Jarome Iginla was 2+2 last night and is now up to 3rd in league scoring. Calgary has been strong offensively this year, sitting 7th in the league in goals right now. The defense?, not so much... currently 19th in goals against and it almost came back to bite them last night after they jumped out to a 5-0 lead and then cruised home to a 7-6 win. And, yes, Kiprusoff played again.
T.J. Hensick was called up yesterday by Colorado and wasted no time getting an assist last night... this guy was hot for a few weeks last year when called up so we'll see if he can repeat that. David Jones was sent down to make room for TJH.
This paragraph is reserved for guys who put up hat-tricks:
Blake Wheeler changes his number to 26, Mike Milbury's old number, and immediately puts up more goals in one game than Milbury did in his entire career.
Ryane Clowe, the Newfie, had 3 goals last night but was not eligible for the previous paragraph cause he had 2 goals in regulation and then the deciding goal in the shootout, so only 2 officially counted... yeah, we know, kinda harsh... but fair. Clowey is 8+3=11 in his last 9 games with some PIMs and a bunch of shots... you might want to pick this guy up while he's hot cause he's probably going to hurt himself soon.
Everyone's favourite breakout candidate, ok maybe just ours... Joe Pavelski was pointless in his last two games but did pour 14 shots on net, so be patient... it will come.
Erik Ersberg got his 2nd straight start and recorded his 1st win, only needing to stop 13 of 15 shots... despite this Terry Murray came out and said that LaBabs is still the #1... yeah just like Marty Gerber is still the #1 in Ottawa. As bad as LA is, they're playing very solid defensively...they sit 13th in the league in goals against and are leading the league in giving up the fewest shots against and this is after being 28th in both these cats last year. Bottom line is they need more from the keeper and Ersberg has given that to them so far.
Kari Lehtonen is still illin' and so Ondrej Pavelec stepped in again and stopped 24 of 27 to get his 2nd straight win... as we said the other day, this guy is good enough to be the #1G but they may not give him the chance.
Exhibit A & B of how to lose playing time... Exhibit A: Mathieu Garon gave up 5 goals before being pulled in the 2nd period and Jeff Deslauriers came in and shutout Pittsburgh the rest of the way and Edmonton almost came back... so Garon now has two goalies that are looking like better options than him in Edmonton... yikes. Exhibit B: Pekka Rinne, despite not taking a loss yet this year (cause he gets pulled so early), gave up 4 goals in the 1st period to Calgary last night and was not invited back for the 2nd period... he's got a 1.44 gaa in his 2 wins and a 12.20 gaa in his other 2 games.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
Nik Antropov left the game last night after taking a shot off the foot, no word on how long he'll be out.
Brent Burns is still bothered by that upper body injury so he's going to miss the next 2 games, at least
Mathieu Schneider missed the game last night and is on the shelf until next week with a hip flexor.
Denis Grebeshkov is still seeing stars due to his concussion on the weekend so he's on the IR now.
Returning to the lineup last night was: Bryan McCabe, Stephen Weiss and Ben Bishop.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... Jason Blake is nothing if not entertaining, you can always count on seeing someone rag-doll him at least once a game... last night it was Mark Stuart's turn to have a go (photo from the Toronto Star) and as you can see it was even painful for Blake Wheeler to watch.