A hat-trick of hat-tricks... streak extensions for Jussi, Manny & Stamkos... another fine night for Downie... Emery to rest... a (verbal) tour of the Olympic village
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Alex Semin had the hat-trick last night (plus an assist) for the Caps and that's three games in a row that a different player has recorded a hat-job for Washington as Ovie & Laich did it in the previous two games... epic stuff.
Jussi Jokinen extended his point streak to eight games with an assist last night... he has 6+3=9 during the streak and a very impressive 10+11=21 in his last 15 games.
Filip Kuba won't give you much other than assists but with three last night he has eight in as many games.
Emmanuel Legace stopped 29 of 32 shots last night to beat the Sabres and record his 3rd straight win... he could see quite a few starts down the stretch if Cam Ward's back doesn't get better but keep your expectations in check.
Mike Ribeiro was 2+1=3 last night (including a beauty goal between his legs) and now has goals in each of his two games since returning from his sore throat.
It was also the second game back for Johan Franzen and he has points in both so far, in addition to 10 shots, so he looks to be back to normal and should find his way onto the Olympic team somehow.
Solid fantasy evening for Steve Downie with two goals, plus-2, three shots and six PIMs... this extends his point streak to five games where he's 2+5=7 with a plus-7. If he would just shoot the puck a little more he would be right up there with our favourites as the points & PIM combo is fabulous.
Not sure if Steve Stamkos took his exclusion from the Olympic team personally or what but with three assists last night, he extended his point streak to 11 games and has 12+17=29 in 19 games since the roster was announced.
The Habs have called up PK Subban from the AHL and we say its about time, the 20-year old is 3rd in the AHL in points by a rookie, 3rd in points among dmen and 3rd in plus/minus... we're not sure what kind of opportunity he'll be given this year but he's definitely one to watch for next year.
Montreal also made a trade to acquire Dominic Moore from Florida... we wouldn't expect much out of him as other than some mild success last year, he's never been much of a fantasy contributor.
Wild night for two hot tenders as Tuukka Rask started his fifth straight for the Bruins and looked to be cruising with a 5-0 lead through 35 minutes but then he gave up four straight goals and barely held on for the win. At the opposite end, Antero Niittymaki, who was 7-0-1 in his last eight and hadn't given up more than two goals in any of those games, was chased in the first period after giving up four goals on 21 shots (although he didn't take the loss).
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 50 of 52 last night to beat the Wings, giving him three wins in a row and a 8-1-1 record in his last 10... with Ryan Miller slipping a little lately, Nabby is getting close to taking over the throne as the top fantasy goalie this year (34-8-9, 2.24 & .928).
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
So Ray Emery doesn't need surgery for his sore hip (yet) just three weeks rest to see how it heals up... but this sounds like it could turn into a lingering thing as he'll try to play hurt for the rest of the season.
Rusty Olesz has a broken finger that will keep him out until after the Olympic break.
Tom Poti missed last night's game due to a groin injury... he could miss the next one as well.
Miroslav Satan left last night's game early with an injured hand, not sure of the extent yet.
Jere Lehtinen left last night's game with a LBI, he's listed as day-to-day.
Semyon Varlamov returned for the Caps last night getting into his first game action in over two months... it wasn't a pleasant return for the young Russian as he was roughed up by the Sens to the tune of six goals on 28 shots in the loss. We expect him to reclaim his #1 job fairly quickly.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Steve Montador and Tomas Holmstrom.
What's distracting us today? How about this video of Erika Lawler and Kelli Stack of Team USA's women's hockey team describing their 'awesome' new digs in the athlete's village?
We don't want to be conspiracy theorists here, but is it possible Team Canada is trying to soften up their main rivals before their likely gold medal match-up? That place sounds pretty amazing... but would a video tour of their new home have killed them?
Also, would we be lesser Canadians if we said those two are kinda hot?