January 26, 2010
ConkBlock made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season, blanking the tail-spinning Calgary Flames, 2-0. Five of his saves came against Jarome Iginla(notes); he made 15 in the third period alone. Patrik Berglund(notes), snapping a 13-game drought, and David Perron(notes) had the Blues' goals.
While not the first star of the night, certainly the best story of the night: Conner was called up by the Penguins after practicing in Wilkes-Barre this morning, and scored two goals including the game-winner in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Sidney Crosby(notes) had the primary assist on both goals, as Conner was slotted on the captain's wing.
Sedin had two assists in the Canucks' 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The fact that this was one of them, on Brad Lukowich's(notes) game-winning goal, is the reason he snagged a star. Incredible dish.
Honorable mention: Artem Anisimov(notes) scored twice for the Rangers. Which is to say the Rangers scored, a feat worthy of inclusion here itself. ... Henrik Sedin(notes) scored his 24th and Thomas Vanek(notes) his 15th in the Sabres-Canucks game. Roberto Luongo(notes) (30 saves) outdueled Ryan Miller(notes) (22 saves). ... Adam Mair(notes) also had his first of the season for Buffalo. ... Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) made 28 saves in his return for the Penguins.
Did you know? Vancouver improved to 9-1-0 against teams from the Eastern Conference. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: The Calgary Sun's assessment of the dismal Flames, losers of seven straight: "If Iginla isn't better than Kariya, Olli Jokinen(notes) isn't more valuable than Tkachuk, Regehr, Dion Phaneuf(notes) and Jay Bouwmeester(notes) can't outplay Eric Brewer(notes), Barret Jackman(notes) and Erik Johnson(notes), then maybe these Flames just aren't as good as everyone assumed they would be this season." ... Donald Brashear's(notes) return to the lineup after five scratches saw him play 5:35 and his line get burned for a goal. ... Finally, the always-delightful Kerry Fraser enraged Buffalo Coach Lindy Ruff with a couple of calls in the second period, including a cheap cross-checking penalty that nullified a goal. But Kerry being Kerry, he made up for it with a makeup call on Ryan Kesler in the third period.