October 30, 2011
One of the best efforts of Saturday night, and probably its most inspirational story, too. Harding previously took the Detroit Red Wings to a shootout this season, losing in the skills competition. On Saturday at home, he made 36 saves against the Wings in a 1-0 victory. It was the injury-plagued backup's first win since March 2010 and his first shutout since Jan. 2010. Dany Heatley(notes) had the game's only goal.
In a cathartic game for the Flyers, Giroux had a goal and three assists to fuel Philly's 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He assisted on Scott Hartnell's(notes) first-period goal, Jaromir Jagr's(notes) (who had two goals) and Max Talbot's(notes) goals in the third, and scored a goal of his own (No. 7) in the final frame.
Making his first start since Oct. 17, Roloson stopped all 28 shots he faced in the Lightning's 1-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Among his better saves: Denying Evander Kane(notes) on a partial breakaway and a sprawling stop with less than two minutes in the game. It was the 42-year-old goalie's 29th career shutout. Vincent Lecavalier(notes) had the game's lone goal, his fifth of the season in the second period on the power play.
Honorable mention: Daymond Langkow's(notes) goal at 4:16 of overtime gave the Phoenix Coyotes a 3-2 win over Jonathan Quick(notes) and the Los Angeles Kings. Radim Vrbata(notes) had two goals and assisted on Langkow's game-winner. Mike Smith(notes) made 37 saves. … Joe Pavelski(notes) opened the scoring on the power play and then assisted on Brent Burns's(notes) power-play goal in overtime, as the San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Islanders, 3-2. Thomas Griess made 35 saves. John Tavares(notes) scored his seventh in a losing cause. … Jason Garrison(notes) scored on the power play at 18:17 of the third period, completing a 2-point game and giving the Florida Panthers a road win, 3-2, at the Buffalo Sabres. Thomas Vanek(notes) scored goal No. 8 in the loss. … Phil Kessel(notes) scored his NHL-leading 10th goal at 10:08 of the third period to break a tie, as the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3. Tim Connolly(notes) assisted and scored his first of the season on the power play. Matt Cooke(notes) scored his fourth and Evgeni Malkin(notes) his second for the Pens. …
The Montreal Canadiens got power-play goals from Brian Gionta(notes) and David Desharnais(notes) in defeating the Boston Bruins, 4-2. Lars Eller(notes) scored his first for the Habs. Carey Price(notes) made 26 saves. Milan Lucic(notes) and Tyler Seguin(notes) had the goals for the B's, who were swept in a home-and-home. … Wild one in Vancouver, as the Canucks defeated the Washington Capitals, 7-4. Maxim Lapierre(notes), Alex Edler, Chris Higgins(notes) and Alex Ovechkin(notes) had two goals. Henrik Sedin's(notes) goal at 6:18 of the third broke a 4-4 tie. … Tremendous glove save by Roberto Luongo(notes) here on Ovechkin's bid for a hat trick:
Goals by Jason Spezza(notes) (who now has seven on the season) and Milan Michalek(notes) rallied the Ottawa Senators from a 4-1 deficit at the New York Rangers, as they eventually won in the shootout, 5-4. Brad Richards(notes) scored two goals in the loss, assisting on Ryan Callahan's(notes) power-play tally in the second as well. … Pekka Rinne(notes) had 20 saves to shut out the Anaheim Ducks, 3-0, earning his 100th NHL victory; the Nashville Predators got goals from Patric Hornqvist(notes), Martin Erat(notes) ad Shea Weber(notes)… Vernon Fiddler(notes) broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with a goal off of defenseman Mark Fayne(notes), and Sheldon Souray's(notes) long empty net goal iced it, as the Dallas Stars defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1. … Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) rebounded from a terrible effort after which he said he was "lost in the woods"; said Hartnell: "We all went to the woods yesterday and found it for him."
Did you know? Former Leafs captain Mats Sundin(notes) was in attendance and received a long ovation during the first period. Sundin's No. 13 will be honored on Feb. 11 before a game with Montreal. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: The Columbus Blue Jackets plummeted to 1-9-1 on the season, as Viktor Stalberg(notes) scored his first two goals of the season and Michael Frolik(notes) scored an empty-netter to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 win. The game featured three goals disallowed by the War Room in Toronto, which looked at six different disputed goal last night. … Eric Staal(notes) was a minus-4 on the night and is now a minus-13 on the season. … The Islanders were jobbed by the officials in overtime, as Travis Harmoic was called for a phantom delay of game call. Marco Sturm(notes) of the Panthers was given 5 minutes and a game misconduct for a boarding penalty on Jordan Leopold(notes). But penalties to Drew Stafford(notes) and Nathan Gerbe(notes) (4 minutes) negated it. … Tomas Vokoun(notes) was yanked after the first period. … Will Francois Beauchemin(notes) get the Shanahammer for this check to the head of Mike Fisher? … Finally, the Rangers/Senators game produced two infamous highlights. First up, the Wojtek Wolski(notes) elbow that knocked Daniel Alfredsson(notes) out of the game in the third period; the AP called the elbow "seemingly by accident":
Then there's this Zenon Konopka(notes) hit on Artem Anisimov(notes) that resulted in an injury, a 5-minute major and a game misconduct ... for a hit from the side. (As Jesse Spector points out, the NHL's rule for such hits doesn't stress they need to be from behind.) A costly call, as the Rangers scored twice during that power play.