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A fantasized look at the NHL action from Thursday night
Jonathan Huberdeau and his magician-like hands stole the night as he had 2+2=4 & plus-3. Even more amazing is that he's doing his thing on a line with Peter Mueller and rookie Drew Shore as they combined on four goals & 14 shots. Hoobadoo now leads all rookies in goals (8) and is just two points back of Cory Conacher for the rookie scoring lead. Btw, Shore has a solid 1+4=5, plus-4 & 18 shots over his last five games... noted.
Busy night for Derek Dorsett as he was 1+1=2, plus-2, nine PIMs with five hits... let's give that the fantasy line of the night. And then he called Jordin Tootoo an "irrelevant player" after the game... like it!
Jakob Silfverberg poured eight shots on net last night and his best was a nifty backhand shortie that beat Lundqvist. He seems to be starting to get the hang of things as he has points in three straight (1+2=3) and has played over 21 minutes in two of his last three.
Max Pacioretty with two goals on six shots last night and he is trending right now with 4+3=7 & plus-6 over his last four games.
You knew this was coming... Marc-Andre Bergeron picked up an assist last night and now has three assists in his last five games. I say it every year, this guy will produce when he plays, it's just keeping him healthy and figuring out when he's going to play that is the hard part.
Another pair of goals for Hurricane Jiri Tlusty to give him 7+2=9 in his last six games.
I only saw the highlights but Cam Ward looked positively awful last night giving up four on 23 shots in a loss to the Jets. In 11 starts this season he has given up 4+ goals six times while only keeping it to two or less three times. This dropped his sv% below the Lalime-line to .896.
Vinny Prospal with the late GWG last night and he's been heating up lately with 4+2=6 over his past seven games.
Nice night for the under-the-radar Troy Brouwer as he had two PPA, three shots, four hits and the cherry on top was a 10 minute misconduct after the final whistle.
Workhorse of the night goes to John Carlson who logged 30:34 of ice-time in a non-OT game! He played in every situation (including PP1 with Mike Green out) and chipped in a solid four hits & five blocks.
James van Riemsdyk with a pair last night to give him 7+3=10 & 36 shots over his last nine games.
Dion Phaneuf started the year with just one assist & four PIMs in his first 11 games but as his level of truculence has increased, so has his production as he has 3+5=8 & 20 PIMs over his last seven games.
I looked to see if Ron Rolston would try anything new with the Sabres... not really but Tyler Myers did log 22 minutes last night which is the most he's seen since January. From what I saw Myers looked lost out there. Hopefully this will help him get his mojo back.
Kevin Dineen was having some fun yesterday as everyone thought Markstrom or Theodore would get the start last night but then Scott Clemmensen came out of the dressing room first. Odd choice but it worked out as Clemmer stopped 32 of 34 for his first win of the season and improved his sv% to a craptastic .862.
One of my favourite prospects, Ryan Murphy, made his NHL debut last night for Carolina and they threw him right into the fire as he was second on the Canes with nearly 24 minutes of ice-time. He's only up on an emergency recall and will head back to Jr. once Pitkanen & Gleason are ready to return.
Let's give Alex Kovalev our interesting scratch of the night award.