word of the riveting game action is spreading like...insomnia?
~The Senators went over to Buffalo and were sent straight to bed without dinner - or a win, by a final of 3-2. Another thrilling game where noone scored for the first period and a half, but watch out - Nathan Paetsch earned third star for the second night in a row. (which is definitely because he's either playing well or because he was the best option. one of the two.)
~The Flyers managed 37 shots last night, but not a one made it through net during their 2-0 loss, perhaps partly due to the extra wall Rick DiPietro built from his 15-year contract paperwork. Viktor Kozlov and Miro Satan scored, but neither was considered a star of the game.
~The Chicago Havlats took a trip to Vancouver and played a game that was so dreadfully dull ex-Penguin Patrick Lalime got #1 star for stopping all 34 of Vancouver's shots. Chicago got two empty net goals in the last 0:56 to make their 3-0 win look a little bit prettier.
~Phoenix hopped in their jet plane and took a journey to frigid Detroit, where the weather proved too much of a foe (or perhaps it was that they played a superior team) in a 4-2 loss. Phoenix didn't see the puck much, registering only 22 shots to 48 by Detroit. Curtis Joseph only stopped 44 of those, but that was still good enough for second star.
~Last but certainly not least, the San Jose/Anaheim rematch failed to really deliver, with San Jose taking the win 3-2. Sharks rookie stud Ryane Clowe (who is apparently so cool he needs an extra "e" in his name) notched three assists, giving him a total of 22 points (9G, 13A) in 15 games since his recall January 3rd.
Will tonight finally be enough to end this plague of sleep descending upon NHL fandom? Perhaps. It will be for me, as the Pens will head to Philly and look to get their 7th win in seven games versus the Flyers. Everyone else is streaking...Atlanta playing Colorado for the first time in three years...Detroit is looking to extend their win streak to six games by playing St Louis for the first time since the last time they beat them, which continued their winning streak since losing to St Louis. HA! how's that for excitement.