My top 10 keeper league defensemen list will be published this afternoon or early evening.
Just when you thought Ilya Bryzgalov’s value couldn’t get any lower…. Is anyone willing to “buy low” on him at this point?
Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky each gave up five goals against the Penguins. This serious has been ridiculous, and the ramifications are interesting for those in playoff pools. I doubt many people loaded up on BOTH teams (as they are facing each other so early), so it will be interesting to see how many points Pittsburgh’s big guns can get if they eventually are knocked out in round one.
Jordan Staal, who had been quiet offensively and bad defensively previous to last night’s game, had three goals. Suffice to say his slump is over.
Zac Rinaldo had 24 PIM in three minutes of ice time… I wonder if PIM per TOI will ever catch on as a statistic? If so, Rinaldo had a great game.
I won’t go through the entire Pittburgh lineup as there were multiple offensive performances that could be mentioned – some of the more impressive ones:
Pascal Dupuis – two points, and he now has points in 19 of his last 20 games.
Matt Cooke had two helpers and 14 PIM – really amazing how he has turned into a non-liability and can contribute in ways other than injuring opposing players.
Staal and Sidney Crosby won a combined 29 faceoffs. A big reason for the win.
Don’t forget – James Neal will be able to return for game five. He had been Pittsburgh’s best forward in the serious previous to last night’s game.
Kimo Timonen managed to finish with an even plus-minus rating in 23 minutes of ice time.
Daniel Sedin had one helper, but he could have easily had three or four more. Winning three more games in a row is a tough task against a stingy LA team, but the Sedins were unbelievably good last night – LA had no answer for them.
Amazing how much better Ryan Kesler is when he isn’t yapping or diving.
Jeff Carter led the Kings with seven shots on goal.
Ottawa’s win last night is exactly why I have really enjoyed watching them this year – they usually are the second most talented team on the ice, but they play for each other and they get timely goaltending.
Turris’s OT winner was set up by Jim O’Brien, a lanky center who I saw a bit of back in the WHL. He has some offensive upside (a former 1st round pick from 2007), but right now he is playing more of a depth role with the Senators. Keep an eye on him.
Rookie Brandon Saad will likely play for Chicago tonight against Phoenix. Saad made the team out of training camp before getting sent down to the OHL. He was very productive there, recording 76 points in only 44 points with Saginaw. He also added 17 points in only 12 OHL postseason games.
I doubt we will hear much about Hossa’s condition any time soon. I’m guessing he is concussed…
I’m not going to get into a huge discussion regarding the current epidemic of injuries, headshots, and suspensions. Same year, different disciplinarian, same outcome. Zero accountability, zero consistency. The league makes these false promises on cutting down on these head shots, and then they deliver these embarrassing slaps on the wrist as “punishment.
You want change? Minimum 10 game bans for any illegal check. Regardless of intent, outcome, and identity of hitter or hittee. End rant.
Mathieu Perreault will replace Nick Backstrom in Washington’s top six tonight. Backstrom is out with a one-game suspension due to his attempt at performing oral surgery for his cross check to Rich Peverley’s face.
We will announce the winner of the $100 Fan Zoo contest either tomorrow or on the weekend.
Schneider's penalty shot save at about the two minute mark of this highlight package:
Turris goes roof-daddy on the best in the game: