Monday, February 20, 2012
Case of the Mondays: Feb. 18-19 wrap
By Sarah Goldstein
Here's all you need to know about the weekend's action without having to watch the pesky games.
- The Red Wings just keep winning at the Joe. They got their 23rd-consecutive home win with a 3-2 victory over the Sharks. This broke the NHL record for the most consecutive home wins over multiple seasons. To keep things straight, the record they broke on Tuesday with their 21st-consecutive home win was the single-season streak. The Wings are now 26-2-1 at home and .500 on the road. With an NHL-leading 84 points, it may not matter how they play on the road come playoff time.
- Rick Nash wouldn't comment about the trade talks surrounding him, but he put on a show for the New York City crowd. With chants of "We don't want you!" filling Madison Square Garden, Nash tallied the game-tying goal for the Jackets late in the third to force overtime. New York went on to win the game, but Rangers fans must be a bit excited about the prospect of landing Nash after seeing him in action. Multiple sources have confirmed that the Rangers, Kings, Leafs and Flyers have all held talks this week with Columbus regarding Nash. Where he will land is anyone's guess right now.
- At 41 years old, Teemu Selanne is making a case for the Hart Trophy as he tries to get the Ducks into the playoffs. Selanne scored his 20th goal of the season and moved past Brendan Shanahan for sole possession of 12th place on the career scoring list with 657 points. The Ducks are now just five points behind eighth place Calgary in the West. They were 20 points behind eighth-place Nashville on Jan. 6. Coach Bruce Boudreau could be directing another improbable comeback in his first season in Anaheim.
- Derek Roy had a breakout performance against the Penguins, highlighted by his redirection of Jason Pominville's centering pass through the legs of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for a shorthanded goal. Roy, who has registered five points in his past three games after getting five points in his previous 20 games, helped the Sabres snap a four-game skid.
- Niklas Backstrom stopped a career-high 48 shots as the Wild shut out the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Bruins have lost six of 10 and were shut out for four times in their past nine games.
- The Penguins proved to be the best team in Pennsylvania on this day. Ilya Bryzgalov gave up three goals on 13 shots before getting benched to make way for Sergei Bobrovsky to give up three goals on 17 shots. After the game, Bryzgalov told reporters that, "I will try and find peace in my soul to play in this city." Glad to see signing Bryz to a $51 million deal solved all of the Flyers' goaltending issues.
- What's Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to do when neither of his netminders can stop the puck? Add more depth to the blue line. After acquiring Nicklas Grossman from the Stars on Thursday, the Flyers sent a prospect and a couple draft picks to Tampa for verteran defenseman Pavel Kubina.
- Things weren't going well for Minnesota on Saturday as the Wild allowed Barret Jackman to end a 150-game scoring drought. It was Jackman's 20th goal in his 10-year career and the Blues shut out the Wild 4-0 for their sixth win in their past seven games. Remember when the Wild were leading the Western Conference? We don't either.
- Back in September a Capitals-Lightning matchup probably seemed like a must see. But with both of these teams underachieving this season -- the Lightning are already looking to the future by selling off Kubina and Dominic Moore, and the Capitals haven't been able to string together enough wins to secure a playoff spot -- the highlight of this game was Steven Stamkos getting his league-leading 40th goal of the season. The 22-year-old is the first Tampa player to score at least 40 goals in three consecutive seasons.
- Alex Burrows and the Sedins combined for 10 points to rout the Leafs 6-2. It was Vancouver's 10th straight win over Toronto, covering a span of more than eight years. Burrows, who grew up a Habs fan in Montreal, said he especially enjoys beating the Leafs.