HEADS UP: Riding on the back of big games from Lecavalier & Stamkos, Nick Wurfel has caught Andre Nguyen and the two of them are tied for 1st place in the FHS Playoff Pool.
It was the Tyler Seguin show last night in Boston as the rookie lit up the Lightning with 2+2=4 in just his second career NHL playoff game. The kid was on fire as all his points came during the 2nd period when he pretty much
looked was unstoppable. Good to see the kid showing a flash of his all-world potential after what was surely a trying season.
Dwayne Roloson gave up six on 27 shots last night before being yanked after two periods... it was a pretty amazing run for him though as he won eight straight and went the first 12 games of the playoffs without giving up more than three goals in a game.
David Krejci with another goal last night and he has 5+5=10 over his last six games after starting the playoffs slowly with just one point in the first round series against Montreal.
After 1+2=3 last night, Nathan Horton now has four multi-point games in his last six (3+7=10).
Vincent Lecavalier with a four-point night and with 4+6=10 over his last six games he's moved himself into a tie with St.Louis and Kesler for the playoff scoring lead at 16 points.
Patrice Bergeron (concussion) wasn't able to play last night and now the whole will-he-or-won't-he-play circus starts up again for game #3 on Thursday.
Do Brad Marchand & Mark Recchi have to make it so obvious that Bergeron has been carrying them???... the two of them have combined for no points, minus-7 and just five shots in their two games without Bergeron.
Robin Lehner (37/38) and Matt Hackett (25/27) had solid games last night and both led their respective teams to a 3-0 series lead in AHL semi-finals.
As we discussed last week, the Habs have signed Russian dman Alexei Emelin to an ELC... he's got some good experience having played 6+ seasons in the RSL/KHL but hadn't really shown much offensive flair until this year (11+15=26 in 52 games). I'm skeptical of mid-career euro-vets coming over to the NHL as history shows that it rarely works out... these types of guys could usually benefit from some time in the AHL but Emelin has an out in his contract that he can return to the KHL if the Habs try to send him down. On the plus side, Emelin is pretty liberal when it comes to racking up the PIMs (117 in 52 games this past season) so if he makes it then he could be useful to fantasy GMs.
One-time hot dman prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy is headed back to Russia as he's signed on to play in the KHL next year. His AHL production never really lived up to the hype that followed him after being a 1st round pick of Dallas back in 2006.
The Ducks are in talks with two of their draft picks, Sami Vatanen & Justin Schultz, about ELCs... it sounds like Schultz will head back to school for another season but hopefully they get something done with Vatanen as I'm really high on this kid's upside. Vatanen was 4th in the SM-Liiga in points by a dman this year... as a 19-year-old. [more]
Philly signed Finnish FA goalie Niko Hovinen to an ELC... he's a 23-year-old man-mountain (6'7") that was originally drafted by the Wild back in 2006 but never signed. His numbers in the SM-Liiga haven't been that promising until this year when he had a 2.59 & .921 in 49 games. Lets call him a project and it sounds like he'll remain in Finland for next season.