Some Thrashers flying high... Corvo doing his best Mike Green impersonation... Stempy and Pommer continue to roll... Horton returns... Cosby likes pudding pops AND hockey.
Two guys that have quietly been putting up the goods lately... Nik Antropov and Maxim Afinogenov, both picked up two points last night. Nik hit 61 points and passed his career high (59) and has 19 points in his last 14 games. Maxim has six points in his last three games and is having his best season since 2006-07. Kovalchuk who?
With a goal last night, Paul Kariya is trying to salvage his train wreck of a season. He has 11 points in his last 11 games. Considering he had a stretch earlier this season where it took him 30 games to get 11 points... things are definitely looking up.
One guy we've really had our eye on since the trade deadline is Joe Corvo. He picked up two goals last night in 25 minutes of work against his former team... not too shabby. He now has 2+3=5 in eight games with the Caps... four of those points are in his last three games.
Speaking of Washington d-men... you want to hear something mental? Mike Green has after least one point in 27 of his last 32 games.... 38 points over that span. Just insane.
After a real stinker on March 17th against the Devils (pulled after only nine saves on 13 shots) MA Fleury bounced back nicely by stopping all 17 Bruins shots he faced last night. As we pointed out yesterday, he's been pretty inconsistent this year so he's a bit of a risky play right now.
Same deal with Pekka Rinne... he also stopped 17 shots to blank the Wild.
Brian Boucher put together his second straight strong game for the Flyers. He's stopped 51 out of 54 shots since Michael Leighton went down to injury. We're all desperate for help in the blue paint so grab him if he's somehow still on your waiver wire.
The man, the myth, the legend that is Lee Stempniak continues to shine as he picked up ANOTHER goal last night. That's an eight game point streak (10 points) and he now has 21 goals on the season.
Jason Pominville picked up the trick last night as he potted three against the Bolts. That's nine points in five games... remember he's a big 2nd half performer.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Nathan Horton returned from his broken leg last night and picked up a goal in 17 minutes of action. He's been out of action since late January so he might have been cut loose by a few impatient owners... pick him up if he's out there.
Brian Rolston missed last night's game with an undisclosed injury... some kinda soreness, he's listed as day-to-day.
Tim Gleason has a broken foot that will keep him out for the next three weeks.
Returning to action from the injured list last night were: Filip Kuba, Mike Fisher and Patrice Bergeron.
Cosby offered up some great points:
About the Women's team celebration:
"I do think, if the Canadian women win a gold medal and nobody’s on the ice and they want to do a satire of men with their victory, they have every right to go out and smoke a cigar, when guys win the championship of the world in baseball or basketball, they are pouring champagne over each other and lighting cigars in the shower. So what do you want women to do, go out and give birth?"
On the US media after the men's game:
"I’m watching a guy do the sports, and he said, ‘How can we lose to a country that has fewer people than the state of California?’ He was mad and he couldn’t take it. They don’t know how to behave."
Listening to those comments you would think he's a pretty sharp guy wouldn't you? Well, you would be wrong: