Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Jon Jordan on 10/22/10 at 10:33 AM ET
It’s early, sure, but let’s raise a glass to my three stars of yesterday’s NHL action:
***Cheers to New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who blanked Montreal as his Devil teammates notched a goal in each of the game’s three periods en route to a 3-0 win. Brodeur extended his all-time record with the 112th shutout of his brilliant career. Zach Parise, Jason Arnott and Matt Taormina scored for New Jersey.
**Cheers to Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who scored a pair of goals and assisted on teammate Kris Letang’s overtime winner to lift the Pens over the Nashville Predators 4-3. “Sid the Kid” (hard to believe he’s still just 23, no?) appears to be heating up, 6-5-11 in Pittsburgh’s eight games this season but 5-3-8 in his last three – and that’s bad news for Atlantic Division rivals and opponents league wide.
*And big time cheers to Phoenix’s Lee Stempniak, whose first NHL hat trick propelled the Coyotes to a 4-2 win over Los Angeles in front of about 11 fans in Glendale. (Sorry, ‘Yotes
Nation. Had to. That was pathetic.) Stempniak opened up the scoring early in the first period and later added his second of the game (and of the season) before the initial frame was complete. After Wayne Simmonds pulled L.A. to within a goal late in the third, Stempniak iced things with an empty netter as the Coyotes evened up their record (well, “even” in the NHL, anyway) to 2-2-1.
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