A fantasized look at Saturday's NHL action.
John Tavares scored a pair of powerplay goals on 6 shots on goal. He's now third in the NHL in goals (16) and first in the NHL in shots (99). So, yeah, if you didn't know, he's one of the best players in the world.
We're going to go with Sergei Bobrovsky fantasy line of Saturday. He shutout the Red Wings on 30 shots and has now won 4 straight games. In those four games, he' given up just 2 goals TOTAL. He's certainly making his case for Russia to use him in the olympics.
Ryan Johansen posted an assist and played 17:10. He's got assists in three straight games and while that's not very impressive, the kid's confidence is likely growing and that might be what he needs to become successful.
It was the first career hat trick for Vladimir Sobotka and he also threw in 4 hits and 3 shots. He's heating up in March with goals in three straight and 6+1=7 in the five games.
The world might be ending as Scott Gomez scored for the second time in three games. Just figured I'd give fair warning.
Patrik Berglund scored for the second straight game and he's got points in three straight to the the tune of 3+1=4. The guy can definitely score.
It was another two goal game for Jiri Tlusty who also chipped in an assist. He's continued to be a major source of points with 6+3=9 and 17 shots over his last six contests.
Alexander Semin had a 3-point night (1+2=3, PPG) for the fourth time in his last 8 games. In those 8 games, he has 4+11=15 and it appears he's regained his skill.
Ryan Malone scored a powerplay goal and I suggest you take a look at your free agent pool to see if he's there. He plays on the number 1 PP unit in Tampa Bay.
Prospect Cedrick Desjardins got his first NHL start in over two years but allowed 4 goals on 29 shots and took the loss. He's likely the future #1 tender for the Lightning so he'll get plenty of more cracks at it.
Really sexy line for Dion Phaneuf as he had 3 assists, 5 hits, 2 blocks, and 2 PPP. He has 1+5=6 and 24 hits over his last six games.
Kris Letang hasn't scored a goal in 13 games but he's been an assist machine. He has 9 assists in his last 4 games and he's over a point per game on the season with 24 in 22. He's your current points leader among defenseman.
Mike Smith posted the win allowing just one goal and making 20 saves but this is the first time in four games that he's allowed any less than four goals in a game. At .896 sv% he's a far cry from last season's .930 sv%.
Shea Weber had a powerplay assist for the second straight game and he's got a modest three game point scoring streak with 5 assists.
Jake Muzzin scored again and put up a plus-3 in 21 minutes of ice time. Over his last five games he has 3+2=5, 15 hits, and plus-7. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe Muzzin has the pedigree to be consistently producing like this at the NHL level so enjoy the ride while it lasts.
Justin Williams posted his second 3-point game in the last three with a line of 1+2=3 and plus-3.
Awful game for Miikka Kiprusoff as he gave up 6 goals on 22 shots before getting yanked in the 3rd period. He played well in his first game back from injury but has allowed 10 goals in the last two. He's still shaking off the rust.
Three apples for Slava Voynov and he's producing nicely of late with 2+6=8, 6 PIM, and 22 hits over his last 8 games.
Quite a run for Jeff Carter as he scored a goal for the fourth straight game. He's scored in 9 of his last 10 matches with 11 goals but just one assist over that span. I love his season line of 17+2=19. I wonder what the highest goals to assist ratio for one season has ever been as Carter is at a ridiculous 8.5.