Making Puck: Stuffed Shells Edition

Stuffed ShellsIt may come as a surprise to our dozen(s) of loyal readers out there, but we MYFO writers have other interests and obligations other than providing you the best hockey content available on these here internets. For example, I enjoy latch-hooking and macramé. Actually, I don’t really enjoy those activities – but along with my fellow writers, sometimes do we have prior commitments that need attending to before we can do what we truly love – heavily laying on the sarcasm in our witty little posts that you readers cannot live without. On that note, I apologize for the late posting of today’s Making Puck. I had to prepare a Stuffed Shells With Arrabbiata Sauce dish for a soirée my wife is attending this evening. A husband’s work is never done…anyhoo, the results from last night:

You’ll have to wait until the next game to get your 500th win, Martin: Brodeur only gave up one goal but it wasn’t enough to get his 500th career victory as the Devils got shut out by the New York Islanders 1-0. Josef Vasicek’s short-handed goal in the second was all New York needed to snap their two-game losing streak.

Thrashers shut out the Hurricanes – no that’s not a misprint: Carolina, the highest-scoring team in the NHL, was shut out for the first time at home since last February. Marian Hossa got things started quickly with two goals in the first period and Atlanta never looked back in their 3-0 victory over Carolina. Atlanta netminder Johan Hedberg was steller between the pipes, stopping 31 shots for his 11th career shutout.

To determine who was going to win this game all I had to do was look in my “Cristobal”: I know – that was weak, but I had to do it. Huet struggled for Montreal as the Canadiens lost 4-1 to the Buffalo Sabres, who hope they are working their way out of their scoring slump after scoring a paltry five goals in their past five games. The Sabres scored three goals in the first period, one each by Clarke MacArthur, Daniel Paille and Drew Stafford as goaltender Ryan Miller made 36 saves in the victory.

Reasonable Doubt is probably still celebrating this one: The suddenly red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning really took it to the hapless Washington Capitals in a 5-2 victory. This was Tampa’s fifth straight victory. Vincent Lacavalier has a goal and two assists while Brad Richards got the game-winner in the dominating victory. Scary stat for Washington: the Capitals fell to 0-10 when their opponent scores a power play goal. That’s harsh.

Hall of Famer Al MacInnis is told he’s going to be immortalized in bronze; news pumps up the Blues: The St. Louis Blues got all the motivation they needed by the news that MacInnis will join Bernie Federko and have a statue of himself outside Scottrade Center, beating the Blue Jackets 3-2. Paul Kariya had a goal and assist while Manny Legace stopped 29 shots in the win.

I’m not Jokinen: this Jussi fellow is a pretty solid player: Jussi Jokinen got himself a hat trick in the Stars’ 6-1 complete domination of the Avalanche. Sergei Zubov contributed an impressive four assists for Dallas. Jaroslav Hlinka has the lone goal for Colorado.

An already ugly game got even uglier after the game was essentially decided: Vancouver quickly took control of this game by scoring four goals in the first period against the struggling Minnesota Wild, as the Canucks topped the Wild 6-2. As often occurs in blowouts between division rivals, things got pretty ugly, with elbows and bodies flying all over the ice. Things unfortunately took a turn for the worse when Canuck Mattias Ohlund, responding to Mikko Koivu hitting him high earlier, viciously slashed Koivu across the back of the left leg. Koivu had to be carried off the ice and coach Jacques Lemaire said after the game that Koivu’s leg may be broken. Not good. A suspension of Ohlund may be in the offing, which is good as these two rivals face-off next Wednesday. I imagine Boogaard ain’t too happy about Ohlund’s actions and would love to let him know about it.


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