Three Sharks players with three point nights as Patrick Marleau (2+1=3, 5 shots, plus-1), Logan Couture (2+1=3, 2 shots, plus-1), and Joe Thornton (0+3=3, plus-1) did all of their damage in the first period.
Nice game for the defensive pairing of Tobias Enstrom (3 assists, 2 shots, plus-2) and Dustin Byfuglien (2 assists, 4 PIM, 3 shots, 3 hits, plus-1). These guys have somewhat of a history of getting off to fast starts so it's nice if you've got them in your lineup.
It was starting to feel a bit like last season as Evander Kane went the first two games without putting up a point but he came through with a powerplay goal and an even strength assist last night. If you frequent this site at all, you know how much we love this guy.
In the anti-fantasy line of the night, there's Devan Dubnyk. He allowed 6 goals on 17 shots, playing just the first period before he got pulled to begin the second. His peripherals are as bad as you're ever going to see: .826 sv% and 7.40 gaa. I know, it's just two games in. I'm just having a little fun with the guy.
It's getting difficult to keep track of all the rookies contributing this season. Some more big name prospects got their first NHL goals last night: Alex Galchenyuk, Nail Yakupov, and Justin Schultz. I'm basically in love with Schultz. He really knows how to work the point on the powerplay.
Was anyone really expecting anything out of Andrei Markov this season? If you were, then you're in the minority, I'd say. Apparently the 34 year old Russian is trying to get our attention as he scored twice on the powerplay last night; the first of which was an absolute laser. He also logged over 23 minutes. Don't forget that he was among the best point producing defensemen in the NHL before the injuries killed his last two seasons. If he's on your wire, pick him up. He's likely better than your 4th or 5th defensemen.
Martin Brodeur with the night's only shutout as he turned away 24 shots making some great saves along the way. Lets add his name to the list of old guys that the lockout has helped early on in the season.
Last season's most surprising 30 goal scorer, David Clarkson, had a powerplay goal and 9 PIM last night. You couldn't even find a Devils fan that thought this guy would sniff 30 goals ever again. Well he's got two goals in two games this season so maybe it wasn't a fluke.
Ilya Kovalchuk looked good again as he had a shorthanded goal (on a pretty penalty shot), powerplay assist, 2 PIM, and plus-2. And yeah, he led the team in ice time again with 23:02. That potpourri of numbers nets him the fantasy line of the night.
It was a great game for Kari Lehtonen as he was on the brink of a shutout but had it broken up with just 4 seconds left in the game by Damien Brunner's first NHL goal. He still stopped 39 of 40 for the win as he's 2-0-0 on the early season.
Tomas Holmstrom announced his retirement before last night's game. As we like to do from time to time, we'll highlight his best fantasy season. The year was 2005-2006 when he went 29+30=59, 24 PPP, 66 PIM, plus-14 and 8 GWG. Hats off to a guy who had the crap kicked out of him just trying to make a living in front of the net.
Robin Lehner was sent down to the AHL