It had been 9 straight games without a goal for Phil Kessel. Just 10 goals in 38 games on the season is not exactly what you banked on when drafting a guy who had scored 30+ goals four straight seasons entering this year. Which must have made last night's game that much sweeter for him and his owners. He scored twice including a PPG and GWG, added an assist and 5 shots to net the fantasy line of the night.
Three game point scoring streak for James van Riemsdyk as he went 1+1=2, 6 shots, 2 PIM, and 2 hits. He had just two assists in his previous 9 games.
The hottest Rangers skater continued to be Derek Stepan as he put up a goal and an assist to extend his point scoring streak to five games. It has been a real breakout year for Stepan and it's a shame it's coming in a shortened season.
Rick Nash potted two goals on 7 shots to give him scores in three straight games. Going back a bit further he has 7 goals in his last 7 games.
Dennis Seidenberg compiled 3 assists, 4 blocks, and a plus-4 last night and he'd be real valuable if he could ever contribute a few more points. His 90 blocks and 90 hits are a multi-cat's dream.
Tuukka Rask took home the win last night, making 40 saves for the second time in his last 3 games.
Cory Schneider made 19 saves and recorded a shutout for the 4th time in his last 9 starts. I guess we can start to throw his name into the Vezina talks (along with about 8 other goalies) since he's tied for first in shutouts (5) and tied for second in save percentage (.928).
Mike Smith made 40 saves but allowed one goal which turned out to be the difference as he took the regulation loss. It was his second straight impressive performance since returning from the injury.
Turning back time was Radek Dvorak as he scored two goals including the GWG last night. He also chipped in 6 shots and plus-2. While he does have 3 goals in his last 3 games, I don't advise picking him up.