Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: The Good, The (Not) Bad & The Ugly

It was an interesting night between the pipes on Wednesday in the NHL as one guy stayed perfect (with a little help), a cold call resulted in a clean sheet and the Blues went totally Chinua Achebe on the Wings!

What’s that saying – you have to be good to be lucky? Ray Emery must be pretty good then, because he got quite lucky in Calgary on Wednesday in the second period of an eventual 4-2 win for his Ducks over the Flames. The home side appeared to tie the game up during a goalmouth scramble in the Anaheim end, but the video replay was inconclusive and so the goal wasn’t given. The replay seemed to show the puck over the line, and common sense would lead you to believe that it was a good goal, but it was impossible to tell for sure if it was in.

Just like that, former Oiler Lubo Visnovsky put the Ducks up by two before the end of the period and that was about all she wrote for the Flames, whose playoff hopes took a real hit on the night. As for Ray Emery, he is now 6-0-0 since signing with Anaheim, with a 1.90 GAA and a .935 save percentage!

Over in the East, the Buffalo Sabres made a big statement on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over the NY Rangers, bumping them up into seventh place in the conference.

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who is arguably the team’s best player, was a late scratch for this game because of what the team is calling an “upper body injury,” but his rookie replacement didn’t skip a beat!

Jhonas Enroth made 23 stops for his first career shutout, which was made sweeter only by the fact that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was apparently his childhood hero. Oh, and did I mention that he just happened to fly his parents in from Sweden to see their first NHL game that night? Not bad!

It wasn’t all high fives and smiles on Wednesday though – just ask Joey MacDonald and Thomas McCollum.

Things fell apart for the Detroit Red Wings netminders in a 10-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena, a game that saw the visitors find mesh eight times in the first two periods! MacDonald was yanked after giving up five goals, but found his way back into the game when McCollum allowed three more on the eight shots he faced in relief.

It’s not often that a team puts up 10 goals in a game, so let’s take a look at them:


I bet they can’t wait for Jimmy Howard to get healthy!

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