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Friday's Daily Dosage - Niemi, Marleau, Couture...

Awkward is Niemi's bread & butter
Awkward is Niemi's bread & butter

For the first time in the series, the road team outshot the home team as the Wings poured 40 shots on Antti Niemi but he stood strong, especially at the end, as he faced 29 shots over the last two periods.  He finished the series with a 2.38 gaa & .931 sv% while facing a heavy load with 34.4 shots/60mins.

Sweet vindication for Patrick Marleau as he scored the GWG last night, his first goal in eight games... I'm sure somehow Roenick is taking credit for it.

Dan Boyle with 2A last night and he was much better in the 2nd round than the 1st with 2+6=8 in the seven games against Detroit.

The Sharks secondary scoring really came though as Devin Setoguchi had 1+1=2 last night and 5+1=6 in the series.

I was looking for some bigger heroics from Logan Couture last night but I'll take a clutch performance with a goal, his fourth straight game hitting the back of the net.

Could that have been the end for Nicklas Lidstrom? Perhaps but I hope not as he's still one of the best and I own him in a dynasty league so I'm all for him playing forever.

At the WCs yesterday... Russia upset Canada in the QFs coming from behind in the 3rd period as Ilya Kovalchuk scored the winner.  Konstantin Barulin was the star for me as he stopped 36 of 37 shots including 17 in the 1st period.  Russia will meet Finland in the semi-final today as the Finn's dispatched Norway on the strength of two PPGs from Jarkko Immonen, both expertly set up by Mikael Granlund.

The Linus Klasen experiment is over for Nashville as he's headed back to Sweden after a year in Milwaukee... no big loss there.  The Preds did make up for it though by signing 20-year-old Swede Mattias Ekholm, their 4th round pick from 2009, to an ELC.  Ekholm had an outstanding season in the SEL with 10+23=33 in 55 games (4th amongst dmen) and was named the Rookie of the Year.  Nashville had a number of good dmen prospects and they're known to be very patient so I wouldn't expect to see Ekholm in the NHL for a few years.

Alex Frolov is headed back across the pond as he's signed a three-year deal with Omsk of the KHL.  His point total dropped for the fifth straight season this year.