It was another disappointing game for the Oilers, losing this contest 5-4 and it wasn't due to lack of offense. Jason LaBarbera getting the start over Devan Dubynk, LaBarbera who left Phoenix this summer as a FA was pulled at one point of the game to be given a 39 second break and a chance for the Oilers to regroup? Dubnyk, was spot on stopping his 1 shot. If only that's how it was every game, Oilers would be champs like they should be, but never will be. LaBarbera was just awful, giving up 5 goals on 27 shots and at this point the net for Edmonton is open for the highest bid and it makes you wonder if Nail Yakupov is apart of a deal to land a legitimate starter? (I THINK SO). Mike Smith in net for Phoenix and didn't look as good but was able to get the win stopping 24 shots. Oliver Ekman-Larsson with 1 goal and 1 assist, Rradim Vrabata had a playmaker (3 assists) while Keith Yandle with 1 goal and 1 assist of his own. David Perron, take a bow. You're the only reason why there hasn't been riots in the streets of Edmonton, 1 goal last night to give him 9 points in 12 games this year. Ryan Nugent Hopkins tallying another 2 assists, and is on fire since returning from injury, 4 goals and 6 assists to give him 10 points in 10 games. Also, Perron averaging 6 shots the last 3 games, giving him a total of 18 in 3, he's flipping Ovi the bird.
NEW JERSEY vs. BOSTON:
Brandon Knopp, I would like to say eat my shorts, I called it the night before even if it was a long shot and said the Devils were due a win. What do you know, Tukka Raskk giving up 4 which is rare and the Devils some how finding their groove on that powerplay. New Jersey was down 3-1 at one point but managed a 4-3 comeback to also help boost Brodeur's confidence because he needed it. Rookie defensemen, Tory Krug, with another goal giving him 4 goals and 2 assists in 10 games so far. I like that fit in Boston, he's young, aggressive, and confident which is huge in this league. He's not afraid to jump up in the play and make a little offense happen and just knows when to at the right time (KYLE QUINCEY, watch some fucking game footage and take notes). Jarome Igilna with another goal and 2 assists last night and seems to be fitting in quite nicely. I want to point out a lot of people and writers have been saying, oh he isn't scoring as much or were fast to point out how slow of a start he got? Yes, he did but you shouldn't worry about it because he's in a spot where he doesn't have to have the team rest on him to carry them, he's in a system where the points will come because of who he plays with. He won't see the points he once use to post because of age and more talent but he's still gonna hit 60+ points cuz he's in a great organization. Jagr with another 2 assists last night, and Andry Greene making himself noticeable with 1 goal and 1 assist. Milan Lucic, even though he's a dirtball had another goal which gives him 6 goals and 5 assists on the year (10 games), which he has 6 points in his last 4, I think he's a sell high kinda guy cuz I don't think this pace continues. He had a rough year last year and at one point was a healthy scratch.
SAN JOSE vs. MONTREAL:
Not to much happening in this game, except Antti Niemi posting another 22 save shutout ( I hear the Vezina calling to him). Logan Couture with 2 goals last night, and Patrick Marleau with 2 assists. Carey Price actually looked really good, stopping 35 of 37 shots, his team just couldn't get anything past Niemi. Uh oh, looks like dad might wanna keep her away from hockey players, she's already practicing (I couldn't resist the joke, I don't even care if you laughed, cuz i know it was funny).
Talk about the phrase "Gongshow," my god was Nashville just that. Losing 6-1 and St.Louis scoring 6 goals on only 30 shots just points out 1) The Predators are awful and rely on Pekka Rinne to much, and 2) They HAVE to deal for a veteran goaltender. Now, who it is I don't know, but at this rate you can't expect Hutton or Hellberg to be the answer. Not all good news for the Blues though, they lost wingers Chris Stewart and Magnus PaaJarvi to injury last night and both sounded serious. Alexander Steen with another 2 goals, Tarasenko with 2 assists, and David Backes with 2 assists also. Alex Pietrangelo with 1 goal and an assist, and Jay Bouwmeester, good to see you finally showing it was wise to deal for you from Calgary, notching 2 assists last night.
CALGARY vs. WASHINGTON:
Calgary with another 5-2 win last night, and showing they are anything but a joke this year so far by beating the Capitals and chasing Braden Holtby from the crease in just about 13 minutes. Holtby was pulled after giving up 3 goals on 14 shots, which opens the door for Michael Neuvirth to possibly steal some starts from the star goaltender. Won't be much though, Holtby's stats are still unreal and has claimed that job. Ovi was finally held off the scoresheet last night, managing only 5 SOG and going a -1. Karri Ramo with the win stopping 27 of 29 shots and making the goalie dance in Calgary a little more interesting. Neither Ramo or MacDonald have sealed the deal for starter but both keep helping back stop their team to wins which I'm assuming will be happening all year. Mike Cammalleri with 2 goals and 1 assist, Kris Russell with 1 goal and an assist, and Dennis Wideman with 2 apples of his own.
PHILADELPHIA vs. NEW YORK (ISLANDERS):
Philly finally with a full and healthy roster, welcoming back Scott Hartnell were able to win a game 5-2 last night. A large part is due to Vincent Lecavalier's hat trick (3 goals) and the 2nd goal I thought was impressive but then I saw his 3rd of the night and couldn't believe the determination and the plays he made to get this goal, I'll post the video. I was as hard as a diamond in an ice storm when I saw it. Voracek with his first goal of the season last night, and Mark Streit playing his former team had 2 assists, of course after I drop him, you got me good, fucker. Frans Nielsen continuing his torrid pace tallying another goal last night giving him 7 goals and 8 assists on the year, 8 of them in his last 4 games. I'm impressed already, are you?
Detroit losing again last night, now going 0-2-2 their last 4 games. It's a minor stretch, they'll pick it back up soon. Rangers with the OT win ending their 9 game season opening road trip, going 3-6-0 in that span, are beyond gassed I assume. It was a goalie duel in Hockeytown last night, with rookie Cam Talbot making his 2nd straight start, getting the win stopping 32 of 34 shots. Jimmy Howard looked fantastic last night, and was the only reason why Detroit was in this game stopping 37 of 40 shots. Derick Brasard had the OT GWG and Benoit Pouliot with 1 goal and 1 assist of his own and first with the Rangers I believe. Drew Miller scored his first goal of the year last night, but Kyle Quincey is what lost this game for us. I watched the 3rd period very closely and there was a few times I saw Quincey pinch in and try to help the play and almost got burned a few times if it wasn't for Danny Dekeyser helping bail his ass out. Once again, I saw the pinch and just started screaming Kyle and as soon as I knew it, there was an odd man rush and Dekeyser tried catching up but Pouliot tossed a pass to Brasard who beat Howard with a wrist shot. Get him the hell out of the line up, I can't stand him anymore. There's a difference between helping the play and knowing when to pinch in and no offense Kyle, you don't know shit.
Interesting development happening in Charlotte, Rick "Band-Aid" DiPietro signed a professional tryout contract with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL this weekend. He's suppose to make the road trip with the team because currently the Carolina Hurricanes have recalled Justin Peters, and Mike Murphy to start the games due to Cam Ward & Anton Khudobin being hurt and on IR. This could be something to keep your eye on, can Rick finally get back into the game after being plagued with injury his whole career? I'm still shocked Charlotte did this instead of giving IIya Bryzgalov a call, but this should be a fun story to monitor to see if DiPietro doesn't get a call up to see NHL action once again. James Reimer was back in net last night and backstopped his team to another win over the Penguins, check out him robbing Pascal Dupuis...............twice......................HA.................