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Wednesday's Daily Dosage - Filppula, Datsyuk, Couture...

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Valtteri Filppula with a little splash of brilliance as in under two minutes he setup up the tying goal and then put away the GWG.  Those were his first points of the series after he had 1+4=5 in the sweep of Phoenix.  This guy always looks good in the playoffs, in fact this is the fifth straight season his playoff ppg is better than his regular season ppg, but I can never sort him out as it always looks like he's headed for a breakout season the next year but for various reasons he's been stuck between 35-40 points for the last four years... I've been burned too many times now so I ain't betting on it happening next year.

Pavel Datsyuk kept his seven game point streak (1+8=9) alive with a big assist on the GWG.

Danny Cleary was one of the most dangerous looking Wings last night with a team-high six shots on net and his best chance didn't even count as a shot as he drew iron after deking Niemi out of his oversized pants.

Logan Couture now has goals in three straight games and 3+3=6 with 26 shots in the series...  I got a feeling this kid might have some game #7 heroics in him.

It was Antti Niemi's turn to face the barrage as the Wings put 44 shots on him and he stopped all but two... but it wasn't enough.  This has been a total homer series, at least in terms of shots, as the home team is averaging 41.8 spg whereas the road team in averaging 28.7.

Brian Rafalski has been incredibly quiet in these playoffs with just 1A over his last eight games.

Was flipping between the Sharks-Red Wings and the WHL final last night... Kootenay took game #3 in OT to go up 2-1 in the series against Portland.  Whenever I see Portland play I come away very impressed with both Sven Bartschi & Ty Rattie, both are really smart players with great skills who should go high in this summer's draft... looking forward to grabbing them in a few prospect drafts this summer.

Houston beat Milwaukee last night in game #7 to move on to the AHL semi-final, Matt Hackett was the winning goalie stopping 30 of 32 and is 8-3, 2.29 & .896 in the playoffs.  This kid is only 21 and I think he's going to be a good one but hard to tell right now as Houston is doing an incredible job of protecting him as he's only faced 22.2 shots/60mins in the playoffs. 

QFs start at the WCs today... the US takes on the unbeaten Czechs and we'll see if the Swedes are in a trying mood today as they avoided the Russians and will meet Germany instead.