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Daily Dosage - Apr. 26, 2009

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Thornton Joe Thornton finally delivered a big game for San Jose last night with 1+2=3 and he looked a lot more interested, so look out Anaheim.  Jumbo was in all three Sharks goals including the OT winner by Patrick Marleau that just barely crossed the line and kept the Sharks alive.

The Sharks-Ducks game shouldn't have been close but once again Jonas Hiller was huge and stopped 45 of 48 shots he faced to keep Anaheim in the game.  He's proving that the old wives tale about goalies without playoff experience are garbage... is garbage.  Real interesting thing that comes out of this is going to be what do the Ducks do with Hiller & Giggy next year.  Hiller's got one year left on his deal (with $1.3M cap hit) while Giggy has two years left (at a $6.0M hit).

The Penguins marched back after being down 3-0 yesterday to knock out the Flyers with 5-3 victory.  Sidney Crosby had two goals and Geno Malkin had two assists to regain the top two spots in the playoff scoring race.  Playoff poolies who banked on the Pittsburghers to go far look to be in good shape as they will be a tough out.

Seabrook With only 26 points on the season, there weren't too many (actually there weren't any) three point games for Brent Seabrook this year but seems he saved it for the playoffs as he had a PP goal to open the scoring and then assisted on two others as Chicago jumped all over Calgary to take a pivotal game #5.

Miikka Kiprusoff absorbed the brunt of the Chicago onslaught as he was beaten four times on 18 shots including three times in the span of 1:49 in the first period and got the old Mike Keenan hook early in the second period... that drops his playoff numbers to a 3.62 gaa & .893 sv%. 

Coach Tortorella was suspended for a game for the whole bottle throwing incident in Washington and will miss today's game... makes sense, you just can't lose your cool like that... Jim Schoenfeld will take over behind the bench (hopefully Koharski's not reffing). 

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

Phaneuf Dion Phaneuf took a Troy Brouwer head to the head and he looked a little woozy afterwards and left the game.  No details were given on the injury or if he'll be good go in game #6... stay tuned. 

Three injured Flames were able to suck it up and play a regular shift in game #5... Daymond Langkow, Craig Conroy and Rene Bourque all either missed or were hurt during game #4 but made their returns yesterday.

Jamie Langenbrunner has missed the past three games with a groin injury but was able to practice yesterday and sounds like he's good to go for game #6 today.

Daily Distraction

What's distracting us today?  If you didn't think John Tortorella had it in him to engage in a little cat fight with a fan or someone who's pushing his buttons, we remind you of his little feud with Larry Brooks from a few years back... under that cool Fonz-like exterior, he's got a little a-hole in him... 

... you get the point from that version but this version is one of our favs.