So Tampa had some time to return from Europe and work on a few things, hit the panic button a few times and for Barry Melrose to get their defense in order... well things started out fine last night and had a 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd against Carolina... then preceded to give up 2 goals on 20 shots in the 3rd and then lost in OT. In total they gave up 46 shots, which brings their average in 3 games to 42 per game. Steven Stamkos only played 6 minutes, doesn't appear to be an injury, we'll have to look into the reason and get back to you on that one.
Montreal's offense looked very potent last night and Alex Tanguay (1+3=4) and Sergei Kostitsyn (2+1=3) proved that they were worthy of all the faith we showed in them. We picked Tanguay to lead Montreal in scoring and return to his typical 70+ point level and Kostitsyn is our #2 ranked breakout candidate in the Breakout Bible.
Dustin Boyd was a healthy scratch last night.
Ville Koistinen was also a healthy scratch.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
- Bryan McCabe does not have a broken back, just a strained back and is out 10-14 days.
- Randy Jones' status has been downgraded and they're now saying that he'll be out 3 to 4 months.
- Rick DiPietro knee has recovered as well as expected from offseason surgery so he could be out for a while... stay tuned.
- Kevin Bieksa left the game last night with a sore knee and should be re-evaluated today.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... well, in actuality we're distracted by movers that are arriving with some of our precious goods which we've been missing for the past year... specifically our sandwich maker and blender! But had to show everyone the big moment when Sarah Palin "drops the puck" for the opening faceoff in Philadephia last night. First of all, you can hear a lot of boos, but that's not really noteworthy, this is Philly, the fans would boo their own Mom if they brought her out to drop the puck. Second, Palin calls herself the #1 hockey mom but apparently she's got competition from the broad who's brought Bernie Parent's jersey out of retirement so she can show Palin who's the real #1 hockey mom. And Lastly, Palin doesn't even get to drop the puck, the other chick does... so she could be VP of the country and she's not big enough to do an exclusive puck drop... that's weak.