Sidney Crosby and the Penguins eliminated Carolina last night and captured the Prince of Wales Trophy (and in a shocking development, they actually accepted it). With two assists last night Sid moves back into a tie with Malkin for the playoff scoring race and is the hands down favourite for the Conn Smythe.
Crosby and Malkin get the spotlight but the difference in the series was Marc-Andre Fleury outdueling Cam Ward, who came in as the hottest goalie in the playoffs. Fleury finished the series with a solid 2.27 gaa & .924 sv% whereas Ward's numbers ballooned to 4.36 & .874 in the series.
Rusty Fedotenko didn't really deliver in the regular season but he's proving that his '04 playoff magic was no fluke as he's heating up with 5+3=8 in his last nine games to give Pittsburgh some secondary scoring... another goal last night for Billy Guerin and he managed 2+3=5 in the series and 5+4=9 in his last eight games.
Edmonton announced that they've found their man and its good ole Pat Quinn with a little help from his friends, especially Tom Renney. Good hires for GM Steve Tambellini as Quinn is a good coach who should squeeze some more offense out of the talent that they have there and Renney is a solid defensive coach... so they should compliment each other well. Now if only Tambellini could find them a goalie, they might be in business.
Meanwhile in Calgary, Darryl Sutter proclaimed that he's the 4th best coach in the league, despite not even being a coach in the league. Sutter, the GM, gave one of his bizarre press conferences yesterday saying that he's looking for a new coach but so far he's just been looking in the mirror and he likes what he sees. Expect Sutter to give himself the job as he said that there are three coaches that he thinks are better than him and all of them are under contract.
There's a rumour that Viktor Kozlov has signed with Salavat of the KHL. I think most would agree that Kozlov's play this year, and maybe his whole NHL career, has been a rumour... so this would be a fitting ending.
Ottawa has signed forward Ryan Keller who has been putting up decent numbers in the Finnish league with Blues the past two years. He'll probably get a chance to make the big club but this seems like more of a move to bolster Binghamton.
All the usual suspects are questionable for tonight's game #5... Marty Havlat, Nikolai Khabibulin, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom. We're betting that none of them play.
What's distracting us today? Champions League Final today... the grand-daddy of them all as Keith Jackson would say.... whooaa nellie! This game pitts Manchester United v Barcelona, who most agree are the two best teams in the world and features, arguably, the two best players in the world in Ronaldo and Messi... so if you were ever inclined to check out a game of footy... this should be the one.