Weekend Recap

We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition: A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.

Teams win, teams lose (the Jets can’t beat the worst team in hockey history), but how did it all happen?

Let’s review the events of this past weekend; lots of good games, but the big question, is did any coaches join my list?

Friday: Washington defeated New Jersey 3-1. The Caps trailed 1-0 before scoring three unanswered goals. The Rangers had a four-goal surge in third winning 5-1. Dallas led 1-0 after the first but then the march of the Penguins began with three unanswered goals,  James Neal had the first two. Chicago put out the Flames with a 4-1 victory at home. Anaheim scored four goals in the second but had to hold on after Vancouver put three in the net in the third, Ducks won 4-3.

Saturday: Ryan Miller suffered a concussion after Milan Lucic played duck-duck-goose a little too hard, and Buffalo lost 6-2 after leading 1-0 after the first (Tyler Seguin scored twice (10,11)). Toronto held a 1-0 lead after the first (yes it was a theme this weekend) but Ottawa stormed back to win 5-2 helped by three goals in the third, Nick Foligno scored twice (another theme). After winning at New Jersey, the Capitals felt the same fate as the Devils, winning 3-2 in a shootout in D.C. Carolina took care of the Penguins 5-3 with Tuomo Ruutu putting two goals past Brent Johnson and both Eric (CAR) and Jordan (PIT) Staal scored. Detroit made it a 0-for-2 weekend for the Stars with a 5-2 win at the Joe; the Red Wings scored three unanswered third period goals. Winnipeg you cannot LOSE TO THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS! Columbus was victorious 2-1 at the Nationalwide Arena. Montreal went to Nashville and got a 2-1 victory in OT. Max Pacioretty scored the winner for the ‘Habs. St. Louis blanked Tampa Bay 3-0 for the win. Calgary got another win against Colorado, but after scoring three first period goals, the Flames had to hold on for a 4-3 win. LA scored five goals in the first two periods in their 5-2 win against the Wild at the Staples Center. Phoenix shutout San Jose 3-0 at the Shark Tank to conclude Saturday’s action.

Sunday: Chicago dialed up the offense in a 6-3 home win over Edmonton scoring three goals in the first, two in the second and one in the third. The Flyers took their talents to Surprise and came away with a 3-2 over the Panthers. Minnesota won 3-2 at the Honda Center against the Ducks; the Wild scored three first period goals, but credit Anaheim for fighting back. Vancouver picked up a 4-1 win over the Islanders; the Canucks lead wire-to-wire.

Games of the Week Nov. 14-Nov. 20

Phoenix Coyotes @ Toronto Maple Leafs, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6 pm, FS-Anaheim/SNET-Ontario
– I know what you’re thinking, why this game? But Phoenix is playing good hockey even if no one in Glendale cares to notice or attend.
Washington Capitals @ Nashville Predators, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 pm, CSN-MA/FS-Tennessee
– Nashville is in a second place tie with Detroit, while Washington is in first place in the Southeast.
Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers, Thursday, Nov. 17, 8:30 pm, SNET-Ontario/TVA/SNET-Edmonton
– This is our Canadian versus Canadian match-up of the week, both teams have been alright…eh?
Detroit Red Wings @ San Jose Sharks, Thursday, Nov. 17, 9:30 pm, FS-Detroit/CSN-CA
– San Jose defeated the Wings in Detroit and now they meet again at the Shark Tank.
Chicago Blackhawks @ Edmonton Oilers, Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 pm, CBC/WGN
– Currently the ‘Hawks are first in the West with the Oilers holding down the third spot.

Vamosi’s Top5

1. Chicago Blackhawks (11-4-3, 25pts, 1st in Central) – New number one unsets the Penguins
2. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-4-3, 23pts, 1st in Atlantic)
3. Washington Capitals (10-4-1, 21pts, 1st in Southeast)
4. New York Rangers (9-3-3, 21pts, Tied 2nd in Atlantic) – From the Forgetful to the Top5, congrats
5. Philadelphia Flyers (9-4-3, 21pts, Tied 2nd in Atlantic)

Forgetful Five
1. Columbus Blue Jackets (3-12-1, 7pts, Last in Central) – Even with a win over our Jets still only team in single digit points
2. New York Islanders (4-7-3, 11pts, Last in Atlantic)
3. Winnipeg Jets (5-9-3, 13pts, Last in Southeast)
4. Carolina Hurricanes (6-8-3, 15pts, 4th in Southeast)
5. Anaheim Ducks (6-8-3, 15pts, Last in Pacific)/Colorado Avalanche (8-8-1, 17pts, 4th in Northwest) – Colorado has been hard to figure out 

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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