Simeon Varlamov looked like a rookie yesterday on Pittsburgh's second goal just letting an easy shot from the point get thru him but then he rebounded with the save of the year [video] on Sidney Crosby with the game tied at two in the 2nd period. He finished with 34 saves at the end of the day to give the Caps the game #1 win.
Alexander Semin had two assists yesterday and that pulls him into a tie for the league lead with 10 points. He's making a case to be considered a Conn Smythe candidate ahead of Ovechkin right now... we shouldn't be too surprised as the dude is no slouch, his 1.27 ppg average was good for fourth in the league and he would have broke 100 points if he hadn't missed 20 games this year.
With two goals and seven shots last night Patrick Sharp was the instigator in another comeback by the Blackhawks. That gives Sharpie five playoff goals and he appears to be over the knee injury that slowed him when the playoffs started... the timing couldn't be better as Jonathan Toews has cooled with only two points in his last five games while he's seen his ice-time drop (14:21 last night).
A player that's really impressed us after seeing a lot more of him in these playoffs is Dave Bolland. He almost broke out this year with 47 points in his first full season and with two goals last night he has 3+3=6 in eight playoff games. Have a feeling he'll be a prominent figure in our Breakout Bible next season and even if you don't like his fantasy prospects, he's a player that you'd love to have on the team you cheer for as he's just simply a good hockey player.
Things kinda went sideways for Roberto Luongo last night as he gave up five goals in the final 30 minutes and squandered a 2-0 lead in the game and a possible 2-0 lead in the series. Maybe just a off game but by beating Bobby Lou eight times in two games, the Blackhawks have to feel pretty confident that they can tag this guy as they head back to Chicago for the next two.
Larry Brooks is reporting that Markus Naslund is considering foregoing the final year of his contract with the Rangers and retiring. Wouldn't really surprise or disappoint us as his production has decreased in each of the past five seasons (from 104 in 2002/03 down to 46 this past season)... only guy that didn't seem to realize this was Glen Sather. Slats could catch a big break if Naslund hangs them up as it will free up some valuable cap space so he can give some stiff like Maxim Afinogenov a monster contract
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Sami Salo left last night's game in the 1st period with a LBI which is suspected to be either a groin or lower back injury. Its sounding pretty serious as the team says that they're not sure if Salo will travel to Chicago for games 3 & 4. This would be a big loss for the Canucks as Salo has a point in every playoff game (six overall) including a goal before he left last night.
What's distracting us today? Ovechkin hits everything... including some dude cleaning the ice during timeouts (sorry the video is crappy, but you get the idea)...