October 13, 2009
As the Hawks went down 5-0 to the visiting Calgary Flames, defenseman Brent Seabrook recalled thinking, "That was unacceptable." So did the rest of his teammates: Chicago's five unanswered goals sent the game into overtime, where Seabrook collected an Olli Jokinen(notes) turnover and fired the puck through Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) just 26 seconds into the extra session for the 6-5 win. It was his first of the year, and the second career OT tally for the defenseman.
Check out the highlights from an early game of the year candidate, as the Hawks match an NHL record and set a franchise record for biggest comeback victory.
We'll agree with Blueshirt Banter on this one: Any time Wade Redden has a goal, 2 assists and plays to a plus-2, he deserves a star. Icing on the cake: The Rangers blew a one-goal game open in the third period, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs at MSG by a 7-2 count. Daniel Girardi(notes) and Sean Avery(notes) each had a pair of goals; Marian Gaborik(notes) scored his fifth of the season for
Glen Sather's checkbook the Rangers.
Niittymaki made 31 saves, including two breakaway stops on David Booth(notes) of the Florida Panthers; the second of which earned Nitty an assist on Ryan Malone's(notes) game-winning goal (Bugsy's fifth!) in the Bolts' 3-2 victory in the Battle of Florida. Niittymaki is now 2-0 on the season, and Coach Rick Tocchet was noncommittal about whether No. 1 goalie Mike Smith(notes) would start the Bolts' next game. Somewhere, Marty Biron smiles knowingly.
Honorable Mention: Martin Brodeur(notes) (31 saves) outdueled Jose Theodore(notes) (27 saves), the New Jersey Devils outworked the Washington Capitals in rallying from a 2-0 deficit, and shootout goals by Zach Parise(notes) and Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) gave Jersey a big 3-2 road victory. ... The puck bounced around the Ottawa Senators' rink like a super happy fun ball, and Pittsburgh Penguins Bill Guerin, Tyler Kennedy(notes) (2 goals) and Jordan Staal(notes) took advantage in a 4-1 win. ... David Jones(notes) had a shorthanded goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche stunned the Boston Bruins in a Columbus Day matinee, 4-3. Marek Svatos(notes) scored a big power-play goal for the Avs (3-1-1), and Craig Anderson(notes) had 29 saves. ... The Ryan Smyth(notes)-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams(notes) line combined for a power-play goal and Drew Doughty(notes) had the other tally in the Los Angeles Kings' 2-1 afternoon win over the New York Islanders. ... Lauri Korpikoski(notes) beat Evgeni Nabokov(notes) in the shootout to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 1-0 road win in a solid but tedious effort at the San Jose Sharks. ... Zack Stortini(notes) has a two-goal night. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers(notes) makes 40 saves. The Nashville Predators lose on home ice, 6-1. Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.
Dishonorable Mention: The knives are out for Ron Wilson after the Toronto Maple Leafs fell to 0-4-1 with their loss to the Rangers. Mikhail Grabovski(notes) and Niklas Hagman(notes) were minus-3; Hagman later provided the understatement of the year: "It's just not working." ... Alexander Semin(notes) was dropped from the Alexander Ovechkin (2 assists) line to the second line, and responded with a minus-2 and 1 shot on goal. ... Pekka Rinne(notes) made only five saves on nine shots before getting yanked against the Oilers. But compared to Chicago's Cristobal Huet(notes) (5 shots, 2 saves), he was Jacques Plante.