Halak steals another... more & more from Subban... Rask outduels Miller... NHL justice featuring Hossa... Gagne targets game #3 return... sitcom drops NHL bombs
Jaroslav Halak put on an unbelievable goaltending display as he stopped 53 of 54 Caps shots last night to force a game #7. In a one game showdown, I'd feel much better with him between the pipes than whoever Washington's throwing in there. But if Montreal ends up losing this series, there should be serious questions about the decision to not start Halak in game #4 (at home), instead going with Carey Price in the loss, as Halak has shown that he can steal games on his own.
PK Subban was called up for last night's game and notched an assist in his first NHL playoff game... he's followed up his outstanding rookie pro season in the AHL (18+35=53 in 77 games) with an even better playoffs so far (3+6=9 in six games) and Montreal would be foolish not to let him run wild on their blueline next year.
Miroslav Satan had his second GWG of the series and this one sent Buffalo packing... not sure if he's just motivated playing against his former team but he's been solid for the Bruins with 2+3=5 in his last five games after only putting up 14 points in 38 games during the regular season.
Ryan Miller showed well in the 1st round (2.35 gaa & .926 sv%) but he was outdueled by the rookie, Tuukka Rask, who posted a 2.18 gaa & .927 sv% and didn't allow more than three goals in any of the six games.
In sweet NHL-style justice, Marian Hossa put up three points last night to help eliminate Nashville instead of sitting this one out due to a deserved suspension.
Antti Niemi wasn't spectacular for the Hawks in the opening round but they didn't really need him to be, they just needed him to be steady, and he was just that with a 2.15 gaa & .921 sv%.
The Sharks have been going hog wild signing all kinds of college free agents... the latest being Carter Hutton, a goalie out of UMass-Lowell who posted a 2.04 gaa & .928 sv% during his senior season and then got into four games with Philly's AHL affiliate but was not given a contract after putting up a .921 sv%. He's only on a one-year entry level deal so next year will basically be a one-year audition in the AHL to show them what he can do.
Jacques Lemaire is hanging them up and this is good news for fantasy GMs as Jackie wasn't the most fantasy-friendly coach out there (he ranked #24 on our Fantasy Coach Rankings last summer). Likely the next Devils coach will be of the defensive persuasion but Lemaire takes it to the extreme so this should be a positive move for those of you that own Devils players.
Word is that Simon Gagne is targeting game #3 of the 2nd round to make a return from the broken toe that he just had surgery on last week.
Both Thomas Vanek and Patric Hornqvist returned to the lineup last night in elimination games and were on the scoresheet but it was not meant to be and they will now have plenty of time to recover over the summer.
What's distracting us today? After all of the 'How I Met Your Mother's' NHL references we got another sitcom dropping a few NHL bombs. We didn't get to see the whole puck centric episode of 'Rules of Engagement' yet but it does feature a scene in (fake) MSG. The clip looks pretty entertaining... maybe we'll have to actually start watching that show: