Well, the big game is over. What a Sunday! It was another thrilling tilt. Two star offensive wizards going head-to-head in a national televised tilt. After falling behind early, No. 22 iced a come-from-behind victory.
Well, what game were you expecting? This is a hockey blog. The Super Bowl game was pretty good, too.
Rival superstars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin didn't disappoint us puck fans. Of course, that's no surprise. Crosby scored the first two goals and Jordan Staal added two more as the Penguins took a 4-1 second-period lead. Ovechkin did Crosby one better, scoring three goals, including the tying goal at the 11:06 mark of third period. The Great 8 also picked up an assist on Knuble's game-winner.
The next chapter of the Ovechkin-Crosby duel could take place in Vancouver if Sid's Canadians meet Ovi's Russians. That would be one heck of a gold medal game. That would be another Sunday afternoon showdown (on Feb. 28) on NBC.
After that, the Caps and Pens will have two more meetings in the regular season. They'll face-off on March 24 in Pittsburgh and April 6 in D.C. Their final meeting will be broadcast on Versus. I'm sure those of you who have DirecTV (like I do) are thrilled to hear that news. Let's hope the satellite provider and the cable network can settle their differences soon. Commissioner Gary Bettman insists the two sides are talking. No one knows if either side is listening, though.
We had a couple more trades over the weekend. On Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings made a salary cap related move, sending F Ville Leino to the Philadelphia Flyers for D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen. Detroit immediately put the Norwegian-born defenseman on waivers. If he clears, he'll be sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids to help clear cap room for Johan Franzen's return from long-term injury.
Yesterday, the San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes completed their much-rumored trade that sent veteran D Niclas Wallin to San Jose. I think Wallin is a nice addition for the Sharks. He's not the additional puck-mover that I believe they need more, but he's a guy who brings winning experience as a member the Canes' 2006 championship club.
With the trading season well underway, I'll focus my Monday 10 on some guys who figure to be on the move. The lion's share of the players on my list come from confirmed sellers like Carolina, Edmonton and Toronto. I've added a few other guys who figure to be somewhat attractive additions.