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Daily Dosage - Apr. 25, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin only had one goal last night but it was a hell of a goal (check it out here).  He's been fairly well contained by the Rangers as that was only his second goal of the series but he's still getting a ton of chances as he's had 38 shots on goal in the series... just for a frame of reference, project that out over a full season and it works out to 623 shots which is about 100 shots more than he had in the regular season when he lead the league by over 150 shots.

Ovechkin's goal will get all the highlights from last night but Simeon Varlamov was the story for Washington as he stopped 20 shots to post his second shutout of the playoffs.  He's only given up three goals in the series so far and sports a beauty .969 sv%.

Coach Torts made the big decision to keep Sean Avery out of the lineup for game #5 and apparently someone didn't appreciate it as they gave him the old Bud Lite shower treatment to which Torts responded by tossing a water bottle into the crowd.  No word if Avery was the one who dumped the beer on him.  Seriously, I'm not trying to defend Avery but if I was the coach I'd think twice about pulling anyone out of my lineup and changing the momentum with a 3-1 series lead... we'll see if the Rangers can get it back in game #6.

Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist got really roughed up for the first time in the playoffs as he gave up four goals on 14 shots through the first two periods and was rested for the third.  A little ironic that he gets lit up on the night when the Caps only take 21 shots on net after firing at least 35 in each of the first four games.

We're enjoying the little cat fight between GMs Bob Gainey and Brian Lawton... the usually reserved Gainey started it all when he said that Lawton leaked confidential trade discussions between the two (involving Vinny Lecavalier) and that this lead to his team's decline in the 2nd half... really?  He also called Lawton's actions "disgraceful", not sure we'd go that far, maybe more like "not cool".  Lawton's retort was that Gainey accusations were "preposterous" and basically called the hall of famer a liar.  Love it, now that Lowe v Burke has kinda died down, we need another good GM rivalry, well other than Don Waddell v competence.

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):

Bourque Update on a few of the Calgary players that are banged up... team says that Daymond Langkow will be good to go for game #5, so we're guessing that he's playing through that hand injury, Craig Conroy practiced yesterday after suffering an undisclosed injury in game #4, we'd bet on him playing as well.  As for Rene Bourque, he looks a little less likely to go as he's still suffering from a ankle/head injury. 

Chris Drury looks to be really struggling with that suspected wrist injury as he only played 7:21 last night including only one shift in the third period.  Might be time for the Rangers to scratch him as he was a minus three last night.

Daily Distraction

What's distracting us today?  Its the NFL Draft today, which is not really that interesting to this scout any more but with the Lions holding the number one pick it got me thinking about one of my all time favourites, Barry Sanders... not only was he an amazing running back with the sickest moves but he was my go-to player in Tecmo SuperBowl, just check this out...

... and yes, we have no problem with pulling this shit when up on the Buccaneers 30-7... all's fair in love and Tecmo.