After six straight games of absolutely no points and a minus-5, R.J. Umberger scored the hat trick on 6 shots, which included the GWG and a PPG to go along with a plus-2. After putting up 55 and 57 points in the last two seasons, you have to consider this season (31 points after the hattie) a wildly disappointing one.
Assisting on all three of Umberger's goals was Derick Brassard. Similarly, he had no points in his previous six games and a minus-5.
Steve Mason made 39 saves on 40 shots to get the win and he's 6-2-0 in his last eight games. He's even threatening to get his save percentage in the .900's as he's currently at .896%. Curtis Sanford doesn't appear to be returning this season so Mason may very well start all of the Blue Jackets' remaining games (8 total). You could do worse at this point.
It only took Erik Cole 5:41 to score a natural hat trick last night. He also had 7 shots and was plus-2. This put him at 30 goals for the season, a mark he's only reached once in the 2005-2006 season.
We'll give the line of the night to P.K. Subban for his 2 assists, plus-1, and 10 PIM. He's finishing the season in a flurry with 3+8=11 and a ridiculous 29 PIM over his last 11 games. Where are all those people who were so down on him? He's at 7+28=35, plus-5, and 107 PIM through 74 games. That's a sexy line from a defenseman.
Another win for Devan Dubnyk last night and that gives him 4-0-1 over his last five games. As Cam said earlier, if they don't hand this guy the starting job on a silver platter next season, they need their heads examined.
The month of March isn't treating Henrik Lundqvist as well as all the other months did. After allowing four goals in a loss to the Sabres last night, the King is 4-4-1 through nine March games with a .889 sv% and 2.74 gaa.
James Reimer has a little Jekyll and Hyde in him this season. The Jekyll came out last night as he made 43 saves to beat the Devils in a skills competition. This probably means he'll get the start tomorrow night.
Alex Ovechkin extended his goal scoring streak to four games with a pair of markers. He's also fired 19 shots on goal during the streak.
Three game point scoring streak for Spencer Machacek as he had a goal and an assist. Since being called up he's 1+4=5 in those three games.
Tim Stapleton with a dramatic GWG in OT last night. He also notched an assist to give him a four game point scoring streak (2+3=5 and plus-6).
Mike Green went another game without a point and he just continues to prove how terrible he is with just one point in 15 games since returning from injury. Those of us who wasted a roster spot on him, since he was never on the IR until right before his return, are kicking ourselves.
Stephen Weiss extended his point scoring streak to five with an assist last night. He's got 2+4=6 for the streak.
Cody Eakin was called up from the AHL.