The OT hero for Detroit last night was Mikael Samuelsson as he finished off a text book 3-on-1 and put the Wings up 2-0 in the series. Mick has been picking up the slack for struggling guys like Hossa, Holmstrom and Datsyuk lately as he's had goals in three straight and is 5+1=6 in his last eight games. He's a UFA this summer and this is probably the end of the road for Mick with the Wings but he could be a valuable commodity on the open market but we think he benefits from the Wings system and might struggle in a different situation.
Another goal last night for Dan Cleary gives him four in his last three games and the Newfie is going bizonkers in these playoffs, scoring goals like he thinks its 1996 and he's still in Belleville.
Kris Versteeg has been one of the bright spots for the Hawks as he's had points in four straight and is following up a surprising rookie season with a strong playoffs, 4+8=12 in 14 games. We like this kid as he's one of the more entertaining players to watch as he tends to just water-bug all over the ice and isn't afraid to stick his nose in some dirty areas... and he's got some good skills to boot.
Pat Kane was held pointless again and was a -2 which makes him -5 for the series so far. Now his buddy, Jonathan Toews, had two goals but we've noticed lately that the dynamic duo has been split up a little more in the playoffs and they don't seem to be both firing at the same time... interesting stat alert!... outside of Game #6 of the Vancouver series where they both had three points, Kane has six games where he has recorded at least a point (nine points in total) and Toews only has three points in those games. Vice versa, in the six games where Toews has recorded at least a point (nine points in total), Kane only had three points. Not sure if that's useful at all, actually we're pretty sure its not... but still rather peculiar.
We won't get into the whole thing in Phoenix cause there's just too much going on and our blood pressure can't handle it but did get a chuckle yesterday out of the report that if the NHL wins this thing and Jerry Reinsdorf ends up owning the team that one of the first things he'd do is turf Wayne Gretzky. This after Wayne says he's supporting the league in this fight despite Balsillie offering him an ownership stake and naming the arena after Walter if he wins.
Carolina's injured duo of Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu are listed as questionable for Thursday night's game #2. The extra day off should help a bit as Ruutu says that he's sore but he was hopeful he would be ok to play whereas Cole looks less likely as there wasn't much of an update on him and he looked to be in pretty rough shape leaving the ice.
What's distracting us today? Did everyone see this?... so the NBA's Denver Nuggets messed up badly and scheduled a home playoff game and a WWE Monday Night Raw event on the same night in the same arena and this has left WWE President Vince McMahon with no other option than to challenge Nuggets Owner Stan Kroenke to a steel-cage match to resolve this dispute... priceless. Anyway we can get Bettman & Daly vs Moyes & Balsillie on the undercard?... that would be a real brawl, I'd consider giving up my beloved Rowdy Roddy Piper action figure to see that match.