The fantasy line of the night pretty easily goes to Brenden Morrow for his Gordie Howe Hat Trick. He went for 2+1=3, 7 PIM, and 3 shots. After just one assist over his first six games as a Penguin, he's now scorching over a four game point scoring streak with 5+3=8, 11 shots, and 11 PIM.
One of these seasons Kris Letang is going to stay healthy for 82 and he's likely going to win a Norris when he does. He had 2 assists and 3 shots last night to put him on a 3-game point scoring streak. He's only played 31 games but his 28 points are still tied for second among defensemen.
It was 10 straight with no points for Brandon Sutter but he put two home last night. It was thought that he would be a benefactor from the absence of Crosby and Malkin but that hasn't proved true until yesterday.
Lars Eller followed up a game with an assist and 15 PIM with a two assist game. I'm interested to see what kind of output he can give us over a full season next year.
He didn't even start but Carey Price took the loss after he relieved an ineffective Peter Budaj. That's four straight losses and 15 goals allowed in just 150 minutes of work. Talk about a season going in the toilet.
Thomas Vanek had a powerplay goal and a powerplay assist last night. It was his second straight game with a PPP.
Teammates Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly each had a goal and an assist in last night's Bruins shootout loss. For Paille, it was his second two point effort in the last four games. It was Kelly's first multi-point of the season.
Miikka Kiprusoff broke a six game regulation loss streak when he turned away 36 of 38 for the win last night. He's now up to 2 wins in about the last 5 weeks. So hot.
Sven Baertschi is trying to do what he did last season and that's play well at the end of the season. After an assist last night he has a 3 game point scoring streak with 2+2=4.
Another goal for The Mule, Johan Franzen, and that's three straight games with one for him. On the month of March he's a point per game with 3+5=8 in 8 games.
The Sergei Bobrovsky legend is still growing. After stopping 26 of 28 last night for the win, he's on a five game win streak for the second time this season. He hasn't given up more than 3 goals in 9 straight starts. At this point, if the
former Rangers Blue Jackets make the playoffs, he may be the front runner for the Vezina.
Finnish youngster, Sami Vatanen, scored his first NHL goal last night on the powerplay. His AHL output from defense (45 points in 62 games) is pretty sweet so he's got something to offer if given the opportunity.
Brandon Dubinsky had an assist last night and he's been uber useful since his return from injury. In those four games he has 4 assists, 27 PIM, 7 hits, and 7 shots. Stay healthy next season, Dubi.