With everyone taking on their own morning skate we’ve decided to change the name of our morning wrap up here at The Hockey Writers – welcome to From Abdelkader to Zuccarello.
Now lets get started…
Boston Bruins 6; Colorado Avalanche 2
Kicking off the morning in Colorado with Peter Forsberg joining the Avalanche for the pre game practice to see how he compares to current NHL players. If this is the start of a comeback attempt – Lycka till Foppa.
With all of the attention on Forsberg the Bruins came in to the Pepsi Center ready to crash the party. Even soon to be 43 year old Mark Recchi tallied three points on his way to claiming the number one star of the game.
New Jersey Devils 3; Philadelphia Flyers 1
Devils headed into the game last place in the NHL while the Flyers sat first overall in the league, yet tonight the game came down to who had the better goaltending. It wasn’t Martin Broduer but Johan Hedberg with a .963 save percentage as he stole the second star of the night.
Chicago Blackhawks 4; Detroit Red Wings 1
The current Stanley Cup champs rolled though a depleted Hockeytown. Former Red Wing Tomas Kopecky scored two against his former team while Red Wing Cory Emmerton scored his first NHL goal in his NHL debut.
For more details head over to Winging it in Motown.
Washington Capitals 4; Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Has Alex Ovechkin finally shown up? The super star Russian got off to a slower start than normal this year but looked to be back in full form against the Maple Leafs as he lead the team with three of the four goals scored. However, was he out done by rookie goaltender Branden Holtby with his .972 save percentage on the night? Head over to Japers’ Rink for the game recap.
Anaheim Ducks 4; Montreal Canadiens 3 (SO)
Saku Koivu returned to Montreal for the first time since he and the team parted ways. The fans gave him a standing ovation and he pulled off second star of the game. On behalf of all the Habs fans “Kiitos Saku.”
Habs Inside/Out has videos from Saku in the post game wrap up.
Carolina Hurricanes 2; Pittsburgh Penguins 3
In case you haven’t heard the Pittsburgh Penguins are still playing without captain Sidney Crosby only now Evgeni Malkin is out as well putting more pressure on the rest of the team and guess what – they won.
After a late start to his season Jordan Staal is finding his stride. Though he only racked up one point on his five shots on goal against the Hurricanes he pulled of second star; bookmarked by teammate Marc-Andre Fleury as the first star and his brother Eric as the third star.
New York Rangers 4; Atlanta Thrashers 3 (SO)
A win against the Thrashers did not stop the revolving door that is the New York Rangers. With constant injuries there has been an influx of players coming from the farm team. That trend does not show signs of changing as the Rangers recalled Evgeny Grachev and Michael Del Zotto tonight and sent Dale Weise back down.
Once again Mats Zuccarello comes though in the shootout for the Rangers. Not getting any talk (that I have heard of at least) for Calder this Norwegian is making his mark not only with the Rangers but the NHL and even his fans back in Norway.
Check out Andrew Gross’ Ranger Rants for more.
Columbus Blue Jackets 5; St. Louis Blues 2
Central division rivals meet up Blue on Blue and see the jackets stifle the notes.
Los Angles Kings 4; Phoenix Coyotes 3
The Coyotes got a rough start to the second game in the home-and-home series at home versus the Kings. It took nearly nine minutes into the game before Taylor Pyatt was able to get the first Coyotes shot on goal. The lack luster start from the Coyotes saw the Kings go up 3-1 by the end of the first period. Click here for Sarah McLellan at The Arizona Republic has the details.
Calgary Flames 4; Vancouver Canucks 3 (SO)
Coming off of a 7-4 win over the Dallas Stars the Calgary Flames carried their momentum into a forced into shut out over the Canucks – who haven’t been the same since their winning streak was snapped. Now in their loss to the Flames they have lost defenseman Kevin Bieksa. The Vancouver Sun has more.
Of course what would be a night of hockey without a little controversy. If the puck crosses the line in Luongo’s pad – does it count?
Minnesota Wild 3; San Jose Sharks 4
Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu may not have had the night his older brother Saku had returning to Montreal yet he had a good night for himself. Posting two goals while Brent Burns scored late; the two of them were not enough to out last the Sharks who threw 42 shots at Niklas Backstrom. Bryan Reynolds over at Hockey Wilderness has the finer details.
Up into the Net
Just when you thought NabbyWatch2011 was going to be over at noon on Saturday Evgeni Nabokov threw in his own twist – refusing to report to long island after being claimed by the Islanders. While it is now just a waiting game to see what the Islanders decide to do with him and his contract; The Hockey Writers Mike Colligan takes a look at what lead up to the current situation.
Story of the night has to go to Saku Koivu and his return to Montreal.
Igor Larionov was honored in Vancouver on Hockey Night in Canada last night – 25 years after coming from Russia.
The NHL announced the alternate captains for the All-Star game:
Team Lidstrom (in blue): Patrick Kane (Blackhawks) and Martin St. Louis (Lightning)
Team Staal (in white): Mike Green (Capitals) and Ryan Kesler (Canucks)