3 straight shutouts for Roberto Luongo and now 5 on the season. With all the struggling goalies and injuries so far this year, Luongo, Lundqvist and Backstrom have been the 3 consistently solid options so far.
Brent Johnson had another strong start last night and based on Bruce Boudreau's philosophy of playing the hot goalie it looks like BJs earned a few more starts.
Rookie Steve Mason got his 3rd straight start and 3rd straight victory in his best performance of the year only allowing one goal in a win over Calgary... man, some of these goalie situations are getting very interesting.
Ben Bishop was sent back to the AHL now that Legace and Mason are back healthy.
Drew Doughty has 4 points (3 on the PP) in his last 2 games and seems to be finding his groove.
The Mik & 2 Niks line was at it again last night for Toronto and Mikhail Grabovski is now 6+2=8 in his last 4 games, Niklas Hagman is 4+2=6 and Nikolai Kulemin has 5 assists over the same span.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
Mike Van Ryn had a concussion, broken nose and broke a few bones in his hand on a hit from behind by Tom "The Purse Snatcher's Assistant" Kostopoulos. The hand injury will keep MVR out for 4 to 6 weeks.
Jonathan Cheechoo is out with an upper body injury, no word how long he's out.
Sidney Crosby played last night but took a shot in the leg and was feeling some pain so he'll be nursing a few injuries for a while.
Evgeni Nabokov's injury doesn't appear too serious, he'll be out a few games but is hoping to get back on the ice Monday to test out his knee.
Chuck Kobasew got into his 2nd game of the year and put up 2 points, so he's now got 4 points so far this year.
Also returning to action last night was: Danny Briere and Manny Legace.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... in case anyone wants an update on the Milt Stegall "conditional guaranteed victory" that we mentioned yesterday... no word if it was a sellout and if the guarantee was triggered, but either way they lost. We applaud the innovation but boo the execution.