Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Jon Jordan on 10/19/10 at 09:57 AM ET
Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:
***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)
**Cheers to Dwayne Roloson of the New York Islanders, who continued his run of masterful performances against the Toronto Maple Leafs, stopping 29 shots last night and leading the upstart Isles (3-1-2) to a win over the home squad. Previously unbeaten Toronto (4-0-1) managed to tie the game on a power play tally by Phil Kessel with a shade over two minutes to play but John Tavares iced the victory for New York in overtime with a fine snipe of his own.
*And big time cheers to Chicago’s Marian Hossa, who rallied the Blackhawks back from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of third period scores before Patrick Sharp’s overtime winner sent St. Louis to defeat in a 3-2 decision. Hossa leads the NHL with seven goals and 11 points on the young season and the defending Stanley Cup champs are out of the gate in decent shape, at 4-2-1 after seven games.
Tonight in the Southeast, the Washington Capitals open up a home-and-home series against the Boston Bruins in a meeting that will be televised on Versus. The Caps are off to a 4-1 start and look to have goaltender Semyon Varlamov back in action this week as well. Look for Michal Neuvirth to go against the Bruins tonight, with Varlamov making his season debut in Boston on Thursday.
And the Carolina Hurricanes road adventures continue in San Jose, where they will face captain Joe Thornton (he of the new contract extension) and the Sharks in a game that will go far too late into the night for these bleary eyes. (Two long nights in a row for the newest addition to Team JJ.) One would think goaltender Justin Peters might spell Cam Ward for the ‘Canes in either tonight’s game or tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
More to come throughout the day…
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