In a rare display of sensibility, the NHL chose to only schedule two games against a “big” NFL Sunday (Emmit Smith said so – at least I think that’s what I was able to understand from the indecipherable jumble of sounds coming out of his pie hole). By only scheduling two games, it gave ESPN even less to ignore and I believe that’s a good thing. Kudos, NHL, here’s a cookie. On to the results:
The streak is over. All hail our Blackhawks overlords: The Red Wings nine-game winning streak has finally been snapped as Detroit fell to the suddenly surging Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Studly NHL rookie Patrick Kane contributed a power play goal and added an assist on the game-winner by Chicago’s other rookie phenom Jonathan Toews. NHL.com tells me that Kane and Toews are numbers one and two respectively in rookie scoring so the future looks bright for the much-maligned Chicago Blackhawks. Good for them.
I guess five-day layoffs aren’t necessarily a good thing: The Wild looked rusty in their first game since last Monday (seriously, who are the scheduling wizards who come up with this shit?) and Colorado continued their domination at home (9-1 in their last 10 games) as the Avalanche edged the Wild 4-2. Adding injury to insult, the Wild were still without Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik who are still nursing groin injuries. Ryan “Geddy Lee” Smyth had a goal and an assist, Paul Stastny scored two goals, including a sweet goal in the second period, and Wojtek Wolski contributed an empty-netter in the Avalanche victory.
* Thanks to AP Photo for the pretty pictures!
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