The new craze... QUICKING!!!
Jonathan Quick made all 41 saves that were necessary to shut out the Canucks last night and go up three-love in the series. Typically the Kings do it by keeping the shots down but Quick has faced an average of 39 shots per game so far and has only given up four goals in total. In the past two seasons during six game 1st round defeats, he gave up 20 & 21 goals.
Kings captain Dustin Brown has been a menace in these playoffs scoring the game's only goal last night and knocking Henrik Sedin into next week with a huge hit. He has scored in each game of the series and has 4+1=5 & 19 shots over the first three games.
Cory Schneider subbed in for Roberto Luongo last night and handled himself very well making 19 saves on 20 shots but when your team can't score in front of you, you're working with a very thin margin.
Great story here as undrafted rookie pro Cory Conacher of Norfolk was named AHL MVP. Conacher had a number of things working against him as he was never drafted while playing four years at a lowly regarded school like Canisius, he's not the biggest bloke (listed at just 5'8") and was playing this season on an AHL contract. But he fought through all the obstacles to be named the circuit's top player in his rookie season with 39+41=80 & 114 PIMs in 75 games. That was good enough for 2nd in the league in points & tops in goals. Tampa signed him to a two-way deal for next season so he should get a look with the big club but expect them to be patient with him.
Daniel Sedin (concussion) didn't make the trip to LA and there are reports that he won't play in the series at all, if it even goes longer than four games.
Holy hot garbage... Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 17 goals and sports a .798 sv% in the first three game of the series. This is the third year in a row that MAF has a sub-.900 sv% in the playoffs.
Despite his team getting thrashed we have to give the stat-line of the night to James Neal for a loco 2+1=3, plus-2, 10 shots & 12 PIMs... you don't see a line like that every day.
Claude Giroux followed up six points, plus-4 & 10 shots on Friday with a Gordie Howe Hat-Trick & five shots yesterday.
Sens Coach Paul MacLean said Daniel Alfredsson was "feeling good" yesterday but he is questionable to play tonight and my guess is he might be out a while.
Rollercoaster night on Saturday for those of you that picked Brian Elliott in your playoff pool and then tuned into game #2 late. You saw Elliott in the net with a 1-0 lead which ended in a shutout for the Blues but you may have missed the fact that Halak started the game and left injured early in the 2nd, so he gets the W and a share of the shutout. Therefore Elliott gets nada for his nearly 39 minutes of shutout hockey... life isn't fair sometimes.
I guess I shouldn't really be surprised about anything that the Oilers do these days but I am a little surprised that they're happy with going into next season with the same goalie tandem as this season. That seems incredibly stupid, why not buy out the last year of Khabibulin's deal and find both a cheaper & league average (which would be a huge upgrade) replacement.
Some unfiltered comments from Jets coach Claude Noel when talking with a fan... who took notes and shared them with a reporter (brilliant)! Noel had some interesting thoughts on Ondrej Pavelec, Alexander Burmistrov & Paul Postma.