Huge night for Jason Spezza with 3+1=4, plus-3, two PIMs, four shots & nine FOWs. He has 5+5=10 during a four game point streak.
Not to be outdone by Spezza's heroics, Ilya Kovalchuk had 3+1=4 of his own to go along with a plus-2 & seven shots. Pick any stretch of games over the past three months and he'll have some nice numbers but I'm pretty fond of 6+10=16 & 31 shots over his last eight games.
Goalies were in lockdown mode last night as Henrik Lundqvist & Craig Anderson pitched shutouts and Martin Brodeur, Steve Mason, Joey MacDonald, Jonas Hiller, Evgeni Nabokov & Miikka Kiprusoff each allowed just one goal in their respective victories. Kiprusoff is now 9-3-2, 1.68 & .943 over his last 14 games and hasn't allowed more than three goals in any game during that stretch. MacDonald has now won four on the trot but his dream sequence is likely in it's final stages as Howard should return soon.
Not so hot between the pipes was Tim Thomas as he gave up three goals on 20 shots in a loss to the Rangers. He is a very pedestrian 7-6-0, 2.77 & .906 in 14 games since NYE. Recall that he has a bit of a history of this kinda behaviour.
Marek Zidlicky has assists in back-to-back games but the rumour du jour has him turning into a Devil shortly. I would really like that move for ZIdlicky as he'd immediately be the PP QB in New Jersey with little competition and there is some talent to work with in guys like Kovalchuk, Parise & Elias.
Bobby Butler now has five helpers in his last three games as he's been elevated to the top line with Spezza & Michalek lately.
An assist & plus-2 last night for Luca Sbisa gives him 1+4=5 & plus-6 over his last eight games.
David Perron elongated his point streak to five games (6+2=8) with an assist last night.
Mentioned checking your wire for James Wisniewski the other day... well the Wiz connected on the PP last night and has 2+2=4 & plus-3 in three games since returning from his broken ankle.
Four game goal streak for Ryan Callahan where he has six goals, four on the PP and two GWGs.
1+2=3 for Alex Tanguay last night and he's a very solid 2+7=9 & plus-6 over his last seven games.
Some line juggling saw Tim Connolly promoted to the wing on L2 with Grabovski & MacArthur last night but it didn't help him points-wise as he still has just one point in his last 11 games.
Bad timing for Brendan Morrison to join the Hawks as they're on a horrid run... he has no points in five games so far and has been a healthy scratch in two of the last three.