Vancouver took game #1 over San Jose with a 3rd period comeback and Henrik Sedin led the way with 1+1=2. He now has 2+4=6 over his last four games and while overall he's still been a disappointment in these playoffs, he's starting to make it look respectable.
Antti Niemi carried over his fine play from the Detroit series as he stopped 35 of 38 and nearly stole the game for the Sharks last night.
It's been an underwhelming post-season from Joe Pavelski as he only has 1+1=2 & 10 shots over his last seven games... he hasn't looked quite like himself lately.
I'm a fan of Dany Heatley (the player) and not sure if he's playing through an injury or something but he's been pretty invisible in these playoffs with just 1+3=4 & 19 shots over his last eight games.
The Finns rolled the Swedes yesterday at the WCs... Petri Vehanen with another strong performance as he stopped 32 of 33, backing up my belief that he's the best goalie in Europe right now. Viktor Fasth, the goalie who has been posing as the best goalie in Europe but without the resume to back it up, was exposed yesterday as he gave up six goals on 32 shots in the loss. He came in having given up just six goals in the tournament (six games) coming in.
The Czechs took the Bronze yesterday, Roman Cervenka with 3+1=4, way-to step up when it counts buddy as he had no points in the SF loss to Sweden. He finished the tournament tied for 2nd in scoring with 4+6=10 in nine games.
We'll have a little WC tournament review shortly.
There's been a lot of words spilled lately about a possibly Jaromir Jagr NHL return, let's wait to see what happens before we get too excited. Here is a good report from Puck Daddy that indicates that he's negotiating with at least one other KHL team. He was just named as the Top Forward at WCs... impressive (even if it was a bit of a dubious decision).
Owen Sound won game #7 in OT to take the OHL title... Avs prospect and one of my favourties, Joey Hishon, was joint-top scorer in the playoffs with 5+19=24 in 22 games.
Saint John clinched the Q championship in game #6... likely 2011 top 10 pick Jonathan Huberdeau led the way with 16+14=30 in 19 playoff games. Looking forward to seeing more of this team at the Memorial Cup starting next weekend.