Devils with a poor effort on the second of back-to-back nights, losing 4-0 at the WachOff Center. I'm not gonna knock Marty with the defense he has in front of him. What a piss-poor group this is. I never thought I'd be begging to get Colin White back. Martin and Rachunek awful. Vishnevski invisible. Mottau and Greene still green (pardon the pun) and Oduya is barely stabilizing his game at this point.
That said, what a game played by Martin Biron tonight. 38 saves from the Flyer goaltender, and terrific rebound control. The Devils rarely got a second chance shot, which brings up an odd point: The Devils AGAIN, dominated at periods of time. The Flyers couldn't buy possesion on Park Place last night. It's just one or two bad bounces, and away goes Sami Kapanen or another forward and the defense and Brodeur were just unable to handle it.
Let's go around the league, check back at 1AM for a full recap, including attendance numbers at every rink because we know how much you love analyze those.
Marco Sturm and Mark Stuart each struck twice as the Bruins won their home opener over Tampa Bay, 5-1. The Bruins were the second to last team to open their building, the final one will happen in New Jersey' largest city on October 27th. Unfortunately with the Red Sox still in action, the Bruins 4-2 mark has gone unnoticed in Beantown. But if Kevin Garnett doesn't get it done with the Celtics, the spotlight will be on the black and gold once again.
Bill Guerin struck three times, his first three of the season, as the Islanders fought off a 3rd period comeback from Washington (That included Alex Ovechkin's 4th) to win it 5-2. The Islanders are 4-2.
Check out our Ranger recap from Lenny for more on their 5-3 loss to Atlanta. Shanahan and Gomez struck late for NYR.
Nik Antropov scored with 28 seconds to go and the Leafs got off the schneid, defeating Florida 3-2. Jason Blake got his first of the year for Leaf Nation.
The Senators won a battle of two Canadian clubs, beating Montreal 4-3, and lookie here...Jason Spezza got the winner, his first goal of the season. In the "good for him" column, Nick Foligno got his first career goal. Dany Heatley (7th) and Wade Redden cashed in for Ottawa, as Guillame Latendresse, Michael Ryder and Alex Kovalev struck for Montreal.
Mike Cammalleri has goal #7 and the Kings have a 2-1 lead in Calgary. Kristian Huselius has the only Calgary goal, while Dustin Brown has the go-ahead for LA.
Edmonton and Phoenix just getting under way in the valley of the Sun.
Detroit and San Jose at 10:30.