HEADS UP: We're getting down to crunch time in the FHS Playoff Pool as there's either just one or two games left and Michael Hickey holds a three point lead over Ryan Strachota... does anyone have a strong finishing kick in them that can catch Hickey at the finish line or will he go wire-to-wire in the final to take the $250?
Maxim Lapierre with the biggest goal he's ever scored last night, the GWG in a 1-0 win to put the Canucks one win away from glory.
Roberto Luongo bounced back after two beatdowns in Boston with a masterful 31 save shutout last night. He plays with a lot of confidence at home as he's won his last six in Vancouver but the question still remains... can he handle the heat in the Boston?
Tim Thomas was almost as good as Luongo last night but gave up one goal on 25 shots and that was all it took. He's only given up more than one goal in one of his last six games.
Donuts again for the Sedin's and they're stuck at just a pair of points in the series... this after combining for 18 in the five game series victory over the Sharks.
The Canucks other big gun, Ryan Kesler, hasn't been any better, offensively at least, as he has just a single assist in the series.
Brad Marchand has turned into a real homer lately as after goals in the both of the last two games in Boston, he was held without a shot last night and has no points and just 11 shots over his last six road games. During the regular season, 14 of his 21 goals came away from home.
The CBJs re-upped dman Grant Clitsome for two more seasons... good for him as he had to wait six years from when he was drafted before getting a legit NHL shot and he took advantage this season by putting up 4+15=19 in 31 games, a 50 pt pace extrapolated over 82 games. But I'm not sure that's really what you should expect out of him as in three AHL seasons his career ppg was .32 (a 26 pt per82 game pace). Unless the Jackets finally add a legit PP QB this summer then Clitsome could occupy that role next season but I'd expect his production to tail off significantly.
Ducks GM Bob Murray said that Jonas Hiller is feeling "fine" and will be skating in July as he tries to get over the mysterious illness, officially called vertigo, that shut him down for the last three months of the season. I guess this is good news but I'd rather here that a doctor knows what's causing him to feel off and can fix it or otherwise this seems like it could be issue that might spring up at any time and linger. I love Hiller, think he's one of the best goalies in the league but he's a risk in my eyes heading into next season.