Weekend Recap

I couldn't NOT put up this photo of the Islanders raising a banner this weekend

Friday: Steven Stamkos scored his 30th goal but Tampa Bay still lost 4-3 at Washington, Troy Brouwer had a hat trick … Columbus actual won a game and it was at home as they defeated Phoenix 4-3 … Jason Pominville scored the winner as the Sabres beat the Leafs 3-2 in Buffalo … James Neal put in his 22nd as Pittsburgh won 4-1 at Florida … Anaheim went to Edmonton and wrecked up the place winning 5-0.

Saturday: Jonathan Toews scored his 23rd goal but Todd Bertuzzi scored the game winner in OT to lift the Red Wings to 3-2 win over the Blackhawks at home … Colorado won 2-1 at Dallas … New Jersey scored twice in the third to defeat the Jets at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg … The Rangers shutdown the Maple Leafs 3-0 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto … Ottawa traveled to the evil province of Quebec and knocked off Montreal 3-2 in a shootout … The Islanders inducted another member into their hall of fame and then scored two third period goals to beat the Sabres 4-2 on Long Island, Matt Moulson netted his 21st … Carolina gave their home fans something to cheer about scoring three goals in the final period to knock off Boston 4-2 … Patrick Marleau scored in the final three minutes as San Jose won 2-1 at Columbus … Minnesota fell 3-2 in a SO at St. Louis … Another team who had a strong third period was the Preds who scored twice in the third to win at home 4-2 over Philadelphia … Los Angeles was victorious 4-1 at Calgary.

Sunday: Seven combined third period goals in the Penguins-Lightning game as Pittsburgh won 6-3 at Tampa Bay, Evgeni Malkin netted a hat trick in the final period and Neal scored twice in the game … Dmitry Orlov scored his first goal of the season to life the ‘Caps to a 2-1 win at the phone booth over the ‘Canes … The ‘Habs scored three second period goals to beat the Rangers 4-1 in Montreal … San Jose lost 4-3 at the United Center as Toews scored his 24th in the Blackhawks win … Taylor Hall put in his 15th of the season lifting the Oilers to a 2-1 OT home win against LA … Anaheim went to Vancouver and won 4-2 with Jason Blake scoring twice for the Ducks.

Five Games to Watch Jan. 16-22 –
Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators, Monday, January 16, 3 pm, TSN-Jets/SNET-E/TVA
– Early MLK Day start time even if it’s not celebrated to my knowledge in Canada
Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues, Monday, January 16, 6:30 pm, NBC Sports Network
– Another MLK Day game and this should be good with two teams who should be in the same division
Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks, Tuesday, January 17, 9 pm, FS-West/SNET-Pacific
– Kings playing well as are the Canucks = solid watching for the viewers (I hope)
Florida Panthers @ Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday, January 18, 8:30 pm, FS-Florida/Altitude
– This is your WTHII trick question of the week Stanley Cup rematch or not?
Boston Bruins @ Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday, January 23, 2 pm, NESN/CSN-Philadelphia
– Winter Classic Boston rematch and solid game to watch and why would I lie to you?

Vamosi’s Top5 –
1. New York Rangers (28-11-4, 60pts First Atlantic Division), We’ll over look the Sunday loss at Montreal
2. Chicago Blackhawks (27-13-6, 60pts First Central Division), They aren’t playing their best but still probably second best in my rankings
3. Vancouver Canucks (28-15-3, First Northwest Division), Sunday letdown at home versus the Ducks but still a good week for the Canucks
4 . Ottawa Senators (25-15-6, 56pts Second Northeast Division), Closing fast on Boston and won four straight and 8-1-1 in their last 10
5. Washington Capitals (24-17-2, 50pts Tied First Southeast Division), Look who is playing better and tied for the division lead, I’ll throw them a bone and rank’em fifth

Forgetful Five –
1. Columbus Blue Jackets (12-27-5, 29pts Last Central Division), You don’t fire your coach and expect not to land on the number one spot here plus they are the reigning champs of the forgetful five (always)
2. Anaheim Ducks (15-22-7, 37pts Last Pacific Division), Even playing a little better I have the Ducks second worse
3. Tampa Bay Lightning (17-23-4, 38pts Last Southeast Division), They have Steven Stamkos and what else? Honestly?
4. Buffalo Sabres (19-20-5, 43pts Fourth Northeast Division), Cut the crap Buffalo your BETTER THAN THIS!
5. Florida Panthers (21-14-8, 50pts Tied First Southeast Division), They are struggling so of course I put them on this list, it’s the whole purpose right?

If the season ended today –
East: 1. New York Rangers (1st Atlantic, 60pts) 2. Boston Bruins (1st Northeast, 57pts) 3. Washington Capitals (T1st Southeast, 50pts) 4. Philadelphia Flyers (2nd Atlantic, 56pts) 5. Ottawa Senators (2nd Northeast, 56pts) 6. New Jersey Devils (3rd Atlantic, 52pts) 7. Florida Panthers (T1st Southeast, 50pts) 8. Pittsburgh Penguins (4th Atlantic, 50pts)

West: 1. Chicago Blackhawks (1st Central, 60pts) 2. Vancouver Canucks (1st Northwest, 59pts), 3. San Jose Sharks (1st Pacific, 55pts) 4. St. Louis Blues (2nd Central, 58pts) 5. Detroit Red Wings (3rd Central, 57pts) 6. Nashville Predators (4th Central, 54pts) 7. Los Angeles Kings (2nd Pacific, 53pts) 8. Minnesota Wild (2nd Northwest, 51pts)

Coaching Casualties of the 2011-12 Season
01-09-12 Scott Arniel, Columbus Blue Jackets, Record at Firing: 11-25-5 Overall: 45-60-18 (Hired June 8, 2010)
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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