Big night from Bozak... Stempy on fire... Kostitsyn productive (in short doses)... get the Blues with McDonald & Carlo... Malone bothered... distraction grab-bag
The Leafs #1 Cman, Tyler Bozak (we're not lying), had a nice night with 1+2=3 last night giving him 3+4=7 over his last six games... we may have spoken a little too soon earlier this week when we mentioned that he was one to watch with next year in mind and that he probably won't give you too much this year.
Bozak's wingman, Nikolai Kulemin, had a two point night and he has an identical 3+4=7 in his last six games. The third member of the line, Phil Kessel, was 2+1=3 last night and is 4+3=7 over his last five.
Back-to-back two goal games for Lee Stempniak and the dude has 5+1=6 in four games for the Coyotes... unreal stuff, he's scoring on 42% of his shots right now, go ahead and expect that to continue, if you're delusional.
Sergei Kostitsyn chipped in two goals last night and that's two straight games with two points in each... so it seems as though he picked up a little confidence at the Olympics but we wouldn't bet on this continuing unless he starts to see more ice-time, as he played less than 12 minutes last night and doesn't ever see any PP time.
Andrei Markov had two points last night to extend his point streak to six games where he has 2+7=9.
Three point night for Andy McDonald last night and he's been good lately, on a line with Berglund and Perron, putting up 4+5=9 in his last eight games.
Another assist last night for Carlo Colaiacovo and he has seven of those in his last eight games to go along with a plus-7... and he's doing this while not see big minutes or a lot of PP time.
Cristobal Huet followed up his implosion last weekend where he gave up four 2nd period goals to Detroit by melting in the final few minutes against Philly yesterday... he had a 2-1 lead with just over two minutes to go before giving up two goals and taking the loss... that's not going to help his cause.
The Coyotes have recalled Viktor Tikhonov from his KHL loan... he faired pretty well over there with 14 goals in 25 games but the Coyotes didn't have much use for him this year before he left and we suspect that he's really only back as his KHL team didn't make the playoffs, so we wouldn't expect much from him for the rest of the year.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Ryan Malone has been dealing with a UBI for the past week or so and that kept him out of Friday night's game... it's probably just a day-to-day thing.
Mattias Ohlund suffered a leg injury in Thursday night's game against the Leafs and that caused him to miss Friday night's game... not sure how much longer that will keep him out.
Zach Bogosian hurt his hand on Friday night and he's questionable for Sunday's game.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Ryan Whitney and Kevin Bieksa.
What's distracting us today? This isn't really a daily distraction, more of a 'bunch of little things that have been distracting us this week':
Thanks to Banging Panger we get to re-live Patrice Bergeron making Olympic teammate Chris Pronger look silly... complete with awesome photoshop.
Wanna see Andrew Alberts chase a whistle? Well then click here dammit!
Check out this great story from Greatest Hockey Legends... Grandma Gretzky v. Paul Reinhart. If that's not good enough for you there's always the story of Bobby Hull learning to skate. GHL never disappoints.
We have no idea how old this is and yeah it's kinda on the lame side (we are very anti-Mighty Ducks here) but for some reason this Mighty Ducks / 300 mashup from College Humour kinda works for us.
Thanks to FHS fan and all around good guy Andrew Stoeten of theScore.com we get to see the White House Press Secretary (Robert Gibbs) rocking a Team Canada jersey... all because he can't say no to a bet.
Another 'Bruins Hockey Rules' commercial hit the market this week... and it's as fantastic as the rest of them (h/t to P.Diddy)
... and finally the cream of the crop: a whole crap load of 'Chelios is so old' jokes. Awesome.