Capitals 5-3 loss on Long Island… Oddly enough, at the world’s most famous arena the blue shirts won 5-3 against the ‘Habs… Someone please tell the Blue Jackets to give up, because they gave up five goals in the first period in a 9-2 defeat at Philadelphia, Sean Couturier scored twice in the game… Detroit remembered how to win as Anaheim continued their road woes-Red Wings won 5-0, Nicklas Lindstrom scored twice… Minnesota won 2-1 against the Blues in St. Paul… The desert dogs took down the previously hot Edmonton Oilers 4-2 in Glendale… Pittsburgh lost Thursday night in a shootout at San Jose, so as a follow-up, defeated the Kings 3-2 in a shootout. Chris Kunitz scored twice including the winning goal in the SO… Speaking of the Sharks they couldn’t keep a 2-1 lead they held going into the third period as Nashville won 4-3 in OT at the Shark Tank.
Sunday: Dallas took to the road and won 5-2 at Carolina, that’s 12 goals in two games this weekend for the Stars… Tampa Bay overcame a 3-0 deficit at Florida and defeated the Panthers 4-3 in the shootout, Dominic Moore scored the winning SO goal… Winnipeg fell 3-0 at MSG versus the Rangers who got two goals from Marian Gaborik… Two rivals got together at the United Center as Vancouver got a 6-2 win at Chicago, Bobby Lou stopped 38-of-40 Blackhawks shots… Calgary won on the road 2-1 at Colorado, the Flames have played well against the ‘Lanche this season; Miikka Kiprusoff saved 32-of-33 shoots
Games of the Week Nov. 7-Nov. 13
Los Angelas Kings @ San Jose Sharks, Monday, Nov. 7, 9:30 pm, NHL Network-CA/FS-West/CSN-CA
– These two Pacific division foes meet in what should be a great beginning of the week match-up
Dallas Stars @ Washington Capitals, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6 pm, FS-SW/CSN-MA
– Dallas leads the Pacific while Washington leads the Southeast. Too bad this is the only trip to D.C. for the Stars
Colorado Avalanche @ Detroit Red Wings, Nov. 8, 6:30 pm, Altitude/FS-Detroit
– I don’t mean to get nostalgic, but when these two teams play I usually pay attention, granted the rivalry is less important than it use to be when the Avs first moved to Denver
Philadelphia Flyers @ Tampa Bay Lightning, Nov. 8, 6:30 pm, Versus
– These two teams are in second place in their respective divisions; expect a solid game
Edmonton Oilers @ Chicago Blackhawks, Nov. 13, SNET-EDM/WGN
– These two division leaders face off in the Windy City
1. Pittsburgh Penguins (9-3-3, 21 points, 1st in Atlantic) – Second straight week
2. Dallas Stars (10-3-0, 20 ponts, 1st in Pacific) – Second in NHL in points but tops in wins (10)
3. Chicago Blackhawks (8-2-3, 19 points, 1st in Central)
4. Toronto Maple Leafs (9-4-1, 19 points, 1st in Northeast)
5. Washington Capitals (9-3-0, 18 points, 1st in Southeast)/Edmonton Oilers (8-3-2, 18 points, 1st in Northwest)
1. Columbus Blue Jackets (2-11-1, 5 points, Last in Central) – Seriously why so terrible?
2. New York Islanders (4-5-2, 10 points, Last in Atlantic)
3. Boston Bruins (5-7-1, 10 points, Last in Northeast)
4. St. Louis Blues (6-7-0, 12 points, 4th in Central)
5. Anaheim Ducks (5-6-3, 13 points, Last in Pacific)
Coaching Casualties of the 2011-12 Season
11-06-11 Davis Payne, St. Louis Blues Record at Firing: 6-7-0 Overall: 67-55-15 (Hired Jan. 2, 2010)