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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/06/10 (And a Look Ahead to Southeast Games Tonight)

Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.

From Thursday’s games first:

***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.

**Cheers to St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who blanked the San Jose Sharks with 25 saves on Thursday night for his third shutout of the season (and third in his last four starts).

*And big time cheers to Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who stopped 25 shots in Atlanta for his second consecutive shutout performance, leading Columbus to a 3-0 win over the Thrashers.

As for last night:

***Cheers to Brandon Dubinsky of the New York Rangers (a shrewd waiver pickup by a certain fantasy hockey club of which I know, by the way), who opened the scoring for the Blueshirts in New Jersey and added an insurance marker in the third period to help send the host Devils to their 10th regulation loss of the season, a 3-0 final.

**Cheers to Montreal’s Benoit Pouliot, who tallied the equalizer for the Habs in the second period in Buffalo and, later in the middle frame, put his team ahead for good with his second of the night and fourth of the season in a 3-2 decision for the Canadiens.

*And big time cheers to Louis Eriksson of the Dallas Stars, whose four-point performance included a power play goal in the first period and another in the second, leading the way offensively for Dallas in a 6-3 win over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes. Eriksson now has nine goals and 16 points in Dallas’ 12 games this season, just a pair of points behind linemate Brad Richards for the team scoring lead.

***

It’s the freakin’ weekend, baby, so I have no excuses other than to pry the eyelids open and actually make tonight’s Lightning/Sharks game all the way through. If you’ll be tuned in to that one, which should be a good one between two solid teams (come on, 5-5-2 San Jose, hold up your end of things here), join in on some in-game chat via Twitter, won’t ya?

Elsewhere in the Southeast, the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes complete their home-and-home in Raleigh after last night’s wild, 7-4 Florida victory in Sunrise.

And a reunion of sorts is in order in Atlanta, where what’s left of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks reconvenes with the rest of that club (for the most part) saying hello to old friends Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd and Brent Sopel.

I’ll be keeping an eye on that one too, for sure.

Enjoy the weekend, gang.

JJ
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Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: benoit+pouliot, brandon+dubinsky, jaroslav+halak, jason+spezza, loui+eriksson, mathieu+garon

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