Another Dobber Rant - find it here .
Philippe Boucher did not play last night as he was out with a lower body injury. Mark Fistric took his spot. Consider Boucher day-to-day.
Phil Kessel got back into the Boston lineup and proceeded to score the opening goal.
David Krejci led all Boston forwards in ice time with 20:33. He had two assists in the win.
Mark Streit missed last night's contest with a hip injury. Michael Ryder got back into the lineup. Ryder did not play on the power play. I guess Carbonneau dressed him for his defensive acumen.
Chris Osgood will indeed get the start in goal tonight for the Wings.
The Habs recalled Kyle Chipchura, Ben Maxwell, Yann Danis, Brock Trotter, Mattieu Carle (a different one), Pavel Valentenko and Matt D'Agostini from Hamilton.
All this talk about Jeff Carter being a "third-line center" is just silly. A team can play three pivots at 19 minutes each, give or take a minute depending on who is hot. Take last night for example - Carter saw far more ice time than Richards and Briere. Does that now mean that Briere is the third line center? He saw the least ice of the three, but leads the team in points. Anyway, do not use the depth chart in this case as an excuse to underrate any of these three.
Kimmo Timonen was back in the lineup and logged monster minutes.
Benoit Pouliot got into the Wild lineup last night. He played 10 minutes and was a plus-1. No PP time.
Chicago came to terms with Dan Bertram on an entry-level deal. Bertram ranks 290 on my prospects list, but moves up with the news. He has 70-point upside, but the team is deep in prospects with offensive potential so we shall see where the chips fall when they actually fall.
Glen Murray is now pointless in five postseason contests.
Chris Clark has been skating on his own. Now that the Caps' backs are against the wall, it would not surprise me if he tried to give it a go for Game 6. He has been out since November with an injured groin.
Sergei Zubov is continuing to skate, but with the team up 3-1, do not expect him back for Game 5 or Game 6 (if nec.). If they get to the second round and lose the first game, then you may see him in the second one. The team will buy him as much time as they can.
Guillaume Latendresse played just 10:02 yet managed to finish a hefty minus-3 last night.
Corey Perry notched a final minute assist in his return to the lineup.
The Kitchener Rangers lost their blue-chipper: Columbus prospect goaltender Steve Mason will undergo surgery on a tear in his knee and will miss the rest of the playoffs. The Rangers host the Memorial Cup, and Mason hopes to be back in time for it in mid-May. Josh Unice, a Chicago prospect who played great for the team before Mason arrived, will sub in. In fact, in the Kitchener-London game that I saw in the fall, Mason played for London at the time and Unice looked far better in I think it was a 7-0 win.
I'll be taking the next several days off of the ramblings. I've done a good 130 straight days since my last break - Hallsey will take over for me again, with Angus, Miller and perhaps even Bugg chipping in with tidbits that they dig up. I'll check in on the forum though - you can never completely get rid of me! But now...beer time.
I'll leave you with this amazing save - check what Price does after it sneaks behind him:
Nicklas Backstrom, who finished the season second to Patrick Kane in rookie scoring, has signed a No.19 Washington jersey and whoever wins my FREE pool will get it. The good fellas at hockeyknight.com made this happen, so do me a favor and check out their site and sign up for the big announcement of their launch.