Joe Quennville gets win #600, Malkin gets a hat trick, an old Jet returns and is there a new #1 in the Vmos top5?
Friday: Buffalo road the strength of four goals in the second period and Thomas Vanek’s two goals in a 5-4 home win over Toronto … Eight goals combined were scored in the second period in Ottawa with the Sens scoring five and Jason Spezza scoring two in the 6-4 victory over the Penguins … The Panthers beat the Flames 3-2 in a shootout… New Jersey defeated Dallas 6-3 on a night they retired Scott Niedermayer’s #27 in Newark … Four different Blackhawks scored in a 4-1 victory over the Ducks at the United Center.
Saturday: Boston scored four goals in the first, and six different Bruins scored in their 6-0 win in Philadelphia … Vancouver got a cross country 5-3 win in Toronto over the Maple Leafs; Phil Kessel scored his 19th goal … New Jersey picked up their second win of the weekend winning 5-3 over Montreal who fired Jacques Martin earlier in the day … Evgeni Malkin netted a hat trick as the Penguins destroyed the Sabres 8-3 in Pittsburgh (half those goals came in the first period) … Teemu Selanne returned to Winnipeg and Corey Perry scored twice for the Ducks, but it was the Jets who won 5-3 … Not to be outdone by the ‘Pen on Saturday night, the Red Wings dumped all over the Kings at the Joe – 8-2 with four goals coming in the first … Steven Stamkos scored his 20th goal of the season as Tampa Bay won 3-2 at Columbus … Nashville protected home ice beating St. Louis 2-1 in a SO … The Islanders went to Minnesota and won 2-1 also in a SO – Frans Nielsen netted the winner … Out in the desert the Rangers scored two unanswered third period goals to beat Phoenix 3-2 … Colorado knocked off Washington 2-1 in Denver, and Eric Johnson scored his first goal of the season which was the winning goal … The Sharks got a third period power play goal to defeat the Oilers 3-2 in San Jose.
Sunday: In Surprise, Florida Kris Versteeg scored his 16th goal of the season in OT to knock off the Hurricanes 3-2 … Joe Quenneville picked up win No. 600 as, once again, the Blackhawks got a balanced scoring attack in their 4-2 win over Calgary … Trailing 3-2 against Columbus, the Blues outscored the Blue Jackets 4-1 in the third to win 6-4.
Five Games to Watch Dec. 5-11 –
Minnesota Wild @ Vancouver Canucks, Monday, December 19, 9 pm, FS-North/SNET-Pacific
– This Northwest showdown should be good in Vancouver
Chicago Blackhawks @ Pittsburgh Penguins, Tuesday, December 20, 6:30 pm, Versus
– No explanation needed here other than WATCH THIS GAME!
Florida Panthers @ Boston Bruins, Friday, December 23, 6 pm, FS-Florida/NESN
– Southeast and Northeast winners unite in Boston on pre-Christmas Eve
Philadelphia Flyers @ New York Rangers, Friday, December 23, 6 pm, NHL Network
– This pre-Winter Classic match-up at MSG should be good and watch 24/7 on HBO (shameless plug)!
St. Louis Blues @ Phoenix Coyotes, Friday, December 23, 8 pm, FS-Midwest/FS-Arizona
– I think this is a fun game that I’d sit back and watch hence why it’s on the list
Vamosi’s Top5 –
1. Chicago Blackhawks (21-8-4, 46pts, 1st Central) – Good week, most points in NHL earn top spot
2. Minnesota Wild (20-8-5, 45pts, 1st Northwest) – Losing head-to-head to Chicago moves them down a spot
3. Boston Bruins (21-9-1, 43pts, 1st Northeast) – Third once again, and it’s me not them (sorry Boston)
4. Philadelphia Flyers (20-8-3, 43pts, 1st Atlantic) –Welcome back
5. Florida Panthers (18-9-6, 42pts, 1st Southeast) – The return of Panthers to the top5
Forgetful Five –
1. Anaheim Ducks (9-18-5, 23pts, Last Pacific) – Ducks barely hold spot over next worst team
2. Carolina Hurricanes (10-18-6, 26pts, Last Southeast) – ‘Canes 2-6-2 in last 10 still second worse
3. Columbus Blue Jackets (9-19-4, 22pts, Last Central) – 3-6-1 stretch in L10 back in the forgetful five
4. Edmonton Oilers (14-15-3, 31pts, 4th Northwest) – 2-7-1 L10 those feel good feelings are leaving me
5. Los Angeles Kings (14-14-4, 32pts, 4th Pacific) – Yes it was Detroit but still 8 goals? C’mon LA!
Coming up on the New Year I want to introduce this feature of the playoff chase, sure its early but I like to look.
If the season ended today –
East: 1. Philadelphia Flyers (1st Atlantic, 43pts) 2. Boston Bruins (1st Northeast, 43pts) 3. Florida Panthers (1st Southeast, 42pts) 4. New York Rangers (2nd Atlantic, 40pts) 5. Pittsburgh Penguins (3rd Atlantic, 40pts) 6. New Jersey Devils (4th Atlantic, 37pts) 7. Buffalo Sabres (2nd Northeast, 35pts) 8. Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Northeast, 35pts)
West: 1. Chicago Blackhawks (1st Central, 46pts) 2. Minnesota Wild (1st Northwest, 45pts) 3. San Jose Sharks (1st Pacific, 37pts) 4. St. Louis Blues (2nd Central, 42pts) 5. Detroit Red Wings (3rd Central, 41pts) 6. Vancouver Canucks (2nd Northwest, 40pts) 7. Nashville Predators (4th Central, 38pts) 8. Dallas Stars (2nd Pacific)
Coaching Casualties of the 2011-12 Season
12-17-11 Jacques Martin, Montreal Canadians, Record at Firing: 13-12-7 Overall: 96-75-25 (Hired June 1, 2009)
12-12-11 Terry Murray, Los Angeles Kings, Record at Firing: 13-12-4 Overall: 139-106-30 (Hired July 17, 2008)
11-30-11 Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks Record at Firing: 7-13-4 Overall: 273-182-61 (Hired Aug. 1, 2005 led Ducks to Stanley Cup title in 2007)
11-28-11 Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals Record at Firing: 12-9-1 Overall: 201-88-40 (Hired Nov. 22, 2007)
11-28-11 Paul Maurice, Carolina Hurricanes Record at Firing: Overall: 116-100-30 (second term)(Hired Dec. 3, 2008 for second time by Carolina, was 268-291-99 in eight years 1995-2003 with Hardford/Carolina)
11-06-11 Davis Payne, St. Louis Blues Record at Firing: 6-7-0 Overall: 67-55-15 (Hired Jan. 2, 2010)