Friday on the Forehand (2/03/12)
Player Tweet of the Week
“Did Gagner just get another point?” – @RyanWhitney6
Twitter was blowing up, even on player accounts last night as the Oiler’s Sam Gagner notched 8 points in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. According to the Oilers, this 8 point mark ties with Wayne Gretzky who executed the feast twice and also Coffee. 4 Goals and 4 assists made up the total 8, one of them assisting the above speaker Whitney’s PPG.
Playing for Seconds
Defenseman Drew Doughty of the Kings took advantage of a late game power play Wednesday night in LA to capture a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kings struck first in the first period, each team grabbed a goal in the second, and Colton Gillies tied it up at 2 for the Blue Jackets at 4:52 in the third.
Evgeni Malkin was in on the action this week, of course. His goal with 6.6 seconds to go in the third sent Tuesday night’s Leafs at Pens game into OT and eventually a shootout win (The Penguins 8th in a row.)
21 seconds, 3 minutes
Nashville’s Mike Fisher scored two goals in the last 3 and a half minutes of a tournament against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night for a 5-4 victory. His first came at 17:00 of the third to tie the game. The second goal was unassisted with just 21 seconds on the clock.
Fines, though not as serious as suspensions, still attempt to set a precedence of player safety— the on-going debate in the NHL.
Slash and Boult
Eric Boulton of the New Jersey Devils was fined $2,500 for a slash on the Ranger’s Mike Rupp during the second period of the teams’ Tuesday night game.
Forward Jared Doll of the Columbus Blue Jackets was fined $2,500 for an illegal check to the head of the Shark’s Joe Thornton Tuesday night. The incident occurred just :20 seconds into the first.
Pick of the Week
Lundqvist vs. Miller
An evaluation of goal tender endurance kept a game between the Rangers and the Sabres tied at 0 through three periods and overtime. The first-place New York Rangers traveled to First Niagara Center in Buffalo (Which side note, I miss the days when it was called Hong Kong Shang Hai HSBC Arena) Wednesday night for the teams’ second meeting this season.
The game eventually progressed to a 10 shooter shootout. Marian Gaborik notched one up first for the Rangers, which was answered by the Sabres third shooter, Jason Pominville. Two more rounds of the cycle continued until Ryan Callahan snuck it behind Miller. With 64 minutes and 50 seconds of ice time, Miller stopped all 29 before the shootout and Lundqvist all 34.
They both earn a shutout for the game.
These two teams meet again at MSG on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m and its certainly a game worth checking out, I mean if for nothing else but the antics of these two goaltenders. Ludqvist currently has a season save % of .939 and Miller of .904.
What to watch this weekend
Flyers at Rangers, Sunday Feb.5 at 1 p.m.
So like the Super Bowl is on Sunday, but just in case you want to spend the day watching Hockey instead, the Flyers are traveling to Madison Square Garden to take on the 32-win-second-in-the-league Rangers. It is the team’s first meeting after the Jan. 2 outdoor experience which found the Rangers victorious.