When I say that Jonas Hiller earned his fifth straight win yesterday, I mean it as he stopped 43 of 45 to beat the Avs. He also has a streak of eight games where he hasn't given up more that two goals. I was thinking earlier this year that he had lost it after the spell of vertigo last year but he seems to be back to his old form.
What a day for Scott Hartnell with a hat-trick, two PPGs, plus-1, two PIMs, nine shots & four hits. Actually, what a weekend for Scott Hartnell as he scored twice on Saturday as well and is now on pace for 44 goals this year.
With no Jagr around, Brayden Schenn was promoted to the top line and while he didn't hit the scoresheet, he did get involved with six hits & a fist fight in 18 minutes of ice-time.
Rewards for Milan Lucic owners as he engaged in some extra-curricular activities yesterday and added a man-sized nine PIMs to his 1+1=2 & plus-2.
Ryan O`Reilly with a goal last night to continue his dream season where he now has 4+3=7 over his last seven games.
Evgeni Malkin with another dominant performance yesterday with 1+2=3, plus-3 & six shots including the GWG in OT. He now has goals in six straight (9+4=13 & 33 shots).
Maybe watching his nemesis take over the league fired up Alex Ovechkin as he had 1+2=3, plus-3 & two shots yesterday as well. OV is converting on 11.7% of his shots this season which is right around his career average (11.9%), his problem is that his shots/gm has dropped off a cliff (3.6 this year vs 5.2 for his career).
Ilya Bryzgalov was given the start in both weekend games for the Flyers and after giving up just one goal in each of his last two outings, he was beaten for five goals on 37 shots yesterday and took the SOL. He has now given up 4+ goals in 13 of his 33 games this year... not a flattering ratio.
Teemu Hartikainen is back up with Edmonton & Stephane Da Costa was demoted by the Sens. Matt Fraser has been called up by the Stars, he is an interesting case as he was an undrafted FA that Dallas signed out of the WHL and he's done very well in his rookie-pro season with 21+14=35 in 40 AHL games.