Jumbo plays big... Howard weak... Franzen's knee not 100%... Jagr not defecting... Guerin sits... NHL is traditionally crazy
Joe Thornton is turning into a playoff stud... well lets not go overboard yet, but he did come up big last night with a 3rd period goal and then a nice assist on the OT winner by Patrick Marleau and Joe now has 2+4=6 in his last four games. This is getting a little ahead of ourselves but if the Sharks win a cup this year you think Bruins fans will finally admit that trading Thornton for Sturm, Stuart & Primeau maybe wasn't a wise decision?
Wrong time to give up a brutal goal as Jimmy Howard was beat from the corner by Logan Couture late in the 3rd period to tie up the game before losing in OT. Things haven't really gone his way in the playoffs as he's been beaten for four goals in each game of the Sharks series and has given up four or more goals in six of 10 games in the playoffs. Outside of Nicklas Lidstrom's status for next year, all the key pieces for the Wings are tied up so while they'll be another year older, this should still be a strong club next season and Howard should be a valuable fantasy asset.
We had been giving MA Fleury a hard time for a while as we're not sure he has what it takes this year to lead the Penguins on another Cup run but he gave us the giant FU last night as after allowing three or more goals in his previous five games, he stopped all 18 shots he faced last night for the shutout.
Johan Franzen has a point in all 10 playoffs games this spring which makes it even more amazing when he says that his surgically repaired knee isn't 100% and he doesn't feel right. The knee appears fine for assists as he has nine of those but its really affecting the goals as he only has two.
Not a good sign for Sergei Kostitsyn when Carey Price is giving you shiit for not working hard enough... funny little exchange between the two from this article... Sergei should be coming to a KHL team near you next year.
Speaking of the KHL, Jaromir Jagr is staying there, Omsk made it official yesterday that they've re-signed Jags for another season... so he'll be 39 next summer when all the speculation that he's returning to the NHL starts up again.
Bill Guerin sat out last night's game for the Penguins with an undisclosed injury... they haven't really said much about it and probably won't.
As suspected, Andrei Markov's knee injury is pretty serious, a torn ACL, so he's done for the playoffs but, of course, the Habs will neither confirm nor deny anything.
What's distracting us today?
The State of Hockey News gives you a comprehensive list of all the UFA's and RFA's coming onto the market July 1st. We'll summarize the UFA's for you: Ilya Kovalchuk, Tomas Plekanec, Ray Whitney, Sergei Gonchar, Patrick Marleau, and a bunch of other guys. Well Nik Lidstrom too, but he's more 'Detroit or retire' than a UFA.
Not much else out there today... thank god, the good people at PPP posted this cool feature on Keith Aulie (yeah the other dman the Leafs got in the Phanuef trade). It's from earlier this year, but it was new to us: