Rough night for goalies, with notable exceptions... Tavares majorly breaks major slump... Irish I had Mueller, Laich and Ribeiro on my team... high ankle sprain for Leighton... the Hawks "on" Leno
The Luck o' the Irish was not with goaltenders last night as they were roughed up all over the place... notable exceptions were Kari Lehtonen as he stopped 45 of 47 shots to beat the Sharks last night. Coach Marc Crawford is not doing him any favours as his only two starts have come against Pittsburgh & San Jose. Another goalie with a string of good fortune lately is Jonas Gustavsson, as he won his fourth start in a row last night and has a 2.17 gaa & .920 sv% in the four wins. This is promising but his entire body of work this year and his prospects for next year are still questionable.
Big night for the rookie as John Tavares (not Irish) snapped out of a prolonged slump with 2+3=5 last night. Prior to that, he only had one goal in his last 21 games and only 1+4=5 in his last 20. Maybe this will get him going and he'll be useful again this year but we wouldn't bank on it.
Peter Mueller (not Irish) continued giving the giant FU to everyone that wrote him off as he had three points last night and has points in all seven he's played with Colorado (4+7=11 in total).
Ovie who?... the Caps beat the Panthers in a low scoring NFL game, 7-3. Brooks Laich (sounds Irish) has been taking it to the house lately as he had three points last night and 7+7=14 with 46 shots in his last 11 games.
The Stars showed up the Caps by dropping eight on the Sharks... Brenden Morrow (half Irish) had four points and that's timely for him as he's struggled this year and only had 1+3=4 in his last 10 games coming in. Mike Ribeiro (what is that, Portugese?) also had four points and is 7+7=14 in his last 11... he's one to take a look at as he's on our All 2nd Half Stars team.
Another guy on that team, Jason Pominville, is on a little mini-run right now as he has 2+4=6 during a four game point streak.
Patrik Berglund played a season high 19 minutes last night and tallied another PPG (his third in four games)... he's had 5+3=8 in his last nine games as he tries to salvage something from a disappointing season.
Sergei Kostitsyn has goals in three straight and 4+1=5 over his last three games... his ice-time is still pretty weak though (12 minutes last night).
It's looking like Teddy Purcell's golden opportunity to click with Lecavalier may have passed him by as he only has one assist to show for his last five games and he's seen his ice-time tail off to under 12 minutes last night. We wouldn't write him off yet but we're much less optimistic of his chances.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Mike Leighton was roughed up in more ways than one last night as he gave up two goals on five shots and then left the game with a high ankle sprain. I'm not sure how you feel but I think high ankle sprains suck... so this could keep him out for a while. Ed Note: Sorry the Flyers don't wear green so this kinda ruined our green theme today.
Patrice Bergeron took a shot off the foot last night and he left the game early... he'll be re-evaluated today.
Kyle Okposo missed last night's game with an undisclosed injury and his status is listed as day-to-day.
Mike Fisher missed last night's game due to a UBI... he's listed as day-to-day.
Ryan Malone has a knee injury that will keep him out for 10-14 days.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Zach Bogosian, Brandon Sutter, Owen Nolan, Trent Hunter, Nick Foligno, Chris Campoli and Martin Hanzal.
What's distracting us today? You've probably already seen this on many other sites by now but just in case, we'll post it here for you.
Last night, the Hawks were (kinda) guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show. We say kinda because they were technically just audience members but did get a tiny bit of airtime. Seriously? Audience members? Can you imagine an MLB or NFL team sitting in the audience like this? We think not.
Maybe we're being a bit harsh. After all, Patrick Kane did feature in an actual interview on something called 'Backstage With Bryan'... so we guess there's that: