Sports Recaps – November 5, 2011 05 Nov 11

Rankings Reflect BCS Standings

LSU, ‘Bama Meet In Battle Of BCS Top Two
(Tuscaloosa, AL) — The college football world will focus on Bryant-Denny Stadium tonight as LSU takes on Alabama in a battle of the top two teams in the BCS standings. Both teams are 8-and-0 overall and 5-and-0 in the SEC heading into what some have dubbed the “Game of the Century.” The contest marks only the fifth time the top two teams in the BCS standings have met during a regular season. It’s the first time since number-one Ohio State beat second-ranked Michigan in 2006. The Crimson Tide hold a 45-24-and-5 edge in the all-time series, but the Tigers notched a 24-21 win last year in Baton Rouge. This evening’s showdown kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Caps Trounce Hurricanes
(Raleigh, NC) — Washington fell down early but rebounded with five straight goals to take a 5-1 victory over the Hurricanes. Jeff Halpern and Troy Brouwer [[ BRAU-er ]] lit the lamp in the second period for the Caps, who improved to 9-2-and-0 on the young season. John Carlson scored on the power-play early in the third and was followed by goals from Cody Eakin and Nicklas Backstrom as Washington stretched its lead. Brouwer, Eakin and Backstrom each added an assist to their night while Alex Ovechkin [[ oh-VETCH-kin ]] contributed a pair of helpers. Michal Neuvirth [[ NOI-vihrt ]] made 24 saves in the win, his 2nd of the season in three starts. Anthony Stewart scored the lone goal for Carolina, which saw Cam Ward make 27 saves in between the pipes. The ‘Canes have dropped five-of-seven to fall to 5-5-and-3 on the season.

Lightning Beat Blackhawks in OT
(Tampa, FL) — Vincent Lecavalier [[ luh-CAV-ull-yay ]] tallied the game winning goal with less than a minute left in overtime to give the Lightning a 5-4 win over the Blackhawks. The game was highlighted by a crazy second period which featured eight total goals and a hat trick from Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos. Dwayne Roloson stopped 28-of-32 shots as the Lightning improved to 6-5-and-2. Patrick Sharp had two goals for the Blackhawks in a losing effort as they dropped to 8-2-and-3. Ray Emery allowed five goals on 32 shots in net to take the loss.

Blues Best Canuck
(St. Louis, MO) — David Backes [[ BACK-es ]] third-period goal lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Canucks. Backes added an assist while T.J. Oshie [[ OH-shee ]] scored a pair to go with an assist as the Blues snapped a two-game slide to improve to 6-6-and-0. Brian Elliott made 28 saves in the win. Vancouver got goals from Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler, but dropped its second straight to fall to 6-7-and-1 on the year. Roberto Luongo [[ loo-ONG-go ]] allowed three goals on 28 shots to take the loss.

Stars Strike Avs In O
(Dallas, TX) — Louis Eriksson notched the game-winning, overtime goal as the Stars shined down on the Avalanche, 7-6. Eriksson also found the back in regulation. Vernon Fiddler and Alex Goligoski each recorded a score and an assist for Dallas, which improved to 9-3-and-0. Jamie Benn lit the lamp and helped out on three goals in the win. Kari Lehtonen made 34 save in net for the victors. Matt Duchene [[ doo-SHAIN ]] registered a hat trick and one assist for Colorado, which fell to 7-5-and-1. Ryan Wilson helped out on three scores for the Avs. Semyon Varlamov stopped 22 shots in defeat.

Former Cardinals Pitcher Bob Forsch Dies
(St. Louis, MO) — Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch has died. The “Post-Dispatch” reports the 61-year-old collapsed at his home near Tampa, Florida and died suddenly Thursday night. According to his wife, Jan, Forsch suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest. Forsch pitched 15 seasons with the Cardinals from 1974-88. He threw a pair of no-hitters and ranks third on the club’s all-time wins list with 163. Forsch finished his career with the Houston Astros in 1989. He spent the last few years as a minor league pitching coach in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Forsch threw out the ceremonial first pitch before last Friday’s Game Seven of the World Series.