It was a solid night if you loaded up on Sharks in your playoff pool (as I did)... Ryane Clowe led the way with an assist on each of the Sharks three goals. He's had a helluva fantasy season with contributions across the board and here's to that continuing during a long playoff run.
Joe Pavelski led all Sharks forwards in ice-time last night playing 26:34 and he was rewarded for his efforts by sniping the OT winner. He stepped up his game in the 1st round of the playoffs last year as well with 5+3=8 & two GWGs in the six game defeat of Colorado.
Scott Gomez assisted on both the Habs goals last night as he looks to rebound after a brutal season (just 38 pts). He's typically a guy that elevates his game in the playoffs as he has 17+38=55 in 57 playoff games since the lockout.
Ryan Miller pitched the shutout last night, making saves on all 35 Flyers shots... he has a career .919 sv% in 41 NHL playoff games but he's likely going to need a little more goal support than last night.
And yet another shutout as Carey Price stopped all 31 shots he faced to blank the Bruins in game #1. He came into the playoffs off of three straight wins but also had given up 4+ goals in four of his last 11 games, so he's been a little bi-polar (in terms of results) lately.
Have to mention our boy Logan Couture's sweet goal last night as he made a fool of Doughty before squeezing one through Quick's pads... that's his eighth goal in his last 14 games.
Alec Martinez, from the Kings, is a guy that I'm keeping my eye on in these playoffs as he's surpassed some the of the Kings more heralded prospects to grab a full-time spot on the defense and managed a decent 5+11=16 & plus-11 in 60 games during his rookie season.
Nikolay Zherdev was a healthy scratch for the Flyers last night, not that anyone should be surprised by that.
The Sharks signed Mike Connolly to an ELC, he's a 5'9" college FA out of Minnesota-Duluth who put up 28+26=54 in 42 games on the way to a national championship this season. San Jose probably signs more college FAs than any team in the league and they use these guys to stock their farm teams but as of yet these players haven't made much on an impact at the NHL level.