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.

 

The Cory Schneider era (unofficially) got off to a terrific start – he outdueled Jonathan Quick last night, including a game-changing stop in the third period on a Dustin Brown penalty shot.

 

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.

 

Craig Anderson was fantastic, and the Sens came back and forced OT. Kyle Turris scored the winner on a ridiculous wrist shot. I wonder if any Ottawa fans are missing David Rundblad right now?

 

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.

 

Ottawa has quietly churned out some impressive and unheralded young forwards – O’Brien, Zack Smith, Colin Greening, and Erik Condra, among others.

 

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.

 

Saad won’t replace Marian Hossa, but he will see some offensive minutes. He is a big guy with a good skill set – he has already passed Jeremy Morin and other prospects on the depth chart.

 

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:

 


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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
@sentium/mick It's not that Bryz has had 1 bad series, it's that he could have a bad one very 2nd go. Just no consistency. He hasn't had a save percentage over .900 in his last 9 playoff games. He's not getting a bad rap - he's inconsistent as hell. It just isn't a position where you earn merit points for being awesome 80% of the time if you're shit the rest. You can get away with that as a forward (ask Rick Nash) but for goalies it's all about consistency.

Luongo is similar though not nearly as inconsistent I don't think. But he still hasn't shown he can lock it down when it really maters. He's a dynamite goalie a lot of the time, but not quite enough.
April 19, 2012
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mick said:

hawkdog
wow I did not expect Daniel to make such a difference in his return. Its hard to believe how little respect the Sedins get. They were spectacular last night. To bad Torres didn't take out Keith, Hossa didn't deserve what he got.

Wow Bryz is making Lou look good!

@ Sentium - Bryz will get the same rep as Lou now, Lou played excellent until the games in Boston last year - even got a shutout in that series but people only remember the boston games. Bryz was poor in the coyotes series against the wings last year as well.
I am sure people will cringe at the comparison.
April 19, 2012
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Jeff Sabatine said:

marsid6687
Rinaldo Well, no disciplinary action or fine for Rinaldo! Hard to believe but since there is no consistency in any ruling this doesn't surprise me. Dobber was right, there's no amount of money you could pay me to take that job Shanahan has. Of course, Shanahan could have set an immediate tone for the playoffs if he suspended Weber for a game but now he only has himself to blame for the shenanigans we've seen so far.
April 19, 2012 | url
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Bryzgalov is the most hot/cold keeper Ive seen in years.
I thought Kopitars wrist shot was spectacular, Turris' mightve been better.

The Sedins were on their game last nite, a couple of passes only they wouldve ever attempted. Watching the Kings this much, makes a Canuck fan miss Willie Mitchell- he is their best defensive man,absolute rock.

The first round never seems to dissapoint, would I be crazy if i wanted the NHL to go to an 80 game schedule and a best of 9 for the first round?
April 19, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... By the way, that highlights video just shows the Canucks' share of the highlights from that game. I noticed it when I tried to find LA's goal in the video, but it was apparently cut out. The Vancouver bias from Angus is getting annoying.
April 19, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
bryz "Just when you thought Ilya Bryzgalov’s value couldn’t get any lower…. Is anyone willing to “buy low” on him at this point?"

It's one single series. One crazy series at that. You make it sound like this voids his excellent play leading up to the playoffs. Ridiculous.
April 19, 2012
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Daniel Brownstein said:

Uproar
Cheesecake Apparently Kyle Turris loves to eat cheesecake on gamedays according to the Matt Carkner post game interview. I'm assuming he is refering to Turris going "top cheese" as they say.
April 19, 2012
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Marc said:

MGW
Neal Neal's gotta lighten up, seriously
April 19, 2012
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R said:

Hey Robbie
Lundy Screened Not that Lundquist let in a bad goal, but part of elite goaltending is finding a way to see through/around screens, and to have body position to stop pucks even if you can't see through.
April 19, 2012
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EDM said:

emurdoch
Henrik Sedin I don't like the tap from Henrik when Dustin Brown is still on his knees from a puck in the face. I know Dustin gave him a knock on the head earlier in this series, but that is pretty poor behaviour... Henrik isn't even following the play at that point, he's just taking a stroll past Brown.
April 19, 2012
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RunningLucky said:

April 19, 2012
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James said:

jimywho1
... lundqvist was screened
April 19, 2012
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