Leclaire: the six-minute man... WoWo with the dream debut... speechless on Stamkos... Mason on a run... Rask injured... Matt Greene imparts wisdom
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Pascal Leclaire got his first start since January the 12th and all you really need to say is that it only lasted six minutes... Brian Elliott had started 15 in a row prior to last night and it wouldn't surprise us if he started the next 15 in a row after this performance.
Dream debut for Wojtek Wolski with the Coyotes last night as he played his first game against his old team, the Avs, and scored the game winner with less than a minute to play... sweet, sweet justice.
Steve Stamkos extended his point streak to 15 games last night... we've said everything that there is the say about this kid... we're speechless.
While on the topic of 15 game point streaks, we should mention that Geno Malkin has one going currently, with 8+16=24 during the run.
Two more assists last night for Kurtis Foster and he has seven assists (five on the PP) in his last 10 games.
Teddy Purcell made his debut for the Lightning last night and he was playing with Vinny right away on the 2nd line... the kid has talent, so he could surprise some people. If he's available, we'd give him a look, especially in keeper leagues.
Chris Mason won his fifth in a row last night with a 1.75 gaa & .949 sv% during the streak. Remember that he went on a similarly crazy run at the end of last year going 22-8-6 after the All-Star break with a 2.10 gaa & .924 sv%.
2+1=3 last night for Paul Kariya and while we've been talking about all these guys getting new life by going to a new team maybe staying put was the best thing for Kariya as he's playing his best hockey of the season right now with 4+4=8 in his last five games.
Alexei Ponikarovsky is day-to-day with visa issues, so he missed last night's game but he should be good to go for the Penguins shortly.
Two more points for Niclas Bergfors last night and he's up to 4+2=6 in seven games with the Thrashers so far. Nik Antropov has really taken to playing with Bergfors and hasn't missed Ilya Kovalchuk too much as he had three points last night and has 4+7=11 in his last six games.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
This is not good... Tuukka Rask is hurt, some sorta undisclosed thing, he didn't dress last night, that's about all we know right now.
Kari Lehtonen saw his first action of the season as he came in for the ineffective Marty Turco in the 2nd period of last night's game. He stopped 14 of 16 in relief and we'd expect that he could be in line for a start soon but the Stars next two games are on the road in Pittsburgh and Washington... oh, joy.
Steve Bernier missed Wednesday night's game with a groin injury and it appears he'll miss at least a few more as he's left the team and headed back to Vancouver to have it checked out.
Bill Guerin missed last night's game due to a back injury, we're not sure on the extent.
Ed Jovanovski sat out last night's game due to a UBI... he's listed as day-to-day.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Johnny Boychuk and Mike Del Zotto.
What's distracting us today? Sure it's has no production value and two guys doing the opening introduction are a bit awful but once Matt Greene (he plays for the Kings) gets on camera he kinda steals the show:
(Hat tip to Life in Hockeywood for the link)