HEADS UP: Top spot in FHS Playoff Pool is a revolving door these days but it's now shared by the law firm of Becker & Goldman... aka Ben & Alex
Joel Ward with the game of his life last night as he stepped up with 2+1=3, GWG, plus-3 and five shots. This is way out of character for him as he now has seven goals to tie the playoff leaders after only scoring 10 in the regular season. He has been very consistent in the playoffs as he has a point in nine of his last ten games (7+5=12). I'd put him in the same category as Bergenheim, meaning that I wouldn't expect him to replicate this over the course of a full season, but then again, the numbers are on his side.
Ryan Kesler continues to lead the way for the Canucks as he had two more goals last night and has 5+4=9 during a four game point streak. He was also a crazy 21 for 26 on faceoffs... dude is bearing down.
Roberto Luongo had another light night as he only faced 23 shots but the Predators used the rope-a-dope effectively as they beat him four times.
Mike Fisher had an assist last night, his first point in six games... still donuts for Kostitsyn & Hornqvist.
Daniel & Henrik have combined for just one goal, an ENG no less, and a minus-8 through the first five games of round #2... not quite an MVP-type performance.
At the WCs yesterday... Canada & the US survived scares as they both pulled out 3-2 victories over Norway & France, respectively. The top goalie in the tournament so far has been Sweden's Viktor Fasth who has a 0.67 gaa & .976 sv% in three games. He has been drawing the interest of a number of NHL teams but I have my reservations as he's 28-years-old and just completed his first SEL season... I'd like to see a little more meat on the bone there. Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec is also throwing up a wall for the Czechs as he has a 1.25 gaa & .951 sv% in four victories.
The farm teams for Carolina & Ottawa have advanced to the AHL conference finals... both have been led by some outstanding net play as Mike Murphy is 7-3, 1.79 & .944 for Charlotte and Robin Lehner is 7-2, 2.59 & .926 for Binghamton. Both these guys have bright futures but are likely destined for at least another year in the A. Zac Dalpe had the GWG last night for Charlotte and has continued his fine rookie-pro season into the playoffs with 5+7=12 in 12 games.
Kootenay & Portland are tied at one in the WHL finals, Caps prospect Cody Eakin has 1+4=5 and 2011 draft eligible Sven Bartschi has four goals in the first two games.