Leighton gets back into Cinderella's Ball... Giroux with GWG... 1 shot in a period?... Plekanec is slumping... Carter's back... hockey's answer to Boom Goes The Dynamite.
Michael Leighton and the Flyers bounced back (despite the sand) after giving up five goals in Game 3. He stopped 17 shots to pick up his third shutout of the series. Looks like we'll be seeing Antti Niemi v. Michael Leighton in the finals. Anybody see that one coming?
The offensive star was our buddy Claude Giroux. He scored two of Philly's goals (one was an empty netter). He's having a very productive playoffs with 16 points in 16 games. Giroux just missed breaking out this season (47 points) but he'll definitely top 50 next year and has the potential to explode.
We can't give Leighton and Giroux all the credit... the Philly blueline played great. Led by Chris Pronger (31+ minutes, one assist and a +1) and Braydon Coburn (27+ minutes and a +3) they completely shut down the Habs... like in the 2nd when the Habs only had ONE shot on net.
One Hab who has cost himself a lot of money so far these playoffs is free agent to be Tomas Plekanec. After 70 points this year he has only four assists in 12 games.
Jeff Carter surprised everybody returning to the ice after missing 11 games with a broken foot. He was expected back until Game 5 at the earliest. Looks like the Flyers are taking it easy on him as he only played 13:51 and he no points.
The Flyers had some more good news as Ian Laperriere also returned last night.
Tim Thomas underwent surgery for a torn hip labrum yesterday. Which appartently is a tough surgery for a goalie to come back from. But he's expected to be good to go to start the season. Still, with Tuukka Rask around, TT's age and now this injury... we wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pool on draft day.
What's distracting us today?
- The CHL handed out some hardware and Jordan Eberle led the way with CHL Player of the Year. Buzzing the Net gives a nice run down of the other winners.
- Sticking with the prospects, Lowetide's Top 30 for draft day... complete with one sentence summaries for each player. Great for those of you with ADD.
- Allow us to introduce you to Charles Clinton... he's hockey's answer to the Boom Goes The Dynamite guy and is just another reason why we love the Internet: