In last year's playoffs Micheal Ryder was just hoping to get into the lineup for the Habs but this season he seems to have his goals set a little higher as he's making a case for Conn Smythe consideration... he has points in all five playoff games (nine points in total) and is tied for the lead in goals with five.
Marc Savard and the Bruins took advantage of some sloppy turnovers by Carolina and cruised to an easy 4-1 victory in game #1... Savvy had two goals which gives him 4+3=7 for the playoffs and with the Savard-Kessel combo rolling along with Krejci-Ryder, the Bruins may have too much depth for the Canes.
But the real kicker for the Bruins is the backstopper, Tim Thomas, who turned aside 26 of 27 shots last night and is continuing his Vezina Trophy regular season play with an undefeated playoffs, 1.40 gaa and .949 sv%... we're still not sure how he manages to stop anything as he goes yardsale on pretty much every shot but you can't argue with the numbers.
Nicklas Lidstrom was the hero for Detroit last night with two goals including the game winner with less than a minute left in the 3rd period. With three points in total he moves into the lead in scoring among dmen with seven points (tied with Brent Seabrook)
Anyone else getting screwed by Pavel Datsyuk in their playoff pool? Dude's 10th on the Wings in scoring right now with only three points in five games. Sorry, not much we can say to comfort you but we'd expect him to come around as he's been money the past two years in the playoffs.
First Richard Zednik and now Mikael Tellqvist has signed to play in the KHL next year???... man not sure how the NHL is going to respond to the KHL poaching their talent... maybe the Lightning will make a play for Andrei Nazarov... that will show them.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Brian Rafalski missed last night's game and will miss at least one more with a UBI. His injury allowed the old war horse Chris Chelios to draw into the lineup... [insert geriatric joke here].
What's distracting us today? Russia may be poaching NHL stars, they may have all three Hart Trophy candidates and appear to be taking over our game but Canada has Justin Darlington, (check out the 0:50 mark for full amazement)... lets see Sasha Kaun do that, Boris's.