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JJ’s Three Cheers: 11/08/10

As usual lately, I’m a day behind. And, really, this time, I have no excuses. (Well, I do, but I won’t bother…) So, why make sure I catch up on JJ’s Three Cheers, you might ask? (I said might, cause it’s just as likely that you won’t.) The goal from the start with this should-be daily feature of mine was to keep a running tally of those honored and to salute the top three (or more) at season’s end. With a thousand other things in the hopper, so far as content from me is concerned (most of which are waiting on a few loose ends to be tied up), I’ll probably be pulling double-duty on these little recaps for much of the season as the workload increases. That said, the need to rewind and reward those on days missed remains. After all, this is an awfully prestigious honor! (Ahem…)

From Saturday night first:
***Cheers to Carolina captain Eric Staal, who powered his Hurricanes past division rival Florida with a pair of goals in a 3-2 victory.

**Cheers to Colorado’s Peter Budaj, who backstopped the Avalanche with 31 saves as his club put up plenty of offense in front of him, beating Dallas 5-0 at home.

*And big time cheers to Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, who had a four-point night at the expense of the host Thrashers in Atlanta and also tallied in the shootout as the Blackhawks were victorious, 5-4.

And from Sunday’s action, with clickable highlights:

***Cheers to St. Louis’ Ty Conklin, who filled in admirably in goal for starter Jaroslav Halak, stopping all 27 shots in a 2-0 Blues blanking of the New York Rangers. St. Louis got all the offense they would need in the second period on a goal from Alex Steen, who added an empty netter late in the third to close out the win.

**Cheers to Anaheim’s Saku Koivu, who scored twice, once in the first and again in the third, to help the Ducks to a 5-4 win over Nashville. Defenseman Paul Mara buried the game-winner with less than two seconds remaining in the third period to earn the ‘W’ for Anaheim.

*And big time cheers to Washington’s Mike Green, who scored the overtime winner on the power play, 29 seconds into the extra frame, giving the Capitals a 3-2 decision over Philadelphia. After shaking off an early season injury, Green’s resurgence has sparked Washington’s offensive play, both with the extra man and from an overall perspective. Now 10-4, the Capitals are back on top of the Southeast Division, four points ahead of the second place Tampa Bay Lightning.

***

With the Bolts finally back from their western swing, I’ll finally feel like an active contributor covering NHL hockey again. Like I’ve said a few times recently, those late night starts just don’t work for me anymore. Sad as that may sound, I just don’t have it in me to force the eyes open and sacrifice functionality the next morning. Not right now anyway… Even on the weekends, it seems, I’m spent long before midnight in most cases. For this former night owl, that’s been a tough dose of reality to swallow.

But come tomorrow night, it’ll be nice to give the old engine a jumpstart and, hopefully, start building some momentum of my own again.

Thanks for the patience.

The latest episode of The Bolts Beat will be taped this afternoon for air this evening. Please, stay tuned.

JJ
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Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: eric+staal, jonathan+toews, mike+green, peter+budaj, saku+koivu, ty+conklin

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hockeybay's avatar

Wow the Caps just keep putting a winning team on the ice back in 1st SE Division… Ovi helps out a little also. You didn’t miss much on the Bolts West Coast swing staying up.. lot of frustration like the Bolts of old it seemed

Posted by hockeybay on 11/08/10 at 08:25 PM ET

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