Carolina is on the verge of a collapse as Boston forced game 7 last night with a 4-2 victory... not surprising that the Canes can't put them away as Staal, Jokinen and Ward can't do it all on their own. If they're going to advance a few more guys will have to step up... specifically Erik Cole and Rod Brind'Amour could try to improve on the zero goals they've combined for during the playoffs and after great 1st round performances, Chad LaRose and Ray Whitney haven't found the net in round 2.
Boston got the secondary scoring they needed last night as Mark Recchi and Chuck Kobasew were both 1+1=2 and Patrice Bergeron had two assists. Recchi has been especially dangerous lately as he has 3+2=5 in his last four games.
There was some talk before game #6 of Jonas Hiller getting pulled in favour of JS Giguere but that would have been foolish as he has been keeping the Ducks in this series. Another 38 save performance last night to beat Detroit 2-1 and force a game 7 and an amazing stat is that he's faced an average of 41 shots per 60 minutes in his three victories in this series.
Ryan Getzlaf took some heat for a few off games lately and there are some whispers that he's been slowed by an injury but he proved last night that his demise was exaggerated as he was in on both Ducks goals and sits tied for second in playoff scoring with 18 points.
Another goal last night for Johan Franzen gives him six goals in the series and he, along with Henrik Zetterberg (3+5=8 in the series), are really carrying the Wings as they wait for Pavel Datsyuk to engage himself in the playoffs. Hell, even Marian Hossa only has 2+0=2 in this series.
Rather curiously, Tampa owner Oren Koules came out yesterday and said that the Lightning would be willing to move the #2 overall pick to Toronto for their 7th but they'd need Tomas Kaberle and Luke Schenn as well. Brian Burke quickly replied by saying that Luke Schenn is not going anywhere. Curious from both sides in that Koules is apparently back acting as his team's GM after last summer's debacle and also that they'd be willing to move the pick and take on more salary. From Burke's standpoint its pretty humourous that he seems to think that its only going to take scrubs like Alexei Ponikarovsky and Pavel Kubina to entice people to move a top pick.
Marc Savard left last night's game in the 3rd period after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Chad LaRose. It seems as though it was just a precaution as Coach Julien has said that he'll be in the lineup for game #7.
Sergei Gonchar skated yesterday and will be a game-time decision for tonight's game #7. Tough one to call as he's obviously banged up but it sounds like he might give it a try... we wouldn't count on it though.
Brian Rafalski returned to action last night after missing the past five games with a UBI... he saw 21:30 of ice-time so appears to be feeling pretty good.
What's distracting us today? Checkout this screenshot from NHL.com on Monday... There's four, obviously underage, girls in nothing more than sports brassieres showing off their... ahem, spelling skills. Now I'm not going to say that we were offended (although couldn't they find some hotter chicks?) but is this really appropriate content for the league's official website?... I mean, to use Bettman's line over the whole sloppyseconds-gate, "What am I supposed to tell my daughter about this?"... We're guessing it would go something like this, "Go ahead honey, skank it up, its ok as long as you're spending $115 on your playoff tickets and $10 on a program... oh and don't forget your fake ID so you can grab a tasty $9 Bud Light, the official beer of the NHL".