November 04, 2009
Osgood has been challenged by Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Tuesday he delivered with his 50th career shutout in a 2-0 win over the Bruins. The embattled Detroit goalie did his best work in the first period when he stopped Marco Sturm(notes) on a point-blank chance, then corralled the rebound with his glove after receiving an assist from the post. In all Ozzie made 29 saves as he moved within six wins of 400 career victories. After all the finger pointing that followed his rough October (3.10 GAA, .889 save pct.), Osgood was in dire need of an effort like this.
The Penguins aren't supposed to win in California and certainly the loss of Sergei Gonchar(notes) is expected to catch up with the reigning Stanley Cup champions, but neither obstacle was a factor in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Ducks. Pittsburgh blueliners combined for six points, led by Letang, who scored his first goal of the season and added an assist on Pascal Dupuis'(notes) game-winner as the Pens improved to an NHL-best 12-3-0. Letang led all Penguins skaters with 23:46 of ice time, sharing team-high honors in both shots (3) and blocked shots (3).
Kesler racked up three assists in a wild 4-1 win over the Rangers and is currently the highest-scoring American-born player in the NHL with 16 points. Kesler could have been the goat. He somehow got the extra penalty in what was a 10-on-7 melee in the third period. The Rangers would score moments after that penalty expired, but Kesler, who has five points in two November games, would provide the primary assist on both the game-winning and insurance goals.
Honorable Mention: Pavel Datsyuk(notes) had the primary assist on both Detroit goals, including a pretty drop pass to Tomas Holmstrom(notes) for the icebreaker. Datsyuk has multi-point efforts in four of six games. … Phil Kessel(notes) was held off the scoresheet in his Maple Leafs debut, but he was plenty active in putting 10 shots on goal. … Ryan Malone's(notes) overtime goal was his fourth game-winner of the young season for the Lightning. … Tampa goalie Antero Niittymaki(notes) stopped 40 shots to up his save percentage to .940 on the season. … Thashers defenseman Mark Popovic(notes), a five-year veteran, scored his first NHL goal in his 51st game. … Pittsburgh tied an NHL record with its seventh straight road win to start the season. … Anaheim's Corey Perry(notes) scored his 100th and 101st career goals in the loss to the Pens.
Did You Know?: Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory in Anaheim was just its second win in California since January, 1999.
Dishonorable Mention: The Bruins have not scored in 133 minutes while being shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 2007. … Toronto has surrendered the first goal in 12 of 13 games. … Montreal fans were not sure what to make of the announcement that Carey Price(notes) had been named the Molson Cup player of the month for October. … The Rangers haven't won in Vancouver in 12 years.