January 12, 2010
The Minnesota winger had a point on each Wild goal, with three primary assists followed by the game-winner at 6:13 of the third period to give the home team a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has 10 goals and five assists in 20 games since coming over from Montreal.
The Sharks keeper made 33 saves, including 18 on 18 shots in the third period, as San Jose finally solved the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-1 victory. Dan Boyle(notes) and Dany Heatley(notes) had the goals. Looks like practice made nearly perfect for the Sharks ... or at least toughened them up a little.
Anderson was a beast in the third too, stopping 17 Calgary Flames' shots to send the game to overtime and then a shootout, where Anderson outdueled Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) for a critical 3-2 road win for the Avs. He had 44 saves on the night. Milan Hejduk(notes) and Chris Stewart(notes) scored in the shootout; Stewart also had the game-tying goal in regulation. Colorado is once again tied with Calgary for the division lead.
Honorable mention: Shea Weber's(notes) power-play slapper beat Roberto Luongo(notes) and gave the Nashville Predators a big road win, 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks. ... Alex Burrows(notes) is Alex Burrows, Part 1: He scored goals Nos. 18 and 19 against the Preds, giving him nine in five games. ... Niklas Backstrom(notes) made 35 saves in the Wild win and helped shut down the Penguins' power play for a 0-for-6 night. ... Sidney Crosby(notes) had two goals and an assist, moving past Marian Gaborik(notes) of the New York Rangers in the goal-scoring race with 29. He led all skaters with eight shots. ... Rene Bourque(notes) scored his 17th for the Flames. ... Erik Ersberg(notes) made 34 saves in a losing cause for the Kings.
Did you know?: Over the last month, Latendresse leads the NHL with eight even-strength goals. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Alex Burrows is Alex Burrows, Part 2: He had 16 PIM for the Canucks, including diving, interference and unsportsmanlike minors and a 10-minute misconduct. But he may have an alibi. ... The Kings were 0-for-5 on the power play. ... Evgeni Malkin(notes) was a minus-2 with three shots on goal in 24:41 of play. ...Finally, Sergei Gonchar(notes) gets a five-minute elbowing/interference major on Cal Clutterbuck(notes) of the Wild that Michael Russo of the Star Tribune felt should have been a game misconduct. As for Clutterbuck, he was candid about Gonchar's future in the NHL: "He better hope he retires at the end of the year, I'll tell you that ... Somebody's going to hurt him before the end of the year. Someone will. It's not going to be me, but someone will."