Max Pacioretty was licking his chops on the Island last night much to the dismay of P.A.
It was Max Pacioretty's night as he scored the hat trick on all even strength goals and 10 shots. I was complaining about him a month ago when the Canadiens scored 7 goals and he didn't factor in on any. Since that game he's got 11+4=15 in 15 games so thanks to everyone who talked me off the ledge in the comments. He's on pace for 35 goals which would have put him at 8th in the NHL last season.
Alexander Semin with a PPG and PPA last night and he's somehow gone under the radar and been productive. Over his last 23 games he has 9+13=22, 5 PPP and a +14. I like him down the stretch so if his owners are still sour on him, you still might be able to buy low.
Not to be outdone by his countryman and teammate, Alex Ovechkin also had a PPG and PPA and that gives him two points in two consecutive games.
From the same game, Dustin Byfuglien is another guy who put up a PPG and PPA. That was his first goal since December 9 (he missed some of December and all of January with an injury).
I haven't heard much talk about Dennis Wideman this season but I've got to give him his props. He had two PPA last night to bring his season totals to 10+28=38 in 54 games. He only trails Erik Karlsson in the scoring race for defensemen and his 18 PPP is good for third in the league amongst defensemen. He's always been known to by a turnover machine but at plus-1 on the season (he's minus-30 for his career), he's even improved that part of his game. I drafted this guy in the 11th round in one of my leagues so it's not like this was expected. Kudos to him.
Jason Spezza with 2+1=3 last night including a PPG as he looks to shake off a streak of six games with zero points and a minus-3.
Scott Hartnell with the fantasy line of the night as he had 1+1=2, 7 PIM, plus-2 and 2 shots.
Phil Kessel with 2 apples and he is sizzling with 4+5=9 and a plus-8 during a 4 game point streak. He's got the beautiful stat line of 30 goals and 30 assists for the season.
Also on a 4 game point streak is Joffrey Lupul as he had 1+1=2 and has 2+4=6 and plus-5 for the streak.
Ilya Kovalchuk took a game off from putting up three points in a game on Tuesday night but we'll take the two assists he gave us last night.
Thank you, Kurtis Foster, for a PPA and 15 PIM. File this one in the "unexpected" cabinet.
Chris Stewart with 1+1=2 including his first goal in a month. At 11+11=22 his is very high on the list of disappointing seasons.
Alex Goligoski is still on fire with 1+1=2 and a plus-2. He's got 4+7=11 in his last 13 games including 4 PPP.
So the answer to the question Did Gomez Score Last Night is a resounding yes. He has no fantasy relevance but I had to mention that.
Steven Stamkos with a goal and an assists last night and he's riding a 5 game point streak with 4+4=8 and a healthy 22 SOG over that span.
Martin Erat continues to be one of the hottest players in the league. He scored with 10 seconds left in the game and also had an assist to give him 2+4=6 and a plus-5 over a three game point streak.
Kevin Bieksa with an assist and 12 PIM. He has 1+3=4 and 14 PIM over a four game point streak.
Daniel Sedin with a goal on the powerplay and added assist last night. It's difficult to say that a guy is having a disappointing season when he's over a point per game but at 55 points in 53 games, his owners are left wanting more.
Maxim Lapierre with a goal and 20 PIM last night. That gives him 116 PIM on the season and marks the first time he's eclipsed the century mark. He's feeling extra feisty this season.
Five game point streak for Olli Jokinen as he scored the goal that sent the game to OT. He's got 5+3=8 for the streak. I guess that Big Mac is still paying dividends.
Mike Smith started for the fourth time in six days and made 23 stops on 24 shots last night. He won all four of those games. Not too many goalies will be getting as many starts as him down the stretch so take note.
Down to the AHL: Evan Oberg