Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Night Cuppa Chowdah; Like a Colt From The Blue- Indy Still Perfect, Blackhawks Down B's, 76ers 86 C's Win Streak, Bengals' Henry Dead at 26

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Cincinnati Bengals WR Chris Henry died at the age of 26 from injuries sustained while falling out of a moving pickup truck on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators said that Henry jumped into the back of the pickup during whats being called a 'dometic situation' with his girlfriend as she began driving off and were trying to determine if he fell or was forced out of the vehicle. Henry had been suspended by the league after being arrested four times since being drafted in 2007, but had remained out of legal trouble since signing a contract extension with the Bengals in 2008. henry had been on the injured reserve list for the last month with a dislocated forearm sustained during the Bengals Nov 9 win over Baltimore.

The Bruins dropped their third straight game in a back and forth affair Friday night against the resurgent Blackhawks. David Krejci put the Bs up 1-0 halfway through the first period, but Chicago answered with goals from Krist Versteeg and Patrick Sharp to take a 2-1 lead in the second period before Daniel Baille got one past Hawks netminder Antti Niemi to tie the game back up. However, Johnathan Toews scored a goal with less than a minute remaining to put the Hawks on top at the end of the 2nd. In the 3rd, Johnny Boychuck got a game-tying goal about 6 minutes in, but the Hawks re-took the lead thanks to an Andrew Ladd goal. With just under 3 minutes left in regulation, David Krejci got his second goal of the night to force overtime and ultimately a shootout where Antti Niemi stopped Patrice Bergeron and Blake Wheeler while Tim Thomas allowed goals from Patrick Kane and Johnathan Toews for Chicago's shootout win. The Bruins come away from Friday night's shootout loss with one point while the Buffalo Sabres handily defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2 at Buffalo. This currently gives Buffalo a 5 point lead over the Bruins in the Northeast Division.

OTHER NHL NOTES: Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman was present at Friday Night's Blackhawks/Bruins game at the United Center, reportedly scouting for additional players for Team Canada in the upcoming 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Mark Recchi had two assists in Friday's losing effort for Boston. Recchi currently leads all active players with 909 assists and 1,461 points.

The Celtics 11-game winning streak was snapped at home Friday by the Philadelphia 76ers, themselves less than a week removed from halting their 12-game losing streak. The Celtics led by as many as 15 points in the third before Philly took an 84-85 lead. Elton Brand tipped in Mareese Speights missed jumper in the closing seconds of regulation and Paul Pierce missed a jumper and Ray Allen was unable to do anything with the rebound that would've put Boston ahead. Philadelphia wins 98-97 and the Celtics are 8-4 at the Garden this season, compared to their 12-1 road record.

The Indianapolis Colts remained undefeated after Thursday night's back and forth affair in Jacksonville. Colts QB Peyton Manning threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns in Indy's 35-31 win over the Jaguars. Jacksonville QB David Garrard with 23-40 with three TDs, 223 yards and one interception. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, Garrard's only interception came with just over a minute to play in the 4th when he overthrew Mike Thomas on 3rd down and 10 and the pas was picked off by Indy's Jacob Lacey.

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