David Desharnais continued his surprising run with his 16th goal of the season and he's 5+6=11 over his last eight games. The peripherals haven't been there but he does have five SOG in two games so maybe that's a sign of good things to come. He also scored the only goal of the shootout.
Two more helpers last night and Jason Spezza has 75 points in 71 games, good for fourth overall in the league. The points have always been there when he's healthy, but nobody expected the plus-9 on a team for which Bryan Murray apologized in advance.
Erik Cole scored his fourth goal in three games and he has 27 on the year - one better than last season, and with 11 games still to play, there's a good chance he'll eclipse his career high of 30.
Carey Price stopped 35 of 37 for his second win in a row and 25th on the year. Down year for Price but sometimes I forget the kid is still only 24 years old. At his age, guys like Rinne and Howard were still waiting for the show and Price is already 266 games in.
The Marcus Foligno/Tyler Ennis/Drew Stafford line was on fire last night. They each finished plus-3 and combined for three goals and eight points. Ennis has 3+3=6 in three games, and to paraphrase FHS regular mjm44, so much for all the doubters hating on Buffalo's small Ennis.
After coming up empty in his first two games with Colorado, Jamie McGinn has gone apeshit. Two more goals last night including the game tying goal with two seconds left. 7+2=9 with seven PIM and 21 SOG in his last six games.
Gabriel Landeskog continues to put the finishing touches on what will be a Calder-nominated season. 1+1=2, two PIM, eight(!) hits and five SOG last night and he now holds the rookie lead in goals (20) and is tied with Adam Henrique for points (46). He's also 13th in shots in the ENTIRE LEAGUE. All this from a kid who was drafted only nine months ago. Just awesome.
In a game where he probably didn't deserve the W, Semyon Varlamov (3.78 GAA, .833 SV%) netted his third win in a row and eighth in 10 games, and he's really turning things around after dealing with some injuries and losing the starting gig to Jean-Sebastien Giguere earlier this year.
Two goals on eight shots for Andrew Ladd and he has 7+5=12 and 44 SOG over his last ten games. Very nice.
Loui Eriksson also scored a couple in a losing cause and he's quietly having another decent season with 25+39=64 in 71 games, but the six PIM and165 SOG leave a lot to be desired, which I guess is why his decent season seems so quiet,
With 1+1=2, plus-1 and three SOG, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins delivered his touché to Landeskog. Although Landeskog leads the rookie points parade, the points-per-game is not even close here: .64 for Landy vs. .88 for RNH.
Devan Dubnyk had his second shutout of the year, but this season hasn't proved a lot in terms of taking the next step. Then again, it's the Oilers and their own coach thinks they don't give a shit sometimes. But the future remains very, very bright in the City of Champions From a While Back.
The Coyotes' old dudes went to work on the Canucks last night. Three more assists for Ray Whitney, and Shane Doan had 1+1=2, five SOG and six hits. Whitney is an absolute wizard, and his sublime passing compares to Gretzky and Tavares. Doan and Whitney are both UFAs this summer, so enjoy the end of this excellent duo while it lasts.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a strong game with 1+1=2 and 5 SOG, so he has back to back multi-pointers after five with nada.
With what might be the fantasy line of the night, Antoine Vermette came alive with 1+2=3, plus-2 and five SOG. Great for those who dress 18 forwards in 30 team leagues.
Henrik Sedin owners, rejoice! Hank had two apples for his first points in nine games.
Responding to his third line demotion was Alex Burrows with 1+1=2, plus-1 and six shots.
The Red Wings are old, cranky, injured, and they wanna go home. Joey MacDonald (4.00 GAA, .833 SV%) allowed four goals on 24 shots and only three Red Wings didn't register a minus. Um, Henrik Zetterberg had eight shots though!
At the other end of the rink, Jonas Hiller stopped all eight Zetterberg shots and 15 others for his fourth shutout of the year.
Kyle Palmieri (plus-3, 3 SOG) found the net twice playing on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. Getzlaf had 2 assists, plus-3, and three shots, while Ryan scored his 26th of the year on three shots and also finished plus-3.
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