Big night for the Canes top line as Ray Whitney (1+3=4) and Eric Staal (2+1=3) combined for seven points to lead Carolina to a game #6 win and send the series the distance. Smart move by Paul Maurice to put Staal with a playmaker like Whitney as Staal's regular linemates, Ruutu and Cole, have combined for only one point so far in the series.
The third member of the Canes top line last night was Chad LaRose and two more assists give him 2+3=5 in the series... he's overachieving once again after 19 goals during the regular season which exceeded his total from the previous three seasons combined.
Marty Brodeur gave up four goals on 37 shots last night and has faced an average of 42 shots a game over the past three, so we'd say that the Canes are bringing the heat and may take the momentum into game #7. Fortunately for Marty, he's been pretty lights out a home in this series with a 1.00 gaa & .968 sv%.
Tom Poti was the unlikely offensive hero yesterday for the Capitals in their win over the Rangers that sent that series to a game #7. TP had a goal and three assists yesterday and after a injury plagued 13 point season he wakes up this morning to find himself tied for the league lead in playoff points among dmen with six (tied with Cam Barker).
Henrik Lundqvist was pulled for the second game in a row after 40 minutes. Yesterday it followed giving up five goals on 20 shots and he's looking very beatable. There were suggestions that he's starting to get tired with all the rubber he's been facing and it would appear that way since he was beaten over the glove a few times.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Dion Phaneuf is listed as day-to-day and questionable for tonight's game #6 vs Chicago after taking a headshot from Troy Brouwer's head. Keenan probably knows if he'll play or not but we probably won't find out until closer to game time. If he can't go then perhaps Jamie Macoun will suit up, or maybe Anders Eriksson.
Jamie Langenbrunner returned for the Devils last night after missing the previous three games due to a groin injury.
Sergei Samsonov returned to action last night after missing game #5 with a LBI. He may have recovered from that but appears to be out permanently with fractured motivation... he has one assist and four shots in the series.
What's distracting us today? The Swine Flu is all the rage, spreading like a virus (literally) all over the world. Hopefully we're safe here in the FHS bunker but just to be sure we searched on the symptoms... fever, lethargy, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.... and were shocked to learn that we may have it, actually we've had it for years... especially after a night of drinking or a trip to Taco Bell. Say a prayer for us will ya? No, seriously, stay safe people, avoid having any pigs (and/or mexicans) breath on you.