Another two goal game for Teddy Purcell and he's turned sniper in the 3rd round with 5+1=6 & 23 shots in six games after just one goal (& 10 assists) on 19 shots in the first 11 games of the playoffs. I don't ever think he'll be a big goal scorer but he's shooting the puck more this year and good things happen when you do that.
Steven Stamkos with his second three-pointer of the series last night and he has 2+5=7 in six games after starting the playoffs with 4+2=6 in his first 11 games.
2+1=3 last night for Martin St. Louis and with a solid 4+3=7 in this series, he's just one point back of H.Sedin for the playoff scoring lead.
Dwayne Roloson returned to the net and extended his record to 7-0 in elimination games but it certainly wasn't a masterful performance as he gave up four goals on just 20 shots and looked a little shaky.
Tim Thomas gave up five goals on 26 shots last night and he's now given up 4+ goals in four of the six games in the series after only giving up four or more goals in one of his first 11 games in these playoffs.
David Krejci with the hat-job last night in the losing effort and he now has 9+6=15 in his last 10 games. He's got 10 goals in the playoffs after only scoring 13 all season.
Nathan Horton with another two assists last night as he continues to rack up some big numbers in the playoffs with 4+9=13, plus-9, 31 PIMs & 27 shots over his last 10 games.
2A for Tomas Kaberle last night and he has 5A over his last five games.
Johnny Boychuk was in the lineup last night after leaving the last game following a hit from Downie. He had an assist but only played 12 minutes (well below normal) so not sure if they were going easy on him or if Julien wasn't lovin' his performance last night.
Sean Bergenheim (LBI) skated on his own yesterday but wasn't able to lace them up last night... I'd guess he's doubtful for game #7 as well.
As reported earlier, Brian Rafalski announced his retirement yesterday. As we do when a fantasy star hangs them up let's shine a light on his best fantasy season... we don't have to go back far as 2007-08, his first season in Detroit, should be considered his best as he had 13+42=55, plus-27 & 175 shots in 73 games. He'll be a tough guy to replace as they don't get much more consistent... he had at least .50 pts/gm in each of his last 10 seasons and was never a minus player, ever.
Kyle Okposo signed a five-year extension with the Islanders... so they're clearly believers in this guy, as am I. I'm looking for a big year out of him next season.
The Sabres signed Marcus Foligno, a 4th rounder from 2009 to an ELC... he looked good at the WJC but I don't see him being anything more than a 3rd liner in the NHL.
Carolina prospect Oskar Osala is headed to the KHL for next season, no real loss as he's had three seasons in the AHL without any earth-shattering results.
The Blues say that David Perron is making some progress as he recovers from his November concussion but he's still not at the point where he can do offseason training, so I'd be pretty concerned that he might not be ready for the beginning of next season.
At the Memorial Cup... Mississauga beat Owen Sound 3-1 to advance to the semi-final, not much of fantasy significance from last night. Owen Sounds will face Kootenay in the QF tonight.