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.
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)
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)