October 29, 2011
Ward's first shutout of the season came on a 30-save effort against the Chicago Blackhawks, as the Carolina Hurricanes won, 3-0. Ward made 15 second-period saves, including one on a Jonathan Toews(notes) breakaway, to preserve the 1-0 lead Tim Brent's(notes) first-period goal established. Brandon Sutter(notes) (who had a great overall game) and Jiri Tlusty(notes) scored in the third to ice it.
Thornton scored on a breakaway at 18:18 of the second period to break a 2-2 tie, and then scored his third of the season into an empty net to give the Sharks a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Joe Pavelski(notes) sprung Thornton on the breakaway. Said Coach Todd McLellan: "It was nice to see Jumbo shoot it, he had nobody to pass to. But he did look behind him. He worried me."
Don't hand that starting gig to Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) quite yet. Dubnyk was outstanding against the Colorado Avalanche, making 40 saves in the Oilers' 3-1 victory. That included 25 in the first two periods, as Cam Barker(notes) and Andy Sutton(notes) scored to give the Oilers the 2-0 lead. They eventually won, 3-1.
Honorable mention: Roman Horak(notes) scored a goal and assisted on Tom Kostopoulos's(notes) tally to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Olli Jokinen(notes) scored an empty netter; Alex Steen(notes) had the St. Louis goal. Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) was strong, making 28 saves. … Corey Crawford(notes) was every bit as good as Ward, making 30 saves but not getting any offensive help. … Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) had two assists for the Wings, as Henrik Zetterberg(notes) and Tomas Holmstrom(notes) scored. Zetterberg was also 14-3 on faceoffs… Ryane Clowe(notes) and Patrick Marleau(notes) had the other Sharks goals; Antti Niemi(notes) made 30 saves. … Ryan Smyth(notes) had a three-point night, including a goal in the third that came 27 seconds after Ryan O'Reilly(notes) cut the Oilers' lead to one goal. … Matthew Hulsizer appears to be the new owner of the St. Louis Blues. … Brad Stuart(notes) did some quality goaltending for the Wings:
Did you know? Kiprusoff is now 19-4-2 against the Blues in his career. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: St. Louis squandered a two-man advantage in the third period while trailing by a goal, and continue to have the worst power play in hockey. ... Tomas Holmstrom had yet another goal taken away from him on a goalie interference call, as the ref ruled there was incidental contact with Niemi. … Patrick Kane(notes) was a minus-1, was 1-7 on faceoffs and picked up a double-minor for high-sticking in the first. … Finally, Andy Sutton might be getting a call from the NHL for this hit on Gabriel Landeskog.