Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Jon Jordan on 10/12/10 at 11:19 AM ET
Today’s three cheers, saluting those who deserve as much for their performances yesterday:
***Cheers to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, whose 41 saves thwarted the efforts of his former club, the Florida Panthers en route to the first win of the season for the Canucks. Luongo’s .973 save percentage through his club’s first two games is hardly anything to scoff at and his quick start is a great sign for a Canucks team with extremely high hopes for the season. As for Florida, 42 shots on goal are great but three goals through two games won’t get the job done and that sort of paltry offensive production could be exactly what keeps the Panthers from succeeding this season. Tomas Vokoun can only keep opponents at bay to a certain extent.
**Cheers to Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, whose second goal of the night – a backhand from a ridiculous angle - broke a 2-2 tie with the visiting Colorado Avalanche with just 2:38 to play in the game. Darroll Powe iced things for the Flyers with an empty netter to seal a 4-2 victory and move Philadelphia to 2-0-1 out of the gate. Carter’s first goal, on a clean breakaway, was a thing of beauty that deserves a look as well.
*And big time cheers to Blake Comeau of the New York Islanders, who capped a three-point performance with the game-winning goal late in the third period in a 6-4 win over the rival Rangers. Josh Bailey, who managed a goal of his own earlier in the game, set up Comeau’s game winner with a nifty no-look, backhand pass. Without key players John Tavares, Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo in the lineup, the Isles have to be pleased with three points in their first two games and the continued development of players like Comeau and Bailey says a lot for the on-ice future of the franchise.
Finally this morning, a toast for which I’ll surely take some crap to Isles defenseman James Wisniewski for making me chuckle (but, come on, Wiz… That’s a no-no!) And a selfish cheers to me, for making it through Monday Night Football and being able to function today, despite an incredibly late finish to the game. (The Jets victory was well worth a little grogginess, of course, but 1:00 am is way past bed time for this guy these days. Whew!)
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Tags: blake+comeau, darroll+powe, james+wisniewski, jeff+carter, john+tavares, josh+bailey, kyle+okposo, mark+streit, roberto+luongo, tomas+vokoun
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