Halak back... sell high on Samuelsson... Quick(ly) sinking... Russian rumours... trio of Golds for Campbell... Mueller skates lightly... le Bushkorn
The Habs went back with Jaroslav Halak last night and he delivered with a 37 save one-out of the Caps to force a game #6. Assuming the Habs don't come all the way back, they'll be left wondering what could have been if they had a went with Halak in game #4 as well instead of throwing Price in there... just saying.
Another two goals (plus an assist) from Mike Samuelsson last night and he extended his goal streak to all five playoff games and leads all players with seven playoff goals. While he had a decent season with 30+23=53, his little run here might give keeper league owners an excellent chance to sell high here as he's proven to be not much more than a 50 point player.
Another rough outing for Jonny Quick as he gave up five goals on 26 shots and was yanked (and then re-inserted) last night. He's now given up 10 goals in his last two games and sports a .888 sv% for the series. In a totally unrelated note, Jonathan Bernier is 4-0 with a 1.24 gaa & .962 sv% in the AHL playoffs so far.
A few rumours out of Russia... Jaromir Jagr may be close to signing a deal to stay in Omsk, thus ending any NHL comeback talk, Carolina is negotiating with Anton Babchuk to bring him back next season and, this one's not a rumour, Nikita Filatov confirmed (for like the 18th time) that he will be returning to Columbus next season.
The U-18s wrapped up yesterday with the US defeating Sweden 3-1 to take the Gold. Jack Campbell was the story of the tournament as he was pretty much unbeatable finishing with a 0.83 gaa & .965 sv% in six games to capture his 2nd straight U-18 gold to go along with WJC gold... this certainly won't hurt his draft stock either (he's currently ranked #24 in our Consolidated NHL Draft Rankings). Another guy who will get some 1st round consideration at the draft, Teemu Pulkkinen of Finland, fired home a hat-trick in the Bronze medal game and squeaked out the scoring title with 10+5=15 in six games... he was also named the tournament's top forward.
Peter Mueller did some light skating yesterday, the first time he's been on the ice since suffering that concussion back on April 4th... he looks unlikely to return anytime soon.
No returns last night from Thomas Vanek, Shane Doan or Marc Savard but all are said to be getting closer.
What's distracting us today? Assist to Kukla's on this one... you know how the Leafs have superfan Bushkorn, well apparently he has a twin brother who's a very angry Canadiens fan, clearly forgot to take his meds and he's had enough...