October 07, 2009
Richards and Alexander Ovechkin(notes) (2 goals, 1 assist) helped put on a nationally televised show in a seven-goal second period, powered by Richards's second career hat-trick. He scored on the power play, and again later on the man advantage. His third goal was scored 18 seconds after that, on a misplay by Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov(notes). The Flyers rallied to win the game, 6-5 in overtime, with a tying goal credited to Scott Hartnell(notes) and an OT game-winner by Danny Briere(notes) on his birthday. The AP reported that the team collected 492 hats after Richards's trick.
The Wild looked overmatched in the first two periods against the Anaheim Ducks, in Coach Todd Richards's home debut. But a three-goal rally in the third period sent the game to overtime, where Brunette collected a rebound and put the puck past J.S. Giguere on the power play. The Wild won, 4-3, on a night that also saw Martin Havlat(notes) make his home debut with three assists.
After eight goals in 139 NHL games, Nystrom nearly turned the trick in a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Nystrom opened the scoring and then tied the game in the second period. He momentarily was credited with a hat-trick on the eventual game-winner before it was given to Staffan Kronwall(notes) (his first in the NHL, and what a waste of hats). Nystrom was a plus-3 and also had a fight.
Honorable Mention: Anze Kopitar(notes) and Joe Thornton(notes) each had three points, as the San Jose Sharks rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game for just 26 seconds before the Kings reclaimed it. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Sharks, 6-4, spoiling Dany Heatley's(notes) first goal in teal. ... Swedish hockey legend Daniel Alfredsson(notes) helped spoil the first NHL start of Swedish goaltending standout Jonas Gustavsson(notes) (26 saves) with a nifty penalty shot (video) in the Ottawa Senators' 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alfredsson took the shot after Milan Michalek(notes) was injured on the initial infraction by Luke Schenn(notes). Pascal Leclaire(notes) made 26 saves. ... Another wild one in Alberta, as Ales Hemsky's(notes) shootout goal gave the Edmonton Oilers a 5-4 SO win over the Dallas Stars. Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) had 30 saves in Pat Quinn's first win with the Oil. ... Sergei Samsonov(notes) and Tuomo Ruutu(notes) scored in the shootout to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, their eighth straight over the Bolts. ... Like his linemate Ovechkin, Alex Semin had two goals for the Capitals, including this nifty dangle past Braydon Coburn(notes).
Dishonorable Mention: Varlamov was pulled after four goals on 25 shots; Evgeni Nabokov(notes) was yanked by the San Jose Sharks after surrendering four on 20. His replacement, Thomas Greiss(notes) (8 saves) let in a soft game-winner to Teddy Purcell(notes) of the Kings. ... Joni Pitkanen(notes) returned from injury for the Hurricanes before leaving with a "lower body injury" later in the game. ... Both Joffrey Lupul(notes) (Ducks) and Rob Scuderi(notes) (Kings) were cut by pucks to the face in their games. ... When's the last time Dion Phaneuf(notes) and Robyn Regehr(notes) were both minus-3 in the same game? ... Finally, on a night with rather putrid penalty killing, it doesn't get worse than the Kings allowing four power-play goals in four shorthanded situations to San Jose.