Weekend Recap

This is going to get awkward

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

Vamosi’s Top5
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)

Forgetful Five
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)

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