We said the other day that Geno Malkin was being under-appreciated in these playoffs... well that won't be the case any longer after a hat-trick last night to lead the Pittsburghers to a 7-4 victory and 2-0 series lead. That's five straight multi-point games for Geno where accumulated 5+8=13 points... pretty unreal stuff. He now leads Crosby by one point in the playoff scoring race.
Chris Kunitz also chipped in the Pens as he had his first goal in 20 games (yikes) to go along with two assists. I don't think that's the kind of production GM Ray Shero was hoping for when he acquired Kunitz's contract but I guess he'll have to live with it as long as the team is winning.
Read a rumour on a Russian website today that Omsk of the KHL is interested in re-uniting Jaromir Jagr with his old buddy Michael Nylander. Not sure if Washington is involved or just strongly encouraging this as they would like nothing more than to rid themselves of his contract for the next two years. If you're a fantasy GM that is holding onto Nylander, you can probably set him free as that ship has sailed my friend.
Windsor looked to be on their way out of the Memorial Cup last night down two goals in the 3rd period until Leafs prospect Dale Mitchell potted a natural hat-trick in less than four minutes and the Spits took the game 6-4. This eliminated Rimouski and advances Windsor to tonight's semi-final against Drummondville. Mitchell should get a sniff with the Leafs next year but we're not sure there's room in Toronto for both his and Ian White's moustaches.
M'sota is going to name Chuck Fletcher as their new GM today... hopefully he'll be more like the GM his father was back in the '80 & '90s and not the crazy one that was running the Leafs into the ground last summer. Our condolences go out to Pierre McGuire, who didn't get the job, and to hockey fans everywhere, since Pierre didn't get the job.
Pavel Datsyuk missed practice yesterday with a bruised foot and is listed as questionable for tonight's game #3 in Chicago... there was all kinds of speculation of what the injury was, when it happened and if this could explain why Dats has been struggling in the playoffs but the official word is that he just hurt it in game #2.
Erik Cole was able to play last night but Tuomo Ruutu was a no-go.
Phil Kessel had shoulder surgery yesterday and the team is calling it a success. Success or not, he's still going to be on the shelf for around six months so that could have him missing the first month or two of the regular season next year... update your draft lists accordingly.
What's distracting us today? Normally we don't pay much attention to what Jeremy Roenick has to say... but this is pretty stupid... JR was on the radio the other day in Chicago saying that Detroit coach Mike Babcock "doesn't like [Chelios] for some ungodly known reason, I think he's got a grudge against American players, but he does not like Cheli at all"... right, JR whatever you say. Yeah for some "ungodly" reason Babcock isn't giving your boy Cheli 25 minutes of ice-time a night... sure that has nothing to do with the fact that he's 47-years-old, skates around with an oxygen tank trailing him on the ice and the fact that, maybe, Babcock's trying to win a Stanley Cup. Hell, we're going on record that Babcock is also anti-Saskatchewan since he's not playing Gordie Howe enough in these playoffs.