Brouwer & Kopecky stars of Game 1?!?!?.... Briere think's it 2007... Leighton gets lit up... Ladd out, Boucher back... two random videos in honour of the finals.
Troy Brouwer was the number one star of the game last night with two goals and an assist. He now has six points in the playoffs. He's got some talent but games like this are a rarity for Brouwer.
Tomas Kopecky got the surprise start (replacing Andrew Ladd... see below) and played a strong game. His 1+1=2 was more than Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toewshad combined (they were all held pointless). Kopecky likely got himself at least one more start with last night's performance.
Arron Asham did his best Kopecky impersonation as he also picked up a surprise 1+1=2 last night. He outscored Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Claude Giroux, Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen and James van Riemsdyk (they were also held pointless)
Danny Briere had 1+3=4 last night and now has 22 points in 18 playoff games. Which is really annoying if you ownered him this year when he only put up 53 points in 75 games.
Scott Hartnell (1+2=3) and Ville Leino (1+1=2) also had nice nights for the Flyers.
Michael Leighton and the defensive zone play of the Flyers cost them the game but it might also cost Leighton his starting job. Leighton did not look good stopping only 15 of 20 shots. We would go with Boucher... we'll see what the Flyers do.
Antti Niemi was only slightly better than Leighton as he stopped 27 of 32 shots for the win. Looks like the bubble our unexperienced goalies were riding has finally popped.
The Ducks signed Brandon McMillan to a three year entry level deal yesterday. He's a third round pick from 2008 who produced a good good year in the WHL this year (67 points in 55 games) after three so-so seasons. He's a long shot to produce at the NHL level.
Andrew Ladd missed game one with an undisclosed injury. He was close to playing so he should be healthy enough to play in Game 2. Although the guy that took his spot, Tomas Kopecky, might have played his way into another start instead.
Brian Boucher returned from his injury to back up Leighton last night. Nobody expected him to get much of a chance of getting into the game after Leighton's play of late but things change quickly. He took the loss but stopped 11 of 12. No word on who will start Game 2.
Anssi Salmela will miss three to four months after tearing his ACL playing for Finland earlier this month. He only had eight points in 38 games this season so he shouldn't be hard to replace on your fantasy team
What's distracting us today?
- Just two random videos. One for Chicago and one for Philly. What can we say... we've got Stanley Cup fever: