Stankos hotter than hot... Foster impressive... Stewart 2nd best... JoePa with a sweet 3rd... Latendresse: that'll leave a mark... Hockey + Curling = Samsung
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Steve Stankos (as he's known to viewers on Versus) continued his amazing streak with two more points and he's up to points in 18 straight games and just when you think he can't get any hotter, he has two or more points in eight of his last nine games... 10+9=19 in his last nine.
Kurtis Foster found the back of the net for the Bolts as well and that was his first goal in 21 games but don't feel sorry for this guy as the points have been flowing lately... after a slow start where he was often a healthy scratch, he's had 5+23=28 in his last 34 games.
With a goal last night, Patrik Berglund now has points in six straight and he's starting to see consistent ice-time with linemates like Andy McDonald and David Perron. With only 22 points so far this year, its been a disappointing follow-up to his 47 point rookie season but there's some positive signs for Berglund owners heading into next season.
Two assists last night for Chris Stewart and he has 8+10=18 in his last 10 games and has been (outside of Stankos) the hottest player in the league since the Olympic break ended.
Crazy game in the Shark Tank or Cow Palace or whatever they call that animal house out in San Jose these days... the Sharks were down 4-2 (and outshot 34-11) to the Preds after two but stormed back to drop a six-pack on the Preds in the third period to take the game 8-5. Our old buddy, Joe Pavelski had himself a nice game, well a nice 3rd period actually, with 2+2=4.
Viktor Stalberg had two goals and six shots last night for the Leafs and while he hasn't provided much production this year, he has shown some great speed and skills and is averaging almost three shots a game, which is very solid for a rookie who hasn't been seeing big minutes.
Tomas Holmstrom had another PP goal last night (that's three in his last four games) and it was the GWG... he has 4+4=8 in six games since the break ended.
Kyle Quincey was a healthy scratch for the second time in the last five games. He's been a disappointment this year with only 25 points so far (on pace for 30) after a 38 point breakout season last year... and those numbers are even a little inflated as he had six points in his first five games this year and 19 in his last 60.
With Marc Savard out, Patrice Bergeron is going to have to step up and he's delivering so far, with three points last night he has 2+4=6 and a plus-5 in his last four games.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Guillaume Latendresse left last night's game early after taking (essentially) an accidental slash right to the back of the neck... this looked like it would hurt.
Tuukka Rask returned for the Bruins last night stopping 31 of 32 to be the Flyers in Philly. We expect him to pick up where he left off before getting hurt and that was starting seven in a row, going 4-1-2... we're getting very close to calling him the #1 in Boston, see our Crease Conflicts page for the breakdown.
Brandon Sutter left last night's game with a leg injury but Coach Maurice says that its nothing serious.
Ryan Whitney took a shot off the knee last night and had to leave the game early... no word on if this will keep him out.
Niklas Backstrom tweaked his groin yesterday and wasn't able to start last night... doesn't sound serious but he's been struggling with a nagging back injury this year as well.
Miroslav Satan has a groin injury that kept him out of last night's game... we don't know how long he's out for and quite frankly, we don't care... neither should you.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Zdeno Chara, Kristian Huselius, Josh Harding, Shea Weber, Bill Guerin and Ryan Malone.
What's distracting us today? You know what happens when you mix Hockey & Curling?... ummm, we have no idea, but this is apparently what Samsung would like you to believe would happen...
What this has to do with whatever Samsung is selling, we'll likely never know but good for them for getting Andrew Raycroft, or at least a goalie that plays like him (on that last shot), to participate.