Continuing his excellent season, Joffrey Lupul was all twos last night with 1+1=2, plus-2, 2 PIM and 2 SOG. Lupul is tied for fourth overall in league scoring with 23+38=61, plus-7, 44 PIM, 173 SOG and 17 PPP on the year. Who saw this coming? I'm going with nobody.
Tim Connolly picked a good time for his first goal in over a month as he snagged the overtime winner in Edmonton, but he shouldn't be anywhere near your lineup so I'll just shut up about him.
Yet another big night for Jason Spezza, as he followed up his Valentines Day hat trick with the assist trick last night in the Senators' 6-2 beat down of the Panthers. Spezza has gone crazy over the last week, with 5+7=12, plus-5, 15 SOG and 3 PPP in his last four games. He now sits at second overall in NHL scoring and is on pace for his best season since 08-09, when he scored 92 points. Where did he go in your drafts this year?Craig Anderson continues to make the Panthers sorry for letting him go, as he's now 7-1 lifetime vs. his ex-team. Anderson with the win last night, stopping 42 of 44 shots, and he's won a couple in a row now.
Milan Michalek with 1+1=2, +2 and 3 SOG, and he scored his 25th of the season here. After a stretch of only two points in 11 games, Michalek now has 2+3=5 in his last four as he rides the Spezza train.
Old coot Daniel Alfredsson (1+1=2, plus-1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG) played his 54th game of the season last night, equaling his 2010-11 total. Last season, he finished 14+17=31 and minus-19 in 54 games. At this year's 54 game mark, he sits at 20+23=43 and plus-8, and he's on pace for 30+35=65. I'm guilty of having written him off at one point, but this is a hell of a comeback season.
The Almighty Erik Karlsson notched his 43rd assist, but no shots - the first time since December 5th he's been held without a shot, and only the fourth time all season. Ridiculous.
Tim Thomas got his second back-to-back start in ten days, and he picked up the 4-3 skills competition win vs. the Habs. It appears Boston has soured temporarily on Tuukka Rask, as he's started only twice since the all-star break.
Erik Cole had a well-rounded night with 1+1=2, plus-2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG and 5 hits. Cole's been money all year and on one of my teams, I've got Dustin Brown, Mike Richards ad Mike Ribeiro all on the bench in favor of Cole. Who'd have guessed?
Jonas Hiller stopped 25 of 26 for the win in Pittsburgh and he's now won three in a row and five of his last six, with a 1.61 GAA and .935 SV% over that span.
The immortal Teemu Selanne scored the GWG last night, his 19th goal and 52nd point of the season. Selanne turns 42 in July and will likely retire this summer. I'd love to see him get dealt to a contender to finish off an amazing career.
Malkin of the Week went pointless last night, so his owners are panicking and looking for help on the wire. Step back from the ledge, folks - every player goes through his slumps. He'll snap out of it eventually.
Roberto Luongo picked up his 24th win of the season and he's having a great 2012 with 14 wins and a Tim Thomas-esque 1.99 GAA and .936 SV% since January 1st.
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