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Busy day yesterday with 26 teams in action... injury updates to follow in a bit...
David Legwand with a pretty sweet 2+2=4 last night as he teamed up with super-rookie Craig Smith who had 1+2=3. Smith played less than 15 minutes but saw nearly five minutes on the PP and that's where he picked up two of his points.
Phil Kessel went off as Phil Kessel can with 3+1=4 for the Leafs... he tends to be pretty streaky but maybe he's starting this year on a streak and can make it last longer than usual. He has the talent for a lot more than than the 32 goals (on 325 shots) he potted last year.
Wild dman Marco Scandella with a nice goal last night and he was 2nd on the team in ice-time with 21:58 last night... worth keeping an eye on him as the Wild look committed to giving their young dmen a chance.
Stephane Da Costa scored last night and looked better than Mika Zibanejad as the two of them battle it out for playing time. SDC even showed he can take a hit by getting up and coming back after getting erased by Phaneuf in the 2nd period.
Rough start for Craig Anderson as he was pulled last night after giving up four goals on 24 shots and that was following being beaten five times in Detroit on Friday... just shaking the rust off, I'm sure.
Luke Adam saw his ice-time rise to nearly 15 minutes yesterday and he responded with a pair of goals to go with his 2A on opening day... great start for the rookie but, like I said yesterday, he's going to have to fight to keep the #1C spot away from Derek Roy.
New season, same old Islanders... they were shutout two-nil by Jose Theodore and the Panthers last night. Surprisingly Al Montoya got the start for NYI and was decent stopping 27 of 29... I don't expect that to last... both the starting part and the decentness part.
Tyler Seguin with an active night with 2A, plus-2, 4 PIMs & five shots in 16 minutes of ice-time.
For all the talk of Tim Thomas sharing the net this year, he's started the first two games and has only given up three goals so far including stopping 25 of 26 in the win over Tampa last night.
Read somewhere recently (may have been Angus) that the writer was interested to see the battle between Marc-Andre Bergeron and Matt Gilroy for PP time in Tampa???... wow, I'd take MAB in that one seven days a week. Last night MAB played 21 mins with 3:01 on the PP whereas Gilroy played 10 mins with just 0:18 on the PP.
Steve Mason was pulled after the 2nd period after giving up four goals on 23 shots.
Patrick Sharp sans appendix is a feisty one as he added 14 PIMs to his 1+1=2 last night. He only had 38 PIMs last season with an appendix so not sure where that came from.
Andrew Desjardins with two goals on five shots for the Sharks but he doesn't have much of a track record of point production so I wouldn't expect that to happen again for a while.
Here are your noteworthy healthy scratches from last night: Bobby Butler (OTT), David Rundblad (OTT), Marcus Johansson (WSH), Jamie McBain (CAR), Ryan Murphy (CAR), Evgeni Nabokov (NYI), Ryan Strome (NYI) & Ryan Johansen (CBJ),
The Ducks picked up Kyle Cumiskey from the Avs for Jake Newton and a pick. Good move as the Ducks could use some depth on defense and are pretty banged up right now. We'll see what kind of a chance they give the speedy Cumiskey. Newton was a decent looking prospect coming out of Northeastern but he struggled to get anything going in the AHL last year and Ducks probably didn't see much of a future.