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Phil Kessel is turning into a playoff monster (we despise that Pierre McGuire has stolen that phrase from the rest of the world) with 2+1=3 last night he now has five goals in as many career playoff games (all against Montreal). He tailed off down the stretch this year but has all the skills to be a Rocket Richard trophy candidate within a few years.
Great opener between Chicago & Calgary last night and Marty Havlat was the hero with two goals, including the OT winner but for us Jonathan Toews was the driving force behind the victory as the young captain willed them to victory with a fantastic all around performance and should have had a shedload of points (he had one assist).
We expect that Mike Cammalleri will get a suspension for this (its worth checking out to see Marty Havlat's cartoon like reaction, like he took an anvil to the face), Danny Carcillo did something pretty similar and got a game so it only seems fair that Cammo should get the same... tit for tat (whatever that means).
That old wives tale about untested playoff goalies didn't apply to Jonas Hiller last night as the playoff virgin posted a 32 save shutout vs the President's Trophy winning Sharks on their home ice... so seems that he wasn't too nervous.
All those that were worried about Chris Osgood have to remember that he plays on one of the tightest defensive teams in the league and they really keeps the shots down... he only had to stop 20 of 21 to pick up a win in game #1 vs Columbus while Detroit scored on four of 34 they directed at Steve Mason.
Doug Risebrough didn't survive in M'sota, he's out after being the worst and only GM in the franchise's history. We'll see who the new guy is and what he has in store for this team cause he's got a few nice pieces to work with but the overall depth is seriously lacking... hopefully they open it up a little bit cause the Wild might be leagues snooziest team.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Pretty much all of the injured players that were questionable to return for game #1's last night did actually return... including Patrice Bergeron, Dion Phaneuf, Curtis Glencross, Rene Bourque, Patrick Sharp, Kristian Huselius, Freddie Modin, Marian Hossa and Danny Cleary.
We should put an asterisk beside Patrick Sharp's name though cause the dude doesn't look right... he's definitely not playing at 100% with that leg injury and only played 14 minutes last night so don't expect much until he recovers a little more.
Derick Brassard had a doctors appointment yesterday to get his shoulder checked out hoping to get a doctors note that he was OK to return to work... he didn't get that note, doc said to come back in a week, so a D-Brass return is still up in the air for at least another week.
What's distracting us today? We told you about our little challenge with the boys on Hardcore Hockey Talk yesterday and we figured it would all be good clean fun, except for those that want a piece of Al Strachan... but it seems that our friend at Down Goes Brown is taking it personal and is bent on taking out Mark Osborne himself, sounds like a Dale Hunter-Pierre Turgeon type rub-out could be in the cards. We'll be updating you on all the action, including any goonery after the whistles, so check back soon.