Weekend Update: Back in Green

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Welcome to the Weekend Update. This is the weekly article that keeps you up-to-date on the NHL Standings, provides you with videos from around the world hockey in the week that was, and informs Nashvillians on the televised NHL games in the upcoming week. In this edition Ward stops Ward, another milestone for Selanne, the Green Men are back, Mike Smith makes an unbelievable skate save and Kane extends the Blackhawks record.

First, take a look at the NHL standings. The Blackhawks have yet to lose in regulation. The Red Wings were in a great position to put an end to Chicago's point-streak Sunday afternoon, but Patrick Kane tied the game at one late in the third period on the power play. And as we talked about last week, Carolina, while not playing very well is in a good position to grab a high seed in the Eastern Conference due to their weak division. As of Sunday afternoon, they are in third place.

Starting off the video portion of the Weekend Update are a couple of Ward's. The Carolina Hurricanes visited the Washington Capitals Tuesday night, and the Caps had their way for most of the game. Washington captured two points with a 3-0 win, but Cam Ward had the highlight of th night. Midway through the 2nd period, Washington already had a 2-0 lead and former Nashville Predator Joel Ward looked to extend the lead. Ward gathered a rebound and had a wide open net. However, the Carolina goaltender, Cam Ward, made one of the best saves of the season to deny Ward and make fools of the spotlight and goal horn operators.


For our second video, let's go all the way back to Sunday night for Colorado at Anaheim. The Avalanche led the Ducks 2-1 halfway through regulation, but Anaheim had a power play. Saku Koivu found Teemu Selanne in the dying seconds of the man-advantage, and Selanne buried the opportunity to tie the game at two. The goal surged Selanne past Phil Esposito into third place on the all-time power play goals list. Teemu Selanne continues to defy age and be a wonder to watch. The Ducks would win the game in overtime.


Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks welcomed the Los Angeles Kings into Rogers Arena. The game in Vancouver featured the return of the Green Men. You know, the guys that dress up in green morph suits at Canucks game and taunt opposing players in the penalty box. Of course you know. Sure, they're annoying when a player from your favorite team is the object of their taunting, but it's entertaining. This video shows the Green Men sporting Burger King masks and celebrating a birthday apparently. On the ice, the Canucks had it their way with the defending champions, winning 5-2.


Cam Ward wasn't the only goaltender to make an incredible save this week. Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes wanted in on the action Saturday night. During the second period, the Coyotes and Ducks were tied at two. On an offensive rush for Anaheim, Ryan Getzlaf set up linesmate Bobby Ryan with a glorious chance to break the stalemate. Mike Smith, however, rekindled the magic he had during last season's playoffs and made an unbelievable save with his skate to preserve the tie.


Our last video is hot off the presses, or whatever the Internet equivilant to that is. As earlier mentioned, the Red Wings were leading Chicago late in the 3rd period with a chance to hand the Blackhawks their first regulation loss of the season. But, Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson shot the puck over glass in his defensive zone and went to the box for delay of game. Chicago didn't let the opportunity go by. Patrick Kane coralled a loose puck and sniped it high, near-side past an unsuspecting Jimmy Howard. For good measure, Kane scored in the shootout to give Chicago two points. Chicago has now earned at least a point in a record twenty-two straight games to start the season. Watch the goal that sealed the streak's extension.

Here's a schedule of NHL games on television this week in the Nashville area for your viewing pleasure.

Day Away Team Home Team Time (CST) Network
Tonight Montreal Canadiens Boston Bruins 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mon Tampa Bay Lightning Pittsburgh Penguins 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mon Nashville Predators Los Angeles Kings 9:30 p.m. FS-TN, NHLN-US
Tue Philadelphia Flyers New York Rangers 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Wed Colorado Avalanche Chicago Blackhawks 7 p.m. NBCSN
Thu Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers 6 p.m. NHLN-US
Fri Edmonton Oilers Nashville Predators 7 p.m. FS-TN
Fri Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche 8 p.m. NHLN-US
Sat Philadelphia Flyers Boston Bruins 12 p.m. NHLN-US
Sat St. Louis Blues San Jose Sharks 3 p.m. NHLN-US
Sat Pittsburgh Penguins Toronto Maple Leafs 6 p.m. NHLN-US
Sat Minnesota Wild Nashville Predators 7 p.m. FS-TN
Sun New York Rangers Washngton Capitals 11:30 am. NBC
Sun Buffalo Sabres Philadelphia Flyers 6:30 p.m.* NBCSN

*Due to Daylight Savings time (Spring Forward), these games are CDT, not CST. 

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