Dusk til Dawn: The goalie story

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Get all the info you need on last night’s action in our morning recap.

Essential Water Cooler
American goalie hopefuls Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller went head-to-head in a 1-0 game in which the shot totals were 47-36, showing off why they should be considered for an Olympic job. Jimmy Howard had a strong showing too, keeping the Red Wings in it long enough to pull off a 3-2 comeback win in overtime. On the other side of the continent, Jonathan Quick was pulled after allowing four goals against Winnipeg. The American roster won’t be released for anther three months, so there’s still a lot of hockey to be played. But is there any chance one of these secondary candidates for the No. 1 job will overthrow what appears to be Quick’s job to lose?

Primetime Play
With the Red Wings trailing 2-1 in the dying seconds against Carolina, Henrik Zetterberg was able to get control of the puck in a scramble and find a hole past Cam Ward. In overtime more poor coverage led to Stephen Weiss’ winner. It’s nights like these that, despite what Cam Ward does, Carolina’s defense will find a way to lose the game.

Men of the Night
Clarke MacArthur – Had a strong debut with his new team, logging five shots in 16:50 of ice. His patience late in the game also opened up some space for him, which allowed him to put a perfect pass across the ice on Erik Karlsson’s stick for the game-winner.

Ryan Miller – Buffalo’s rebuild was apparent Friday night, as they cow;don’t stop Ottawa’s attack and couldn’t create one goal of offence either. Miller made 45 saves and still got the L.

Craig Anderson – Made 35 saves and didn’t let in the bad goal at the bad time that would have given his counterpart at the other end a chance.

Michael Grabner – Nearly earned a hat trick against Martin Brodeur, but two goals and an assist will do. His explosive speed creates so many opportunities.

Damien Brunner – Notched his first two goals with his new team, including the game-tying goal late that sent it to extra time.

Justin Faulk – The best of a bad blueline, Faulk pulled in 23:12 of ice, two assists and four blocked shots. His skating and sense set him apart.

Evander Kane – Picked up three points that easily could have been three goals. He scored once, but his two assists came off excellent attempts to score: one came after he drove to the net, the other was a tipped-in shot.

Better Luck Next Time
It wasn’t exactly a banner night for Jonathan Quick, who was pulled after allowing four goals on 27 shots. He still showed signs of his brilliance, but let a couple weak ones sneak by in a 5-3 loss to Winnipeg.