November 23, 2010
No. 1 Star: Alex Kovalev, Ottawa Senators
There may have been better performances on Monday night, but no one had the magical moment that Alex Kovalev(notes) did. He scored his 1,000th NHL point on a power-play goal with the clock reading 10:00 in the first period, and he later assisted on Jason Spezza's(notes) game-winner in the Sens' 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. He's the third Russian player to achieve that feat, joining Sergei Fedorov(notes) and Alexander Mogilny.
The Devils had been waiting weeks to break out of their offensive doldrums and to play in front of a stellar goaltending performance. They had both occur in the same game: a 5-0 domination of the visiting Washington Capitals, backstopped by Hedberg's 30-save performance in his 300th NHL game. Jason Arnott(notes) scored twice and Mattias Tedenby(notes) had a critical penalty shot goal in the win.
Mason and the Jackets keep rolling, as his 27
saves and first shutout of the season propelled Columbus to a 2-0 victory over
the Nashville Predators. Rick Nash(notes) scored a goal for the sixth straight game.
Honorable mention: Thrilling game in Philly as Claude Giroux(notes) had the tying goal and James van Riemsdyk(notes) the game-winner in the third period for the Flyers, who rallied for a 3-2 victory. It was van Riemsdyk's first of the season. Maxim Lapierre had both Montreal Canadiens goals, and Carey Price(notes) made 42 saves in a losing effort. ... Nikolai Kulemin scored the first two goals of the game, both assisted by Mikhail Grabovski, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Dallas Stars, 4-1. Brad Richards(notes) scored his 10th for the Stars, while Jonas Gustavsson(notes) was strong in a 21-save performance for Toronto. ... Marty Biron was strong in net for the New York Rangers, making 31 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. Brian Boyle(notes) and Dan Girardi(notes) had the goals; Jarome Iginla(notes) scored for the Flames. Mark Staal had one of the best hits on the season on Matt Stajan. ... Steven Stamkos(notes) scored goal No. 20 during a 3-goal second period and Mike Smith's(notes) 26 saves gave the Tampa Bay Lightning their fourth straight win, 3-1 over the Boston Bruins. ... Finally, Sidney Crosby(notes) had a goal and an assist while Chris Connor's third-period goal was the game-winner in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Crosby has points in nine straight games; Kris Letang(notes) had a goal and this nasty hit on Chris Higgins.
Did you know? Tampa Bay held a moment of silence for late NHL coaching great Pat Burns; the Devils wore special patches with his initials on them.
Dishonorable mention: Video review was no friend of the LA Kings last night. ... After failing to play adequate defense on Brad Richards' goal, Phil Kessel(notes) was benched for the second period by Ron Wilson. ... The Flyers/Habs grudge match was a thriller but didn't have any carryover from last week's incidents of violence and Mike Richards(notes) calling out P.K. Subban(notes). ... Finally, Stephane Robidas(notes) was a rare minus-4 for Dallas.