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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Case of the Mondays: Feb. 11-12 wrap

By Paul Grant

Here's all you need to know about the weekend's action without having to watch the pesky games. It's like CliffsNotes/Coles Notes without the gaudy bee stripes.

SUNDAY
--The Red Wings tied the record for most consecutive home wins, even without Jimmy Howard in net. They have a chance to set the record Tuesday against Dallas. Start covering the furniture with plastic because the champagne is coming out.
-- Evgeni Malkin continues to light it up, scoring a pair to give him a 5-5-10 February. El Penguinos don't need that Crosby fella.
-- Ryan Callahan made like Sam Gagner, scoring his fifth goal in three games to lead the Rangers over the Caps. The Rangers are 19-5-1 in their past 25 games. Considering the distractions his team has had this season, John Tortorella has to be a lock for the Jack Adams.
-- Jaroslav Halak earned his fifth shutout in his past 10 starts as the Blues blanked the Sharks. Oh, and as if the Blues aren't scary enough, Andy McDonald came back after sitting for 51 games as a concussed guy. Now if only someone would buy the team.
-- Corey Perry's not going anywhere, especially after firing his impressive hatter against the Woe Jackets.

SATURDAY
-- Mats Sundin's number was retired -- sorry, the Leafs are above that tradition, so that should be "honored" -- before the Leafs-Habs game. As is usually the case in Toronto, the fans got all teary-eyed about a great player they didn't appreciate when he was playing for them. Sundin did the best he could, people. Dude deserved more love after being the captain of a rodeo that had bucking broncos Shayne Corson, Darcy Tucker and Travis Green.
-- Again with the Evgeni Malkin: He kept the scorekeeper busy with his five-point night in a throwback 8-5 win over the Jets. Jordan Staal came back and scored, too. Sheesh. Cribbed from Elias: Malkin's third five-point game of the season made him one of three players to score five or more points in three games in one season since 1998–99. The other two: Alex Ovechkin, in 2007–08 and Sidney Crosby, in 2009–10.
-- The Bruins beat the Predators in a shootout. Pekka Rinne made twice as many saves as Tim Thomas, but lost anyway. I don't trust Google Translate, so I'm uncertain if the Finnish Pekka complained afterward on his Facebook page about the injustice of it all.
-- Sam Gagner ends his amazing scoring streak in Ottawa. Doesn't he know most out-of-town folks have to go across the river to Gatineau to score?