Weekend Recap

Shane Doan had his first hat trick, but it turns out I still own more hats than that

Friday: New Jersey won at home scoring three third period goals to defeat Florida 5-3, Ilya Kovalchuk scored two of those three goals … The New York Rangers scored a goal in each period to win 3-1 at Pittsburgh … Carolina outscored Buffalo 3-1 in the third to win at home … Colorado shutout the Blackhawks 4-0 in Chicago … Anaheim had a three goal outburst to win at home versus the Islanders, so a hat trick of goals in three of the five games was the theme.

Saturday: If Vancouver would have won game six in Boston 4-3 like they did on Saturday they’d be Stanley Cup champs not the other way around … Danny Briere scored all three Philly goals as the Flyers won 3-2 in overtime at home against Ottawa … Jaime Benn and Mike Ribeiro each had four goals between them as each scored two in the Stars 4-1 home win over the Oilers … Columbus won 1-0 at LA as Grant Clitsome scored a goal in the second to defeat the Kings … Winnipeg knocked off the Sabres 2-1 in OT with Johnny Oduya putting in the winner … Toronto scored three first period goals, Detroit scored two in the second but it was Joffrey Lupul who put in the winner in the third as the Leafs won 4-3 at home … Montreal scored the game’s last three goals overcoming a 1-0 deficit to Tampa Bay at home winning 3-1 … New Jersey used the same script as the ‘Habs beating the Penguins 3-1 in Pittsburgh after trailing 1-0 after the first … The Blues blanked the Avs 4-0 a night after Colorado won by the same score the night before in Chicago … Patric Hornqvist scored two powerplay goals in the Preds 5-3 home win over Carolina … Shane Doan scored the first career hat trick as the Coyotes beat the Islanders 5-1 at home … Jarome Iginla scored his 500th career goal as the Flames handed the Wild another loss scoring three goals in the third to win 3-1 in Calgary … San Jose was tied with Washington after the ‘Caps scored 44 seconds in but scored the last three goals to win 5-2.

Sunday: Philadelphia lead 4-2 on the road at Ottawa but the ‘Sens scored four goals in the third to win 6-4 over the Flyers … Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings scored the winner in OT to defeat the Blackhawks 3-2, Detroit won with six men on the ice so they get the Louisiana-Lafayette award of the night … Rich Nash scored twice for the BJ’s while Teemu Selanne did the same putting in two PPG’s for the Ducks but Anaheim won 7-4 at the Honda Pond.

Five Games to Watch Jan. 9-15 –
Vancouver Canucks @ Florida Panthers, Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30 pm, FS-Florida/SNET-P/RIS
– Bobby Lou returns to where he started his career
San Jose Sharks @ Winnipeg Jets, Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:30 pm, CSN-California/TSN-Jets
– My editors would be upset if Jets-Sharks wasn’t included or would go watch West Side Story
Dallas Stars @ Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, Jan. 12, 9:30 pm, FS-Southwest/FS-West
– These two Pacific division foes meet-up in LA should be good
New York Rangers @ Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday, Jan. 14, 6 pm, NHL Network
– This just oozes old-time hockey sorry
Minnesota Wild @ St. Louis Blues, Saturday, Jan. 14, 7 pm, FS-North/FS-Wisconsin/FS-Midwest
– This game was chosen because I don’t like to double up teams in this and I feel I’d watch this game

Vamosi’s Top5 –
1. New York Rangers (26-9-4, 56pts, First Atlantic Division) – Two straight weeks in the top spot
2. Vancouver Canucks (26-13-3, 55pts, First Northwest Division) – They are playing well no doubt
3. Boston Bruins (26-11-1, 53pts, First Northeast Division) – 8-2-0 but ‘Sens are closing on them
4. Detroit Red Wings (26-14-1, 53pts, First Central Division) – ‘Wings are in three-way tie for first in Central
5. Ottawa Senators (22-15-6, 50pts, Second Northeast Division) – Guess there is a reason for all their all-stars and they are 7-1-2 in their last ten games

Forgetful Five –
1. Columbus Blue Jackets (11-24-5, 27pts, Last Central Division) – They might set the record for most blown leads in a season
2. Anaheim Ducks (11-22-6, 28pts, Last Pacific Division) – Beating Columbus keeps them behind the BJ’s
3. New York Islanders (14-19-6, 34pts, Last Atlantic Division) – Islanders are still worse in the eastern conference
4. Carolina Hurricanes (14-22-7, 35pts, Last Southeast Division) – Carolina is happy the Islanders are in the same conference
5. Edmonton Oilers (16-22-3, 35pts, Last Northwest Division) – Your luck Buffalo you almost got this spot form Edmonton who are slightly worse says I

If the season ended today –
East: 1. New York Rangers (1st Atlantic, 56pts) 2. Boston Bruins (1st Northeast, 53pts) 3. Florida Panthers (1st Southeast, 48pts) 4. Philadelphia Flyers (2nd Atlantic, 52pts) 5. Ottawa Senators (2nd Northeast, 50pts) 6. New Jersey Devils (3rd Atlantic, 48pts) 7. Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Northeast, 47pts) 8. Pittsburgh Penguins (4th Atlantic, 46pts)

West: 1. Vancouver Canucks (1st Northwest, 55pts) 2. Detroit Red Wings (T1st Central, 53pts) 3. San Jose Sharks (1st Pacific, 50pts) 4. St. Louis Blues (T1st Central, 53pts) 5. Chicago Blackhawks (T1st Central, 53pts) 6. Nashville Predators (4th Central, 48pts) 7. Minnesota Wild (2nd Northwest, 48pts) 8. Dallas Stars (T2nd Pacific, 47pts) – note Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche also have 47 points

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)

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