The Vancouver Canucks found the perfect cure for an early season slide: Two straight games against the Edmonton Oilers. Henrik Sedin set up twin brother Daniel for two goals 2:18 apart in the second period to break open a close game and help the Canucks sweep back-to-back games against Edmonton with a 4-1 win on Saturday night.
Joe Sakic is closing in on another franchise milestone. Sakic had his 15th career hat trick to help the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Saturday night. He is one hat trick shy of tying Peter Stastny for the franchise record. “I didn’t realize it was 15,” said Sakic, who now has 614 career goals.
The loudest ovation from the raucous sold-out crowd was heard for All-Star Danny Briere. The nicest play came in the waning seconds from team captain Jason Smith. Two players that had nothing to do with Philadelphia’s disastrous last season have given the rebuilt Flyers early reason to believe they can return to the playoffs.
Olli Jokinen’s record-tying goal provided the lift Florida needed. Jokinen had a goal and two assists to tie Scott Mellanby for Florida’s career scoring lead in the Panthers’ 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday night. “Before the season, I knew the stats,” said Jokinen, who has 156 goals and 198 assists for 354 points in seven season with Florida.
Sidney Crosby’s so-called slump is over, folks. Crosby scored his first two goals of the season, including the winner with 5:22 left in the third period, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild 6-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. “It’s not something I was too worried about,” Crosby said.
For the Ottawa Senators, it was just a matter of time. They peppered Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist throughout the first half of the game and waited for the effort would pay off. It did, and then again, and then once more — all in a New York minute … well, in a team-record 52 seconds to be exact. Dany Heatley scored the first of Ottawa’s record-setting three goals in under a minute of the second…
The New Jersey Devils were starting to feel jinxed before pulling out a last-minute comeback win Saturday night. Imagine how the Atlanta Thrashers feel. Patrik Elias scored two goals, the second on a power play with 27 seconds left to help the Devils beat the winless Thrashers 6-5 on Saturday night. “Tonight the luck turned my way for a change,” Elias said.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa’s drunken driving hearing was postponed until Dec. 3. La Russa did not appear in court Monday when the hearing delay was announced. He was arrested March 22 and charged with drunken driving after police said they found him asleep inside his running sport utility vehicle at a stop light near the Cardinals’ spring training facility in Jupiter.
The Colorado Rockies were one strike away from not even making the playoffs. Now, they’re one win away from their first World Series. With a cold rain falling, Josh Fogg shut down Arizona’s bats in his first postseason start and Yorvit Torrealba hit a tiebreaking three-run homer to fuel the Rockies’ 4-1 victory Sunday night in Game 3 of the NL championship series.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Anthony Hargrove pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for a fight with police outside a nightclub in August. He was fined $300 fine and must perform 200 hours of community service. Hargrove was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and harassment after police said he broke an officer’s eyeglasses Aug.
Arizona outfielder Eric Byrnes’ rant against Colorado was meant to spark his team. It didn’t. And so Byrnes spent time after the Diamondbacks’ 4-1 loss in Game 3 of the NL championship series on Sunday night backtracking. “I wasn’t speaking negatively about the Rockies,” Byrnes said Sunday after the Diamondbacks fell into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.
The pitching has been good, the defense fine. The problem is, the Arizona Diamondbacks can’t get a base hit when it matters, and that has them one loss away from being swept by the steamrolling Colorado Rockies in the NL championship series. When a Diamondbacks player has hit one hard with runners in scoring position, one of those charmed Rockies makes a big defensive play.