Two points for Daniel Sedin last night to extend his point streak to eight games (1+10=11) and that moved him past Stamkos and into the lead in the scoring race. Given their recent pace and their consistency, I'm thinking one the twins has a good chance to win the Art Ross again.
Nice evening for Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin as they each had four-pointers... just wish we saw this from them more often. Ovechkin was particularly active as he had 1+3=4, plus-3 with 10 shots and he now has 35 shots over his last five games. I gotta believe that his career low 8.1% shooting percentage this season is going to improve and a more frequent number of these shots are going to start to go in.
Mikael Samuelsson seems to be enjoying inhabiting Edler's spot on the Canucks top PP unit as he had a pair of PPPs last night and has 3+5=8 (four PPPs) & 23 shots over his last five games... think short-term with this guy though as his streaks don't last.
Alexander Steen had a strong finish last year but I didn't think he was for real and discounted his breakout chances for this season. I thought I was a genius when he started the year with 5+8=13 in his first 25 games but now I look like a fool as he's had 10+15=25 over his last 25 and is on pace for a nice breakout season with 61 points & 259 shots.
Patrik Berglund had a pair of assists last night and he seems to be enjoying having his buddy TJ Oshie back on his wing as he has 3+6=9 over his last eight games. He's creeping closer to a 50 point pace for the season which would be a bit of a quiet breakout season... I'm really liking him this year as he's racked up the experience while playing quite a bit (17 mpg with 3:01 on the PP) with a number of key players out.
Tampa's 2nd line is on fire right now as Teddy Purcell has four straight multi-point games (4+5=9) and Simon Gagne has points in four straight (3+4=7)... the weak link on the line is Vinny Lecavalier, as he only has 3A in his last four games.
So Marty Turco was back in the net last night for consecutive starts and it ended up being consecutive games where he allowed four goals in each as he took the loss to Vancouver... don't worry Corey Crawford owners, I think your boy will be back in there soon.
An assist last night for Troy Brouwer and he has 4+3=7 & 11 PIMs over his last six games... this guy frustrates me as there's nothing consistent about his game, so I'm skeptical how long this will last.
Steve Mason with the 34 save shutout of the Red Wings last night, so good for him... sorry if I'm not more excited but he came in having given up 4+ goals in four of his previous eight games. In addition, the last time he had a shutout earlier this year, he went on to lose his next four games.
Dustin Jeffrey scored last night while playing 17 minutes (5:31 on the PP) and that gives him 3+1=4 & a plus-5 over his last five games... the kid seems to be really taking advantage of the opportunity right now.
Peter Forsberg is said to be close to making a decision... the team seems to be feeling positive about it but Foppa is said to be having some foot "discomfort", so that's not a good sign. If I was a betting man, I'd put $1 on the team wanting him to return and him declining and $2 on him agreeing to comeback and then getting hurt right away.
The Leafs have sent Jonas Gustavsson down to the AHL on a conditioning stint... smart move as he's only played twice in 2011. We'll see if this helps him get his confidence back.
The Bruins have called Zach Hamill up from the AHL where he's been nothing but a colossal bust for the past three seasons after being the 8th overall pick in 2007. Stanley Cup of Chowder wonders if the team is trying to showcase him for a swap.
Kristian Huselius was a healthy scratch last night and he had it coming with 1+2=3 & a minus-11 over his last 12 games... I'd look for him to bounceback when he gets back into the lineup but I don't really trust this guy in general so don't bet the farm on it.